African Writer Wins the Caine

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Photograph: Caine Prize 2014

Okwiri Oduor wins 2014 Caine Prize for African writing

Described as “Joycean in its reach,” Kenyan author’s short story My Father’s Head is named winner of £10,000 award.

Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story My Father’s Head.

Described as “an uplifting story about mourning,” Nairobi-born Oduor’s 2013 work begins with the narrator’s attempts to remember what her father’s face looked like as she struggles to cope with his loss, and follows her as she finds the courage to remember.

“Okwiri Oduor is a writer we are all really excited to have discovered,” said Scottish author and chief judge Jackie Kay, as the prize was presented at the Bodleian Library in Oxford tonight. “My Father’s Head’ is an uplifting story about mourning – Joycean in its reach. She exercises an extraordinary amount of control and yet the story is subtle, tender and moving. It is a story you want to return to the minute you finish it.”

Read further @ The Guardian

~ by eneryvibes on 1,July 27, 2014.

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