Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of 'Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective' (2007), 'Memoirs for Kimya' (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence 'SoPhia' (2012). Her work has been shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize and the prestigious K Sello Duiker Award 2013, and she has been awarded in Hay Festival's category of top 39 authors under the age of 40 in Africa during the London Book Fair 2014. Her award-winning crime short story, The Pink Oysters was subsequently published by Bloomsbury UK as part of the Africa39 collective.
She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her anthology, 'Soul Seeds for Shade and Solitude' was published in 2014. In 2014, SoPhia, was adapted for stage by an all-female cast directed by Firdoze Bulbulia. The production, entitled SoPhiaTwenty20, ended a successful run in the Intimate Theatre at the State Theatre in Pretoria on 24 August 2014.
Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Hassim's new series of young adult fiction was launched in October 2016, with the first book titled 'Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville.'
Faces, spaces, reflections
2009. Memoirs For Kimya. Johannesburg: Wordfire Press
2011. Belly of Fire. (Anthology Editor)
2012. SoPhia. Johannesburg: WordFlute
2014. Soul Seeds for Shade and Solitude (Anthology). Johannesburg: WordFlute Press.
2016. Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville. Johannesburg: WordFlute Press.