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2006 winner: MARY WATSON

Mary Watson

The winner of the 2006 Caine Prize was South Africa’s Mary Watson, with “Jungfrau”, from her 2004 collection Moss published by Kwela.


Originally from Cape Town, she currently lives in Galway, Ireland. Mary was shortlisted for the Rolex Protégé and Mentorship programme in 2012. Her novel The Cutting Room was published by Penguin South Africa in April this year. 


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.