A great Moment for Sudan as Al-Fadil Wins 2017 Caine Price

 

Bushra al-Fadil, a 65- year- old Sudanese national has won the 2017 Caine Price for African Writing. He emerged winner for his short story which he titled “The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away.” The story focused on the lives of women in Sudan and the violence and harassment they face.

In his acceptance speech, Al-Fadil said “This is important for me as I think countries in Africa — particularly my own country of Sudan, need to do more to promote culture, literature and the arts”

His emergence as the winner of the $13,000 prize money has buttressed the fact that a man’s gift makes ways for him. Al- Fadil was a University Professor in Sudan, he presently resides in Saudi Arabia.

The book written in Arabic and translated by Max Shmookkler who will receive a share of the £10,000 ($13,000) prize money.

The prize was named after English author, the late Sir Michael Caine, who was Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee for 25 years.
After his death, friends and colleagues decided to establish the prize to be awarded annually in his memory.
The shortlist (from left): Magogodi oa Mphela Makhene, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra al-Fadil, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Arinze Ifeakandu.

 

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