Mariam Akabor

Mariam Akabor

Mariam Akabor

Akabor was fifteen years old and in grade ten when she attended her first creative writing lesson with Felicity Keats. That same year, she had two books published with Umsinsi Press. The following year, in grade eleven, she initiated a quarterly creative writing newsletter, called Ink-links, which was available to high schools in Durban. Mariam interviewed authors, wrote articles, and provided tips for young writers. By the time she was in Matric, she had two more books published by Umsinsi Press, including a non-fiction book called 101 Tips for Young Writers.

Following Matric, Mariam read for a BA degree in English and Media at the University of Natal, now University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College. She then completed her Honours degree, cum laude, followed by her Masters in English with a focus on Creative Writing. During her student years at the university, she created and edited the Dancing Pencils Club Magazine, catering for members of Dancing Pencils Clubs around the country.
In her Honours year, she started writing a collection of short stories, which was published by Umsinsi Press a year after completion of her degree. The collection of eleven stories, called Flat 9, is based in Durban’s Grey Street and is a rich and colourful collection of stories. Based on her own experiences of living in Grey Street after she got married,Flat 9 was chosen to be included in the UKZN’s Literary Tourism Project in the Grey Street Writers Trail.
It was also approved as a high school reader by the Mpumalanga Department of Education. Mariam is one of forty-four South African Indian writers whose work has been chosen for inclusion in the literary anthology The Vintage Book of South African Indian Writers (STE Publishers, 2010).
Mariam is happily married to Mohammed and now is a mother to her energetic three-year-old son, Zayd. Before joining the team at Umsinsi again this year as an editor, she wrote articles for Living and Loving magazine and for international magazine, SISTERS.

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