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SA writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi wins 2016 Caine Prize

The author received the prestigious award at Oxford's Bodleian Library.

2016 Caine Prize winner for African Writing Lidudumalingani Mqombothi , with head judge Delia Jarrett-Macauley. Picture: ‏@LA_Bagnetto Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - South African writer Lidumalingani Mqombothi has been awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015).

The story about two sisters - one of whom is schizophrenic - interrogates some of the traditional beliefs and methods used to tackle the mental illness.

Listen: Memories We lost

The Eastern Cape-born author, who is also a filmmaker and producer, received the prestigious award at a dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday.



As part of the prize, Mqombothi will be given the opportunity to take up a month's residence at the United States' Georgetown University as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, along with a £10,000 prize.

He will also be invited to speak at the Library of Congress and receive invitations to take part in Cape Town's Open Book Festival, Nairobi's Storymoja and Nigeria's Ake Festival.

South Africans have taken to Twitter to share their congratulations.







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