Power of the pen. Do you have what it takes?

CityPress - - News - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­press.co.za En­tries are now open for the City Press Non­fic­tion Award 2015. Find out more at www.tafel­berg.com/city­press

The con­tested cul­ture of ukuth­wala, the state of South African diplomacy in Africa, the story of a strug­gle icon and the is­sues around de­vel­op­ing gifted chil­dren from dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

These are the sto­ries that have made the short list for the an­nual City Press Non­fic­tion Award in part­ner­ship with Tafel­berg Pub­lish­ers.

One of the four fi­nal­ists will be awarded a prize worth R60 000, which will al­low them to re­search their book and get it pub­lished. They are:

Ly­dia Git­tens. The an­thro­pol­o­gist and nurs­ing sis­ter is re­search­ing ukuth­wala, the ab­duc­tion of young girls for mar­riage;

Liesl Louw-Vau­dran. The spe­cial­ist Africa jour­nal­ist is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the state of South African diplomacy on the con­ti­nent over the past 20 years;

Vashthi Nepaul. The ed­u­ca­tion­ist and cham­pion of school de­bat­ing is tack­ling the re­al­i­ties around help­ing gifted chil­dren from poor com­mu­ni­ties; and

The Very Rev­erend Michael Weeder. The Dean of St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral has pro­posed a bi­og­ra­phy of District Six-born ac­tivist and Trea­son Tri­al­ist Reg Septem­ber.

The win­ner will be an­nounced at this year’s Open Book Fes­ti­val next month.

In just three years, the award has be­come a vi­brant and valu­able ad­di­tion to the na­tional lit­er­ary land­scape.

This year, in­au­gu­ral win­ner Maria Phal­ime’s Post­mortem: The Doc­tor Who Walked Away, a take on the state of the health­care sys­tem, was pub­lished.

Last year, jour­nal­ist and edi­tor Don Pin­nock lifted the prize. His book on gang­ster­ism in Cape Town will be out soon.

The goal of the award is to see the pub­li­ca­tion of in­de­pen­dent, in­ves­tiga­tive manuscripts that add cred­i­ble voices to South Africa’s so­cial de­bate.

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