Hello!

Alistair MackayI’m Alistair. Welcome to the home of some of my writing. I hope you enjoy it.

My short stories have appeared in Commonwealth Writers, 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.

I have also written for Financial Mail, Daily Maverick, MarkLives, City Press, Mambaonline and GQ South Africa.

A bit about me

I grew up in Johannesburg, and moved to Scotland after high school to complete an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University. When I moved back to South Africa, I worked for many years at a marketing consultancy (first as a brand strategist and then as head of content). I’ve also dabbled in political communications and architecture. From 2015 – 2018 I lived in New York City, where I completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Mackay, incidentally, rhymes with sky.