Tuesday, February 11, 2003

The Stabroek News website has been down for a couple of days, but today's Chronicle reports the winners of the 2002 Guyana Prize for Literature, announced at a ceremony on Sunday.

Michael Gilkes has won the poetry prize for his book Joanstown (helpfully described by the Chronicle's writer as "a series of love poems to Georgetown and someone named Joan"). There were no prizes for fiction or drama; "submissions this year did not measure up to the judges expectations".

The prize for the best first book of poetry went to Stanley Greaves, for Horizons; & Ruel Johnson's unpublished manuscript "Ariadne and Other Stories" was named best first book of fiction.

Also a "special prize" was announced for Guyana's most celebrated writer, Wilson Harris; it will be presented in a fortnight, when Harris will be paying his home country a visit.

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