Alert! Novelists Ceridwen Dovey and Richard de Nooy have won the University of Johannesburg Prizes for creative writing, for best book – Blood Kin – and best first book – Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot – respectively.
Richard de Nooy, in particular, is dear to BOOK SA’s heart, and we’d like to extend the heartiest congratulations, to him and Dovey both.
The timing of the announcement is interesting, as is the reporting: the news comes just one day ahead of what many consider to be the biggest night in literature, the Sunday Times Literary Awards, held tomorrow; and it was published, before any official press releases were sent out, in today’s Mail & Guardian. Are we seeing the evolution of a new media-sponsored or -affiliated award?
We’ll post the UJ Prize judge’s statement when we get it!