Peter Horn 2010

Peter Horn
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Peter Rudolf Gisela Horn, was born 7 December 1934 in Teplice, Czechoslovakia (currently in Czech Republic). At the end of World War II he had to flee from his home and settled with his parents first in Bavaria and later in Freiburg im Breisgau, where he completed high school in 1954. He then emigrated with his parents to South Africa. After his study at the University of the Witwatersrand he taught at University of the Witwatersrand, the University of South Africa and the University of Zululand. He was professor and head of department of German at the University of Cape Town (1974-1999).[2] He served as Dean and Deputy Vice Chancellor,and was an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cape Town. He is currently Honorary Professorial Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a well-known South African poet, who made his mark especially with his anti-Apartheid poetry. During the eighties all his writing in English was banned for possession. Only in 1991 his collected poems 1964 -1990 could be published by Ravan Press. Because of his poetry he faced disciplinary hearings, threats of deportation, and even death threats. He was one of the founding members of COSAW and served on the Western Cape regional and on the National Executive.He has published seven volumes of poetry from Walking through our sleep to Silence in Jail, The Civil War Cantos, Poems 1964 -1990, An Axe in the Ice to The Rivers that Connect us to the Past. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, journals and in translation in many languages. He has also published a collection of short stories My Voice is under control now.His poetry has been characterised by Jacques Alvarez-Pereyre as follows: “Peter Horn’ has chosen to be on the side of the oppressed, on the side of the future, of the dream of a multiracial society, in short, on the side of freedom.” Jane Rosenthal described Horn’s stories, as “ranging from the drily satirical to recreations of horror and dementia”, they “leave an impression of savage intensity.“ He has received many prizes, among others the 1993 Alex La Guma/Bessie Head Award for My Voice is under Control now; he was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cape Town in 1994; in 2000 he was awarded the Charles Herman Bosman Prize for My Voice is under Control now; he was I included as one of the ‘Top 10 contemporary poets of the world’ (Bangladesh and reprinted in Malaysi

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