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Caine Prize judging panel unveiled

10th February 2011

The judging panel for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing is to be chaired by award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, the award's organisers have announced.

Matar won the 2007 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Arab American Book Award for his debut In the Country of Men, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.

Joining him on the Caine Prize's judging panel are Georgetown University professor of English literature Henry Schwarz, travel writer Vicky Unwin, Granta deputy editor Ellah Allfrey and author Aminatta Forna, who won the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction with Ancestor Stones.

The panel will now have to work through the 126 qualifying stories that have been submitted from 17 African nations, before announcing the shortlist in May. The winner of the prize will be named on July 11th at a dinner held at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library.

Last year, Sierra Leonean writer Olufemi Terry won the GBP 10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing with his short story 'Stickfighting Days', which was described by the judges as 'ambitious, brave and hugely imaginative'.
 

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