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2012 South African Literary Award Nominees Announced

Alert! The South African Literary Award (SALA) nominees were announced yesterday by Dr Joe Phaahla, Deputy Minister of Arts Culture at a media conference held by the wRite associates in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture.

We are especially pleased to see Books LIVE members Yewande Omotoso, Isobel Dixon, Sue Rabie, Douwleen Bredenhann, Johann Lodewyk Marais, Marlise Joubert and JC de Villiers among those nominated.

The inaugural Africa Century International African Writers Conference was also launched at the event. The four-day conference will be held from 7 to 10 November and will mark the 21st anniversary of the International African Writers Day. The winners of the SALAs will be announced at a ceremony at the conference, which will be held at the University of the Free State.

Stones Against the MirrorVereenigingAlfabet van die voelsThe Tempest PrognosticatorCounting the Coffins

Woman UnfoldingPiekniek by HangklipKilling KebbleMy Father, My MonsterJoonieSirkusboereFalloutPlanet Savage

FIRST-TIME PUBLISHED AUTHOR AWARD

Afrikaans
Douwleen Bredenhann (‘n Hemelhoe hekkie)
SJ Naude (Alfabet van die voels)
Theo Kemp (Skool)

English
Terry Westby-Nunn (The Sea of Wise Insects)
Tuelo Gabonewe (Planet Savage)
Yewande Omotoso (Bom Boy)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT LITERARY AWARD
Ndivhudzannyi Emelina Sigogo (Nandi Shenga)

K. SELLO DUIKER MEMORIAL LITERARY AWARD

Afrikaans
Kerneels Breytenbach (Piknik by Hangklip)
Sonja Loots (Sirkusboere)
Steve Hofmeyer (Die Verste Uur)

English
Diale Tlholwe (Counting the coffins)
Rayda Jacobs (Joonie)
Sue Rabie (Fallout)

IsiZulu
Alpheus Themba Ndlovu (Izindlalifa zamalungel’ okufa nokuphila)

Sesotho
Nhlanhla Maake (Manong a lapile)

NADINE GORDIMER SHORT STORY AWARD (FOR WRITING IN AFRICAN LANGUAGES IN THE RSA)

English
Jenny Crwys-Williams (Her oeuvre)

LITERARY TRANSLATORS AWARD

English to Afrikaans
Francois Smith (David Kramer: ‘n Biografie)

POETRY AWARD

English
Ingrid de Kok (Other Signs)
Isobel Dixon (The Tempest Prognosticator)
Jenna Mervis (Woman Unfolding)

Afrikaans
Johann de Lange (Weerling van die ongeloof)
Johann Lodewyk Marais (Diorama)
Marlise Joubert (Splintervlerk)

Xitsonga
Themba Patrick Magaisa (Mavondzo I Vuloyi)

Tshivenda
Domina Napoleon Munzhelele (Zwo vha somela)

CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD

Afrikaans
Hannes Haasbroek (‘n Seun soos Bram)
JC de Villiers (Dwartstrekkers, Dwepers en Donkers)
Leon Wessels (Vereeniging: die onvoltooide vrese)

English
Hugh Lewin (Stones Against the Mirror)
Mandy Wiener (Killing Kebble)
McIntosh Polela (My Father My Monster)

Weerlig van die ongeloofManong a lapile'n Hemelhoë hekkieSkoolThe Sea of Wise InsectsBom BoyDie verste uurDavid KramerOther SignsSplintervlerkDwarstrekkers, dwepers en doktersVereenigingDiorama

Press release:

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SALA 2012 NOMINEES AND MEDIA LAUNCH OF THE AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE

The Africa Century International African Writers Conference, a SALA legacy programme, will take place from 7th to 10th November 2012 at the University of the Free State. This four day conference will culminate in the SALA 2012 Awards ceremony where winners will be honoured.

“We are delighted at the growth of these prestigious South African Literary Awards, as they are now spreading their wings to inaugurate the Africa Century International African Writers Conference and open up to the Continent and Diaspora’s writers”, said Raks Morakabe Seakhoa, Managing Director of the wRite associates and Project Director of the South African Literary Awards/Africa Century International African Writers Conference.

The conference has attracted an array of scholars and artists from around the Continent and the African Diaspora, who will share the stage in different aspects of the programme, including delivering keynote addresses, dance, visual art, comedy, disc jockeying and presenting papers.

The patrons of the Africa Century International African Writers Conference include; Prof. Kgositsile Keorapetse, Prof. Chinua Achebe, Dr. Nadine Gordimer, Dr. Wangui wa Goro and Dr. Hugh Masekela.

This prospective historical gathering of authors and literary scholars and historians will, as the then-OAU’s Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture (meeting in Coutonou, Benin, in 1991) resolved, “…afford the African people a moment of pause within which to reflect on the contribution of African Writers to the development of the Continent”.

“This event will also mark the 21st anniversary of the then-OAU (now-AU) declared International African Writers’ Day (i.e. 7th November). The theme of this is: From Resistance to Creative Mediation: Celebrating a Century of Writing and Literary Intellectuals’ Influence On The Liberation Struggles & Political Impact on Literary Discourse and Development,” continued Seakhoa.

Other highlights of this exhilarating four day programme include:
• A public lecture by former President Thabo Mbeki
• An evening with the National Poet Laureate: Poetry Reading by Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile and guest poets
• Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer discusses her latest work, No Time Like The Present
• Poetry, Comedy and Performances
• Creative Writing Skills Development Programme, Facilitated by: Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mr. Walter Chakela and Dr. Oswald Mtshali
• Tsebo-Lethabo Primary and High Schools Programme
• Books, art & crafts and clothing exhibitions and more

For confirmation of attendance of the launch and more information, please email info@writeassociates.co.za or call 011-791 3585. For bookings and registration, please visit www.africacenturyconference.org or www.sala.org.za or buy at Computicket.

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