Arja Salafranca

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Province:Gauteng (South)

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Media:Books, Newspapers, Internet - Website and Blogging, Trade Publications, Consumer Magazines, Public Relations, Social Media
Speciality:General, Travel, Academic, Humour, Columnist, Culture, Fiction
Profession:Writer, Editor, Trainer/Lecturer, Proofreader, Subeditor, Copyeditor, Journalist


Arja Salafranca is a fiction and non-fiction writer. has published three collections of poetry, A Life Stripped of Illusions, which received the Sanlam Award for poetry and The Fire in which we Burn. Her third poetry collection is Beyond Touch (Modjaji Books/Dye Hard Press 2015). This collection was the co-winner in the poetry category of the South African Literary Awards in 2016.

Her fiction has been published in local and international journals and anthologies, as well as online. Her debut collection of short fiction, The Thin Line, was published in 2010 (Modjaji Books).

Arja was a participant in the 2004 Online writer’s conference, the 2004 Writer’s Conference hosted by Centre of the Book and the Poetry Africa 2007 Festival, and the 2010 Women Writers Conference held by the Department of Arts and Culture. She participated in the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2010, 2012 and again in 2014.

An anthology of prose and poetry, Glass Jars Among Trees, which she edited with the poet Alan Finlay, was published in 2003. She also edited an anthology of short fiction, The Edge of Things (Dye Hard Press, 2011).

She is the recipient of the 1994 and 1999 Sanlan Award, for poetry and fiction, and the 2010 DALRO poetry award for poetry. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Thomas Pringle Award for a short story. In 2012 The Thin Line was longlisted for the Wole Soyinka Award. Most recently she has been longlisted for the 2016 Sol Plaatje EU Awards and Short Story Day Africa 2016 anthology.

She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wits University.

She was the lifestyle and arts editor on The Sunday Independent from 2003 to 2016. She currently freelances as an editor, writer, writing tutor, and gives writing workshops in travel writing, among others. Her non-fiction collection of personal and travel essays is forthcoming from Modjaji Books. 

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