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President's Annual Report: August 2013Rajendra Chettyaa Department of Research, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, SouthAfricaPublished online: 29 May 2014.
To cite this article: Rajendra Chetty (2014) President's Annual Report: August 2013, English Academy Review:Southern African Journal of English Studies, 31:1, 119-123, DOI: 10.1080/10131752.2014.909080
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Presidents Annual Report: August 2013Rajendra Chetty
Department of Research Cape Peninsula University of Technology
It has been an eventful first year for me as President of the English Academy. We are guided by our vision of a multilingual democratic society that respects
language rights, where English is available to all who wish to use it and where good quality teaching of English is fostered. The Academy continues to recognize scholarship, creativity and achievement in English writings, and in so doing, we also encourage best practices through our range of prizes and awards in English literature and English studies. When we reflect on past winners of our awards, we are proud to note the role we have played in rewarding the excellence, creativity and scholarly talents of prize winners like Nadine Gordimer, Sipho Sepamla, Lionel Abraham, Alan Paton, J. M. Coetzee, Douglas Livingstone, Oswald Mtshali, Zakes Mda, Antjie Krog and John Kani.
We note our appreciation to the convenors of our adjudication panels for the past year, and they include Rosemary Gray, Elaine Ridge, Karen Batley, Lynda Gilfillan, Denise Newfield and Rangarirai Musvoto. As a token of appreciation, the Executive Committee decided that conveners should get two years complimentary membership and their teams one year.
The Percy FitzPatrick Prize for Youth Literature, 2012, has been awarded to Edyth Bulbring for her richly entertaining book Melly, Fatty and Me published by Penguin Books. The book weaves an amusing and refreshing form of storytelling through the deliciously over-the-top quality of the narration.
The Thomas Pringle Award 2012 for a portfolio of reviews has been awarded to Mary Corrigall for her reviews published in the Sunday Independent during 2011. Mary is a second time winner, and is known for her verbal acuity and sharpness of perception. The panel of adjudicators proposed that, in future, this award should be expanded to include inter-reviews as well as art reviews that are not confined to exhibitions.
Charles van Renen, joint winner of the Thomas Pringle 2011 award for best educational article Dahls Chickens: How do they roost in the 21st Century, received his award in Grahamstown in March 2013.
English Academy Review 31 (1) 2014ISSN: Print 1013-1752/Online 1753-5360 The English Academy of Southern Africa DOI: 10.1080/10131752.2014.909080 pp. 119123
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Two awards will be presented in October at a function in Cape Town. The Olive Schreiner Prize 2012 (Prose) will be awarded to Peter Dunseith for his novel The Bird of Heaven. The Thomas Pringle Award 2012 (Short Story) will be awarded to Lauren Van Vuuren for Duel over a dear, published in New Contrast.
The Thomas Pringle award 2012 for a scholarly/academic article will be presented to Lara Buxbaum in October 2013 at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The Gwen Knowles-Williams bursary for 2014 will be awarded to Soraya Abdulatief, a masters student at UCT, during the Cape Town awards function scheduled for October.
The English Academy Gold Medal for outstanding service to the English language was awarded to Malvern van Wyk Smith and Mothobi Mutloatsi for 2012 and 2013 respectively.
In a long and distinguished career as a university teacher of English, academic, and literary scholar, Malvern van Wyk Smith has contributed generously to the enhancement of English studies in South Africa. His special interests have been contemporary poetry, South African literature, and the origins of European conceptions (images) of Africa. His contribution to the Joint Matriculation Board as Chairman of its English Committee represents a major investment of time and commitment in the service of English through its national influence on the school system. The award function was held at the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown in March 2013.
Mothobi Mutloatsi received the Gold Medal for his contribution through Skotaville Publishers, which he founded in 1982, and which provided a publishing avenue for aspirant writers and academics during the time of government literary censorship. It was the first publishing house in South Africa to focus on literary and scholarly works by and about black people during the time when apartheid was at its most severe. Skotavilles list included Desmond Tutu, Neville Alexander, Don Mattera, Frank Chikane, Fatima Meer, Tim Couzens, Oswald Mtshali, Jonathan Jansen and Sipho Sepamla. In 1996 Skotaville Publishers expanded into Mutloatse Arts Heritage Trust, broadening the scope of the publishing house to make it a vehicle through which Mr Mutloatse continues his publishing activities as well as several other interests in the development and growth of the arts. The award function took place at Northwards, Johannesburg, in May 2013.
The English Academy 2013 Commemorative Lecture was held in honour of Professor Margaret Lenta. Prof. Margaret Daymond presented the lecture at the University of
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KwaZulu Natal. The title of Daymonds presentation was Home, Exile and Resistance in letters from Bessie Head, Dora Taylor and Lilian Ngoyi.
Prof. Lenta is known internationally as a founder-editor of the journal Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa. She helped to create the success of this journal, now in its 24th year, by guiding its policy and practices. By the mid-1980s Lentas scholarly work responded to developments in South African society, and she turned her attention to feminism and black township writing, and researched the writings of Sheila Roberts, Miriam Tlali and Elsa Joubert. In the 1990s her scholarly interests extended to Lady Anne Barnard, Andr Brink, Yvette Christians, J. M. Coetzee, Herman Charles Bosman and the Botswana writer, Unity Dow.
The 2013 Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture will be hosted by the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, on 18 September. Prof Jonathan Jansen will deliver the keynote address entitled: Not even colonial born: England, the English and the problem of education in South Africa.
The English Academy 2014 International Conference will be held on the 2527 September 2014 in Durban, and hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the English Academy. The main theme of the conference is Hot topics in the Subtropics. The subthemes include multicultural writing, English literature and language in the African diaspora, literature and social justice, recent Southern African writing, linguistics in the Southern African context, Indian Ocean studies, cities in flux, literary tourism, literature and historiography, and autobiography and auto-ethnography. The first call for papers has been posted on the Academy website. We note with appreciation the sterling work of