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Adam Small
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 A talented writer, playwright and poet, Adam Small helped set the philosophical basis of the first Black Consciousness expression in the 1970s.

He was born in Wellington on 21 December 1936. The harmonious marriage of his father, a conservative Christian and his Muslim mother instilled within Small the importance of religious and cultural tolerance.

Small received his BA Honours degree from the University of Cape Town and then studied in London for a brief period.

He lectured at the University of Fort Hare and later at the University of the Western Cape, but was forced to resign for political reasons in 1973.

Small worked in the community for the next 10 years before resuming his academic career in 1984 as HOD of the Social Work Department at the University of the Western Cape.

He retired at the end of 1997 and was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award by the South African Literary Awards in 2008.