A bit of a bastard

I always thought I’d be writing books, not designing them.

My first reaction on seeing the announcement was, “Nee vok.”

I have no idea why I was channeling an Afrikaans man at something-past-eleven this morning.

I was so chuffed at making the short-list, that I sketched out no scenarios beyond having my design right up there alongside the freakishly talented (they might be mutants) Fatima Cassim, Yusuf Dajee and Shubnum Khan.

I’m still a bit shell-shocked at the judges’ decision, though I am grateful for this crack at building my design profile.

An ileum-deep thank you goes out to those who included my design in their nominations and to my great friends; whose faith in me is unwavering even when I’m not much of a believer.

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on www.shootcake.com) based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

8 thoughts on “A bit of a bastard”

  1. Saals, we all look forward to reading a book of yours one day in the near future Inshallah.
    As Ayesha said Jill of all trades. Master (mistress?) of all. Mashallah
    Congrats again.

  2. funnily enough you were the only one who didnt plug their design at me to vote 😛 i had no idea you were in until the shortlist and designer names were announced. you deserve all the cred you get and iA i envisage this is just the start as it were (and wat a wonderful way to begin?).

    i’m also honoured to have met you, the winner of Zuma’s B cover – see, my claim to fame. 😉

  3. once again, never a more deserved person 🙂 you rock and you’re one talented
    beep beep beep [ will fill those in after Ramadaan :)]

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