Serote, Mongane Wally

About Mongane Wally Serote

Biography (South African History Online)



Chapman, Michael. "The Possibilities of Imaginative Expression in A State of Emergeny." The English Academy Review, Feb. 1988



Meli, Francis, et al. "The Role of Culture in the African Revolution: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Mongane Wally Serote in a Round-Table Discussion." Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Speaks: Interviews with the Kenyan Writer, Sander and Lindfors (eds.), 2006

Solberg, Rolf. "Interview." Writing South Africa: Literature Apartheid, and Democracy, 1970-1995, Attridge and Jolly (eds.), 1998

McCord, Andrew. "Black Man's Burden: A Conversation with Mongane Wally Serote." Transition, 1993

Serote, Jaki. "Poet in Exile: An Interview." Staffrider, vol. 4, no. 1, Apr./May 1981



Nicholls, Brendon. "Decolonization and Popular Poetics: From Soweto Poetry to Diasporic Solidarity." English in Africa, vol. 45, no. 3, Nov. 2018

Sakiru, Adebayo. "The Psychology of Oppression and Liberation in Mongane Serote's To Every Birth Its Blood." Journal of Pan African Studies, vol. 12, no. 4, Oct. 2018

Milazzo, Marzia. "Reconciling Racial Revelations in Post-Apartheid South African Literature." Research in African Literatures, vol. 47, no. 1, 2016

Penfold, Tom. "Volume, Power, Originality: Reassessing the Complexities of Soweto Poety." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 41, no. 4, Aug. 2015

Radithalo, Thlalo. "Mongane Wally Serote [Special Section]." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 31, no. 1, Mar. 2015

Olaoluwa, Senayon S. "Liberation Struggle, Memory and Freedom in Mongane Serote's Freedom Lament and Song." African Identities, vol. 10, no. 1, Feb. 2012

Collier, Gordon. "Africa in the World." Series: Engaging with Literature of Commitment, 2012

Heyns, Michiel. "An Ethical Universal in the Postcolonial Novel: 'A Certain Simple Respect'?" Thresholds of Western Culture: Identity, Postcoloniality, Transnationalism, Foster and Froman (eds.), 2002

Reckwitz, Erhard. "Anomy vs. Agency in M. W. Serote's To Every Birth Its Blood.East-Central European Traumas and a Millennial Condition,  Bialas and Krajka (eds.), 1999

Abrahams, Cecil. "From Lament to Revolution: Progression in the Works of Two South African Writers." Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa's Development, Adams and Mayes (eds.), 1998

Sole, Kelwyn. "'This Time Set Again': The Temporal and Political Conceptions of Serote's To Every Birth Its Blood." English in Africa, vol. 18, no. 1, May 1991

Patel, Essop. "Mongane Wally Serote: Poet of Revolution." Third World Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 1990

Sole, Kelwyn. "The Days of Power: Depictions of Politics and Community in Four Recent South African Novels." Research in African Literatures, vol. 19, no. 1, 1988

Abrahams, Cecil. "The South African Writer in a Changing Society." Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, vol. 2, no. 3-4, 1988

Wake, Clive. "Practical Criticism or Literary Commentary." Research in African Literatures, vol. 16, no. 1, 1985

Barboure, Dorian. "Mongane Serote: Humanist and Revolutionary." Momentum: On Recent South African Writing, Daymond et al. (eds.), 1984




Scatter the Ashes and Go (2002)

Gods of Our Time (1999)

To Every Birth its Blood (1981)

The Black Word (1978)


Poetry Collections

History is the Home Address (2004)

Freedom, Lament and Song (1997)

Come and Hope With Me (1994)

Third World Express (1992)

A Tough Tale (1987)

The Night Keeps Winking (1982)

Behold Mama, Flowers (1978)

No Baby Must Weep (1975)

Tsetlo (1974)

Yakhal'inkomo (1972)


Essays/Articles/Non-Ficton/Short Stories

Hyenas (2001)

On the Horizon (1990)

"Power to the People. A Glory to Creativity." Criticism and Ideology, Petersen (ed.), 1986


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Mongane Wally Serote Interview. YouTube, 7 Sep. 2014

Mongane Wally Serote on the Role of Literature in the Freedom Struggle. YouTube, 4 May 2014

Mongane Wally Serote on His Plans to Launch Discussions into African Identity. YouTube, 5 Apr. 2013