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A Short Bio :

Born in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan on 20 April 1973, Nisah Haron has been writing as a hobby since 1988. She has written forty short stories, five novels, essays and a few poems published in local literary magazine and newspaper.

Nisah Haron had her legal education from National University of Malaysia and graduated in 1997. She also obtained her LL.M from the same institution in 2006. She practised as an advocate and solicitor as well as a syarie counsel for eight years before becoming a full-time writer in 2006. She advocates on the copyright awareness among writers and publishers. Nisah has also written a copyright book for laymen entitled "Karya Kita Hak Kita - Panduan Hak Cipta" (Al-Ameen Serve Holdings, 2008) and a travelogue "Kembara Sastera Nisah Haron : United Kingdom & Dublin (Malaysian Institute of Translations and Books, 2012).

Her works have received my awards including Hadiah Sastera Perdana Malaysia, Hadiah Sastera Kumpulan Utusan and many others. Recently, she won the National Book Award 2017 for her short story collection Cinta Sangkuriang Rindu Oedipus, which has been translated into English (Sangkuriang's Love Oedipus' Longing). Some of her other works has also been translated into English and Japanese.

She teaches 'Creative Writing' and 'Law & Literature' at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Nisah joins the International Writing Program (IWP) (University of Iowa, USA) in Aug - Nov 2015. 



Her personal blog is www.annyss.blogspot.com. Join her on Facebook "Nisah Haron - Pengarang" or follow her on Twitter @nisahharon

Nisah Haron currently resides with her family in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Full Bio : 

Full name: Nisah binti Haron
Pen Name  : Nisah Haron / Nisah Haji Haron
E-mail : nisah.haron@gmail.com
Personal website : annyss.blogspot.com
Facebook Page: “Nisah Haron – Pengarang”
Twitter : @nisahharon
Hometown : Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Marital Status : Married
Medal: Awarded Medal of Distinction Community (PMC) by HRH King of Negeri Sembilan in conjunction with HRH’s 84th birthday on July 19, 2006)

Experience :
  • Full-time writer
  • Part-time translator
  • Part-time Lecturer
    • Creative Writing: Theory and Practice (Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya) from 2011 to 2014, 2016  
    • Creative Writing (Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia) in 2012 
    • Law and Literature (Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya) – 2013 – 2015
  • Advocate & solicitor (1997 – 2006) 
 Education
  • Dato’ Klana Ma'amor Primary School, Seremban (1980-1985) 
  • Sheikh Haji Mohd Said Secondary School, Seremban (1986 - 1990) 
  • Law Matriculation Course, National University of Malaysia (1991-1993) 
  • BA (Hons) Law, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor. (1993 - 1997) 
  • Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice (DSLP) International Islamic University Malaysia (2005) 
  • LL.M., National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor (2006) 
  • M.A. (Malay Literature) at the National University of Malaysia (2013)
  • Certificate in Translation – Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books (2014)

COLLECTION OF WRITINGS

Personal Collection of Short Stories:

  • Lading Masih Di Tangan (Lading Still In Hand) (Melora Gallery; 1998)
    A collection of 3 short stories

  • Impian Tsu-Ryi (Tsu Ryi’s Dream) (Nusa Press: 2002)
    A collection of 15 short stories

  • Cinta Sangkuriang Rindu Oedipus (Sangkuriang’s Love, Oedipus’ Longing) (Ujana Ilmu Publication; 2006)
    A collection of 15 short stories

  • Rindu Seorang Rafik (A Longing Rafik) (Al-Ameen Serve, 2011)
    A collection of 16 short stories
Novel
  • Mencari Locus Standi – In Search of Locus Standi (Utusan Publications; 2004)
  • Farris Putera Yang Hilang – Farris The Lost Prince (MEP Education Consult, 2005)
  • Puisi Untuk Esdyzuar – A Poesy For Esdyzuar (Al-Ameen Serve Holdings, 2007)
  • Tawarikh Cinta – The Annals of Devotion (Utusan Publications; 2008)
  • Lentera Mustika – The Light of Mustika (PTS Litera Utama, 2009)
Non-Fiction
  • Karya Kita Hak Kita: Panduan Hak Cipta
    Our Works Our Rights : A Guide to Copyrights (Al-Ameen Serve Holdings, 2007)

  • Bagaimana Saya Menulis : Proses Penciptaan Cerpen
    How I Write: An Anthology of the Creative Process in Writing Short Stories
    (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2011) – Dr. Mawar Safei and Nisah Haron

  • Kembara Sastera Nisah Haron: United Kingdom dan Dublin
    Nisah Haron’s Literary Travels : United Kingdom and Dublin
    (Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books, 2012)  
  • Menulis Mengatur Diri Berfikir
    Writing is a Way of Thinking
    (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017)
 The followings has been translated into English / Japanese & other languages :

  • "Summit Conference of Legendary Women" (Persidangan Agung Wanita Klasik) in Malay Literature, Volume 20, Number 2, 2007 page 63. Publisher : Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka - translated by Hasnah Ibrahim
  • "Cendana's Inheritance" (Pusaka Cendana) in Malay Literature, Volume 22, Number 2, 2009, page 216. Publisher : Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka - translated by Malim Ghozali PK (IWP 2007)
  • "The Lemang Soliloquy" (Lemang Nan Sebatang) in Under One Sky, 2013, page 60. Publisher : National Library Board, Singapore. This short story has also been translated into Mandarin & Tamil by the same publisher.
  • "Hanani no Atarashii Tomodachi " (Kawan Baru Hanani), 2014. Publisher: Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books, Kuala Lumpur. [Japanese]
  • “Sangkuriang’s Love, Oedipus’ Longing” (Cinta Sangkuriang Rindu Oedipus), 2016. Publisher: Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books, Kuala Lumpur [English]
WRITING AWARDS

  • National Book Award 2017 -
    • Collection of short stories: “Cinta Sangkuriang, Rindu Oedipus” (Sangkuriang’s Love, Oedipus’ Longing, ITBM 2016) 
Novel
  • Utusan Group Literary  Prize - Exxon Mobil 2007 (Second Place) Tawarikh Cinta (The Annals of Devotion)
  • Utusan Group Literary  Prize - Exxon Mobil 2003 (Second Place) Mencari Locus Standi (In Search of Locus Standi)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2005 - Mencari Locus Standi (In Search of Locus Standi)

 Short stories
  • Malaysia Premier Literary Award 2008/2009
    • Lemang Nan Sebatang” (The Lemang Soliloquy)
  • Malaysia Premier Literary Award 2006/2007
    • Pusaka Cendana” (Cendana’s Inheritance)
  • The 12th Islamic Literary Award (First Place) 
    • "Aset Istiqamah” (Istiqamah’s Asset)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2007 -
    • "Saksi Delima Sakti" (The Witness of Delima Sakti)
    • Pusaka Cendana” (Cendana’s Inheritance)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2007 -
    • Collection of short stories: “Cinta Sangkuriang, Rindu Oedipus” (Sangkuriang’s Love, Oedipus’ Longing)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2005 -
    • "Persidangan Agung Wanita Klasik" (The Conference of Legendary Women)  
  • Utusan Group Literary  Prize 2000 (Grand Prize): 
    • Impian Tsu-Ryi" (Tsu-Ryi’s Dreams)
  • Malaysia Premier Literary Award 96/97
    • "Persidangan Agung Wanita Klasik" (The Conference of Legendary Women)  
  • The 10th Esso-GAPENA Short Story Competition (First Place):
    • "Persidangan Agung Wanita Klasik" (The Conference of Legendary Women)  
  • Utusan – Public Bank Literary Prize 1996 (Grand Prize): 
    • Cinta Sangkuriang, Rindu Oedipus” (Sangkuriang’s Love, Oedipus’ Longing)
  • Short Story Competition in conjunction with the Penang-YTL– Berita Harian 1996 (Second Prize - no first prize winner): “Selagi Lading Masih Di Tangan” (As long as the Lading is Still In Your Hand)
  • Bank Rakyat - Student Literary Award 1993: "Anugerah Amariss" (The Amariss Gift)
  • Bank Rakyat - Student Literary Award 1992: "Annyss Sophilea" (Annyss Sophilea)
  • Bank Rakyat - Student Literary Prize 1991: "Atlantis, Duniaku Duniamu" (Atlantis, My World and Yours)
Poems
  • Malaysia Premier Literary Award 2006/2007: 
    • "Sumpah Setia Tanjung Piai” (The Oath of Tanjung Piai)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2007 -
    • "Ini Suara Wanita" (This is The Women’s Voice)
    • "Jika Benar Kau Harus Melangkah" (Should You Go)  
Literary Essays
  • Utusan Group Literary Prize 2011: 
    • "Penulis (Muda) Tunggu Pengiktirafan” (The (Young) Writers Await Recognition
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2007 : 
    • "Tunggu Teduh Dulu : Citra Dakwah Islamiah Kontemporari" (Tunggu Teduh Dulu : The Image of the Contemporary Islam)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2005 -
    • "Memahami Hak Cipta Sastera" (Understanding Copyright in Literature)  
    • "Potensi Kedudukan Wanita Dalam Karya Sastera" (The Women Writers’ Potential in Literature)  
Children’s Literature
  • MBBY Children’s Author Award (Second Prize) Farris Putera Yang Hilang (Farris, The Lost Prince)
  • Negeri Sembilan Literary Award 2007 : Farris Putera Yang Hilang (Farris, The Lost Prince)  
  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2012 : Kawan Baru Hanani (Hanani’s New Friends)
Others
  • Negeri Sembilan Young Writers Awards 2004
  • Her short story, "Annyss Sophilea" was selected for compulsory reading for Literature Component in Malay Language for Form 4 (upper form, secondary school)

PREVIOUS TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
•    Japan (Tokyo & Kanagawa) FAM media trip 2013
•    United Kingdom (primarily Edinburgh, Lake District, Hay-on-Wye, London & Cambridge) in 2011*
•    Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 2011*
•    Italy (primarily Bologna, Venice, Rome, Florence and Pisa) in 2012 **
•    Singapore in 2011, 2012, 2013
•    Shanghai, China in 2006
•    Indonesia (primarily Jakarta, Padang, Medan and Palembang) 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011
•    Melbourne, Australia in 1995
•    Manila, Philippines in 1995
* Her travel experience was written in her travelogue “Nisah Haron’s Literary Travels : United Kingdom and Dublin” (2011)
** Work-in-progress : Nisah Haron’s Literary Travels : Italy
Nisah has written many travel literature primarily in Dewan Siswa and Dewan Budaya (a cultural-based local magazine), Mingguan Wanita.

LITERARY, ARTS & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
Nisah took an active role in participating in the literary, arts and cultural activities locally, regionally and some internationally. Among others, are :

  • Representing Malaysia in the International Writing Program (IWP), University of Iowa. 22 August - 10 November 2015
  • Representing Malaysia in Southeast Asia Arts Council in Palembang at 1 - August 9, 2004
  • Chief Facilitator, Arts & Cultural Appreciation Program, National Service (2004-2005)
  • State Coordinator (Negeri Sembilan), Arts & Cultural Appreciation Program, National Service (February 2006)
  • A committee member of the Writers' Association of Negeri Sembilan (2002-2005, 2008)
  • Secretary of Writers' Association of Negeri Sembilan (2006-2007-2015)
  • Presented a paper on the copyright in Malay traditional poetry - Shanghai, China (May 2006)
  • Speakers "Tips on Writing a Bestseller Novel" at the State Islamic High School (STAIN), Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia - May 20, 2010
  • Went on Literary Travel to United Kingdom and Dublin June 2 – 13 2011 (a solo adventure)
  • Representing Malaysia to Bologna Children's Book Fair 2012, Italy March  19 - 23 2012
  • Went on Literary Travel to Italy - March 17 - 25, 2012
  • A Malay Literature and Malay Language activist
  • A Copyright activist

WRITING WORKSHOPS
Nisah has been giving workshops on creative writing organized by various institution. Among others are as follows :
  • Author Appearance : "Read! Singapore" 29 - 31 Mac 2014 organized by the National Library Board, Singapore. 
  • Intensive Novel Writing Workshop (Teens and Children's Books) for Malay Language Teachers in Singapore March 12 – 13, 2013
  • Novel Writing Workshop, Kubang Kerian Hospital with Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka January 15 – 17, 2013 
  • Novel Writing Workshop (Teens and Children's Books) for Malay Language Teachers in Singapore November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Mentor for Young Writers Week (Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka) 2006 - Genre novel / short story
  • Facilitator for Young Writers Week (Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka) 2007
  • Creative Writing Workshop for School Principals in Negeri Sembilan 2008
  • Creative Writing Workshop for Lecturers – Institute of International Languages (IPBA) Kuala Lumpur 2008
  • Mentor for Creative Writing Workshop (short stories) for Teachers:
    • North Zone and East (6 to 8 July 2010)
    • Central and Southern Zone (13 to 15 July 2010)
    • Sabah zone (20 to 22 July 2010)
    • Sarawak zone (27 to 29 July 2010)
  • Mentor (representing Malaysia) for the Southeast Asia Arts Council (Novel writing), in Bogor, Indonesia, July 11 – 15, 2011

ADJUDICATION
Nisah has often been invited to adjudicate in various literary competition. Among others are as follows :
  • Short Story Writing Contest Junior High School, organized by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur (2011 – 2013)
  • National University of Malaysia Pantun Festival 2011 (Chief Justice) 
  • Pantun Festival, organized by the University of Malaya in 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Pantun Festival, organized by the International Islamic University Malaysia in August 2010
  • Short Story and Novel Writing Contest (Children and Young Readers) organized by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Kuala Lumpur 2005

ASSOCIATION
Nisah is also a member of a few writing associations :
  • Secretary of the Negeri Sembilan Writing Association (PEN) 2010 – 2016
  • Member of National Writers Association (PENA)
  • Member of International Board on Books for Young People – Malaysian Chapter (IBBY Malaysia)
 Updated : May 2017

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