2012 English Alive - English Alive
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2012 English Alive

Editor: Robin Malan

This is the annual edition for 2012, the forty-sixth edition, edited by Robin Malan with assistant editors Jerome Damon, Elaine Davie and Nokuthula Mazibuko. It features cover artwork by Chelsey Percival (Pretoria High school for Girls).


There are 60 pieces, in 80 pages.


It notes that Nicholas Spagnoletti (English Alive contributor 1996, South African College High School) won the 2011 Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama, for his play London Road. He is the third ex-English Alive contributor to win this prestigious prize, awarded by the English Academy of Southern Africa. In 1985 Menán du Plessis (English Alive contributor 1968–70, Sans Souci Girls’ High School) won it for her novel State of Fear. In 1989 Kelwyn Sole (English Alive contributor 1969, King Edward VII School) won it for his collection of poems The Blood of Our Silence


It features the work of, among others, Francis de Satgé (Westerford High School),

Oliver February (Cedar House School), Jessica Ilunga (Clarendon High School for Girls), Siposetu Mbuli (Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology), Saul Musker (King David High School Victory Park)


The back cover features this quotation:


What I am without English.

– Nokuthula Khoza (Springs Girls’ High School)


It contains news of these ex-English Alivers: Ken Barris (English Alive editor 1993),  Daliso Chaponda (English Alive contributor 1997, Waterford Kamhlaba United World College Swaziland), Jeremy Cronin (English Alive contributor 1967, St Joseph’s College), Justin Fox (English Alive contributor 1984–5, South African College High School), Allan Kolski Horwitz (English Alive contributor 1969, Herzlia High School), Amy Jephta (English Alive contributor 2006, Muizenberg High School),  Siphokazi Jonas (English Alive contributor 2002–4, Queenstown Girls’ High School), Robin Malan (English Alive assistant founding editor 1967–70, editor 1995–2004, 2007–2012), Martin Plaut (English Alive contributor 1967, Cape Town High School), Henrietta Rose-Innes (English Alive contributor 1985–9, Westerford High School), Kelwyn Sole (English Alive contributor 1969, King Edward VII School), Mikhael Subotzky (English Alive contributor 1998, Westerford High School).


Price: R45