Maxine Case


When she was young, Maxine Case didn't want to be a writer. Her mother, Diane Case, and her sister Bonita were both writers. "I felt that it was almost expected of me,� she says. "And part of me even thought that my school teachers only thought I could write well because of my mother.� But in 2005 some of those early fears were finally laid to rest. Her first published work, a short story Homing Pigeons, was included in African Compass: New Writing from Southern Africa, a compilation that was the result of a short story competition adjudicated by JM Coetzee. Two years later, Case's All We Have Left Unsaid won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book Africa. Case works as a senior writer and webmaster for the NGO Cape Town Partnership.�Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Caveau, Cape Town