10.06.2005 General News

‘Bamboo Girl’ Selected For Award In UK

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Bamboo Girl, a story book authored by a Ghanaian writer, has made it to the finals of a prestigious literary award in the United Kingdom.

Anthony Kwamla Johnson, a lecturer at the English Department of the University of Education, Winneba, and 2004 Macmillan Writer's Prize winner (Junior Category), has been chosen as a finalist in the Language Learner Literature Award, Intermediate category.

The winners will be announced in August this year. The award is organised by the Extensive Reading Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organisation with a focus on supporting and promoting extensive reading.

Meanwhile, the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa launched early this year is under way and will close by the end of June this year.

In an interview, the Promotions Manager of Unimax Macmillan, Mr Abu Wumbei, described the selection of the book as “good news” for Ghana and African writers.

He said the award scheme served as a morale booster for writers.

The promotions manager urged interested writers and authors to take advantage of the ongoing Writer's Prize for Africa and pick up entry forms from the British Council, the Legon Bookshop and Unimax Macmillan offices so that they could participate in the competition.

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