|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.
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.