Novuyo Rosa Tshuma was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1988. A prolific writer, her work has appeared in publications which include A Life in Full and Other Stories Caine Prize Anthology, The Bed Books of Short Stories and Where to Now? Short stories from Zimbabwe. She was the 2009 winner of the Intwasa Short Story Competition, now known as the Yvonne Vera Award, and in 2012 her short story Doctor S., hailed by the judges as a ‘superbly written’ tale about ‘a Zimbabwean student at Wits University having a nervous breakdown’, was shortlisted for the Zimbabwe Achievers Literature Award. She has been a participant in both the prestigious Caine Prize and Farafina Trust Workshops. She contributes artistic and professional interests in various organisations, including the LMT Research&Documentation Consultancy, a Bulawayo based research-and-documentation organization, and the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), of which she is a co-founder. She is also a contributing editor on StoryTime.
Having studied architecture for a semester at the Zimbabwe National University of Science and Technology, after which she swiftly dropped out, Novuyo is currently battling career confusion at the University of Witswatersrand, where she is in the final year of her Economics and Finance Degree.
Shadows, her first book, has been described by 2011 Caine Prize winner NoViolet Bulawayo as ‘an impressive and important debut’. Visit author site here.