Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo is a South African born novelist and playwright. She has published 12 novels including her latest, Ten Days, her Orange prize shortlisted, Ice Road, and Red Dust, which won France’s Temoin du Monde prize and was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Her family memoir, Every Secret Thing, tells the story of her activist parents Ruth First and Joe Slovo. Gillian has written three verbatim plays: Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (with Victoria Brittain), The Riots and Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State which played in London’s National Theatre in 2016.

She was invited to the 2013 Palestine Festival of Literature at which she read from Red Dust, accompanied by improvised musical accompaniment from Tareq Abboushi, Stormtrap, Dimitri Mikelis & Maya Khaldi. Her essay, Qalandiya, is exclusively available in This is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine of Literature.