zp dala

Zainab Priya (zp) Dala is a freelance novelist, poet and playwright. Her debut novel, What about Meera (Umuzi, 2015), won the Inaugural Minara Aziz Hassim Award and was longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The architecture of loss (Pegasus New York, 2017; Speaking Tiger India, 2018), has been released worldwide and is a fiction based on fact novel about the patriarchy and forgotten women of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, The Witness, The Post and The Sunday Tribune. She received an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from the University of Iowa in 2016.

Memory against forgetting

zp dala Opinion 2021-07-19

"What we talk about immediately is looting, groceries and medication. Durban, the city where I live, is in the throes of violence and looting such as never seen before in South African history."

Kwarantynketting: A tale of two hats, lost words and a pandemic by Zainab Priya Dala

zp dala Kwarantynketting 2020-04-29

Writer Zainab Priya Dala tells more about her experience as a healthcare worker in the time of COVID-19.

Love in a time of burning: Remembering Winnie Mandela

zp dala In memoriam 2018-04-03

"Perhaps, this mettle was her undoing. This fierce and abiding spirit to 'play equal with the boys' was the reason why the one Winnie inside her would suffer at the hands of the other."