Coincidentally, the week after I decided to post my feature "The Silent War" (published in The Sunday Independent on August 28, 2010) on this blog to coincide with the Michaelis exhibition, it was nominated for a Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award (previously known as The Mondi Award) for feature writing. There is no connection; it is unlikely the judges of this award perused Incorrigible Corrigall before making their final selection.
Obviously, it is always good news to be nominated for an award but what makes this nomination so significant is that usually only hard news stories are acknowledged by this awarding body and in this category. Like most journalism awards in this country there is no category for arts writing. For this reason art reviews or reviewers are rarely acknowledged. Of course, with this feature I used arts products as a point of entry into a wider discussion centered on social and political issues. The award ceremony takes place in Joburg on August 28. Fingers crossed.