Zukiswa was one of 66 writers in the world (with Wole Soyinka, Jeanette Winterson, and Mandla Langa, among others) to write a contemporary response to the Bible. The works were staged in London theatres and at Westminister Abbey in October 2011. 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible’s proceeds benefit disadvantaged art students.
Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam(Jacana Media SA) was released in August 2013. Maid in SA is a laugh-out-loud take on a woman’s home, but is as serious as the security guards in gated communities. It is a quirky, lighter look at one of South Africa’s most important, yet most overlooked, relationships: that between a domestic worker and her madam. In this book you’ll find the women in your life – your mothers, your sisters, your cousins, your friends and yourself. See Excerpt and more about Maid in SA.
Zukiswa Wanner’s Past Projects
. Novelist : Commonwealth Best Book Africa Region and Herman Charles Bosman Award shortlisted novel Men of the South (2010); Behind Every Successful Man (2008); South African Literary Award shortlisted for Best Book by a writer under 35 The Madams (2006)
· 2012 Opensociety Writer of The Politics of Race, Class, and Identity in SA Educationhttp://www.guernicamag.com/
· Writer of 2011 Mail & Guardian’s book of Women Introductory essay , Being a Woman in South Africahttp://bow2011.mg.co.za/
· 2011 co-editor of Outcasts – a collection of short stories from Africa and Asia with Indian writer Rohini Chowdhury.
· Writer – children’s books Jama Loves Bananas and Refilwe 2012.
· Co-authored A Prisoner’s Home (2010) , a biography on 8115 Vilakazi Street with award-winning South African photographer Alf Kumalo.
· Co-authored L’Esprit du Sport (2010) with three French writers, five South African writers, and French photographer Amelie Debray.
· Founder of ReadSA – a writer-initiated campaign to get South Africans reading with a particular emphasis on donating locally-written books to school libraries (and where unavailable, start libraries).
· Was in inaugural writing team for first South African radio soapie in English, SAFM’s Radio Vuka.
· Contributed to the anthology Home Away (2010), a collection by South African writers whose profits continue to benefit victims of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
· Guest edited Dec 2007/Jan 2008 and Jan/Feb 2011 issues of British-based online literary journal, African Writing and continues to be a blogger for said journal.
· 2008 Editor of Global Campaign to Education’s Big Read (a collection of stories, essays, and testimonies from world citizens on the importance of reading).
· Has conducted writing workshops for writers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Norway, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Denmark.
· Contributed articles to Observer, New Statesman, O, Elle, The Guardian, Africa Review, Mail & Guardian, Marie Claire, Real, and Juice ; Wordsetc, New African, New African Woman literary essays to Afropolitan, OpenSpace,Soros Foundation, Wordsetc, Baobab, Sunday Independent, City Press, & Sunday Times.
· Listed on Africa Report’s People to Watch for 2010.
· Ranked in the top 25 by East African magazine’s Top 25 African Writers in 2011.
. One of 200 Young South Africans To Take to Lunch 2009 for work in literature
· One of 100 influential South African women listed in Mail & Guardian’s 2010 Book of Women and wrote the introduction to the Book of Women for 2011.