About the Author

Christine Lucia was born in London and educated at Oxford University (St Anne's College) and Durham University. In 1974 she emigrated to South Africa where she pursued a career as a pianist, musicologist, and music journalist, chairing several university music departments through periods of social transformation in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2003 she enrolled for an MA in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, winning the English Department’s Hofmeyr Prize for short fiction in 2005 and graduating cum laude in 2007. She has published five short stories and written an opera libretto (Searching for Salome) for composer Michael Blake, based on Etienne Leroux’s novel Seven Days at the Silbersteins. She has retired from full-time academia and now lives in England where she works as an online music publisher and writer.

Christine Lucia has also written non-fiction. She researched and edited The World of South African Music: A Reader (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005) and Music Notation: A South African Guide (Unisa Press, 2011), and from 2004 to 2008 was editor of SAMUS: South African Music Studies. She has contributed chapters to Towards an African Pianism (USA, 2005), Composing Apartheid: Music For and Against Apartheid (SA, 2008), and Unsettling Whiteness (UK, 2014), and has published articles on Irish composer Kevin Volans and Lesotho composer J.P. Mohapeloa.  She was Overseas Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University 2001-2002 and resident scholar at the Bellagio Rockefeller Center 2009, and since 2009 she has been Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch.