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Rayda Jacobs

Freelance Creative Writer & Article Writer

Location:Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2 Skills


Nominated for Best Writer at the SAFTA Awards Ceremony in 2008 for the film
“Confessions of a Gambler” which was nominated for 6 awards. Also won for Music Composition

Feature Films:
Confessions of a Gambler Writer/Director/Lead Actress – Five Film Festivals
Crossroads - to be filmed 2010

God Has Many Names Producer/Director/Writer
A Minute with God Producer/Director /Writer
Portrait of Muslim Women Camera/Producer/Director/Editor
The Tuan of Antonie’s Gat Producer/Director/Writer/Editor
Nine Eleven Muslims in the Americas Camera/Producer/Director/Editor
The Legacy of Muhammad Producer/Director/Writer/Editor

Drama Series:
The Summer of ‘94 - serialization for YOU Magazine

The Middle Children Second Story Press, Toronto, 1994
Eyes of the Sky Kwela Books, Cape Town, 1996
The Slave Book Kwela Books, Cape Town, 1998
Sachs Street Kwela Books, Cape Town, 2001
Confessions of a Gambler Kwela Books, Cape Town, 2003
Postcards from South Africa Juta Books, Cape Town, 2004
The Mecca Diaries Juta Books, Cape Town, May 2005
My Father’s Orchid Umuzi, Random House, June 2006
Masquerade Umuzi, Random House, June 2008
Joonie Jacana, 2011

Confessions of a Gambler – WINNER - Sunday Times Fiction Award and Herman Charles Bosman Award in 2003. Published in Norway, Brussels, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, the U.S. The film screened in the U.S. Also best Feature Film at the Apollo Film Festival in 2008.

Short stories:
The Guilt New Writing, 2001, U.K.
You are the Daughter Opbrud, 2000, Denmark
Lady, that’s the Rules “At the Rendezvouz of Victory”, 1999, Kwela, S.A.
Sabah Wespennest, Germany, 2003
The Brother-in-Law Top Billing, 2004
The lift 180 Degrees, Struik, 2005
Question for You, Mum Femina, 2005
Calendula Road Fairlady, 2006
The Get Together Elle, 2006
Turning Sixty Femina, 2007
The Reading Room YOU Magazine, 2007
Sammi published in 2007

Articles for the Cape Times - One City Many Cultures – Jan. 1999
Baptism – Blessed by the waters of faith
Circumcision – The flash of a knife that brings joy
Rights of Passage in Islam – Moments that help define our faith
Onset of Puberty – Threshold to adult life – a door opens
Xhosa Initiation – Ndiyindoda! … I am a man!
Other Faiths – We find our faith in different places
****** Attitudes – The way we reconcile our beliefs and urges
Same-*** Relationships – Mostly she wants her family to understand
Aids and Abortion – A sister with a message for us all

Radio – Host/Producer – Bush Radio
Hajj – from a woman’s perspective
The Power of Prayer
Death and Dying in the different cultures
Polygamy in Islam
Homosexuality and the Word of God
The Salesian Sisters

Radio – Host/Producer – Fine Music Radio (FMR)
Jesus from a Christian and Muslim Perspective
The born-again Christians
The Holy Prophet Muhamed
An hour with the Hare Krishnas
Jesus and Muhamed – the last two prophets in Islam
The Parliament of the World Religions
Interview – Rabbi Chaikin – Induction of Torah –

July 1999 Editorial Committee – Parliament of the World’s Religions
November 1999 – Book tour – Germany
March 2001 Guest of Penn International, Sweden – Tour in Norway
Jan 2003 Summer lecture at UCT on “The Religion of Abraham in the Qur’an”
April 2003 Winternachten Book tour in the Caribean
March 2006 Literary Festival in Vienna
November 2006 Readings and Book Fair in Antwerp
December 2007 World premiere Confessions of a Gambler - Dubai
March 2008 U.S. premiere Confessions of a Gambler – Miami
June 2008 Spanish premiere Confessions of a Gambler – Granada

44 Milford Road, Plumstead 7800, Cape Town, South Africa
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Creative Writing
Article Writing