Barbara Adair is an author who practiced as an attorney litigating on human rights issues and who also taught constitutional law at the University of Witwatersrand. She is currently registered as a PhD student at the University of Pretoria.

Adair has published three novels, In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot (2005, Jacana), which was short listed for the Sunday Times Fiction award, 2005; END (2009, Jacana), short listed for the African Regional Commonwealth Prize, 2010; and WILL, the Passenger who is Delaying Flight ….., (2020, Modjaji).

She has also written extensive newspaper and magazine articles for the Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Weekender, Horizon, Selamtra as well as book reviews in Sensitive Skin Magazine, (NYC). Her short stories have appeared in New Contrast Literary Journal (South Africa), From the Great Wall to the Grand Canyon (US publication), Queer Africa – New and Collected Fiction: A collection of Southern African short stories. (Winner of the LAMDA (USA) prize for collected stories), Queer Africa 2, a collection of queer Southern African short stories (finalist for the LAMDA (USA) awards 2018), Walking the Tightrope – Poetry and prose by LGBTQ writers from Africa.

Adair’slegacy Work inludes:My Book of Life for Stefanie Hassell, Veronica’s Baby for Cyril Wides, Monty Mahobe – The Story of a Life for Artists Proof Studio, and Please can You tell Me What is Happening for Sylvestre Sendacyeye, A Rwandan Genocide Survivor.

Adair’s prolific body of writing also includes a collaboration: The telling and writing of personal stories with the director, Murray Nossel, of Narativ Inc. (USA)

You can visit Barbara’s website, here:

A stunning review of WILL, the Passenger who is Delaying Flight ….., (2020, Modjaji) can be found here: Barbara Adair’s novel “Will..” – My View by Robyn Sassen and other writers (

WILL, the Passenger who is Delaying Flight ….., (2020, Modjaji) has been longlisted for the Sunday Times/CNA Literary Awards.

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