Nov 02

Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards announces its shortlist

Namibian literary talent continues to be discovered, nurtured, and featured in Doek! Literary Magazine, the country’s first and only literary magazine. The shortlist of the second edition of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards features works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia that have resonated with writers in the country, in Africa, and the rest of the world.

Founder of Doek Literary Awards, Rémy Ngamije, said as part of Doek’s ongoing mission to create a diverse, curious, and robust literary culture within the country, these awards, made possible through an ongoing partnership with Bank Windhoek, are a unique milestone. “They continue to be a crucial opportunity to recognise and reward the literary artists who compose and share works of literature that help bring Namibian writing to Namibians and the rest of the world,” he said.

Showcasing the diversity of literary talent published in Doek! Literary Magazine, the 2023 shortlist spotlights works with Namibian and universal themes: families and their amusing dysfunction and deeply held secrets; the ebbs and flows of friendships; the struggles and joys of motherhood; the effects of assault and trauma and the brave, graceful endurance of the human spirit; the hidden histories and territories of generational loss; questions of land and belonging; and the gifts of reconnecting with life and the living ancestors.

Congratulations to the following writers, poets, and visual artists shortlisted for the 2023 Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards:

Fiction: Roxane Bayer, Karin Eloff and Filemon Iiyambo.

Nonfiction: Frowin Becker and Nina Van Zyl.

Poetry: Kina Indongo, Veripuamu Nandee Kangumine and Keith Vries.

Visual Art: Nicola Brandt, Katherine Hunter and Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa.