: Lishivha (W.)

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223pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2022


Memoir by Welcome Mandla Lishivha. A freelance journalist, he worked as a travel writer for Getaway magazine and has written for Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, Reuters, GQ and City Press. He is currently a PhD candidate in Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria.

"Boy on the Run is tough and fragile, tragic and resilient, and utterly compelling. Welcome Lishivha has broken new ground in South African literature, in the voice he finds – and the stories he tells – about growing up poor, and queer, and loved, in a South African township. It is destined to be a classic." Mark Gevisser, author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Welcome Mandla Lishivha was born in 1991 in Soshanguve, a township north of Pretoria.