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Podcast: Damon Galgut Chats About Winning the 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for Arctic Summer

Damon Galgut

Arctic SummerJenny Crwys-Williams and Redi Tlhabi recently interviewed Damon Galgut on The Book Show for Cape Talk and 702 to chat about him winning the 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his latest novel, Arctic Summer.

On the evening of the announcement, while the levels of excitement were still very high, Galgut said to Crwys-Williams and Thlabi, “I hope this has broken the drought”. During the interview he explains this comment and says that winning this title was quite a shock, as it was the first time he has ever made it out of the shortlist onto the winner’s podium for any big award.

When asked what he plans to do with the R100 000 that comes with the prize, Galgut says “the act of living is an expensive exercise” and concludes by joking that he has “never been known as a dandy”. He reveals that he is “almost tinkering with something” where a new book is concerned.

Listen to the podcast for more about Arctic Summer, the man that inspired it (EM Forster) and the author who wrote this incredible book:


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