Deena Padayachee

Dr Deena Padayachee was born in Durban. He qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Natal and has worked at a free government clinic for 17 years. He has his own medical practice in Phoenix, Durban.

His poems have been published in Wasafiri (London), Het Kompass (Australia), CRUX, (USA), the Wild Water Review and The World Anthology of Love Poetry, edited by Dr Amitabh Mitra. In 1987 his poems were published in a volume called A Voice from the Cauldron.

Deena's short stories have been published in the USA, UK, Denmark, India and Canada. Some have been broadcast on radio and translated into Tamil and Hindi. In 2004 his book of short stories What's love got to do with it? was prescribed for matrics in KZN.

His short stories have been published in many literary collections including

The University of Cambridge's WRITING FROM SOUTH AFRICA
The Reader's Digest's collection of the Best South African Short Stories
The University of Aarhus' Kunapipi Literary Journal
The Omnibus of South African Short Stories
Johnathan Ball's Century of South African Short Stories
The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African Short Stories
The Vita-Collection of South African Short Stories
The Hippogriff Short Story Collection
Ravan Press' To Kill a Man's Pride. Second Edition - edited by
Marcus Ramogal

SA Indian Writing in English edited by Professor Rajendra Chetty.
Attitudes by Juta
Modern South African Short Stories edited by Stephen Gray (Johnathan Ball), 2002

Deena Padyachee is a winner of the Nadine Gordimer Prize (1991) and the Olive Schreiner Prize for prose (1994), as well as the Fay Goldie (1993) and the Quill Awards (1993) for his prose.

He has been invited to the University of Tuebingen (Germany), Trondheim, University of Copenhagen, Washington DC, Mysore, the University of Mauritius and the State University of Louisiana to read his short stories and poems and discuss his writing.

For the last four years he had penned a monthly column for The Sunday Times Extra called "Under the Skin".

Deena has been interviewed by SATV, SAFM, Radio Lotus and MacArthur Radio Station (Sydney, Australia), as well as many newspapers including the Leader newspaper of Durban, the Weekly Mail, the Daily News, The Natal Mercury, the Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Times, as well as the Leader newspaper in Sydney, Australia.

Opgedateer/Updated: 2008-12-10
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