Henrietta Rose-Innes (Official Sponsor of Short Story Day Africa 2012) is a South African writer based in Cape Town. Her novel Nineveh was published by Random House Struik in 2011, following a short-story collection, Homing (2010), and two earlier novels: Shark’s Egg (2000) and The Rock Alphabet (2004). Nineveh has been shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize (winner announced June 2012). In 2008, Henrietta won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for which she was shortlisted in 2007. Also in 2007, she was awarded the South African PEN Literary Award.
Her short stories have appeared in various publications, including Granta, AGNI and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. A collection of short pieces, translated into German, was published in September 2008 as Dream Homes.
She was a Fellow in Literature at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2007-8) and has held residencies at the Chateau de Lavigny, Lausanne; the kunst:raum sylt quelle, Sylt; the University of Georgetown; the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Creative Writing; Caldera Arts Center, Oregon; and Hawthornden Writers’ Retreat, Scotland.
She is currently Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow at the the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), University of Cape Town. More about Henrietta can be found on her website.