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Fred Khumalo, Harry Kalmer, Yewande Omotoso and David wa Maahlamela awarded JIAS Writing Fellowships



The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study has announced its list of 11 Writing Fellows for 2016.

The list includes four fiction writers: Fred Khumalo, Harry Kalmer, Yewande Omotoso and David wa Maahlamela.

The first writing term runs from mid-February to mid-May 2016, and each writing fellow will have access to a live-in suite at the JIAS complex in Westdene, Johannesburg, and share in the community life of the Institute.

The JIAS Writing Fellowship is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

From JIAS:

Bitches' BrewSeven Steps To heavenTouch My BloodFred Khumalo is the author of Bitches’ Brew (Jacana 2006), which won the European Union Literary Prize in 2006, and Seven Steps to Heaven (Jacana 2007). His autobiography, Touch My Blood (Umuzi 2006) was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Wits University, and was a Nieman Fellow in 2011–2012. His short story “Legs of Thunder” was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015, and “Water No Get Enemy” received an honourable mention in the Short Story Day Africa 2015 contest. His short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies, literary journals and consumer magazines. He has also won numerous awards for his journalistic work.

’n Duisend stories oor JohannesburgHarry Kalmer has written 23 plays and nine books of fiction. He often writes about Johannesburg, and does so mostly in Afrikaans. His book ‘n Duisend Stories oor Johannesburg: ‘n Stadsroman (Queillerie 2014) was short-listed for seven awards. An English-language verion is due to appear in 2016. His most recent play, The Bram Fischer Waltz, won both the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award (2013) and the Adelaide Tambo Award for Celebrating Human Rights through the arts (2015). It will be published in both English and Afrikaans by Wits University Press in 2016. His short story “Luminosity” was included in the book Ponte City by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse (Steidl 2014), which won the Deutsche Börse Prize 2015, and was also published in the United States and Holland.

Bom BoyYewande Omotoso is a Barbadian-Nigerian who grew up in Cape Town and currently lives in Johannesburg. A qualified architect, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel Bom Boy (Modjaji Books 2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She was a 2013 Norman Mailer Fellow, a 2014 Etisalat Fellow, and a 2015 Miles Morland Scholar. Her second novel, The Woman Next Door will be published in May 2016.

SejamolediDavid wa Maahlamela is a PhD candidate at Rhodes University, and holds a master’s degree in crative writing (cum laude) from the same university. In 2012 he was one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans. He is an award-winning author of three books and an editor of a poetry anthology. His literary work has appeared in more than 50 literary journals and anthologies. Among others, he has received the Musina Mayoral Excellence Award, the Herifest Prize for Poetry, the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award, the South African Book Development Council Award, the Darlo Prize for Poetry and the PanSALB Multilingualism Award. He is a member of the board of the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC), and the National English Literature Museum.

The other 2016 JIAS fellows are:

Esther Akinlabi, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science at the University of Johannesburg
Sylvester C Chima, Associate Professor and Head of the Programme of Bio and Research Ethics and Medical Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
David Coplan, professor and chair of social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand and the author of In Township Tonight
Kim Gurney, fine artist, academic researcher, journalist and the author of The Art of Public Space
Desiree Lewis, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape and the author of Living on a Horizon: Bessie Head and the Politics of Imagining
Michael Kasenbacher, freelance researcher and translator
Tabitha Mulyampiti, senior lecturer in women and gender studies at Makerere University in Kampala-Uganda

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