Lizzy Attree, who has served as director of the Caine Prize for African Writing as a part-time consultant for seven years, is leaving the organisation.
The Caine Prize is one of the most important literary prize on the African continent today. It offers UK pounds 10,000 to the best short story writer in the year and it has helped bring names like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Leila Aboulela, Noviolet Bulawayo, and many more to the wider African writing community.
Dr Lizzy Attree was one of the most familiar faces in the African literary scene with her work with the Caine Prize for African writing. In the seven years period she was the back office person that saw the some of the most iconic stories selected as well as anthologies and writing workshops in Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
With Dr Attree leaving, Caine Prize Board of Trustees has paid tribute to the work Lizzy has done throughout her tenure, and wishes her well with the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize and her other projects. The Board is grateful for Lizzy’s commitment and contributions to the continued growth of the Caine Prize, which is recognised as a leading literary award. An announcement regarding the future administration of the Prize will follow in due course.
President of the Caine Prize, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, added her gratitude for and warm appreciation of Dr Attree’s unique achievements for the Prize.