The Caine Prize for African Writing

Thanks to the good offices of Alvaro Ribeiro, the English Department  has been selected by the Caine Prize for African Writing to host the winner of the Prize as a Writer-in-Residence for one month each fall following the award. This residency will begin Fall 2007 and will take place under the umbrella of the new Lannan Programs.

The annual Prize, awarded in Oxford, England,  is the most distinguished award for African writers published or translated in English.  The winner will now receive, in addition to a cash award of GBP 10,000, the opportunity to come to Georgetown and our Department for a month to do public readings and to work with students. Named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc, Chairman of Africa 95, and Chairman of the Booker Prize for Fiction management committee for almost 25 years, the Caine Prize for African Writing was first awarded in 2000 at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare.  Alvaro is a member of the Council for the Caine Prize and brought Jonathan Taylor, Chair of the Council and Alicia Adams, Vice President for International Programming at the Kennedy Center and also a member of the Council, to Georgetown to seal the deal.