Beverley Naidoo was born in Johannesburg. As a student she joined the resistance to apartheid, leading to detention without trial and exile in England in 1965. Her award-winning fiction includes Journey to Jo’burg (banned in South Africa until 1991), Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, The Other Side of Truth (Carnegie Medal 2000), Web of Lies and a short story collection Out of Bounds. Her PhD explored teenagers’ responses to literature and racism and she has received honorary doctorates from the University of Southampton and the Open University. The Playground is her first stage play and was a Time Out Critis’ Choice 2004. She is on the web at
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