Featured Author-Ellen Banda-Aaku

Featured Author

Featured Author
Ellen Banda-Aaku

Ellen Banda-Aaku (born Ellen Banda, 6 May 1965) is a Zambian Writer. She was educated at the University of Zambia where she obtained her BA in Public Administration. She Also holds an MA in Financial Management with Social Policy from Middlesex University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.   Writing Career Ellen’s first book Wandi’s Little Voice, won the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa in 2004. Of the title, the judges stated, the author’s style reveals a rare gift for revealing the truth and contradictions at the core of human relationships. In 2007 Ellen won the Commonwealth short story competition for her story Sozi’s Box. Her first Novel, Patchwork, won the 2010 Penguin Prize for African writing and was short-listed for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize. Patchwork is currently being translated into German. In 2006 Ellen sat on the judging panel for the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. In 2012 Banda-Aaku was awarded the Zambia Arts Council Chairpersons Ngoma award for her outstanding achievements in literature. Ellen has conducted creative writing workshops in Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Her short stories have been published in anthologies in Australia, South Africa the UK and the US. Ellen has won several awards for her writing including Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa – Most Promising New Writer Award in 2004, Commonwealth Short Story Winner in 2007 and Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010. She was also nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2012. Published works Short Stories Sozi’s Box (Winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition) Published in Cousin’s Across the Seas, Phoenix Education, Australia. ISBN 978-1-921085-73-4 Lost, – Published in Jambula Tree and other stories, The Caine Prize for African Writing, 8th Annual Collection, Jacana Press, South Africa. ISBN 978-1-904456-73-5 Made of Mukwa , – Published in The Bed Book of Short Stories, Modjaji Press, South Africa. ISBN 978-1-920397-31-9 Ngomwa – Published in African Women Writing Resistance Contemporary Voices, Wisconsin Press, USA. ISBN 978 -029923664-9 Novels Patchwork , Penguin Publishers, South Africa. ISBN 978-0-14-352753-4 Books for Children Wandi’s Little Voice , Macmillan Educational Publishers. UK. ISBN 978-1405060400 Yours Faithfully Yogi, East African Educational Publishers, Kenya. ISBN 978-9966-25-556-7 Twelve Months, Oxford University Press, Kenya. ISBN 978-019- 573609-0 Lula & Lebo – Head and Shoulders, Puo Publishing, South Africa. ISBN 978-0-9814386-7-2 E is for e-waste, Worldreader, on line publication. References

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