Shortlisted Caine Prize writer

Shortlisted Caine Prize writers to give public readings in London

South Africa’s Diane Awerbuck and Zimbabwe’s Tendai Huchu are two of the writers shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing. Londoners will have several opportunities to hear them read from their short stories in London

Shortlisted Caine Prize writer

The five writers shortlisted for the  2014 Caine Prize for African Writing will give a series of public readings and seminars in the week leading up to the announcement of the winner in Oxford on Monday 14 July.

Each year the Caine Prize for African Writing maps new directions in contemporary African literature. Writers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia have been named on the shortlist for the prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English (indicative length 3,000 to 10,000 words).

An “African writer” is normally taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country or has an African parent.

The 2014 shortlist comprises:

  • Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) “Phosphorescence” in Cabin Fever (Umuzi, Cape Town. 2011) Read ‘Phosphorescence’
  • Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) “The Intervention” in Open Road Review, issue 7, New Delhi. 2013 Read ‘The Intervention’
  • Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) “Chicken” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013) Read ‘Chicken’
  • Billy Kahora (Kenya) ‘The Gorilla’s Apprentice” in Granta (London. 2010) Read ‘The Gorilla’s Apprentice’
  • Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) “My Father’s Head” in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa. 2013) Read ‘My Father’s Head’


Wednesday 9 July, Brixton Library, 7pm

A discussion with the nominees of the 2014 Caine Prize chaired by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.

This event is FREE.

Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, London. SW2 1LQ

Phone: 020 7926 1056

Thursday 10 July, Royal Over-Seas League, 7pm

A relaxed evening with the nominees of the 2014 Caine Prize chaired by Lizzy Attree. Each author will read a short extract from their work, after which there will be an opportunity to meet them over a glass of complimentary wine and canapés.

Tickets: £7, Concessions: £6, Friends of ROSL ARTS: £5.00

To book, phone 020 7408 0214 ext 219

Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR—Caine-Prize-for-African-Writing.html

Friday 11 July, Africa Writes Festival — British Library Conference Centre

3 – 5pm: The Caine Prize 2014 Seminar led by Delia Jarrett-Macauley.

Organised in partnership with Africa Writes, a celebration of contemporary African literature from across the continent and the diaspora in association with the Royal African Society.

Join the five authors shortlisted authors for an in-depth discussion of their stories within the context of contemporary African literature. This seminar explores the shortlisted writers’ literary influences, their take on the development of present-day African narratives and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

This event is free, booking recommended.

Or to book, phone: 01937 546 546

Saturday 12 July, Africa Writes Festival – British Library Conference Centre

This event is free, booking recommended.

4.45 – 6pm: Caine Prize book group event – Meet the writers in conversation with Tricia Wombell and Geoff Ryman. or to book, phone: 01937 546 546

Sunday 13 July, Southbank Centre, 5pm

The shortlisted writers will be reading from and discussing their work in the Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room with Michael Salu.

Tickets: £8, Concessions: £4

To book, phone: 0844 875 0073