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Books LIVE exclusive: 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards judges revealed

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Alert! Books LIVE can reveal the judging panels for the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards.

The annual Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and Barry Ronge Fiction Prize are considered South Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes, with R100 000 prize money.

The 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards were won by Jacob Dlamini, for Askari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle (Alan Paton Award), and Damon Galgut, for Arctic Summer (Fiction Prize).

The longlists for the 2016 edition of the prize are being finalised and will be revealed in the Sunday Times in April. The shortlists will be announced at the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival, and the winners announced in Johannesburg at the end of June.

Without further ado, here are the judges for the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards:

Alan Paton Award

2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award Judges

nullAchmat Dangor (chair)
Achmat Dangor is a playwright, poet, novelist and political activist. In the 1970s Dangor, together with 13 other writers, founded a group called “Black Thoughts” that introduced young people to writing from around the world. The apartheid regime banned the group, but Achmat’s activism continued over the years. He has worked for the Kagiso Trust, UNAIDS in Geneva, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Ford Foundation. He is now retired and devotes most of his time to his writing. His published works include the short story collections Waiting for Leila (1981) and Strange Pilgrimages (2013); his poetry anthologies Bulldozer (1983), Exile Within (1989), Voices from Within (1982), Private Voices (1992); his play Majiet (1990) and his novels Z Town Trilogy (1990), Kafka’s Curse (1998) and Bitter Fruit (2001). Dangor was honoured with a SALA Lifetime Achievement Literary Award last year.

nullTinyiko Maluleke

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke is a prominent South African academic based at the University of Pretoria. He has held various executive management positions at South African universities, is an elected member of the Academy of Science for South Africa, and an NRF-rated researcher. Maluleke is a columnist for the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Independent newspapers, and also reviews books for the Sunday Times.
nullPippa Green

Pippa Green is a seasoned journalist and communications and media manager of the Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth (REDI). Before that, she was head of the journalism programme at the University of Pretoria from 2009 to 2014. Green was educated at UCT and Columbia University in New York City, where she earned an MSc in Journalism. She is the author of Choice, not Fate: The Life and Times of Trevor Manuel (2008) and the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, the Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, an (alternate) Fulbright award, and a writing fellowship at the Wits Institute. She was the joint winner of the Henry N Taylor Award at Columbia University.

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Barry Ronge Prize


2016 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

Rustum KozainRustum Kozain (chair)

Rustum Kozain studied English literature at UCT, where he also taught in the Department of English, offering courses in literature, film, popular culture studies and creative writing. He has published two volumes of poetry, This Carting Life (2005) and Groundwork (2012), both of which won the Olive Schreiner Prize, as well as, respectively, the Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Herman Charles Bosman Award . His poetry has been published in translation in French, Indonesian, Italian and Spanish. Kozain has compiled and written learning materials for two high school anthologies, South African Short Stories Since 1994 (2006) and Voices from All Over (2007) for Oxford University Press SA. In 2013, he was contributing editor for Chimurenga’s Chronic. He also writes the occasional book review and dabbles in prose fiction and journalism.

nullAngela Makholwa-Moabelo

At the age of 13, Angela Makholwa-Moabelo was elated to see her first short story published in a music and lifestyle publication called Upbeat magazine. From that moment, the bug had bitten. Her debut novel Red Ink, a crime thriller set in Johannesburg, was published in 2009 to both public and critical acclaim. This was followed by The 30th Candle, and then Black Widow Society (2013). Makholwa-Moabelo also runs a marketing and events management company called Britespark Communications.
Stephen JohnsonStephen Johnson

Born in Cape Town, Johnson’s first job in publishing was with the family-owned scholastic publisher Maskew Miller. A move to Johannesburg followed his appointment as general manager and, a year later, as managing director of Exclusive Books. He was then appointed MD at Random Century, the forerunner of Random House in South Africa. During his two decades at the helm, Random House established its Umuzi imprint, celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary in South Africa. In 2008, Johnson became the founding managing director of Random House Struik. He served as CEO of Penguin Books in South Africa between January 2013 and June 2014, and currently works for Bargain Books.


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