Multidisciplinary artist Phumlani Pikoli scooped the award this weekend for his coming-of-age novel Born Freeloaders.
Phumlani Pikoli has won this year’s K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for his debut novel Born Freeloaders. The result was announced during a virtual ceremony at the South African Literary Awards on Saturday, 7 November 2020.
“This honour is bestowed on first-time novelists who are 40 and under,” read a press release on Pikoli’s win.
Phumlani Pikoli at the launch of his debut novel. (Photo: Andiswa Mkosi)
Born Freeloaders, first published in 2019, is a coming-of-age story that explores the life of drinking, parties and other reckless behaviours of teens born on the cusp of democracy, while capturing a profoundly political and cultural moment in Pretoria and South Africa’s history.
In a review of the book, Journalist Phumlani S Langa writes: “The author explores the layout of our cities in a way that distinguishes those who can best access space in such a carefree way, exploring concepts of freedom, privilege and space through an engaging storytelling form, not the usual pompous approach of academic writers.”
Pikoli is currently working on a screen adaptation of the novel with Diprente Films, owned by film producer, director…