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Lidudumalingani wins 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

South African writer Lidudumalingani has won the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story ‘Memories We Lost’. Chosen from a shortlist of five, ‘Memories We Lost’ tells the story of a girl who acts as protector to her schizophrenic sister, and whose situation deteriorates when the two girls are entrusted to a man who believes he can use traditional techniques to rid people of their demons. Chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley said the piece explores a ‘difficult subject—how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia’. ‘Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists,’ said Jarrett-Macauley. Lidudumalingani’s story was published in Incredible Journey: Stories that Move You (ed by Joanne Hichens, Burnet Media) and is also available online here. Established in 2000, the £10,000 (A$17,430) Caine Prize is awarded for the year’s best short story by an African author writing in English. In addition to the cash prize, Lidudumalingani will be offered a one-month residency at Georgetown University, as well as invitations to speak at the US Library of Congress and to participate in Cape Town’s Open Book Festival, Nairobi’s Storymoja and Nigeria’s Ake Festival. For more information about prize and the shortlisted titles, visit the Caine Prize website here.


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