C.J. ("Jonty") Driver was born in Cape Town and spent his youth
in various provinces of South Africa, later teaching in Zimbabwe
(then Rhodesia), and at Cape Town Unviersity. He was elected
President of the National Union of South African Students in 1963,
but in 1964 was detained in solitary confinement on suspicion of
involvement in the African Resistance Movement. On his release he
moved to England, holding posts as teacher, headmaster and research
fellow at various academic institutions there and in Hong Kong.
He has published six collections of poems, five novels (the first,
Elegy for a Revolutionary, in 1968, and the latest,
Shades of Darkness, in 2004) and a biography, Patrick
Duncan, South African and Pan-African (1980). His latest work is
So Far: Selected Poems 1960-2004.
He recently became an honorary senior lecturer in the School of
Literature and Creative Writing of the UEA, and was awarded a
Bogliasco Fellowship to pursue his writing at the Liguria Study
Centre in Italy. He was one of the judges of the 2007 Caine Prize
for African Writing.
He lives in East Sussex.
More information: C J
Driver's official web site