Nadia Davids

AboutNadia Davids

Nadia Davids is a writer, theatre-maker and scholar. In 2014, she published her debut novel, An Imperfect Blessing. It was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award, was named one of This Is Africa’s best African novels, and won the Pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature. Her plays, At Her Feet, Cissie and What Remains have been staged throughout- Southern Africa, Europe and in the United States and have garnered various theatre awards. She has held several residencies, including as a Mellon visiting scholar/artist at the University of California, Berkeley and New York University, and two years as part of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab in New York City. Nadia holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town. She taught at Queen Mary University of London from 2009 to 2016, was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize, and in January 2018 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 her personal essays have appeared in Johannesburg Review of Books and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the current President of PEN South Africa.