Tania van Schalkwyk wins Ingrid Jonker Prize

Tania van Schalkwyk wen Ingrid Jonker-prys vir 2010

Congratulations to poet Tania van Schalkwyk on winning the Ingrid Jonker Prize for English poetry!

She is a favourite of mine and I am so pleased her work is gaining the recognition it deserves. 


 “Tania van Schalkwyk’s debut collection, Hyphen, is the winner of this year’s Ingrid Jonker prize for English poetry. The judging panel consisted of the poets Prof. Leon de Kock, Prof. Sally-Ann Murray and Charl J.F. Cilliers.  

Van Schalkwyk’s poetic voice was declared ‘a rich addition to English South African writing’ and her collection Hyphen ‘a very significant volume indeed’.

The panel admired the ‘quiet humour’, the delicate capturing of ‘human strangeness’, and the refusal to embellish, all of which characterise Hyphen.”

The Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut poetry collections is awarded every year, and it will be presented at the 2011 Franschhoek Literary Festival.

 Well done Tania! I am looking forward to many more  poems and prizes!

Tania’s book can be ordered here

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