CRAIG HIGGINSON’S ‘THE LANDSCAPE PAINTER’ WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE

23 Jul 2012 in Uncategorised
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Review - CRAIG HIGGINSON’S ‘THE LANDSCAPE PAINTER’ WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE

CRAIG Higginson has won the University of Johannesburg’s main prize for South African writing in English 2011, for his novel The Landscape Painter. There are two prizes given by the University of Johannesburg annually - the main prize of R65 000, won by Higginson, and the debut prize of R25 000, awarded to Terry Westby-Nunn for The Sea of Wise Insects. These prizes are not linked to any specific genre, and the prize is open to as many forms of creative writing as possible, including fiction, poetry, biography and other forms of non-fiction. Approximately 70 published works were submitted this year, and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in August. In her review of the book, Witness books editor Margaret von Klemperer, said in May last year: “Higginson has created a character who fascinates and repels by turns, but who, through the juxtaposed narratives, never entirely forfeits our sympathy ... a profound and disturbing look at love and lust and their effects:’ The Market Theatre will be opening Higginson’s new play, Little Foot, on July 13, following its world premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from July 6 to July 8. The author was one of 10 writers from around the world to be commissioned by the National Theatre in London to write a play for the Connections Festival. And the National has given the Market Theatre permission to produce an extended version of the play. Directed by Malcolm Purkey and designed by Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year awardwinner Neil Coppen, the play is set at The Cradle of Humankind, and promises to be a stunning experience. - Arts Editor. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Craig Higginson’s ‘Little Foot’, which stars Mlondi Zondi (pictured) in the title role, will have its world premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next month. PHOTO: VAL ADAMSON

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