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David Medalie Wins the 2008 Pringle Prize for Short Fiction

The Shadow Follows The Shooting of the Christmas Cows, Stories by David MedalieEncounters, An Anthology of South African Short StoriesDavid MedalieAlert! David Medalie, the author, most recently, of the novel The Shadow Follows, has been given the Thomas Pringle Award for short fiction.

He takes the prize for his story, “The Mistresses’ Dog”, published in New Contrast, Vol. 34 No 6 December 2006. (How about a reprint, Hugh?)

Medalie is a Professor of English at the University of Pretoria; he wins R2000. Of “The Mistresses’ Dog”, the Pringle Award judges said that “the power of this story lies in its understated dramatic irony.”

Meanwhile, the SA English Academy – which has three flavours per award (the Pringle is given for reviews, literary articles and short fiction; one flavour is awarded per year; hence this year’s Pringle reaching back to 2006) – has decided not to give out an award for the Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama. (The Schreiner’s other two flavours are poetry and prose.) Said the Academy:

“The panel is of the unanimous opinion that none of the plays submitted for this award is of sufficiently high standard to merit the prestige of the Olive Schreiner Prize. There is therefore no award of the Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama for the period 2005, 2006 and 2007.”

Three years of drama drought: just goes to show, the English Academy doesn’t mess around. Will someone please write a decent play, for heaven’s sake?

Congrats to David Medalie on his win!

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 20th, 2008 @15:15 #
     
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    Well done, David!

    David was my MA supervisor in the mid 90s. He's a professional writer without pretension and I'm delighted for him.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    October 20th, 2008 @15:16 #
     
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    Fantastic news. Well done, David!

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 20th, 2008 @15:42 #
     
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    Yay! I am so pleased. David was a wonderful friend to me as we both toiled in the UCT English Dept Salt-mine many moons ago. After he left for Jozi, the senior secretary announced that he was the nicest person she'd ever worked with. His bereft colleagues agreed. I'm delighted he's managed to keep exercising his considerable creative writing ability in the midst of mind-boggling academic workloads. Congratulations on this award!

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    October 20th, 2008 @16:04 #
     
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    Yes, "nice" is the operative word here. Also "erudite" and "natural-born teacher." He was lecturing at Wits when I was doing my MA there (under Marcia Leveson, though, not David). I wonder if our paths crossed, Louis? Or did you work with David at Tuks?

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    October 20th, 2008 @16:17 #
     
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    Hearty congratulations, David. This is good news.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 20th, 2008 @16:21 #
     
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    Yes, I was at Wits. When were you there, Fiona? I was there from 91 to 97. I'd be surprised if we were English postgrads at the same time - it was a small circle then. ...?

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    October 20th, 2008 @16:50 #
     
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    I was there from 93 to 95. My contemporaries were Becky Simmonds, Rose Richards, Dale Townsend, Leora Cruddas, Robyn Goss and others I can't remember. I also hung out with Kathy Munday (Laing) who was a junior lecturer there for a few years. I went about under an alias in those days - my maiden name, Fiona Fourie.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 20th, 2008 @17:18 #
     
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    Hmn - interesting. I was finishing my degree and in Honours those years so I was outside your rarefied company! I know those names and some of those folks via other, subsequent routes. We ought to have a Wits English PG reunion some time: my honours class for example was full of great people, some other published writers included.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    October 20th, 2008 @17:38 #
     
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    Yip. English departments are always crawling with aspirant writers, aren't they? Rhodes was the same. And a significant number actually seem to make it in the end.

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