Authors Birthdays: March

Gillian Slovo (born 15 March 1952) is a South African-born novelist, playwright and memoirist. She has lived in London since 1964 and has one daughter, Cassie.

Slovo’s novels were at first predominantly of the crime and thriller genres, including a series featuring the detective Kate Baeier,but she has since written more literary fiction. Her 2000 work Red Dust, a courtroom drama that explores the meanings and effects of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was made into a film of the same name released in 2004, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jamie Bartlett.

Slovo’s 2004 work Ice Road was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. The novel incorporates real events (the death of Sergey Kirov) with a fictionalised rendering of life during the Siege of Leningrad.

Slovo was the 25th president of the English Centre of International PEN, the worldwide writers fellowship. In 2012 she took part in a PEN International delegation to Mexico to protest the killing of journalists in that country, alongside presidents of other PEN Centres and internationally prominent writers.

1.Patricia Schonstein – 12 March 1952

2.Zacharie Séry Bailly – 13 March 1948

3.Abdelkader Alloula – 1939 – died 14 March 1994

4.Gillian Slovo – 15 March 1952

5.Alba Bouwer – 16 March 1920 – died 5 October 2010

6.Angela Makholwa -17 March 1976

7.Micheline Coulibaly – 1950 – died 19 March 2003

8.Wilna Adriaanse – 19 March 1958

9.Jonny Steinberg – 22 March 22, 1970

10.Ananda Devi – 23 March 1957

11.Olive Schreiner – 24 March 1855 – died 11 December 1920

12.Jack Mapanje – 25 March 1944


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