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Thursday 03 June 2010

Trouble and protest as the annual Bollywood Awards are held in Sri Lanka; Jonathan Dee on The Privileges; interview with shortlisted Caine Prize writer Olufemi Terry; Niyi Coker Jr’s play Preemptive is to be performed in Lagos.


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  • Bollywood Awards

    The 2010 International Indian Film Awards suffer after protests over Sri Lankan civil war.

  • Jonathan Dee

    The author talks about his book The Privileges.

  • Caine Prize

    The Strand meets Olufemi Terry, shortlisted for the African literature prize.

  • Niyi Coker Jr

    A play called Preemptive will be performed in Lagos next month.

  • Caine Prize Literature

    Caine Prize Literature

    The Caine Prize for African Writing is one of the continent's most prestigious awards.

    It is designed to uncover new talent. Previous winners, including the Sudanese Leila Aboulela and the Nigerians Helon Habila and Segun Afolabi, have gone on to international literary success.

    This year The Strand is profiling all of the shortlisted writers and today we meet Sierra Leone born Olufemi Terry (pictured).

  • Jonathan Dee

    Jonathan Dee

    The novelist talks about new his novel The Privileges, the story of a couple driven by ambition who reach the heights of New York's super rich.

    It's a timely meditation on wealth, family, and what it means to leave the world richer than you found it.

    More about Jonathan Dee's writing

    A play called Preemptive will be performed in Lagos, Nigeria, next month to celebrate Nigeria at 50 and Wole Soyinka's 76th birthday.

    Author Niyi Coker Jr was inspired both by the language of America's George Bush administration and the ongoing inter-ethnic and religious strife in Nigeria.

    In Preemptive he asks why, despite the ease of communication that new technology brings, the human race seems determined to make war with itself.

    More about Niyi Coker Jr
  • The annual Bollywood awards

    The annual Bollywood awards

    The International Indian Film Awards begins today in Sri Lanka, this year's host country.

    It is usually a glitzy, star-studded affair, but the ceremony has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of some of India's big name stars over the alleged war crimes during the recent Sri Lankan civil war.

    Film critic Anil Sinanan reports from Colombo.

    (Picture: IIFA brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan addresses a press conference in Colombo)



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