The winners of the 9th Le Prince Maurice Prize for romantic literature are Sophie Fontanel for her novel ‘Grandir’ (Robert Lafont) and Kéthévan Davrichewy for her novel ‘La mer noire’ (Sabine Wespieser).
The award ceremony took place on 11 June 2011. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of three authors, which also included Kettly Mars novel ‘Saisons Sauvages’.
The event was chaired by Daniel Picouly. The panel of judges included famous authors Paule Constant, Marc Lambron and Alain Mabanckou, and Mauritian writers Kumari Issur, Carl de Souza and Alain Gordon-Gentil.
The annual event marks an important cultural exchange between Mauritius, France and the UK. It celebrates the best in literary love stories, and alternates each year between French and British novelists.
This year, a new student prize was also introduced – offering a one-year grant to a Mauritian student to study at a French or English university. This year’s winner is Ambreen Rojee.
The authors get a second chance to visit Mauritius, to enjoy their prize of a 15-day holiday at the luxury Constance Le Prince Maurice.
Read our blog about celebrities who have supported Le Prince Maurice prize.