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South African author, Lidudumalingani, wins prestigious Caine Prize writing award

LIDUDUMALINGANI - picBurnet Media is proud to announce that Lidudumalingani has won the 17th Caine Prize for African Writing for his story “Memories We Lost”, which first appeared in the Short.Sharp.Stories anthology Incredible Journey in 2015.

The Chair of Judges, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, announced Lidudumalingani as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held on Monday, 4 July at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

“The winning story explores a difficult subject: how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia,” she said. “This is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between two young siblings in a beautifully drawn Eastern Cape. Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists.”

Born in the village of Zikhovane in the Eastern Cape, Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. “Memories We Lost” is his second story to appear in a Short.Sharp.Stories anthology; “The Streetwalkers” was published in Adults Only in 2014.

The Caine Prize is Africa’s premier short-story-writing competition, with entrants drawn from African writers all around the world. As with previous winners, Lidudumalingani will be given the opportunity to take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. He will also be invited to speak at the Library of Congress and take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, Storymoja in Nairobi and Ake Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

The Short.Sharp.Stories anthologies were launched in 2013, in conjunction with the National Arts Festival, to foster creative writing in South Africa, providing for both new and established voices. The first collection was Bloody Satisfied, followed by Adults Only in 2014 and Incredible Journey in 2015.

Publisher Tim Richman of Burnet Media said, “The Caine Prize is wonderful recognition for a young South African talent, and also for the work of Joanne Hichens who curates the Short.Sharp.Stories awards and has edited all the anthologies to date. Deserved congratulations to both Lidudumalingani and Joanne, and to our other shortlisted writer Bongani Kona, as well as to all the writers published in the Short.Sharp.Stories anthologies.”

Coincidentally, the fourth Short.Sharp.Stories anthology, Die Laughing, published by Tattoo Press in conjunction with the National Arts Festival and Burnet Media, will be launched at the National Arts Festival on 6 July 2016.

For more information on this year’s Caine Prize, click here.

For more information on the Short.Sharp.Stories awards, click here.

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Incredible Journey: Stories that move you edited by Joanne Hichens
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