Mia Arderne is the author of Mermaid Fillet, published by Kwela, an imprint of NB Publishers. This debut novel was long-listed for the Sunday Times CNA Literary Award. It was also taught as a prescribed text in the University of Cape Town’s 2023 English Literature curriculum. The novel addresses themes of mental illness, violence, queer identity, feminism and trauma, in the style of magical realism.
Mia completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. She has bylines in the Mail & Guardian, Daily Maverick and New Frame, among others. She has also written several short stories published by Penguin Random House.