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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was the 2003 winner with her story “Weight of Whispers” from the Kwani-ni? series. She was the Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival, where she organised a Literary Forum in 2004, attended by Baroness Nicholson. A number of her other stories have since been published, including “Dressing the Dirge”, “The State of Tides”, and “The Knife Grinder’s Tale”.


Yvonne was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Eve Magazine in Kenya in 2004. In 2010, along with Binyavanga Wainaina, she participated in the Chinua Achebe Center’s ‘Pilgrimages’ project, travelling to Kinshasa with the intention of producing a book about her experiences.


Yvonne's first novel Dust was published in 2013 by Kwani? in Kenya and Knopf in the USA.  It is published by Granta in the UK.


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.