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City student wins writing award

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The award is presented for unpublished short fiction that is inspired by historical events in Africa

ALL SMILES: Sisca Julius was awarded the inaugural K& L prize for her story Honey Bee. Picture: Social Media

A STUDENT from the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley has won an award for African short fiction.

SPU Humanities’ student Sisca Julius, who is studying Afrikaans, creative writing, anthropology and heritage studies, was awarded the inaugural K&L prize for her story ‘Honey Bee’.

The award was founded last year by the New Zealand-based Nigerian novelist Myles Idoko, author of ‘Black River: An Account of Christmas Preacher’.

The award is presented for unpublished short fiction that is inspired by historical events in Africa.

Julius says her winning entry is a “narrative about the way the coloured people were stripped of their language”.

She explains that although she loves writing in Afrikaans, English and Khoi languages, she longs “to cloak my mouth in clicks like my grandmother and her mother”.

She fears that the Nama language will become extinct in South Africa, warning that “if you lose your language, you lose your culture”.