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2013 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Finalists Announced (Plus: View the Shortlist)

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IIILeft OverThere is a PlaceAlert! Vonani Bila, Kobus Moolman and Nedine Moonsamy have been announced as the finalists for the 2013 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, presented by the Jacana Literary Foundation with the support of the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Pretoria).

The winner of the the award will be announced at the Poetry Africa festival on 19 October, where The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol III, consisting of poems by the shortlistees, will also be launched. Last year’s award was won by Siddiq Khan for his poem “Anthem for the Old Nations”.

The jury, comprising Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego, and Liesl Jobson decided on the shortlist and Mongane Wally Serote picked the overall winner this year.

The shortlistees are:

Afrikaans:

“Inleiding tot Pretoria se portfolio” by Eduan Naudé

“King Kwela, ná al die jare – 16 Junie 1991″ by Jacobus van der Riet

“Amsterdam” by Melt Myburgh

Indigenous languages:

“Khanivukeni!” (Wake Up!) by Athini Watu

“Ke Wa Mang?” (Who am I?) by Nombulelo Leqheku

“Afrika, otla fola” (You will heal, Africa) by Mpho Molapo

English:

“Memory” by Vonani Bila

“He Knew He Should Not” by Kobus Moolman

“Daily Duty” by Kobus Moolman

“Weighed & Wanting” by Kobus Moolman

“littoral zone” by Dawn Garisch

“me=mycelium=me” by Nedine Moonsamy

“Postcards from an Ichthyologist” by Michelle McGrane

“Royal Tour” by Peter Merrington

“Truffler” by Karin Schimke

“Washing Lines II” by Diane Awerbuck

“Baobabs” by Liz Trew

“Out” by Genna Gardini

Press release

The Jacana Literary Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist and finalists for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2013.

The jury comprised distinguished South African poets Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego, and Liesl Jobson. The jury deliberated on the entries and sent a shortlist to celebrated poet, Dr Mongane Wally Serote, who has decided upon the winner.

Three finalists have been chosen and invited to attend the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban in October 2013, and the winners will be announced by a European Union representative.

Cash prizes will be awarded at Poetry Africa on 19 October, 2013. In the spirit of Sol Plaatje, an anthology containing the best poems will be launched at the festival.

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is supported by the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Pretoria).

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