Michelle McGrane (1974 - ) was born in Zimbabwe. She spent her childhood in Malawi, and moved to South Africa with her family when she was fourteen. McGrane has lived in Pietermaritzburg since 1988.
McGrane has published two collections of poetry, Fireflies & Blazing Stars (2002) and Hybrid (2003). She was the recipient of the South African Writers' Circle Hilde Slinger Poetry Award in 2003 and the Quill Award in 2004. McGrane's poems have been published in local literary journals such as Fidelities, Botsotso, Kotaz, LitNet and Timbila as well as internationally in the United Kingdom, America and Canada.
McGrane is dedicated to promoting South African writing and has a strong commitment to developing her work and the work of other writers, through participating in creative writing networks. She was involved as a mentor in the Agenda Feminist Media Project Creative Writing Programme in 2004. This is a writing programme that enables writers with concrete skills to reflect on and write about issues of gender. It specifically seeks to help writers write for an audience and for publication.
She was a participant in the Centre for the Book's Turning the Page festival of emerging South African writing, sponsored by the National Arts Council and the Department of Arts & Culture. The event was held in Cape Town in November 2004.
Remember that first weekend
2002. Fireflies & Blazing Stars. Pietermaritzburg: Trayberry Press.
2003. Hybrid. Pietermaritzburg: Trayberry Press.
2011. The Suitable Girl. South Africa. Modjaji Books.