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Don’t Miss the First International Long Story Short: Hlubi Mboya Reading Zakes Mda at the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival

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The Sculptors of MapungubweLong Story Short is excited to announce its first international reading at the 2015 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho.

Hlubi Mboya will be reading from The Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda on Saturday, 5 December. The event will take place at Machabeng College and will start at 11:30 AM.

The brains and drive behind the Long Story Short project, Kgauhelo Dube, was nominated for a Mbokodo award in the category of Promotion of Arts in the Media this year.

“This is a milestone for Long Story Short, our humble foray into digital literature!” she says.

“We are inspired by our continued relationship with Hlubi Mboya – an avid reader and education activist, the fact that she’ll be reading from Bra Zakes’ The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a treat, an honour and a notable creative collaboration.”

For more information, follow Long Story Short on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Hlubi Mboya to read from Zakes Mda’s The Sculptors of Mapungubwe at Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho

#longstorySHORT, an innovative initiative that has raised the profile of African literature on social networks and in the public imagination, has its first reading outside South Africa in December. Launched in March 2015, #longstorySHORT is produced by Pretoria-based boutique content agency Kajeno Media. The project manifests through live readings and recordings by high-profile celebrity performers in spaces like public libraries, book cafes and cultural hubs.

#longstorySHORT Executive Producer Kgauhelo Dube says: “This is a milestone for #longstorySHORT, our humble foray into digital literature! It’s been an invaluable experience to see how thrilled audiences have been to discover writers such as Doreen Baingana, Chibundu Onuzo, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana – to name a few. We are inspired by our continued relationship with Hlubi Mboya – an avid reader and education activist, the fact that she’ll be reading from Bra Zakes’ The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a treat, an honour and a notable creative collaboration.”

In recognition of the meteoric rise of the #longstorySHORT brand in its launch year, Dube was nominated for a Mbokodo award in the category of Promotion of Arts in the Media. This category celebrates the women who, through their work and practice, strive to promote art and publicise its crucial role in building a cohesive society. The online reach of #longstorySHORT made it easy for the Maseru-based Ba re e ne re Festival organisers to connect with the project and invite the team to this year’s festival.

The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival, founded by the late Liepollo Rantekoa in 2011, is Lesotho’s premier annual literary arts event, bringing writers, readers and artists together. The third edition of the festival in Maseru from 5 to 6 December, 2015 features panel discussions, writing workshops, a keynote lecture, creative performances and arts activities for children.

Ba re e ne re Festival Director Lineo Segoete says: “Ba re e ne re Literature Festival is our flagship project. We have a host of other literacy projects that speak to #longstorySHORT’s objectives – curating and stimulating young people’s literary scope is something we and the Kajeno team are boldly passionate about. This is the beginnings of more cross-border exchange in the sector, I believe.”

Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda – widely known as Zakes Mda, is an award-winning writer, dramatist and academic. Mda’s The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a lyrical novel set in the mythical Southern African kingdom of Mapungubwe. This take of a spirited rivalry between two gifted sons of the royal sculptor is an important work based on archaeological evidence and Africa’s oral tradition.

This special edition reading in Maseru also marks the start of corporate sponsorship relationship with Nestlé’s premium coffee brand, Nescafé; which is sponsoring the Lesotho trip.

“As a brand strategist working in the arts sector, I have been very vocal about the need for brand managers to be brave by supporting more imaginative interventions – and not just music concerts. I believe there’s great synergy between coffee culture and reading and we applaud Nescafé for seeing the possibilities and adding their muscle to the illiteracy challenges we are faced with,” Dube concludes.


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Urgent Appeal for Assistance to Raise Funds for Binyavanga Wainaina’s Medical Treatment

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Kwani Trust has set up a fundraiser to raise resources for urgent medical treatment for beloved Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina.

Wainaina suffered a stroke on 31 October, and needs to travel to India for treatment.

Kwani is attempting to raise KES 1 million (about R140 000) via M-Changa.

It is estimated that $25 000 (about R360 000) is needed immediately, while a further $20 000 (about R290 000) will be needed in mid-December.

Note: The simplest way for non-Kenyans or people outside of Kenya to contribute is via the PayPal option at the bottom of the fundraising page.

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The Ake Arts & Book Festival has also organised an event, to be held on Saturday, 28 November, in Lagos, Nigeria:


Wainaina has strong ties to South Africa, having lived here from 1991 to 2000, and has often written about his love for our country. But besides that, he is a powerful writer, an astute thinker and a warm person. Our thoughts are with him.

Press release:

Friday 20th November 2015

On October 31st 2015, Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, suffered a stroke at his home near Bomas Of Kenya. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Karen Hospital. His speech was affected, and he needed to undergo MRI and CT scans, in addition to round the-clock observation. The doctors recommended medicinal treatment and specialized speech therapy. Binyavanga was discharged on Friday 6th November.

On Friday 13th November, he developed some physical difficulties arising from the stroke. Following a scheduled appointment with a neurosurgeon, Dr David Oluoch Olunya, it was decided that he be admitted to Nairobi Hospital for further observation.

He was immediately checked into ICU for 24 hours and upon stabilization, he was moved into the general ward. Nairobi Hospital doctors advised that Binyavanga has a chronic condition that affects the blood vessels to the brain making him susceptible to blockages and strokes. They also stated that an immediate intervention is required before extensive therapy beyond first-stage treatment.

Binyavanga’s family and friends are now working to avail the best medical care possible for him. Through consultation, it has been agreed that the best medical care is in Bangalore, India where further tests will be conducted with the possibility of surgery.

This will be followed by rehabilitation, recuperation and basic care. We are currently working on his hospital-to-hospital transfer to India.

This is an appeal for assistance to his extended family, large network of friends and professional colleagues. Medical fund accounts (banking and mobile banking) have been established in Binyavanga Wainaina’s name under Kwani Trust where all financial donations can be sent.

From a preliminary assessment of the costs of travel (for him, an accompanying family member, doctor and nurse with their equipment), tests, medication, basic care, speech therapy and a period of recuperation, it is estimated that $25,000 is needed immediately, and a further $20,000 in a month’s time. These costs may rise and we are also eventually going to seek a longer-term insurance solution given this pre-existing condition and the need for ready access to world-class care.

We would appreciate your pledges and donations as soon as possible. Please see account details for the BINYAVANGA WAINAINA MEDICAL FUND below and feel free to seek further information on the following issues from the contacts below:

Bank Name: Commercial Bank Of Africa (CBA)
Account Name: Binyavanga Wainaina Medical Fund

  • KES (Kenya Shillings) Account: 6564760155
  • USD (US Dollar) Account: 6464760168

Bank Transfer Information (Applicable to both accounts)

If you want to make a mobile money donation from Kenya, please text BINYA to 22231 and follow directions.

For further information, please contact:

Kwani Trust

Thank you

James Wainaina

Billy Kahora
Managing Editor, Kwani

Angela Wachuka
Executive Director, Kwani


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Shireen Hassim to Join Wits Institute for Social and Economical Research

The Wits Institute for Social and Economical Research (WiSER) has announced that Professor Shireen Hassim will be joining the Institute for the next three years.

Hassim is the author of The ANC Women’s League: A Jacana Pocket History (Jacana) and Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority, and the co-editor of Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa (Wits University Press).

Hassim is currently working on another project entitled Contingency and Uncertainty: Working with and Against the State in South Africa.

The statement issued by WiSER reads: “We look forward with much energy and joy to working with Shireen in our Medical Humanities programme, on our Public Positions series, and numerous intellectual projects on feminism, gender, and the politics of the University.”

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WiSER is delighted to announce that Professor Shireen Hassim will join the Institute for a period of three years, on secondment from the Department of Political Studies at Wits. Shireen has a distinguished career as a Professor of Politics with a rich and widely recognised body of work on feminist theory and politics, social movements and collective action, the politics of representation and affirmative action, and social policy. She is co-editor of many books and author of Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (2006), which won the 2007 American Political Science Association’s Victoria Shuck Award for best book on women and politics.

Shireen’s new book project is entitled Contingency and Uncertainty: Working with and Against the State in South Africa. It is an attempt to theorise why and how it is that various feminist claims on the state are so easily incorporated without significant impact on the underlying power relations in the state, and between state and society. Other new work considers ways in which categories of citizenship rest on a binary conception of gender, and the ways in which addressing embodied claims (such as the recognition claims of intersex and transgender people) has shifted law and state into territories not conceived of by feminist activists or the state.

We deeply value Shireen’s many contributions to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, to institutional struggles at Wits, and to University leadership both here and nationally. We look forward with much energy and joy to working with Shireen in our Medical Humanities programme, on our Public Positions series, and numerous intellectual projects on feminism, gender, and the politics of the University.


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Andrew McMillan Becomes the First Poet to Win the 2015 Guardian First Book Award

Andrew McMillan Becomes the First Poet to Win the 2015 Guardian First Book Award

PhysicalAlert! The 2015 Guardian First Book Award has been won by Andrew McMillan, for his collection of poems, Physical.

Only two poets have ever made the shortlist for the £10 000 (about R215 000) prize in its 17-year history, and McMillan becomes the first poet to win it.

In the announcement, The Guardian calls Physical an “elegantly poised and intimate collection of poems”, and books editor Claire Armitstead said:

“It’s a thrilling development for us as poetry so rarely breaks through in generalist prizes,” she said. She cited Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1821 Defence of Poetry, in which he argued that “poetry enlarges the circumference of the imagination by replenishing it with thoughts of ever new delight”. Shelley’s assertion that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” might seem “a bit optimistic in our prosaic times”, Armitstead said, “but Andrew McMillan’s breathtaking collection shows that good poetry can and does still enlarge, replenish and delight”.

“It is wonderful that a collection so tightly focused on masculinity and gay love could have such a wide appeal, across age and gender,” she continued. “It surprised us all with the best sort of ambush, emerging from an extremely strong and vibrant shortlist as the unanimously agreed winner.”

McMillan is the son of Ian McMillan, one of the United Kingdom’s best known contemporary poets, although The Guardian points out that this is a connection he “kept quiet about”, apart from dedicating the book to his parents.

Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen was also nominated for the prize, one of many award lists the Nigerian author’s debut novel has appeared on.

Obioma won the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Fiction Award for last month and was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 Centre For Fiction First Novel Prize, among others. The Man Booker went to Marlon James in the end, while the Centre for Fiction winner will be announced on 8 December this year.

The 2015 Guardian First Book Award shortlist was:

Man V. NaturePhysicalThe FishermenNothing Is True and Everything Is PossibleGrief is the Thing with FeathersThe Shore


  • Physical by Andrew McMillan (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Shore by Sara Taylor (William Heinemann)

The McMillans junior and senior tweeted their delight:

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Don’t Miss the Badilisha Poetry X-Change Pan-African Event at The Beautiful Life Building in Cape Town

Invitation to Badilisha Poetry X-Change Pan-African Event

If I Could Sing: Selected PoemsThe Badilisha Poetry X-change is holding a poetry event to celebrate the end of their Badilisha Road Trip through Africa, which is dedicated to meeting and recording the work of poets.

The Pan-African event will feature a number of award-winning poets, including our Poet Laureate Keorapatse Willie Kgositsile and TJ Dema. There will be voices from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and more.

The event will take place on Friday, 4 December, from 7 PM at the Beautiful Life Building.

See you there!

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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma Up for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award – Winner Announced Tonight

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2015 has been a big year for Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, with his “truly magnificent” debut novel being nominated for various big awards and included on a vast amount of “best of” lists.

The latest news regarding The Fishermen is that it has been shortlisted for the prestigious Guardian First Book Award, coming up against five other debut publications for the £10 000 (about R213 000) prize.

Obioma won the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Fiction Award for last month and was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 Centre For Fiction First Novel Prize, among others. The Man Booker went to Marlon James in the end, while the Centre for Fiction winner will be announced on 8 December this year.

Here’s the shortlist for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award in full:

Man V. NaturePhysicalThe FishermenNothing Is True and Everything Is PossibleGrief is the Thing with FeathersThe Shore


  • Physical by Andrew McMillan (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Shore by Sara Taylor (William Heinemann)

The winner will be announced tonight and, naturally, we are holding thumbs for Obioma!

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The Guardian featured short extracts and introductions by the the authors to all the shortlisted works. Read what Obioma writes in and about The Fishermen:

Recently, I stumbled on a line in The Fishermen that seemed to have come directly out of memory rather than from the pages of the book: “Did you do this to your blood brother?” I could recall instances where, as a child, when something happened between my siblings and me, that same question was asked with a kind of urgency that lent unarguable potency to the idea that your brother or sister was so special and somewhat indispensable that to hurt him or her was to hurt oneself. The Fishermen is an exploration of this kind of tie, and what it is that can snap it, or destroy it.

I grew up with many siblings, and always knew that one day I would write a story about the experience. But, strangely, this novel is not about my experience, but was merely inspired by it. When they were children, two of my older brothers had the kind of sibling rivalry that ignited little fires of violence. But when I learned that, as men aged almost 30, they had become very close, I began to ponder on what can rip families apart, especially close-knit ones. At around the same time, I had been reading a book in which I had encountered a phrase that stuck out to me: “A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” So, I thought, can this be applied to just about any entity, such as a family?

Catherine Flood reflected on the process of narrowing down the list to come up with the finalists for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award:

There is something wonderfully expectant about a prize for a first book, particularly one that welcomes first-time writers regardless of genre, category, form or language.

The varied rollcall of past recipients (Yiyun Li, Jonathan Safran Foer, Petina Gappah, Zadie Smith, Dinaw Mengestu among them), and the Guardian first book award’s international status, makes the reading journey more of a quest than – as some book awards seem to be – a standard nod to likely candidates.

Alison Flood wrote a reflection on the shortlist. Read her article:

Announcing the shortlist, Guardian books editor Claire Armitstead said that McMillan’s poems had “totally disarmed” her. “As a middle-aged, heterosexual woman, I’d assumed they wouldn’t be for me, but I found them tender and sexy and entirely relatable,” said Armitstead. “They carried me straight back to my teenage infatuation with the work of Thom Gunn, another gay poet, who is one of McMillan’s touchstones for Physical.”

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Join Toast Coetzer, Erns Grundling and a Host of Writers for the Launch of Ons Klyntji 2015 at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Ons Klyntji 2015

Ons KlynjiThe Book Lounge and the team behind Ons Klyntji would like to invite you to the launch of the 2015 edition of “the first ever Afrikaans magazine”.

Ons Klyntji was established in 1896, resurrected in the 1990s, and is currently edited by Toast Coetzer and Erns Grundling. It comes out once a year, and features left of centre poetry, short fiction and non-fiction in both English and Afrikaans as well as photography and graphic art.

The event will take place at The Book Lounge on Thursday, 3 December, at 5:30 for 6 PM. There will be readings by Coetzer and Grundling, as well as Danie Marais, Rosa Lyster, Le Roux Schoeman, Nick Mulgrew, Churchhil Naudé, Sindi Busuku-Mathese, Hanru Niemand, Alice Inggs, Mick Raubenheimer, James Honnibal, Andries de Beer, Louis Roux, Luan Serfontein, Liebet Jooste and more.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
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  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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A Renewed Interest in Literature from Africa: Trailblazer Cassava Republic Press to Launch in the United Kingdom


Leading African publishing house Cassava Republic Press has announced that it will be launching in the United Kingdom, in order to “spotlight the vibrancy and diversity of prose by African writers on the continent and in the diaspora”.

Cassava is planning to kick off operations in the UK in April 2016, with a launch list that includes Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday, Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist, HJ Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms.

It’s a prestigious list. John has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing twice, Manyika was the chair of judges for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, while Ibrahim was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2013, and currently serves as a judge for the Short Story Day Africa competition.

The internationally acclaimed The Lazarus Effect was longlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for both the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize. Golakai’s new novel, The Score, was recently released in South Africa (read an excerpt).

Cassava Republic Press has its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, although founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is now based in London. Bakare-Yusuf will be joined by Emma Shercliff, formerly MD of Macmillan English Campus and head of export sales at Hodder Education.

“It is exciting to be launching Cassava Republic Press in the UK both as an intervention and as an opportunity to introduce the diversity of writings coming out of the continent,” Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (above) said in a press statement. “What we are doing is unprecedented: an African publishing house establishing a base in the UK after nearly 10 years in Africa rather than the reverse. This is the birthing of African publishing onto the world stage.”

Shercliff adds: “Having worked with Cassava Republic in Abuja for almost two years, I am delighted to be starting this new venture with Bibi in London.

“The feedback we have already received from the UK trade has been fantastic; there is a renewed interest in literature from Africa and we feel particularly excited about introducing some very special authors who are already celebrated in Africa, but practically unknown in the UK, to a wider audience.”

In partnership with the British Council as part of their UK/Nigeria 2015-16 programme, Cassava Republic Press will showcase the breadth of talent on the list across UK literature festivals next April. Today’s announcement coincides with a BBC Radio 4 special on the Nigerian literary scene, entitled ‘Writing a New Nigeria’, to be broadcast at 11.30am on Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd December, featuring publishers Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Emma Shercliff and Cassava Republic Press authors Elnathan John, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Toni Kan.

As Chad Felix of Melville House says, “The stage is set.”

In the nine years since the founding of Cassava Republic, the house has curated an impressive list, which includes authors Teju Cole, Man Booker Prize-nominee Chigozie Obioma (The Fisherman), Mukoma wa Ngugi (whose Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi were published by Melville House in 2011 and 2013 respectively), and Caine Prize-nominee Elnathan John (Born on a Tuesday). In addition to literary and crime fiction, the house also publishes a variety of non-fiction and children’s titles.


In a video published two years ago, Bakare-Yusuf explains why she started Cassava Republic Press, and what her plans are:

“When I moved to Nigeria as an academic, there were all these interesting African writers being published abroad, and they’re not available locally – no one’s heard of them,” she says. “So I decided, ‘okay, I’m going to start a publishing company’. Cassava Republic Press. I knew nothing, nothing nothing nothing, about publishing! I knew everything about reading and writing, but nothing about the business of publishing.

“150 million people. 77 million of them young people under 30. How do we get those people reading? Those are the people I’m actually interested in converting. We want to convert minds. We want to convert them to question who they are, and also question society.”

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French Translation Deal for Karen Jennings’ Novel Finding Soutbek

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Alert! Holland Park Press have announced a French publishing deal for Karen Jennings’ novel Finding Soutbek.

Les éditions de l’Aube will produce the French language version of the novel, which was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Finding Soutbek, which was first published in June 2012, will be translated by Benoîte Dauvergne. The French version is set to be published in August 2016.

Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar says: “It’s lovely to see Finding Soutbek, which arrived as an unsolicited manuscript in my inbox, going from strength to strength with this forthcoming French translation.

“It has been a pleasure to deal with Manon Viard from Les éditions de l’Aube about contractual issues and I’m looking forward to working with her in the future.”

Jennings is the winner of the 2009 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award and was longlisted for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She edited the first Short Story Day Africa anthology, Feast, Famine and Potluck, in 2013. Her most recent book is a short story collection, Away from the Dead (Holland Park Press, September 2014).

It was announced yesterday that Jennings has made the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships, along with six other South Africans.

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7 South Africans Make the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships Shortlist

Alert! The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships, including seven South Africans.

21 applicants have made the shortlist, including six from Nigeria, three from Ghana, two from Uganda, and one each from Zimbabwe, Egypt and Sudan.

The foundation received 345 entries this year. Michela Wrong, literary director, said, “This was fewer than last year but I felt the overall standard was higher.

“Now that the scholarships are better known we are attracting some of the best African writers. Some of the entries left me almost breathless. I am confident our four scholarships will yield four outstanding books.”

Wrong added, however, that the foundation was disappointed not to receive entries from a greater variety of African countries.

“There are many talented writers in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and other countries,” she said. “We did have entries from them but none that made the shortlist. We would encourage people writing in English from all over Africa to apply in future years.”

2015 Morland Writing Scholarships shortlist

Fatin Abbas (Sudan)
Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria)
Ayesha Harruna Attah (Ghana)
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Ghana)
Kurt Ellis (South Africa)
Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)
Amy Heydenrych (South Africa)
Mishka Hoosen (South Africa)
Karen Jennings (South Africa)
Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda)
Kopano Mabaso (South Africa)
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda)
Kagiso Lesego Molope (South Africa)
Cheryl Ntumy (Ghana)
Bolaji Odofin (Nigeria)
Mary Ononokpono (Nigeria)
Ladi Opaluwa (Nigeria)
Megan Ross (South Africa)
Noo Saro-Wiwa (Nigeria)
Wiam El-Tamami (Egypt)
Blessing-Miles Tendi (Zimbabwe)

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It is a big month for Kurt Ellis, whose book By Any Means was recently longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Karen Jennings is the author of Finding Soutbek, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize, and a short story collection, Away from the Dead.

Kopano Mabaso’s Coconut (as Kopano Matlwa) achieved instant legend status when it was published in 2008. Mabaso followed that up with Spilt Milk in 2010.

Kagiso Lesego Molope is the author of Dancing in the Dust.

Literature lovers will be delighted to see Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on the list. The Ugandan author won the Kwani? Manuscript Prize for Kintu in 2013, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Earlier this year Binyavanga Wainaina told Books LIVE that Kintu was an “incredible novel” that is “going places”.

Cheryl Ntumy is the author of a number of Sapphire Press romance novels, and Crossing, which was published in Botswana in 2010 and won the 2009 Bessie Head Literature Award.

Prufrock magazine congratulated the shortlist on Facebook:

Congratulations to Prufrock contributor Megan Ross, who has been shortlisted for this year’s Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship, which is Worth A Lot of Money.

Ross’ piece on the 2014 Thailand coup d’état appeared in Prufrock 7, while her short story “The Mechanics of Bruising”, is out now in our latest issue.

Modjaji Books also congratulated the candidates:

So proud to be associated with 3 of the shortlistees who have worked for Modjaji (as a book designer) Megan Ross and (interns) Karen Jennings and Mishka Hoosen. Congratulations to all the shortlisted writers. Such a fabulous list of writers.

Judges Ellah Allfrey (chair), Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland will meet on 14 December to discuss the shortlist. Four winners will be announced shortly after this.

Scholarship winners writing fiction will receive a grant of £18 000 (about R380 000), paid over the course of 12 months. Scholars writing non-fiction will receive a grant of £27 000 (about R572 000), paid over the course of 18 months.

Previous winners of the Morland Writing Scholarship include Percy Zvomuya, Yewande Omotoso and Ahmed Khalifa.

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