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2013 South African Literary Awards Nominees Announced

Alert! The nominees for the 2013 South African Literary Awards (SALA) have been announced by the wRite associates in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture.

We are especially pleased to see Books LIVE members André Krüger, Rosamund Kendal, Karin Schimke and Imraan Coovadia on this year’s list.

The programme for the 2nd Africa Century International African Writers Conference, to be held from 7 to 9 November at Museum Africa, was revealed at the same press conference. The South African Literary Awards will be presented to the winners at this conference on 9 November.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Khalil's JourneyDie twee lewens van Dieter OndracekHaai KarooFor the Mercy of WaterThe Murder of Norman WareSoPhiaMangolo a nnake
Om die gedagte van geelBare & BreakingTransformationsBoerekrygerBiko

 
FIRST-TIME PUBLISHED AUTHOR AWARD

English
Khalil’s Journey by Ashraf Kagee

Afrikaans
Die twee lewens van Dieter Ondracek deur André Krüger

NADINE GORDIMER SHORT STORY AWARD

Afrikaans
Haai Karoo deur Etienne van Heerden

K SELLO DUIKER MEMORIAL LITERARY AWARD

English
For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes
The Murder of Norman Ware by Rosamund Kendal
SoPhia by Shafinaaz Hassim

LITERARY TRANSLATORS AWARD

Sesotho
Mangolo a nnake (Letter to My Sister by Nhlanhla Maake

POETRY AWARD

English
Bare and Breaking by Karin Schimke

Afrikaans
Om die gedagte van geel deur Petra Muller

CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARD

English
Transformations by Imraan Coovadia
Biko: A Biography by Xolela Mangcu

Afrikaans
Boerekryger by Albert Blake

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT LITERARY AWARD
PG du Plessis for his oeuvre

Congratulations to all!

Press release:

SOUTH AFRICAN LITERARY AWARDS ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2013 AND PROGRAMME OF THE AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE

The wRite associates, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and the SABC held a media conference where 13 nominees across 10 categories of the South African Literary Awards were announced. This took place on 8th October 2013 at the SABC Auditorium, Cnr. Artillery and Henley Roads, Auckland Park, where the programme of the 2nd Africa Century International African Writers Conference was also released.

The Africa Century International African Writers Conference, a SALA legacy programme, is to take place from 7th to 9th November 2013 at Museum Africa, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Newtown, Johannesburg. This three-day conference will culminate in the SALA 2013 Awards ceremony where winners will be honoured on 9th November 2013.

Mr Glen Masokoane, Director of Cultural Development at the national Department of Arts & Culture and Prof Andries Oliphant, Chairperson of SALA Adjudication Panel announced the nominees, below.

“We are delighted at the growth of these prestigious South African Literary Awards, as they have now spread their wings to incorporate 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 tremendous interest from authors, literary scholars and historians as well as the public, who will share the stage in different aspects of the programme, including keynote addresses and presenting papers.

The patrons of the Africa Century International African Writers Conference include; Prof. Kgositsile Keorapetse, 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 22nd anniversary of the then-OAU (now-AU) declared International African Writers’ Day (i.e. 7th November). Theme of the 2nd Annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference: Dispossessed. Repossessed: Land Matters in African Letters

The theme is a deliberate play on the interesting dialectic: centenaries of the formalisation or statutory colonial land dispossession on the African Continent (1913 Native Land Act), the first women’s anti-pass march in South Africa and the 50th anniversary of the formal establishment of the Continental organisation (OAU in 1963) to wage and support liberation struggles and movements against colonialist oppression, for political liberation and social emancipation”, continued Seakhoa.

Other highlights of this exhilarating three-day programme include:

  • International African Writers Day Lecture
  • An evening with the National Poet Laureate: Poetry Reading by Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • Creative Writing Skills Development Programme
  • Tsebo-Lethabo Primary and High Schools Programme
  • Books, art & crafts and clothing exhibitions and more

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