Tag Archives: literary prize

Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 Shortlist

The announcement of a shortlist or a longlist is always an important event. Writers have been waiting with anticipation and trembling and now the names are out. The names on the shortlist 2017 for the Morland Writing Scholarship have been made known. Now we have to wait with further anxiety for the final winner.

Read the shortlist here.

Miles Morland Foundation


Dankesrede von Hisham Matar

It was not an easy thing to stage resistance against the Nazi regime in Germany. But two siblings did make an attempt, brother and sister Scholl with Die Weisse Rose. Their efforts ended in death.

About 25 years ago a literary prize was established carrying their names. This years winner is Hisham Matar, for the German translation of his book The Return. Here you will find his acceptance speech. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor hisham matar

Lucy Hawking attends launch

South Africa has the wealth of many languages. At times wealth is a welcome privilege. At other times wealth can be a hindrance. A wealth of languages can be a hindrance in proper communication. Some languages in South Africa have a wider use than others, so some languages could be left out in the field of translations.

Read more about the translations challenges in South Africa here.Lucy Hawking Attends Launch of isiXhosa and isiZulu Translations of Her Book

Melissa Volker Wins

It is always the right time to award a literary prize. These prizes abound. This time some news from South Africa. Melissa Volker has received a prize. 

Read more about it here

Sisonke Msimang and Megan Ross Win

Two members a the South  African branch of PEN have received Literary Awards. They received the awards form the Brittle Paper. Read more about it here.Sisonke Msimang and Megan Ross Win in the 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards

Interview with 2017 Caine Prize Winner: Bushra al-Fadil

The African country Sudan is not known as a hotbed of literature. I do not know if this is a reflection of the present literary scene. But there is at least one exception. It is the writer Bushra al-Fadil. He is not the young and upcoming writer, that has just left secondary school and wrote his first book right after that. 

Here you will find an email interview with this writer near his retirement age. 

On missing Nobel Prize yet again Ngugi

It is a ritual that comes back every year. The date of the announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is nearing. Speculation is rive. Africans mention names, bookmakers look for profit. The name of the Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o is on almost everybody’s list, at leat those lists emanating from Africa. 

When the name is being mentioned, the next step in the ritual takes place. It is about disappointment, about a missed opportunity and Ngugi is asked about this situation.

Well here is such a situation.