The Jacana Literary Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist and finalists for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2014.
The jury, comprising distinguished South African poets Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego, and Ingrid de Kok, selected 82 poems out of the 303 entries received to be published in this year’s anthology. The jury furthermore deliberated on which entries should be shortlisted, and this list was sent to celebrated poet and author, Dr Mongane Wally Serote, who then decided upon a list of three finalists, and eventually, the winner. All judging is done anonymously.
The finalists are:
Rochelle Jacobs, for the poem “Something Other”.
Thabo Jijana, for the poem “Children Watching Old People”.
Jim Pascual Agustin, for the poem “Illegal, Undocumented”.
The winner of the Sol Plaatje Poetry Award will be announced at a reception at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 4 November, by a European Union Delegation representative. The three finalists receive cash prizes, and the anthology, consisting of poems in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Sepedi and Setswana, will be launched the same evening. Next year the Award will resume its association with the Poetry Africa festival held anually in Durban, which was sadly interrupted this year.
The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award is supported by the European Union. The annual Award, named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932) and now in its fourth year, recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. As Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time.
Jacana Media is sending in the clowns with the new Madam & Eve annual.
They’re back, and better than ever! This year sees the release of the twenty-second Madam & Eve, Send in the Clowns, and it is another winner from this sharp and witty creative team.
Featuring the humour South Africans have come to know and love, this Madam & Eve promises to be a laugh a minute, and it is sure to be a family favourite and welcome addition to any bookshelf.
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Girls on Fire is typically aimed at girls who feel sick of going to braais where the guys stand around the fire drinking and chatting and burning the meat. It is time for girls to claim their right to cook decent food and pretty up the braai area for this pivotal South African social activity.
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|Richard de Nooy
Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. His first novel Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007) won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book, received honourable mention at the M-Net Literary Award, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. De Nooy was awarded a grant by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write his second novel in Dutch.
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