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2009 Via Afrika Awards Winners

30 Nagte in AmsterdamOn the ContraryThree-letter PlagueBodies PoliticAlles mooi weer

Siyolo's JerseyLien se lankstaanskoene

Alert! The winners of the 2009 Via Afrika Awards have been announced. Each prize is R30 000 – shortlists here. I’m posting this live from the awards ceremony in Camps Bay. The winners are:

WA Hofmeyr Award
Etienne van Heerden for 30 nagte in Amsterdam

Recht Malan Prize
Tony Leon and Jonny Steinberg share the award for On the Contrary and Three-letter Plague

MER Prize for illustrated childrens’ books
Siyolo’s Jersey/Siyolo se trui by Mari Grobler, illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles (Tafelberg)

MER Prize for youth literatur
Lien se lankstaanskoene by Derick van der Walt (Tafelberg)

Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature
Michiel Heyns for Bodies Politic

Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for emerging Afrikaans writing
Karin Cronje for Allees mooi weer

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    June 13th, 2009 @21:22 #

    Congratulations to the winners! And now to ruin the effect by saying I wish the judges had been a bit more adventurous. I wish I didn't see the same names popping up over and over again on prize lists. We have so much talent that it's almost never a case of clear stand-out winners, so I think judges can afford to be a bit more left-brain. I would have dished out cheques to Julia Martin, Loftus Marais and Finuala Dowling. But that's me...


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