Christopher Mlalazi
Christopher Mlalazi holding his book, "Running with Mother"
Christopher Mlalazi Image credit Ole Spata
  • Author
  • Playwright
Notable workRunning with Mother

Christopher Mlalazi is a Zimbabwean author and playwright whose books include Many Rivers (2009) and Running With Mother (2012), and the short story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008), which won an award at the National Arts Merit Awards. Mlalazi’s eight plays, including the 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award winner “The Crocodile Of Zambezi,” have all been staged. His poems and stories are online and in print, including in the Caine Prize’s anthology The Obituary Tango (2006) and in The Literary Review.[1]

His second novel, Running with Mother, has been translated into German and Italian.[2]


Christopher Mlalazi was born in 1970 and grew up in Bulawayo, s,till his place of residence when he's in Zimbabwe.


  • From 2013 he was Guest Writer of the City of Hanover, Germany
  • In 2012 he was Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program as part of the US State Department program
  • In 2011 he was Guest Writer at the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden
  • In 2010, Guest Writer at Villa Aurora, in Los Angeles, USA

Books Authored

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  • Running with Mother (2012)
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  • Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008)
  • The Crocodile Of Zambezi

Short Stories

  • The Hand of Darkness in Short Writings from Bulawayo,
  • It’s His Who Wakes the Hare and My Meat! in Short Writings from Bulawayo II,
  • id i in Short Writings from Bulawayo III,
  • King of Bums in Long Time Coming and They Are Coming in Where to Now?


  • 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award winner for The Crocodile Of Zambezi
  • 2009 Outstanding First Creative Published Work for Dancing with Life
  • 2010 Outstanding Fiction Book for Many Rivers (nomination)
  • 2015 Outstanding Children’s Book for Around the Fire — Folktales from Zimbabwe

Racism Incident in Germany

In September 2013 while Christopher Malalazi was Guest Writer of the City of Hanover Germany, he was reportedly denied entry a nightclub because of the color of his skin. The issue was reported to the city council which said it regretted the incident as it was in violation of the "General Equal Treatment Act"[3].


  1. Christopher Mlalazi, "University of Iowa, Retrieved: 19 Jan 2016
  2. Christopher Mlalazi, "African Book Collective, Retrieved: 19 Jan 2016
  3. Tobias Morchner, Kein Zutritt für Autor aus Afrika, Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack GmbH & Co. KG, Published:9 Sept 2013, Retrieved: 19 Jan 2016