Great week

Nthikeng Mohlele’s

CityPress - - Voices - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­

What a week it has been for Lim­popoborn, Tem­bisa-raised, Wits-ed­u­cated nov­el­ist Nthikeng Mohlele.

The 40-year-old is the au­thor of the ac­claimed Plea­sure, which was awarded the R75 000 Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg (UJ) Prize for South African Writ­ing in English 2016. Then, on Wed­nes­day it was an­nounced that Plea­sure had won the K Sello Duiker Memo­rial Lit­er­ary Award at the 2017 South African Lit­er­ary Awards.

On the same day, the long list was re­leased for the planet’s rich­est an­nual lit­er­ary prize, the In­ter­na­tional Dublin Lit­er­ary Award and there was Mohlele’s name again.

The award is worth R1.6 mil­lion and the list is de­ter­mined by nom­i­na­tions from li­braries across the world.

Plea­sure is Mohlele’s fourth novel af­ter The Scent of Bliss, Small Things and Rusty Bell. Bud­ding au­thors who want to learn the art of sen­sual writ­ing and pow­er­ful char­ac­ter con­struc­tion from Mohlele can ap­ply for his mas­ter­class on De­cem­ber 8, hosted by the ground­break­ing Abantu Book Fes­ti­val in Soweto (mail mol­weni@aban­tu­book­fes­ti­ for more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up). It was a pretty al­right week for nov­el­ist (and singer-song­writer) Mo­hale Mashigo too.

Her tale of spir­i­tual cri­sis, The Yearn­ing, which took the de­but prize at the UJ awards, was also long-listed for the Dublin prize.


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