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Madibaland World Literary Festival: Sumayya Lee


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Sumayya Lee was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. She has worked as an Islamic Studies teacher, Montessori Directress and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Her debut, The Story of Maha (Kwela, 2007) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book – Africa and Longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. It is currently on the undergraduate Curriculum at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her second novel, Maha, Ever After was published by Kwela in 2009. She is also a judge for the Young Muslim Writers Awards, UK for. Sumayya has mentored on the Writivism Literary Initiative and has judged the annual Writivism Short Story Prize. She currently serves as Mentoring and Residencies coordinator and is part of the Advisory Board at Writivism.