Exiled Sudanese writer wins Caine Prize
Sudanese writer Bushra al-Fadil (pictured) has clinched the prestigious 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. His short story, titled The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away, bagged him £10 000 (about R192 000) this week. Al-Fadil (65) holds a PhD in Russian language and literature and currently lives in Saudi Arabia, after being exiled from Sudan in the 1990s for his political activism. His story was originally published in Arabic and subsequently translated into English. South Africa’s Magogodi Makhene was also short-listed for her story, The Virus. The Caine Prize for African Writing is regarded as Africa’s pre-eminent literary award.