Henrietta Rose-Innes

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Henrietta Rose-Innes (born 14 September 1971) is a South African novelist and short-story writer. She was the 2008 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing[1] for her speculative-fiction story "Poison".[2] Her novel Nineveh was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Prize for Fiction and the M-Net Literary Awards. In September of that year her story "Sanctuary" was awarded second place in the 2012 BBC (Inter)national Short Story Award.

Rose-Innes has been a Fellow in Literature at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2007–08) and has held residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center; Chateau de Lavigny, Lausanne; the kunst:raum sylt quelle, Sylt; Georgetown University; the University of Cape Town's Centre for Creative Writing; Caldera Arts Center, Oregon; and Hawthornden Castle Writer's Retreat, Scotland. She is a 2012 Gordon Fellow at the Gordon Institute for Creative and Performing Arts (GIPCA), University of Cape Town.[3] She is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.


  • Green Lion (2015)
  • Nineveh (2011)
  • The Rock Alphabet (2004)
  • Shark's Egg (2000)

Nineveh has been translated into French[4] and Spanish[5] (both 2015), and Green Lion has appeared in French as L'Homme au Lion (2016).[6] The Rock Alphabet has been published in Romanian (2007). Dream Homes: Schnappschüsse und Geschichten aus Kapstadt, collected essays and short stories, was published in German in 2008.[7]

Short stories
  • Homing (2010) (collection)

Other short pieces have appeared in a variety of international publications, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011), The Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and "Granta" online.

  • Nice Times! A Book of South African Pleasures and Delights (Compiled and edited by Rose-Innes, 2006).


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