Van Heerden keeps on winning

25 May 2009

Van HeerdenMaster craftsman: Prof Etienne van Heerden's novel, 30 Nagte in Amsterdam, has won the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing in Afrikaans award.

Professor Etienne van Heerden (School of Languages and Literatures) is the winner of the 2008 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing in Afrikaans prize for his novel, 30 Nagte in Amsterdam.

Previous winners include UCT honorary professor and research associate André P Brink (2005), and other literary luminaries such as Breyten Breytenbach (2007) and Antjie Krog (2000).

This is the ninth year that the prize has been awarded.

bookThe book has also been short-listed for the 2009 M-Net Literary Award, an accolade Van Heerden won last year for his work Asbesmiddag.

30 Nagte in Amsterdam, a pacy novel about inheritance and discovery, was chosen from five short-listed works, which included a biography, two novels and an anthology of poetry. The judges praised Van Heerden's impeccable craftsmanship.

The prize carries a purse of R60 000.

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