SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

An evening in conversation with the 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted authors

Caine Prize shortlist book
Abdul Adan, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Tope Folarin, Bongani Kona, Lidudumalingani, Gus Casely-Hayford

Date: 28 June 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 28 June 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk

An evening to present and converse with the shortlist of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing, chaired by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford (SOAS).

This year's shortlist features:

Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) ‘The Lifebloom Gift’ from The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories (New Internationalist Publications Ltd, UK, 2014)

His work has appeared in African magazines Kwani, Jungle Jim, Gambit, Okike, Storytime, SCARF and elsewhere. He was a participant in the 2014 Caine Prize workshop in Zimbabwe, and is a founding member of the Jalada collective. 

Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’ from Catapult (Catapult, USA, 2015)

Leasley is a Nigerian writer living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. When she isn't spreading peace and joy on Twitter, Arimah is at work on a collection of short stories (What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky) forthcoming in 2017 from Riverhead Books. There are rumours about a novel.

Tope Folarin (Nigeria) ‘Genesis’ from Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014)

Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and in 2014 he was named in the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. In addition, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals. He lives in Washington DC. 

Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) ‘At your Requiem’ from Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015)

Bongani Kona is a freelance writer and contributing editor of Chimurenga. His writing has appeared in Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone (South Africa), Sunday Times and other publications and websites. He is also enrolled as a Masters student in the Creative Writing department at the University of Cape Town. 

Lidudumalingani (South Africa) ‘Memories we Lost’ from Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015

Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. Lidudumalingani has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications. His films have been screened at various film festivals.

Chair: Gus Casely-Hayford is a curator and art historian. He is the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England. He was previously director of inIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), a London-based arts organization with a particular emphasis on international practice, which collaborates with partner venues throughout the UK and worldwide. Prior to this he was director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain. He has worked for television and radio and was the presenter of the BBC 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' series. He is a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London.

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The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.

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