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Craig MacKenzie

UJ prizewinners’ fresh works: from haunting novel to poetic word paintings

Winning works in the UJ Prize for South African Writing in English ranged from reimagining the plaasroman genre to poetry word-paintings.

UJ Prize: Winners in newfound freedom

Noted novelist Zakes Mda and debut writer Penny Busetto take the University of Johannesburg awards.

Winning novels examples of newfound writing freedom

Noted novelist Zakes Mda and debut writer Penny Busetto have won the University of Johannesburg awards with "Rachel's Blue" and "The Story of Anna P".

Sparkle and flair from UJ Prize writers

UJ Prize winners Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha have penned well-crafted novels that are innovative and refreshing reads.

Nadine Gordimer: Someone to accompany us

To mark novelist Nadine Gordimer's 90th birthday, Craig MacKenzie celebrates how her work has astutely interpreted the tenor of our times.

Heirs to the struggle do it no justice

The African National Congress' subsequent behaviour is changing how the movement will be viewed in the future, writes Craig MacKenzie.

Surf the global tide in language and survive

The marginalisation of local languages will continue and nonstandard English is the future to embrace.

Old Jo’burg glitters with gritty detail

Two novels set in Jo'burg, Cape Town and London take the UJ prizes.

Beyond the silos of South African literature

This substantial offering from UKZN Press is very much about the now.

Our literary disgrace

The sale of JM Coetzee's archive to a Texan university revives the question of where South Africa's literary heritage should be preserved.

So much talent, so few readers

<b>Craig MacKenzie</b> ponders the central contradiction in local literature.

Vladislavic: Take two

Author, Ivan Vladislavic, has won his second UJ prize with a three-part novel that covers familiar ground.

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