Dr Deena Padayachee
Biography of Dr Deena Padayachee
Dr Deena Padayachee is a medical doctor who qualified at the University of Natal, South Africa.
He has two children, Seshnie and Sagren. He has been awarded the Nadine Gordimer Prize, the Quill Award, the Fay Goldie Award and a Prize for Original Writing by the Grahamstown Eisteddfod.
He is a descendent of indentured sugar cane labourers and lives in Durban. He is PRO of the South African Writers' Circle and an Executive Member of the Live Poets' Society.
He has been invited to address literary gatherings at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Louisiana, the University of Tuebingen, University of Mauritius, Trondheim, Sydney, Australia, Port Louis, Mauritius, Mysore, India, Washinton DC.
His writing has been translated into Tamil and Hindi. His poems and short stories have been broadcast by the SABC in South Africa and Radio MacArthur in Sydney, Australia.
Dr Deena Padayachee's Works:
What's Love got to do with it? This is a book of 10 short stories which was awarded the Olive Schreiner Prize by the English Academy of Southern Africa in 1994.
A Voice from the Cauldron - a book of poems (1987)
A Taste of Melting chocolate - a booklet on AIDS (Macmillan Boleswa) - 1992 written under the pseudonym, Alex Mpanza
To Seshnie Padayachee on turning 18.
By Deena Padayachee
God must be wonderful
If you could have come from Him.
You crawled onto my chest,
Your little 3 year old fingers brushed aside the newspaper I was trying to read.