Zim writer shortlisted for Caine Prize

HARARE - Rising Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu, 32, is among five writers shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize.

Huchu, who is based in the United Kingdom, was nominated for his story The Intervention published last year in an Indian journal called Open Road Review.

The Glasgow-based podiatrist will battle for the Caine Prize worth

£10 000 with Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemia Chela (Ghana) as well of the Kenyan duo of Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor.

To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, the five shortlisted writers, who were announced by the Patron of the Caine Prize Professor Wole Soyinka, will each receive £500.

Jackie Kay, the chair of the Caine Prize jury, has described the shortlist as “Compelling, lyrical, thought-provoking and engaging.

“From a daughter’s unusual way of grieving for her father, to a memorable swim with a grandmother, a young boy’s fascination with a gorilla’s conversation, a dramatic faux family meeting, to a woman who is forced to sell her eggs, the subjects are as diverse as they are entertaining.”

Kay added that the entries for this year were of exceptional standard.

“What a golden age for the African short story, and how exciting to see real originality — with so many writers bringing something different to the form,” she said.

The stories by the shortlisted writers, together with those by the writers at the Caine Prize workshop recently held in Zimbabwe, will be published in the Caine Prize anthology 2014 by publishers from across Africa, including AmaBooks in Zimbabwe.

Huchu, a former Churchill High School student who dropped out in the first semester while studying mining engineering at University of Zimbabwe, burst onto the literary scene four years ago with a book called The Hairdresser of Harare.

The book was translated into German in 2012 and is in line for more translations.

Huchu’s novel The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician will be published by AmaBooks later this year.


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