Meg Vandermerwe was born in South Africa in 1978 and raised and educated in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, Sussex, and East Anglia.
Zebra Crossing was written as a part of her PhD at the University of Lancaster. After twenty-two years of living abroad, she returned to Cape Town in 2008. She lectures Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of the Western Cape, where her responsibilities include UWC Creates, the first multilingual Creative Writing programme in South African higher education. A collection of her short stories, This Place I Call Home, was published in 2010.