Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo is a journalist, short story writer, essayist and novelist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds an MA Creative Writing from Wits University, a National Diploma in Journalism from the Durban University of Technology and was a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He has held residencies in France, Germany and South Africa and won numerous awards for his journalism. His debut novel Bitches’ Brew (Jacana Media, 2006) won the European Union Literary Award in 2006. His new book Dancing the Death Drill (Jacaranda Books), inspired by the sinking of the SS Mendi during First World War, came out in 2017 and was shortlisted for several prizes. It’s stage adaptation by the Nuffield Southampton Theatre (UK) was a great success. His other books include: Touch My Blood (Umuzi, 2011), Seven Steps to Heaven (Jacana Media 2007), and #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants (Penguin, 2016). Fred Khumalo is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria.


Touch My Blood. A Memoir (South Africa, 2006)

#Zuptas Mus Fall and Other Rants (South Africa, 2016)

Dancing the Death Drill (UK, 2017) | Bevor wir sterben, tanzen wir (Germany, 2023)

Talk of the Town. Stories (South Africa, 2019)

The Longest March (South Africa, 2019)

Heart of a Strong Woman (South Africa, 2020)

A Coat of Many Colours (South Africa, 2021)

Two Tons of Fun (South Africa, 2022)