Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Just back from Ireland, that exceedingly green and pleasant land. We had a wonderful rest - hiked up waterfalls and down country lanes; explored beehive huts, standing stones, stone circles, and ancient christian architecture; sat and gazed at the view; ate well...more later.

My parents are here for another week, so expect erratic blogging until then, but I did wish to point out the big news in the African fiction world: the announcement of the winner of the Caine Prize for African Fiction 2007. Congratulations to Monica Arac de Nyeko of Uganda. Her winning story 'Jambula Tree' is in the collection AFRICAN LOVE STORIES edited by Ama Ata Aidoo.

Strangely, the Caine Prize website has vanished into the ether, but keep trying back if you are interested, at

Africa Beyond has an interview with Arac de Nyeko
the BBC reports on the award
The Guardian reports here
as does The Independent



Anonymous danielle said...

Lucky you--I love Ireland. It's gorgeous there. I have visited twice, and the second time I actually cried when I had to leave! (I spent two summers there with a family--probably at least in part the reason for the tears).

8:06 pm  
Blogger equiano said...

How wonderful that you were able to spend so much time there, Danielle. We go fairly often, but only for short breaks, and so far only to Kerry and Cork. Breathtakingly beautiful.

10:31 pm  

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