I am Saaleha Idrees Bamjee (sometimes by-lined as Saaleha Bamjee or Saaleha Bamjee-Mayet), a believer who holds zealously the notion that God has a sense of humour and that everyone should kill their own Buddhas.
I was born in 1983 and grew up in the small town of Azaadville on Joburg’s West Rand. I now live closer to the city skyline, working as a freelance writer and photographer. My alma maters include Ahmed Timol Secondary School, the University of Johannesburg (RAU in my time) and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). I have an MA in Creative Writing from Rhodes University, Makhanda and my work has appeared in local and international literary journals. My first poetry collection, ZIKR, was published by uHlanga Press in 2018 and is the 2020 recipient of the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize. A food pornographer by calling, I would like to one day create a confessional recipe book in measures of rhythm and breath. I also maintain a food and craft blog called Ice Cream Everyday.
If you’re looking for the other writer named Saaleha Bhamjee (yes really, there’s another one) you can find her blog at Afrocentric Muslimah