The Board of Trustees of The Caine Prize has released a statement, announcing the exit of Lizzy Attree who has served as Director of the prize for African Writing as a part-time consultant for seven years and a co-founder of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize, with Mukoma wa Ngugi, which offers $5,000 recognitions to fiction and poetry in African languages came into the position in 2011 after succeeding Nick Elam.
The Caine Prize Board of Trustees therefore ‘ wishes her well with the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize and her other projects. The Board is grateful for Lizzy’s commitment and contributions to the continued growth of the Caine Prize, which is recognised as a leading literary award. They also announced that plans regarding the future administration of the Prize would follow in due course.
Lizzy Attree has a PhD from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, obtained with a dissertation titled “The Literary Responses to HIV and AIDS from South Africa and Zimbabwe from 1990-2005.” In 2010, she published Blood on the Page, a collection of interviews with the first African writers to write about HIV and AIDS from Zimbabwe and South Africa. That year also, she became a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Rhodes University in South Africa.
Attree’s is the second high-profile departure from a major organisation this year. Last month, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) announced that Michela Wrong has stepped down from the position of Literary Director.
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