Namwali Serpell

Posted on July 9, 2015 in Literary Awards

Namwali Serpell was awarded the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing for her story “The Sack” and becomes the first Zambian writer to win the prestigious prize. She will be splitting the £10,000 cash prize with all the shortlisted writers. “The Sack” explores the power struggle between two men, one very ill, and the woman who came between them. The South African writer Zoë Wicomb, who chaired the judging panel, called it “formally innovative, stylistically stunning, haunting and enigmatic in its effects”…

and an “extraordinary story about the aftermath of revolution with its liberatory promises shattered.” She went on to say, “It makes demands on the reader and challenges conventions of the genre. It yields fresh meaning with every reading.”

Follow the links for more coverage interviews on BBC, CNN, Radio 4, and The Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/07/caine-prize-goes-to-zambian…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02wh8bs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33424103
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/07/caine-prize-goes-to-zambian…
http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20150707-caine-prize-winner-namwali-ser…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02vyxqw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_VIn4PX99s&feature=youtu.be
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060ztbq https://soundcloud.com/bbcafrica/namwali-serpell-2015-caine-prize-winner
https://soundcloud.com/bbcafrica/the-caine-prize-for-african-writing-win…
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/08/africa/namwali-serpell-caine-prize-win…