Henrietta Rose-Innes

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[2] for her speculative-fiction story "Poison".[3] 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.

Henrietta Rose-Innes
Occupation(s)novelist and short-story writer
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
University of the Witwatersrand[1]
University of East Anglia
ThesisEdgeland encounters in the South African city : stone plant: a novel (2019)

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.[4] She is a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.[5]


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

Nineveh has been translated into French[6] and Spanish[7] (both 2015), and Green Lion has appeared in French as L'Homme au Lion (2016).[8] 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.[9]

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).


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Henrietta Rose-Innes". Akademie Schloss Solitude. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Lindesay Irvine, "Henrietta Rose-Innes wins £10,000 Caine prize", The Guardian, 8 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Prize-winning fiction: Apocalypse now – Readers reward horrible histories", The Economist, 10 July 2008.
  4. ^ Fellowships, GIPCA.
  5. ^ Rose-Innes, Henrietta (1 August 2018). Edgeland encounters in the South African city : stone plant: a novel (doctoral thesis). University of East Anglia.
  6. ^ "Editions ZOE / Ninive / Henrietta Rose-Innes".
  7. ^ http://tienda.almadia.com.mx/libro/ninive_794
  8. ^ "Editions ZOE / l'Homme au lion / Henrietta Rose-Innes".
  9. ^ "Akademie Schloss Solitude". www.akademie-solitude.de. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ Henrietta Rose-Innes page at Blake Friedmann.
  11. ^ "Rose-Innes on the winning trail with Poison". www.news.uct.ac.za. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  12. ^ Ben – Editor, "Henrietta Rose-Innes Wins $5,000 SA PEN Award", Books Live, 26 April 2007.

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