ZP Dala – Official Biography Press Release, 2015 (Penguin Random House Umuzi)
Zainub Priya Dala is a therapist and full-time writer. 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, Elle Magazine and Woman and Home Magazine.
She has been second prize winner in the 2012 True Stories of KwaZulu Natal, second prize winner in the Woman and Home Short Story Competition and finalist in the Elle Magazine Short Story Competition.
ZP Dala has also been published in the Sentinel Literary Journal, Nigeria, and won first prize in the Annual Short Story Competition, Texas, USA.
She has first published a debut fantasy fiction series “Mystical Realms” via Chamberton Publishers, California, USA in 2012. It is currently being sold as an audio-book via Audioshelf. (@AudioShelf)
She 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, Zainub’s completed full length novel, “What About Meera?” is due for official launch in March 2015 by Penguin Random House Struik, Umuzi.
Professional reviewers of the novel have called it “a devastating new piece of writing told with the voice of a South African Indian woman – a voice not heard often.” ; and “This author can write. She has a gift for words. The language is almost Joycean, and ironically for a novel partly set in Dublin, it has a feel of Ulysses about it.” (Umuzi Random House).
Zainub hails from the very world she richly describes in her novel. The rural sugar plantations, the tiny villages are the places of her stories, those dusty stories hidden away in cupboards and tin chests. The city of Durban, in all its dichotomy forms the backdrop for her literary work. Durban-based stories are her passion, and are told with a well-researched but lyrical narrative.
Zainub has been included on the 2015 Goodreads Sunday Times list of Top Novelists to look out for in 2015.
“What About Meera” has been included in the Penguin Random House Umuzi’s “I Luv SaFiction” media campaign, and is on the Exclusive Books “HomeBru” list of novels of exceptional South African Fiction.
The novel will be the featured novel at the 2015 Time of the Writer Festival in Durban and officially launches on 21 March 2015 at the KZNSA Art Gallery as the closing event of the Festival. ZP Dala will also be a panelist during the Festival on numerous discussion platforms.
She is married to Elias, and has a 6 year old daughter, and a 3 year old son. She lives in Morningside, Durban.