Judges

Chair: Jamal Mahjoub

Jamal Mahjoub is an award winning writer of mixed British/ Sudanese heritage. He has written seven novels including The Drift Latitudes, Travelling with Djinns and The Carrier. His writing has been widely translated and has won a number of awards including the Guardian/Heinemann African Short Story Prize, the NH Vargas Llosa prize and the Prix d’Astrobale. He was chair of judges for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2007. www.jamalmahjoub.com
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is Deputy Editor of Granta, an international literary journal of new writing. Before joining Granta, she was Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House where she introduced a list of young African writers including Brian Chikwava, Dinaw Mengestu and Peter Akinti. She sits on the board of Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, she was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to the publishing industry.
Helon Habila

Helon Habila is author of Waiting for an Angel which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing. His second novel, Measuring Time, was published in 2007, won the 2008 Virginia Library Foundation Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His third novel, Oil on Water, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Orion Book Award. www.helonhabila.com
Simon Gikandi

Simon Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, the official journal of the Modern Languages Association (MLA). He was born in Kenya and graduated with a B.A. [First Class Honors] in Literature from the University of Nairobi. His publications include Reading the African Novel, Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Professor Gikandi's new book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste, published by Princeton University Press in 2011 has won some major awards in the United States. english.princeton.edu
Mbugua wa Mungai

Mbugua wa Mungai is Chair of the Literature Department at Kenyatta University. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a thesis exploring identity politics in Nairobi matatu folklore. His research interests and publications are in the fields of urban folklore, popular culture and disability. He is co-editor of Remembering Kenya Volume 1: Identity, Culture and Freedom. His forthcoming book on Nairobi matatu men is currently in press. www.ku.ac.ke/dr-mbugua-wa-mungai 
Irene Staunton

Irene Staunton is co-founder of Weaver Press in Zimbabwe. She is the editor of the short story collections Writing Still: New Stories from Zimbabwe, Laughing Now: New Stories from Zimbabwe, Women Writing Zimbabwe and Writing Free. www.weaverpresszimbabwe.com
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