Annie Holmes

Annie Holmes is a writer and filmmaker. She was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. Holmes studied literature in South Africa and then worked as a teacher and book editor.

Annie Holmes earned a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BA with distinction in English from the University of Cape Town.

Holmes was also a documentary producer in Zimbabwe and a television producer in South Africa before enrolling in a fiction writing program in California in 2001.

She holds an MFA (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University.

Annie Holmes debuted with Good Red (2007), a personal memoir of history’s mad gallop through three decades of Independence in this complicated Southern African nation.

In 2010, she published Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives. Alexandra Fuller from Harper’s Magazine said: "Hope Deferred might be the most important publication to have come out of Zimbabwe in the past thirty years."

Another notable work, breach (2016), is a short fiction co-authored with Olumide Popoola, inspired by experiences and interviews in the refugee camp in Calais.

After living in the US and UK, Annie Holmes now resides in Portugal.

Photo credit: annieholmes.net
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