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Brownlee, Taylor Share Olive Schreiner Prize

Alert! According to a report in Saturday’s Die Burger newspaper (which I can’t seem to find the link to), authors Russel Brownlee and Jane Taylor are the co-winners of the 2006 Olive Schreiner Prize, which is awarded to honour new talent in SA letters. It turns out this was earlier reported on Byron Loker’s SA Lit blog iBhuku.com, but otherwise there have been very few column inches on the story. (There’s no mention, even, on the website of the English Academy of Southern Africa, which actually awards the prize. Wake up, EASA!)

Russel Brownlee
Russel Brownlee at the 2006 Cape Town Book Fair

Taylor, also a playwright (known primarily for her Ubu and the Truth Commission), won the award for her first novel, Of Wild Dogs (Double Storey); and Brownlee for his fictional debut, also a novel, Garden of the Plagues (Human & Rousseau) – which was earlier shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award.

Purchase the prize-winners:

BOOK SA sends warm congrats to both!