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Masande Ntshanga was born in East London and grew up between Mdantsane, Zeleni, Bisho, King William's Town, Estcourt and Pietermaritzburg. He started writing as a teenager, perhaps in response to the impact of transition, and published his first story at eighteen. He attended the University of Cape Town and received a BA in Film and Media Production, as well as a BA (Honours) in English Studies.  He then went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing with distinction under the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. His stories have been included in Laugh it Off, itch magazine, Imago, and other venues. His debut novel, The Reactive, was published by Random House Struik in 2014.