About Michael Cawood Green
In his student years at the University of Natal, funding his studies by working as a stoker on the railways, Michael Cawood Green achieved some recognition as a protest-oriented singer-songwriter. After completing his Masters Degree at Stanford University, California, he lectured English at the then Rand Afrikaans University, performing as a solo musician and in a range of bands in his free time. A Commonwealth scholarship then took Green to the University of York to study for his doctorate. On returning to South Africa he went to the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban where he is currently a Senior Professor and Head of English.
Apart from many scholarly articles and contributions to anthologies of creative work, Green is the author a literary study, Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction, and Sinking: A Verse Novella, for which he was awarded the University of Natal Book Prize in the ‘Popular’ Book Category in 1998. In 1999 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship and spent a year in London as a Visiting Scholar and Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He regularly contributes to national and international conferences and colloquia, and has been an invited speaker at academic events in the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, and Poland. He is also one of the founders of the extremely successful Poetry Africa and Time of the Writer Festivals held annually in Durban.
Michael Cawood Green has received many awards, including three awards for excellence in teaching at his Alma Mater and a Commonwealth Fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1998-1999.