Beauty Boois, Dr Coletta Kandemiri, Bruni Lubbe, and Shawn Van Eeden have been announced as the judging panel for the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards today, July 1, 2021.

In the tail end of May, the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards was revealed to the African literary community. It is an initiative to bring a wider Namibian and international audience to selected works, writers, poets, and visual artists. This was a first for the Namibian literary community.

The judges for this initiative have been announced and they are;

Beauty Boois

Judge: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Beauty Boois is a genderqueer, intersectional feminist with a professional background in psychological counselling. They hold an honours degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Namibia. Their writing focuses on social justice issues, mental health, women’s, human, and LGBTI+ rights. Their work has appeared in The Namibian, Sister Namibia, African Feminism, Monochrome Magazine, the Namibian Sun, and Elephant Journal. Their debut novel |Namgu’s Escape Theory was published by the UNAM Press in 2020and was one of Brittle Paper’ s 50 Most Notable African Books of 2020. They served as Doek!’s poetry editor in 2020.

Dr Coletta Kandemiri

Judge: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Dr Kandemiri obtained her BA Honours Degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe. She received her MA in English Studies from the University of Namibia with a cum laude distinction in 2018; she was also awarded the Chancellor’s and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Her PhD examined how contemporary glitches in present day Namibia stemmed from the 1904-1908Herero-Nama Genocide. Dr Kandemiri has attended and presented at conferences, and her list of publications include journal articles and book chapters. Her fiction has appeared in Doek!.

Bruni Lubbe

Judge: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Bruni was born in Gobabis and resides in Windhoek. A former mathematics teacher, she is a passionate reader and champion of local and international literature. She works at the Book Den where she is well-known to city-based book lovers.

Shawn Van Eeden

Judge: Visual Art

Shawn is an award-winning Namibian photographer whose design career started in London, England. After 12 years in London he moved back to Namibia and worked at Y&R before founding CreativeLAB, his own full-time photography studio. Shawn’s work has been shortlisted for the Cannes LionsAwards and has won various honours at One Eyeland Photography Awards, the Epica Awards, the Lucie Awards, and the Loeries. His work has appeared in Doek!.

Following this announcement, this is the schedule of activities to happen in the next few months;

  • August 2: announcement of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards’ concept and design.
  • September 1: announcement of the shortlists.
  • November 2021: The Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards gala dinner (date and venue to be announced later).