Artist: Barbara Adair

Artist: Barbara Adair
Country: South Africa

Barbara Adair is a South African novelist and sometime travel-writer. She teaches human rights law and global democracy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She lives in the city of Johannesburg and rural Limpopo, urban and rural lifestyles influence.

Her first novel In Tangier we Killed the Blue Parrot was shorlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2004. Her second novel, End (Jacana, 2009) was shortlisted for the African Regional Commonwealth Prize.

Barbara has also published many articles in such publications as: Sunday Independent (South Africa), Sunday Times (South Africa), Weekender (South Africa), Horizon (British Airways), Selamtra (Ethiopian Airways), New Contrast Literary Journal (South Africa), From the Great Wall to the Grand Canyon (US publication), and Sensitive Skin Magazine (NYC).

South African Labour Bulletin
The Industrial Law Journal

The Sunday Independent,
The Sunday Times,
Selamtra Magazine (Ethiopian Airways), Horizon Magazine (British Airways),
New Contrast,
Gay and Lesbian Stories (SA),
Sensitive Skin Magazine


  • In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot • Jacana Publishers, Johannesburg, June 2004; Short listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award (2005)
  • END • Jacana Publishers, Johannesburg, October 2007; Short listed for the African region Commonwealth Award (2008)
  • Queer Africa – New and Collected Fiction • Ma Thoko Books, July 2013; Winner of the LAMBDA award (USA) for short stories


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