Writer, Theatre-Maker, Scholar
Nadia’s plays, At Her Feet, Cissie and What Remains have garnered various theatre awards and nominations (seven Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards, and Naledi and Noma nominations) and have been staged internationally (in Africa, Europe, The United States) at venues such as Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Southbank Centre, Fracsati Theatre and at festivals such as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (2003, 2008, 2017), Afrovibes (2004, 2017) and the London Book Fair. Nadia was a part of the New York Women's Project Playwright’s Lab (2008-2010) and has held writing residencies at the Ledig House (2012, 2015) and at Hedgebrook (2016). Her screenplay adaptation of her short story, The Visit won best South African Film Project at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival.
Her debut novel An Imperfect Blessing published by Umuzi, Random House was shortlisted for both the 2014 UJ Prize and the Pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature and long-listed for the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Award. It was named one of TIA’s best African novels, one of three of Ozy’s ‘Favourite New South African Books’ and Radio702’s 2014 ‘Book of the Year’.
In June 2017 Nadia was elected President of PEN South Africa.
Nadia holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and, as an A.W. Mellon Fellow, has been a visiting scholar/artist at the University of California Berkeley and at New York University. She lectured at Queen Mary University of London between 2009-2016 and is a 2013 recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. In January 2018 she took up an Associate Professorship in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. Her academic work has appeared in The Drama Review, Safundi, The South African Theater Journal and Wasafiri and she has presented her research at Cambridge University, SOAS, U.C.Berkeley, New York University, the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and Edinburgh University
Nadia has presented and written work for the BBC, CNN, the Mail and Guardian, O Magazine, Marie Claire and The Brooklyn Rail, the Johannesburg Review of Books, she’s appeared at the Open Book Festival, the Abantu Festival, Franshoek Literary Festival, various Southbank Festivals and The London Book Fair.