Hello!

B591AAE8-83AB-41A7-9A15-9D93501F15DD_1_105_cI’m Alistair. 

My short fiction has been published in Commonwealth Writers’ adda magazine, Brittle Paper, New Contrast, The Kalahari Review, Kabaka Magazine, and Penny, as well as in the anthologies Queer Africa II, The Other, and Queer Africa: Selected Stories. Queer Africa II was shortlisted for a Lambda Award in 2017.

Non-fiction: I have written for Financial Mail, Daily Maverick, MarkLives, City Press, Mambaonline and GQ South Africa. In my previous life, as a marketing professional, I was Head of Content for Yellowwood, and authored a number of reports and studies on branding, CSI, market research and marketing best practice in Africa. 

My first novel, It Doesn’t Have to be This Way, will be published in February 2022 by Kwela. 

A bit about me

I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I self-published my first novel at age six  (The Advenchas of the Hyooge Sea Dragin) and spent much of my teens writing angsty, terrible poetry. After finishing high school, I spent four years in Europe (Italy for six months, then Scotland, where I earned an MA in Politics at Edinburgh University.) I returned to South Africa in 2007 and worked for many years at a marketing consultancy in Cape Town. In 2015 I moved to New York to complete an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

I currently live in Cape Town with my husband, pug, and enough house plants to constitute a nursery.

Mackay, incidentally, rhymes with sky.