Siphiwo Mahala is a South African novelist, short story writer, playwright and academic. His short stories appear in journals, magazines and anthologies across the world. His books include the award winning debut novel When A Man Cries (2007), which he translated to his native Xhosa language as Yakhal’ Indoda (2010), and African Delights (2011), a collection of short stories listed by The Guardian newspaper as one of the top ten must-read books in the world. His debut play The House of Truth was first performed in 2016 by Sello Maake kaNcube, one of the most internationally acclaimed South African actors at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Mahala is a graduate of the University of Fort Hare and holds an MA degree in African Literature from Wits University. He recently completed his Doctoral Studies in English Literature at the University of South Africa. He is one of the judges for the 2018 edition of the 9Mobile Prize for Literature.