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Binyavanga Wainaina

On winning the Caine Prize, Binyavanga set up a literary magazine, Kwani?, to publish work by new Kenyan writers. One of its first stories, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, won the 2003 Caine Prize and one of 2004’s shortlisted stories, by Parselelo Kantai, was also published in Kwani?. In 2003, the Kenya Publisher’s Association presented Binyavanga with an award in recognition of his contributions to Kenyan literature.


Binyavanga has written for The East African, National Geographic, The Sunday Times (South Africa), The New York Times, The Guardian (UK) and Granta. He is currently Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College, New York. His play Shine Your Eye, part of the Africa Trilogy, opened in Toronto in June 2010. His first book One Day I will Write About this Place, a memoir, was published by Graywolf Press in the US, Granta Books in 2011 and Kwani in 2012



Workshop Participants
Among participants in the Caine Prize African Writers’ workshops, which have taken place annually since 2003, Eritrean writer Sulaiman Addonia’s first novel, The Consequences of Love, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2008, and Petina Gappah had a collection of her short stories, set in her native Zimbabwe and named for her Caine Prize workshop story An Elegy for Easterly, published by Faber and Faber in 2009. Niq Mhlongo has published three novels Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004), After Tears (Kwela, 2007) and Way Back Home (2013) and Siphiwo Mahala published a novella When a Man Cries (UKZN Press, 2007) and a collection of short stories African Delights (Jacana, 2011).  Yewande Omotoso, who participated in the 2012 workshop in South Africa, had her debut novel Bom Boy (Modjaji Books, 2011) won the South African Literary Award for First Time Author and was shortlisted for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Award 2012.