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Quality academic work recognised and celebrated – UKZN Press authors honoured with awards

Book awards play an important role in the recognition of the quality of books published, especially in a market where book stores may be constrained with the range of books they are able to stock.

UKZN Press is proud to announce that two of its titles led the way in the recent inaugural National Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Book, Creative and Digital Awards.

Class in SowetoWorld of LettersAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere

Submissions opened last year to honour outstanding, innovative and socially responsive scholarship that enhances and advances fields in the humanities and social sciences. The books categories celebrate members of the Humanities and Social Sciences community who are undertaking the vital work of creating post-apartheid and postcolonial forms of scholarship.

Peter Alexander, Claire Ceruti, Keke Motseke, Mosa Phadi and Kim Wale took first prize in the Non-fiction: Edited collection section for their book Class in Soweto.

Corinne Sandwith, author of World of Letters: Reading Communities and Cultural Debates in Early Apartheid South Africa was shortlisted in the Non-fiction: Manuscript category.

In her pioneering study, Sandwith recovers a rich historical tradition of public and cultural debates about literature and communities in early apartheid South Africa and this book was also honoured by her winning the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award – University of Pretoria. Before Professor Sandwith took up her position at the University of Pretoria in 2014, she taught for many years in the English Studies Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power by Anthea Garman was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Prize at Rhodes University. In her book, Garman looks at how Antjie Krog became known to English speakers for her opposition to apartheid, especially at a time when South Africa was not only looking for a humane and just resolution post-1994, but was also establishing itself as a new democracy.

UKZN Press is proud to continue striving for excellence through the books that we publish. We congratulate our authors on their commitment to their writing and look forward to celebrating awards like this in the future.

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