Mbozi Haimbe was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, where she lived until her mid-twenties when she migrated to the United Kingdom. Whether realist or speculative, short stories or long-form prose, all of Mbozi’s fiction is inspired by Africa. Her short story Madam’s Sister (Granta) won the Africa region prize of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019, and a 2020 PEN America/Robert J. Dau Prize. Her short story Shelter was the runner-up in the Short Story Day Africa Prize 2020, and was published in the anthology Disruption (Catalyst Press).
Mbozi has a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She was awarded a Develop Your Creative Practice award by Arts Council England in January 2020. She is currently working on her debut novel, a story loosely based on the Makishi masquerade traditions of the North-western people of Zambia. A qualified social worker by profession, Mbozi lives in Norfolk with her family.