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Gladys Thomas
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Poet, short story writer, playwright and author of several children’s stories Gladys Thomas’ literary career started in 1967 when she began penning poems that were included in James Matthews’ banned anthology, Cry Rage.Undeterred, Thomas continued to write and present her poetry at meetings of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) until 1976.

The current sweeping across the political and social landscape of her youth served to bring out the best in her imaginative creativity. During the Soweto uprisings, Thomas submitted a play to the World Literary Competition and won first prize. Most noteworthy of this time was her publication, Spotty Dog and other Town Children’s Stories, which was the first publication to explore the effects of apartheid on young children.
In 1993, Thomas and her husband began a theatre group, Getwize Players, for whom she wrote her plays. Their debut production, The Time is Now, toured The Cape Peninsula and featured at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, to excellent reviews. Her collection of work is an important record of the emotional and the political history of our country. In 1990, she won the African Literary Award for her full length play, Avalon Court.

State President Thabo Mbeki conferred the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze to her in 2007. In the same year, Thomas was honoured with a SALA Lifetime Literary Achievement.

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