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Literature, Non-Fiction, Writing adapts Caine Prize 2012 Shortlisted Stories


 The 2012 winner of the of the £10,000 Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary prize, will be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 2 July. To promote the new crop of young writers, in collaboration with the Caine Prize will be adapting (so readers can mashup) all the stories shortlisted for this year’s prize before the winner is announced.

Drop dates for the Caine Prize 2012 ’3butes’:

–          Stanley Kenani (Malawi) ‘Love on Trial’ — May 27

–          Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe) — June 3

–          Constance Myburgh (South Africa) ‘Hunter Emmanuel’ — June 11

–          Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria) ‘Bombay’s Republic’ — June 20

–          Billy Kahora (Kenya) ‘Urban Zoning’ — June 30

3bute [pronounced: tribute] is an online anthology devoted to the contexts often missing when African stories are reported. Our mash-up platform lets artists collaborate with writers on 3-page visualizations of their stories and journalism. By being able to add context to these narrative and “mashable” surfaces, our goal is to render, with your help, the developing world in a more engaging and immersive way.

3bute’s mashable surface lets everyone add their voice to the story by submitting relevant links to any context/ media content they can find on the web. 3bute pages can also be embedded all over the web, and the context everyone has added to the page goes along with it. In other words, 3bute is a social, accessible and sustainable way of distributing African stories, along with much needed context, around the web.

This year, like never before, overwhelming attention is being drawn to the shortlisted stories, thanks to the efforts of portals like ZunguZungu. 3bute hopes to offer a hotspot for the discussions around the stories.

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ps: The first 3bute, ‘Love on Trial’ can be viewed on the homepage. I equally have an editorial.