Nadia Dala


Nadia Dala (b. 1971) is a Flemish-Moroccan writer and journalist. She studied Oriental philology and history, among others in Tunisia and Egypt. For a long time Dala worked as a journalist for the newspapers De Morgen and De Standaard. As a reporter she has travelled through much of the Arab-Islamic world. In 2003 she helped introduce the diversity policy of the Flemish public broadcaster VRT, where she worked on programmes such as Voetzoeker, Republica and Moslima's. At present Dala teaches international reportage at the Thomas More Hogeschool and works as a journalist for the weekend supplement of De Morgen.

Nadia Dala writes both fiction and non-fiction. In 1995 she published Allah weent om Algiers, a collaboration with Wim de Neuter in which Dala explores the causes underlying the Algerian crisis of the early 1990s. In Als sluiers vallen (2005), Dala draws on conversations with different Muslim women to sketch ten distinct portraits that evoke the sense of meaning and the feeling of having something to hold on to.

In 2008 she released her first novel, Waarom ik mijn moeder de hals doorsneed, in which she describes the unique but unusual and sadistic relationship between a mother and her daughter. In 2009 she published the radio book De Engel, in which Dala writes about the feeling of belonging nowhere.

In January 2017 Nadia Dala will reside for two weeks in Het Lijsternest, where she will work on her second novel, to be released in the autumn of 2017.


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