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Athol Williams Wins the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for “Streetclass Diseases”

Athol Williams wins the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for "Streetclass Diseases"
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Alert! Athol Williams has been announced as the winner of the fifth Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for his poem “Streetclass Diseases”.

From the Jacana Literary Foundation:

Williams is a poet and social philosopher from Cape Town. He has published two volumes of poetry and a children’s book, Oaky and the Sun, and his poems have been published in anthologies and literary journals in the UK, USA and South Africa. His most recent readings were at the SANAA Africa Poetry Festival, AfrWEka Poetry Festival and at the Sackler Museum, Harvard University as a participant poet in the international “here, without” project that dealt with the Israel–Palestine situation. He holds five degrees from Harvard, MIT, LSE, LBS and Wits, and is currently registered at Oxford.

“Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion”, by Sindiswa Busku-Mathese, was awarded second place, with “Baleka, what do you know”, by Jim Pascual Agustin, in third.

The winners were presented with their awards by head judge and chairperson of the Jacana Literary Foundation Mongane Wally Serote and European Union Ambassador Designate, His Excellency Marcus Cornaro at an award ceremony hosted by Poetry Africa last weekend.

From the Jacana Literary Foundation:

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award aims to reveal the political and social attitudes of our time. The annual award, supported by the European Union, is now in its fifth year. Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932), it recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. As in previous years, Volume V of the series anthologises the three winning poems (selected by the iconic poet Serote) along with some 60 other poems on the longlist (selected by a jury of three distinguished South African poets: Goodenough Mashego, Joan Metelerkamp and Johann de Lange). The poems are written in an assortment of South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu. The anthology was launched at Poetry Africa in Durban on 17 October.

The sixth competition is anticipated to open for entries in early 2016 – keep an eye on the Jacana website or Facebook page for details.

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