Nick Mulgrew (1990 - ) was born in Durban to British parents. He attended school at Crawford College North Coast and continued his education at Rhodes University where he obtained a BA in English and Journalism & Media Studies. He later completed his BA Honours in Media Theory & Practice at the University of Cape Town. Mulgrew is currently completing an MA in English Language & Literature.
Mulgrew has worked as a journalist, print designer, typesetter, and critic. However, his work in creative fiction as a publisher and writer has been his primary focus. Mulgrew is the founding associate editor of Prufrock magazine, the Deputy Chair of Short Story Day Africa and the publisher of uHlanga, a poetry press.
In terms of his literary output Mulgrew is the author of two books; a collection of poetry called “the myth of this is that we're all in this together” and a collection of short stories entitled “Stations”. He also co-edited Water: New Short Fiction from Africa, a collection with Karina Szczurek, which was released in 2015.
His works have received a positive reception. Matt Birkinshaw described Water as “an arresting and memorable collection of innovative short fiction from Africa with [an] eye towards social issues”. Karin Schimke expressed a similar sentiment in her Financial Mail review. She highlighted the efforts of the editors “for providing not only a platform for African voices, but a deeply satisfying reading experience”. Karina Szczurek praised Mulgrew for his work in Stations, describing him as possessing “acuity and a perfectly pitched voice”. In her review of Stations, Diane Awerbuck appreciated the way the stories are “so affecting because they are high-concept, but their prose also delivers various bangs for your buck”.
Short stories from Stations have also garnered Mulgrew several accolades since its release. "Posman" was shortlisted for the 2015 White Review Prize. “Turning” was the winner of the 2014 National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award while “Ponta do Ouro” was longlisted for the Twenty in 20 Project. Amongst his other achievements, Mulgrew was awarded a Silver BASA Journalism Award (2015) and selected as a judge for the PEN SA Student Writing Prize (2016).
Mulgrew currently lives in Cape Town. He is working on his first novel.
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