Conversation with South African Writer, Shubnum Khan

Credit: cca.ukzn.ac.za

Brief Biography:

Shubnum Khan (1985 – ) is a Durban born writer. She has an Honours degree in Media Studies, summa cum laude and a Master’s degree in English Studies, cum laude from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban. She began her first novel, Onion Tears, for her dissertation in Creative Writing under the supervision of South African poet, Kobus Moolman. The manuscript was subsequently short-listed for the 2009 Citizen Book Prize and for the Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010.  The novel was published by Penguin in 2011 and was selected for the Exclusive Books Homebru list that year.

Shubnum teaches Creative Writing and Media Studies at UKZN. She is a freelance journalist and cartoonist and has published for a number of publications including Al Qalam newspaper, and O, the Oprah magazine.

Note: The interview was conducted at the just ended 15th Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, South Africa.

GeosiReads: Is it your first time at the festival?

SK: It is my first time participating but I have attended before.

GR: Your impressions?

SK: Great. It is an intimate festival with interaction with writers.

GR: Do you write longhand?

SK: No. I write on a computer.

Myself and Shubnum Khan

GR: Have you had any rejections before?

SK: No.

GR: When did you begin to write?

SK: When I was a teenager but started a novel at 21.

GR: Do you write full time?

SK: No. Mostly, writers in South Africa can’t afford to be full time writers.

GR: What theme(s) do you write on?

SK: About women, identity issues like being African and also of Indian women.

GR: Any favourite books?

SK: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee.

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10 Responses to Conversation with South African Writer, Shubnum Khan

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    Lovely interview! A lot of writers in the US work another job as well, I’m sad to say.

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  2. Thiis is rather a short interview. I’mpressed with the author’s background, though.

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  3. Wow, those are short answers! Nice to hear about a new writer, though. Thanks for posting, Geosi!

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  4. Shubnum says:

    Haha, thanks for the interview, Geoffrey. Great work going on here on your blog. As for the short answers – the honest truth is this interview was done in 5 minutes before we could go in for the second session. Next time I will try for longer answers 😉

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  5. I suspect it was a Coetzee that brought you two together. lol. A short pithy interview.

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  6. Hi Shubnam just sent you an email 2 days ago wondering if you got it? Any way just love to hear from you,Thanks,Jayant Dagore,Melbourne,Australia

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    • Hi Shubnam,Good to hear from you after such a long time ,still good wanted to give you my story of Physical and Mental discrimination including JAIL TO MY TWIN BROTHER FOR NO CRIME .(DUE TO PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A WHITE AUSTRALIAN CHEF ,SUSTAINED NECK AND SPINAL INJURIES,DUE FOR SURGERY AND NOW ON A DISABILITY PENSION,EYE WITNESS TO THIS ASSAULT WAS RECORDED IN BLACK AND WHITE BY THE THEN H.R.MANAGER ,DARREN HILDRED (ANOTHER WHITE AUSSIE) BUT NO ACTION TAKEN AGAINST THIS CHEF.LOST MY CAREER ,NAME ,IDENTITY ,JOB NOW LIVING ON A PENSION SINCE LAST 8-9 YRS.
      APPROACHED EVERY SINGLE MEDIA IN AUSTRALIA IN THE LAST 10 YRS,AMNESTY INTL.AND HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE IN MELBOURNE WITH NO SUCCESS.ALSO APPROACHED AMNESTY LONDON OFFICE AND UNITED NATIONS OFFICE WITH NO SUCCESS (AFTER KEEPING MY CASE FOR 2 YRS.TELLING ME WE HAVE LOST YOUR CASE,WHAT A LAUGH),WHILE MY CASE WAS RECEIVED BY THE AMNESTY ON 3 DIFFERENT OCCASSIONS (PROOF IN BLACK AND WHITE AVAILABLE).
      MUCH MORE TO TELL YOU IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED TO PUBLISH SUCH TYPE OF TRUE STORY.
      PLEASE LET ME KNOW ,
      REGARDS,
      JAYANT DAGORE,
      0401968412,
      P.O.BOX.17,
      COBURG,VIC.3058,MELBOURNE,AUSTRALIA

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  7. Shubnum says:

    A bit late this, but no, didn’t get any email Jayant.

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    • Jayant Dagore says:

      Hi Shubnum any chance of you visiting Melbourne?Please feel free to contact me whenever you like to write about my physical and mental abuse in Australia.Regards,Jayant Dagore

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      • jayant dagore says:

        Hi Shubnum,Please feel free to contact me on “whatsapp’ or by EMail as it will be extremely good to catch up .You can also contact me on my Mob.0401968412.You can also contact me on Skype by sending me an invitation .
        Thanks,jayant

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