Bushra al-Fadil wins the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a registered charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience using an annual literary award. This year our wonderful author Bushra al-Fadil has won the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away, translated by Max Shmookkler, published in The Book of Khartoum  published in 2016. The Chair of Judges, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, announced Bushra al-Fadil as the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award dinner yesterday evening (Monday, 3 July) held for the first time in Senate House, London, in partnership with SOAS as part of their centenary celebrations. 

Bushra al-Fadil is the first Arabic speaking winner of the Caine Prize. Nii Ayikwei Parkes praised the story, saying, “Rooted in a mix of classical traditions as well as the vernacular contexts of its location, Bushra al-Fadil's The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away, is at once a very modern exploration of how, assaulted from all sides and unsupported by those we would turn to for solace, we can become mentally exiled in our own lands, edging in to a fantasy existence where we seek to cling to a sort of freedom until ultimately we slip into physical exile.”

To find out more about the Caine Prize or read Bushra al-Fadil's story, click here.