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EU AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED (article first published : 2005-09-1)

The deadline for the EU Literary Award has been extended by one week.

This is because the competition had a later start this year, says Anriette Chorn of the British Council, the current chair of the EU Literary Award for first, unpublished novels.

The new deadline is September 9. Entries must be submitted to Jacana Media, clearly marked: EU Literary Award, P O Box 2004, Houghton 2041. Full details are available at www.jacana.co.za or 011 628 3222.

The judges for the 2005-6 EU Literary Award Competition are Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson, Véronique Tadjo, Alan Swerdlow and Alex Dodd.

Bhekizizwe Peterson is Associate Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. He writes on and participates in the making of African literature, drama and popular culture. He is the author of Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals: African Theatre and the Unmaking of Colonial Marginality. He also wrote the screenplays for Fools and Zulu Love Letter, the feature films directed by Ramadan Suleman. Professor Peterson will chair the panel of judges.

Véronique Tadjo is from Ivory Coast. She was a lecturer at the English Department at Abidjan University until 1993 when she became a full-time writer and artist. Two of her novels are translated into English under the titles of As the Crow Flies and The Shadow of Imana, travels to the heart of Rwanda, both published by Heinemann. Her latest book, Reine Pokou, is published by Actes Sud in Paris. She travels extensively, has worked as a Caine Prize judge and is currently based in Johannesburg.

Alan Swerdlow is a well-known cultural commentator, arts journalist and broadcaster. For many years he produced and presented the now defunct literary programme, The Bookshelf, on SAfm. He is also one of South Africa's most highly regarded theatre directors. Johannesburg born, he was educated at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (where he read English Lit.) and Cape Town (where he did his post-graduate studies).

Alex Dodd is an independent writer, editor and part time lecturer at Wits University whose career has been shaped by her love for the written word and the weird shapes of human stories. As well as contributing to a range of popular publications, she has worked as Johannesburg bureau chief of Cosmopolitan, editor of Friday for the Mail & Guardian, and books and features editor of ThisDay. Since obtaining her MA in creative writing from Concordia University in Montreal in 2003, she has edited three novels, The Silent Minaret, A Blade of Grass and The Dreamcloth.

The Embassies and High Commissions of the countries of the European Union in South Africa launched the EU Literary Award Competition at the Grahamstown festival in 2004. The award is a monetary prize of R25,000, publication of the novel by Jacana and a trip to a literary festival in Europe.

For more detail see www.jacana.co.za, or direct queries to Maggie Davey, Muff Andersson or Amanda Thoane at Jacana at 11 628 3200.




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