A novella by a young Czech writer wins an English Literary Prize

Hana Sklenková, the University of Plymouth BA in English and Creative Writing and MA in Creative Writing graduate (2007; 2009) has been awarded first prize in The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes 2010 for her novella, Cape of Good Hope.


Hana Sklenková

Hana Sklenková

The magazine is published in the English town of Cranbrook, Kent, Hana Sklenková now lives in Plymouth. The story is set in Cape Town in 2032 and deals with the possible global impacts of climate change and the possible recolonization of the Western Cape. It will be published in the special annual edition of The New Writer, The Collection in July 2011.

The author’s previous publications include a short story Pipi Blue, winner of UOP, Dept. of English and Creative Writing’s Arvon Prize 2005 published in Ink, The University of Plymouth Literary Magazine (2006), short story Sidetrack, winner of UOP, Dept. of English and Creative Writing’s Arvon Prize 2007 and finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, 2008, published inAesthetica Annual (2008), a play Some Sort Of Sound featured at the Hidden City Festival, Plymouth (2008) and an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Ghosts of Point Tortoise, which appeared in the Czech issue of Edinburgh Review (2010). In the same year Hana received a Playwright Development Bursary from the Theatre Royal Plymouth leading to the delivery of a new play in February 2011.

Hana Sklenková was born in 1977 in Žamberk and has been writing in English since 2003.

“Given my experiences of oppression, revolution and the subsequent transition of my country toward freedom and democracy, questions of identity, ideology and power are often at the foreground of my writing. In terms of style, I am interested in creating a fictional reality that is slightly off-centre, rather than one that follows a strictly realist mode of story-telling,” said Hana Sklenková. Among her other influences, she noted her stay in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom. In terms of genre, she is interested in speculative fiction, science fiction and magical realism.