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Winners of the 2012 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards

Marjorie van Heerden, Michelle Cooper, Dan Sleigh, SA Partridge, SJ Naude, Michiel Heyns and Anton Harber

 
Alert! Top honours were scooped by Dan Sleigh, Michiel Heyns, SJ Naudé, Anton Harber, SA Partridge and Alex D’Angelo and Marjorie van Heerden at this year’s Jan Rabie Rapport Prize and Media24 Books Literary Awards, announced at a ceremony on Friday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cape Town. Recap on the shortlists here.

Wals met MatildaLost GroundAlfabet van die voelsDiepslootDark Poppy's DemiseGoblin Diaries: Apprenticed to the Red Witch

The Media24 Awards, individually valuing R35 000 and a sum of R210 000, recognise work from publishers that fall under the domain of Media24, including NB and Jonathan Ball, while the Jan Rabie Rapport prize is open to all publishers and recognises outstanding debut or early Afrikaans prose.

Anton HarberSJ NaudeMichiel Heyns

 
The awards were distributed as follows:

  • WA Hofmeyr Prize for best Afrikaans literary work across all genres: Wals met Mathilda by Dan Sleigh (Tafelberg) (Sleigh is a previous winner: he won in 2003 for Eilande)
  • Jan Rabie Rapport Prize: Alfabet van die voëls by SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
  • Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literature: Lost Ground by Michiel Heyns (Jonathan Ball)
  • Recht Malan Prize for best non-literary or non-fiction book: Diepsloot by Anton Harber (Jonathan Ball)
  • MER Prize for best youth novel: Dark Poppy’s Demise by SA Partridge (Kwela)
  • MER Prize for best illustrated children’s book: Goblin Diaries by Alex D’Angelo, illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden
SA PartridgeEloise Wessels, Michelle Cooper an Marjorie van HeerdenDan Sleigh

 
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Press release:

The winners of the 2012 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize were announced on Friday 8 June at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cape Town. Books published in 2011 qualified for the awards and the short lists included big names in the literary world.

Prize money to the value of R210 000 was awarded on the evening to the winning authors.

Media24 Books wishes to congratulate the following authors and publishers:

W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for best Afrikaans literary work across all genres:

  • Wals met Matilda by Dan Sleigh, published by Tafelberg

A word from the judges: “Wals met Matilda is an exploration of human existence as a life in a too small boat on an overwhelming ocean. Small details turn the boat ride into an experience that the reader can smell, taste, hear and feel.”

Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literature including drama, poetry, prose and fiction:

  • Lost Ground by Michiel Heyns, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

A word from the judges: “Michiel Heyns simply gets better all the time. Lost Ground is an unambiguous first choice for the 2012 Herman Charles Bosman Prize.”

Recht Malan Prize for best non-literary or non-fiction book:

  • Diepsloot by Anton Harber, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

A word from the judges: “Diepsloot is a book that excavates below the surface, that overturns the conventional view, in a way that is rare, illuminating and thrilling…a book that is insightful, warm and profound.”

M.E.R Prize for best youth novel (ages 8 to 16, however not exclusive):

  • Dark Poppy’s Demise by SA Partridge, published by Human & Rousseau

A word from the judges: “The book is wonderfully written and gripping from beginning to end.”

M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book (ages 0 to 8, however not exclusive):

  • Goblin Diaries by Alex D’Angelo, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden, published by Tafelberg

A word from the judges: “In this highly readable, delightful and entertaining story the reader is introduced to the world of Goblins, Fairies and a very scary Red Witch…Marjorie van Heerden’s black-and-white illustrations contribute hugely to the impact the story has.”

Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for a debut or early work characterised by fresh and innovative Afrikaans prose:

  • Alfabet van die voëls by S.J. Naudé, published by Umuzi

A word from the judges: “Naudé answers over and over all the special requirements for the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize. It is a collection of short stories that are rich in imagination, intellectual deepness and striking writing talent which is evidence of astonishing talent that one would want to associate with the name and achievements of Rabie.”

The Jan Rabie Rapport Prize is open to all publishers in South Africa while only titles published by Media24 Books publishers qualify for the Media24 Books Literary Awards.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
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    June 11th, 2012 @11:48 #
     
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    Fantastic! Congrats to all the winners - what great choices.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    June 11th, 2012 @12:51 #
     
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    Nice one, Sally!

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    June 11th, 2012 @13:27 #
     
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    Thanks, Ben :D

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    Congrats, that's awesome!

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    Well done guys! V great news .

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    Awesome sauce. As Lauren has taught me to say.

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