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Tracey Farren

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Women Demand Dignity nomination

Wonderful news! We have just heard that I have been nominated for the White Ribbon Award by the lobby group, Women Demand Dignity (WDD). Here’s an extract from their letter:

‘WDD was founded by Jane Raphaely and Nomfundo Walaza. The objectives of the White Ribbon Awards, which are run annually, are as follows:

To acknowledge and honour those individuals who are actively making a difference in the fight against the violence and abuse of women and children in our society. Each of the awardees has passionately pursued an initiative or a way forward in this fight, and their efforts have been rewarded with success.

Women Demand Dignity (WDD) select possible nominees throughout the year through media coverage, research and nominations, and then the WDD group select the final awardees on the basis of the criteria listed above.

Below is the message that will be included in the press release re the announcement of the 2008 White Ribbon Awards:

Tracy Farren. In her debut novel, Whiplash (published by Modjaji Books), Tracy Farren takes us inside the world, the mind and the heart of a young prostitute who is hooked on Syndol and the lowest of low lives. Tess seems a classic victim until human contact and encouragement help her to break out of this trap and stop being a victim. The friendship between the women in the book and the strength that this gives them to break away and start again is a powerful message of hope, change and redemption.’

I have been fretting about the fact that writing fiction and running a family have left me with limited time to do community work. This nomination confirms to me that passionate writing is involved and helpful. Us writers need to fight the voices that insist that fiction is self indulgent, and think of it rather, as dedicated work in an untold history laboratory!


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 19th, 2008 @16:33 #

    This must be one of the sweetest accolades yet, Tracey. Congratulations!


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