The 7th winner is Mary Watson from South Africa for "Jungfrau". Chairman of the Judges, Dr Nana Wilson - Tagoe said of "Jungfrau", "It is a powerfully written narrative that works skillfully through a child's imagination to suggest a world of insights about familial and social relationships in the new South Africa. It is superbly written and does what a short story should do, by leaving spaces around its narrative in which readers can enter again and again". This story along with the other shortlisted stories and work from the Caine prize writers' workshop are all collected in this volume. About the Caine Prize: Known as the 'African Booker', the Caine Prize for African Writing is a spring board for some of the best talent in African writing. Previous winners include Leila Aboulela, whose subsequent novels have been broadcast on BBC Radio and longlisted for the Orange prize, and Helon Habila who has published several novels since winning the Caine Prize.
Mary Watson was born and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her Masters degree in Creative Writing under Andre P Brink in 2001 and studied Film and TV Production at Bristol University in 2003.She lectures in Film Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she received a Meritorious Publication Award for her collection of stories, Moss. She is currently working on her first novel, as well as on a collaborative novel with a group of otherSouth African writers.
IntroductionWinner and ShortlistJungfrau Mary Watson (South Africa) (Winner)The Last Trip Sefi Atta (Nigeria)A Joburg Story Darrel Bristow-Bovey (South Africa)Tracking the Scent of my Mother Muthoni Garland (Kenya)The Fanatic Laila Lalami (Morocco)Celtel Caine Prize African Writers' Workshop Stories,Crater Lake, Kenya 2007(in alphabetical order, by author)Doreen Baingana (Uganda) Christianity Killed the CatDarrel Bristow-Bovey (South Africa) The First Time I Said FuckPetina Gappah (Zimbabwe) An Elegy for EasterlyShalini Gidoomal (Kenya) Root GoldFarhad A K Sulliman Khoyratty (Mauritius) The Emperor's New Clothes Charles A Matathia (Kenya) 1985 (When memoirs fail)Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Zimbabwe) PostcardsMillicent Muthoni (Kenya) Once Upon a TimeGlaydah Namukasa (Uganda) Then, Now and TomorrowElizabeth Pienaar (South Africa) RejoiceVeronique Tadjo (Cote d'Ivoire) Looking for BikoMary Watson (South Africa) Simon Said