The shortlist for the prestigious
Morland Writing Scholarship has just been announced. Among the twenty-two
shortlisted writers are two Zimbabweans, Bryony Rheam and Sandisile Tshuma,
both of whom have been published by amaBooks.
Percy Zvomuya is a previous Zimbabwean recipient of a Morland Writing Scholarship.
This year Nigerians dominated the list. Of the twenty-two names,
eleven are from Nigeria, three from South Africa, two each from Somalia,
Zimbabwe and Kenya, and one each from Gambia and Ghana.
Miles Morland said, “The standard of the shortlist is always high
but this year we had an even greater depth of talent than before, making the
choosing of a shortlist particularly difficult. We had over 500 entries,
up from 385 last year and they came from 37 countries, compared with 27 last
year. We have two Caine Prize winners on it, and a number of writers who have
received global recognition. We are pleased also to have writers early in their
career who show terrific promise. We have been blown away by the talent,
imagination, energy, and humour that characterises African writing. Our only
disappointment is that, although we had a number of non-fiction submissions,
only one made it to the short list. We are actively trying to encourage
non-fiction, Africans telling Africa’s story.”
The judges, with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey from Zimbabwe in the
chair, assisted by Femi Terry from Sierra Leone, and Muthoni Garland from
Kenya, will meet on Dec 12th to select the five 2016 Scholars. Their names will
be announced shortly afterwards. The Scholars will each receive £18,000, paid
over the course of a year, to allow them to take time off to write the book
they have proposed.
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Moving On and other Zimbabwean stories
The Goddess of Mtwara
The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things
The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician
The Gonjon Pin
Available from 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe
A Memory This Size
Where to Now?
This September Sun
by Bryony Rheam
Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage
by Pathisa Nyathi
Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices available outside Zimbabwe