Archive for July 8th, 2008

July 8, 2008

Changing the Guard

In case you missed it, South African Henrietta Rose-Innes was today announced winner of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing. 


Rose-Innes won the £10000 Caine prize for her short story Poison.  She takes on the Caine mantle from Uganda’s own, Monica Arac de Nyeko.


(Passing the buck: Monica Arac de Nyeko, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Jackie Lebo, Mary Watson at the Monkey Valley Caine Prize Workshop in Cape Town)


Henrietta Rose-Innes is relatively experienced with two novels published as well as editing an anthology of South African writing.  Her novels Shark’s Egg and The Rocket Alphabet have been well received.


Others who were shortlisted for the prize are Mohammed Naseehu Ali from Ghana, Stanley Onjezani Kenani from Malawi, Gill Schierhout from South Africa and Uzor Maxim Uzoatu from Nigeria.


The Caine prize is given for a short story and is awarded to African writers who have published fiction within Africa or elsewhere in the world. Winning the prize guarantees more interest from publishers and reviewers as well as including a month’s scholarship at Georgetown University in Washington DC.


I can’t wait to see a Ugandan name on top again.  Hint, hint to you and you and all the other yous.


Click here for more information on the Caine Prize.


***The picture in this post was respectfully ripped from the BookSA flickr page.


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