From Precious 2012
Rotimi Babatunde wins 13th Caine Prize for African Writing
Nigeria’s Rotimi Babatunde has won the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Bombay's Republic’ from 'Mirabilia Review' Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011). http://mirabilia.webs.com/
The Chair of Judges, author Bernardine Evaristo, announced Rotimi Babatunde as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Bernardine Evaristo said: “Bombay's Republic vividly describes the story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma campaign of World War Two. It is ambitious, darkly humorous and in soaring, scorching prose exposes the exploitative nature of the colonial project and the psychology of Independence.”
Rotimi Babatunde’s fiction and poems have been published in Africa, Europe and America in journals which include Die Aussenseite des Elementes and Fiction on the Web and in anthologies including Little Drops and A Volcano of Voices. He is a winner of the Meridian Tragic Love Story Competition organised by the BBC World Service and his plays have been staged and presented by institutions which include the Halcyon Theatre, Chicago and the Institute for Contemporary Arts. He is currently taking part in a collaboratively produced piece at the Royal Court and the Young Vic as part of World Stages for a World City. Rotimi lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Also shortlisted were:
• Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe) ‘La Salle de Départ’ from 'Prick of the Spindle' Vol. 4.2 (New Orleans, June, 2010) www.prickofthespindle.com
• Constance Myburgh (South Africa) ‘Hunter Emmanuel’ from ‘Jungle Jim’ Issue 6, (Cape Town, 2011) www.junglejim.org
Once again the winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be given the opportunity of taking up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. The award will cover all travel and living expenses. The winner will also be invited to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September 2012 and events hosted by the Museum of African Art in New York in November 2012.
Last year the Caine Prize was won by Zimbabwean writer NoViolet
Bulawayo. She has subsequently been awarded the highly regarded two-year
Stegner Writing Fellowship at Stanford University, in the United States
and her debut novel, We Need New Names, is forthcoming from Little, Brown
in North America and Chatto and Windus in the UK.
The PRECIOUS Book of Quotes
PRECIOUS is delighted to announce news of our very first book!
We wanted our first book to be something really special and so we asked 50 women from across the fields of sport, business, arts and media ‘What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?’ Olympic sprinter Christine Ohuruogu MBE, ITN Broadcaster Charlene White, Dame Floella Benjamin OBE and entrepreneur Jessica Huie,were just some of the women who replied. The result is a book featuring some great advice from some truly inspirational women, that we hope will inspire young girls and older women alike.
A book launch, that also marked the end of International Womens Month, took place at Pearson plc, featuring a sizzling line-up of speakers that included entrepreneur Shahena Ali, and author Precious Williams.
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Mina's Seeing Red
Although she's yet to complete her GCSE's, 15 year-old Mina Bint Muhammad, is the proud author of her first novel.
Mina won the Best Category at the Young Muslims Writers Award in 2010 and soon after embarked on writing her own novel entitledSee Red, about a young Muslim girl who moves to East London and struggles to fit into the various social groups that exist.
Mina said “I wrote the novel because I thought it would help people understand the issues faced by Muslim teenage girls in today's society. Writing the book is important to me - it allows me to be recognised as a Muslim, as a woman, with a voice. I hope that, in time, we Muslims will no longer be associated with the stereotypes as portrayed in the media; rather, we will be regarded as a positive part of society.”
See Red was launched in April with an event that featured 70 guests, readings, inspiring
speeches and cup cakes!See Red is published by Urbantopia Books, winner of the Creative Business of the Year
at the PRECIOUS Awards 2010.
Find out more about See Red at www.urbantopia.co.uk
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