Nkosinathi Sithole grew up in Hlathikhulu near Estcourt, KwaZulu–Natal. He studied at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and KwaZulu–Natal, and has a PhD in English Studies. He has taught at universities in KwaZulu–Natal, and is currently an associate professor of Literature Studies and Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape. Translation formed an important part of Sithole’s postgraduate studies, which included the translation of hymns and stories from isiZulu. His debut novel, Hunger Eats a Man, won the Barry Ronge Fiction Award in 2016.