Shubnum Khan is an author, freelance journalist, copywriter and occasional artist. She lectured in Media Studies and English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She has a degree in Media Studies, summa cum laude and a Masters in English, cum laude.
She published her first novel Onion Tears on Indian Muslim women living in South Africa with Penguin at 25. Read more about it here. It has been translated into Italian (Le Radici Altrove).
She has written articles for publications like The Sunday Times, O the Oprah magazine, The Big Issue, Marie Claire, Huffington Post SA, The Daily Vox, Glamour and Al Qalam. She had a fortnightly column with the Sunday Tribune, blogged for the Mail & Guardian's Thought Leader website. Her political cartoons have been featured on Kabobfest.com, Al Jazeera Talk Online, Al Qalam newspaper, The South African Labour Bulletin, The Mail & Guardian and Al Huda.
She has published short stories and fiction in Flash, The Short Story magazine in the UK, the Vietnamese Literary Journal, AJAR, the South African Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine, the South African Literary journal, New Contrast and she has contributed to Cappalens Forslag's Conversational Dictionary in Norway.
Her work has been translated into Italian, Afrikaans, Vietnamese and Norwegian.
She has participated in the Midlands Literary Festival, Franschhoek Literary Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Time of the Writer, Essence Festival's Articulate Africa, the South African Book Fair and the Abantu Book Festival. She has presented at The Foundation for Human Right's Women Seminar, The Writing for Liberty Conference, The Muslimah Today Conference and she has been involved in the Ethekwini Story Telling competition in Durban for 5 years. She has presented her work in Jaipur, Delhi, New York, Shanghai, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
In 2012 she was selected as the Mail & Guardian's top 200 young South Africans.
In 2013, she travelled to Pakistan and then Indian - occupied Kashmir where she taught at a school in a village in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2015 she was selected for the Art Omi Writing Residency in New York. In 2016 she was an artist in residence at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China for 6 months, where she worked on her second novel, Paper Flowers.