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Thabiso Mahlape is the Founder of Blackbird Books in South Africa, an independent publishing house that is dedicated to giving young african writers a platform . This the is tenth year of her working in publishing and five years of Blackbird Books.
Thabiso holds a Bachelor of Information Science degree specialising in Publishing from the University of Pretoria. In between juggling submissions, proofs and sales, Mahlape is a columnist: she writes regularly for The Sowetan Newspaper and has contributed to magazines such a Destiny and VISI.