n English in Africa - An interview with Ken Barris

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Ken Barris was born in Port Elizabeth and lives in Cape Town, where he works at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. His writing includes two collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, and five novels, the most recent being (2006) and (2012). His work has been translated into Turkish, Danish, German and Slovenian, and poetry and short fiction have appeared in various anthologies. More recently, he has turned to writing for academic journals. His research interests are postapartheid fiction and language education.

He has won the Sydney Clouts Memorial Award and the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry, the Ad Donker/AA Life Award and Thomas Pringle Awards for short fiction, as well as the M-Net Book Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize. He has also been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for Writing in Africa (2003, 2007), the Herman Charles Bosman Prize (2007, 2013), the PEN/Studzinski Award, and the Commonwealth Prize (Best Book Africa).

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