Brian Chikwava, winner in 2004 for his short story “Seventh Street Alchemy” (published by Weaver Press in Harare), was awarded a Charles Pick Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he began work on his first novel, Harare North, which was published by Jonathan Cape in April 2009 to critical acclaim.
His writing has appeared in short story collections published by Jacana, Picador Africa, Umuzi and in the journals World Literature Today, Wasafiri, Moving Worlds, Literary Review, The Literary Encyclopaedia and others. His stories have also been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and BBC World Service. A biographical story, “The Fig Tree and the Wasp”, appeared in Granta’s ‘Sex’ issue in 2010. Brian was awarded a Brown Foundation Fellows Residency Program at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France in March 2012.
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.
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