Melinda Ferguson is the bestselling author of her addiction trilogy Smacked, Hooked and Crashed. She is also an award-winning publisher. In 2016 her groundbreaking title, Rape: A South African Nightmare by Prof Pumla Gqola, won the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. In 2020 she joined NB Publishers under her imprint Melinda Ferguson Books.
Lucia Mthiyane, TV personality, singer and kitchen queen, has been in the food industry for more than 10 years. She prepares feasts with flair; her cooking classes are very popular, and she often judges cooking competitions. Countrywide she has done themed events with cooking demonstrations and music, food and wine pairing.
Telita Snyckers is an author and a tax and customs lawyer. She worked closely with Pravin Gordhan and Ivan Pillay during her tenure at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court, she holds a masters degree in Constitutional Law, and diplomas in exchange control and the combating of money laundering.
Lynthia Julius was born in Springbok, raised in Kimberley and currently stays in Bloemfontein. She holds a honours degree in philosophy from the University of the Free State. In 2018 she was named the winner in the Afrikaans category of the AVBOB poetry competition.
Anzil Kulsen obtained a BHons degree before joining the ATKV as project manager, focusing on establishing reading clubs and encouraging communities to start writing in the Northern Cape. She also presents courses in creative writing and does play and narrative therapy. Anzil and her husband, Heine, have two children. They live in Upington.
Charles Siboto studied at the University of Johannesburg. He worked as an editor for children's and youth literature for four years. He recently relocated to Germany with his wife, where he is teaching English and working as a freelance editor, proofreader and writer.
Sally Partridge was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 notable Young South Africans of 2011. She has received the MER Prize for Youth Literature for four of her novels and won a SALA Award for her novel, Mine, in 2019. She has also been honoured by IBBY International for her young adult fiction. She lives in Cape Town.
Frans Cronje is the CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). He has presented scenarios concerning South Africa’s long-term economic and political prospects to more than a hundred corporations, government departments, foreign governments and political parties. He holds a PhD in scenario planning.
François Bloemhof is a well-established author who has published more than forty titles in various genres and has won numerous prizes along the way. François freelances as a language practitioner and lives in Durbanville.
Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed writer living in Stellenbosch. His publications include twelve novels, inter alia 13 Uur, 2008, Spoor, 2010, 7 Dae, 2011, Kobra, 2013, Ikarus, 2015, Koors, 2016, and Prooi, 2018. Orion, Proteus and Infanta all received the ATKV Prize for Fiction and Prooi was awarded the ATKV Prize for Suspense Fiction.