- Category: TOW 2015
Zainub Priya Dala is a therapist and full-time writer. She is a resident of Durban, married to Elias, and has a sixyear- old daughter and three-year-old son. She has published short stories and articles in the literary fiction genre in various newspapers and magazines in South Africa, including The Natal Witness, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine. She has been second prizewinner in the 2012 True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal, second prize winner in the Woman and HomeShort Story Competition, and finalist in the Elle Magazine Short Story Competition. Zainub has also been published in the Sentinel Literary Journal, Nigeria, and won first prize in the Annual Short Story Competition in Texas, USA. She published her debut fantasy fiction novella Mystical Realms via Chamberton Publishers, California, USA in 2012. It is currently sold as an audio-book via Audioshelf.
Dala has worked in collaboration with Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed on a chapter contribution to the book: Chatsworth, The Making of a South African Township (2013). Having obtained a certificate in Creative Writing from UCT, Dala's completed full-length novel, What About Meera? is due for official launch in March 2015 by Random House Struik, Umuzi. Dala hails from the very world she richly describes in her novel. Rural sugar plantations and tiny villages are the places of her stories; those dusty stories hidden away in cupboards and tin chests. Dala has been included on the 2015 Goodreads Sunday Times list of Top Novelists to look out for in 2015.
Mystical Realms, 2012, Chamberton Publishers
What about Meera, 2015, Random House Struik, Umuzi