Achmat Dangor. (1948-) Novelist, playwright and poet.
Achmat was born in Johannesburg in 1948. He was banned from 1973-1978.
His poetry was published in the journals Wietie and Staffrider, anthologised in A Century of South African Poetry (1981) and published in the collection Bulldozer (1983). He also wrote the novel Bitter Fruit.
His membership of the cultural group Black Thoughts in 1973 led to his banning for six years. He subsequently taught creative writing at City University in New York. On his return to South Africa he worked for Kagiso and the Independent Development Trust. In 2000 he was attached to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
His plays include Majiet.
Winner of the Mofolo-Plomer Prize for the short story Waiting for Leila (1981). His work has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004.
Beeld, 6 August 2000.
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