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Henrietta Rose-Innes

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About Henrietta Rose-Innes

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a Cape Town-based writer. Her latest novel Green Lion was published by Umuzi this year. Her previous novel Nineveh was published by Random House Struik in August 2011. She has also published a collection of short stories (Homing) and two previous novels (Shark’s Egg and The Rock Alphabet), and edited a South African miscellany, Nice Times!.

In 2012, Henrietta’s short story “Sanctuary” took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition. Nineveh was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the M-Net Literary Award. In 2008 Henrietta won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for which she was shortlisted in 2007. Also in 2007, she was awarded the 2007 SA PEN award for her short story, “Poison”. Shark’s Egg was shortlisted for the 2001 M-Net Book Prize.

Her short stories have appeared in various international publications, including Granta and AGNI. A collection of short pieces, translated into German, was published in September 2008 as Dream Homes: Schnappschüsse und Geschichten aus Kapstadt.

In 2012, Henrietta was a Donald Gordon Fellow at the Gordon Institute for Performance and Creative Arts (GIPCA), University of Cape Town. Previously she was a Fellow in Literature at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2007-8), and has held residencies at the Chateau de Lavigny, Lausanne; the kunst:raum sylt quelle, Sylt; the University of Georgetown; the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Creative Writing; Caldera Arts Center, Oregon; Hawthornden Castle, Scotland; and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre, Italy.

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