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Dora Taylor Wins Posthumous Award

Kathie Don't Tread on My DreamsDora Taylor in Aberdeen, 1922 Dora Taylor with her daughter Sheila in Zambia. 1962 The late Dora Taylor, author of Kathie and Don’t Tread on My Dreams, has been selected as a winner of the Literary Posthumous Award 2008. The award is a category of the South African Literary Awards, which endeavour to pay long overdue homage and honour to our literary practitioners and legends, while encouraging the advancement of our literary heritage.

Dora Taylor died in exile over thirty years ago, but the novels and stories she wrote during the 1950s and 60s were only published earlier this year for the first time. She was largely unknown in the literary world until the manuscripts were unearthed by her family, opening the door to a vibrant South African voice that portrays a startlingly accurate picture of the social and political ethos during the time of Apartheid.

Kathie tells the story of a young girl who is born as dark as her Cape coloured father, while her baby sister Stella is born light skinned. Stella is propelled into Cape Town’s privileged white world, while Kathie is marginalised by her family. Her life changes when she meets Paul Mangena, who shares her vision of a South Africa where all people can live as equals, and she remains undaunted, despite the cruel opposition they face.

Don’t Tread on My Dreams is a collection of short stories based on real events. The tales are a rare historical record of the times, reflecting the hopes and dreams of people of all races that are only now becoming a reality.

Another Dora Taylor novel, Rage of Life, will be published by Penguin SA in March 2009.

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