Mashile studied Law and International Relations at Wits University and is an actress, poet, producer and performer. Her poetry collection, In A Ribbon of Rhythm won the NOMA Award for African Publishing in 2006. It was published in 2005 by Oshun Books
Okot P’ Bitek’s Song of Lawino was first published in the Acholi language, before being translated into English in 1966. Winning recognition on two grounds, style and theme, it is also arguably one of the longest and most substantive works of fiction from Africa.