Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Golden Baobab Happy Dance!!

Yesterday I found out that my story "The Mechanic's Son" won first prize in the Golden Baobab Prize for the senior category and my story "Lightning and the Thunderers" was highly commended in the junior category. I was also very pleased to see another Motswana writer, Gothataone Moeng being highly commended as well as our honorary Motswana, Jenny Robson, who still holds a South African passport but has lived most of her life in Botswana.

Last year "Lorato and her Wire Car" won the same prize in the junior category and "Birthday Wishes" was highly commended in the senior category. Both are now published with Vivlia Publishers in South Africa.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to the Golden Baobab Prize organisers and judges. They're really doing a lot for African writers of children literature.

9 comments:

Miriam said...

Congratulations!

Myne Whitman said...

Congrats again!

bonita said...

hats, horns, confetti
congrats Laurie

Lauri said...

Thanks guys!!!

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations Lauri! That's fantabulous.

GutsyWriter said...

I am so happy for you that your author career is moving ahead,so fast. Congratulations.

karen said...

Congrats, Lauri!! Very exciting news..

I've been catching up on your blog, again. Rainwise, we are a good way behind you, but of course are also now knee deep in termite wings (cats feasting like crazy!)
Our mopane trees are shrieking with cicadas. Hot & humid! It is a crazy time of year..

Lauri said...

As I write this Karen it is thundering. Yesterday it got all dark and spooky but we got nothing. I hope it won't repeat that show today. Yes, it's been very hot. After a point my body just adjusts and I don't really notice the heat much, though.

Thanks everyone for your kind words of congrats.

Selma said...

Oh, good for you, Lauri. I am not surprised in the slightest - you are one of the best writers out there. I am looking forward to the day when you win the Booker and I can say I knew you when. Don't worry, I'll be namedropping like crazy. I can't wait!