Saturday, 14 March 2020 12:48

Brian Willan Joint Winner for Best Biography at the Human and Social Science Awards.


The 5th annual Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2020 ceremony was held last night, at The Square in Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, where leading HSS scholars and academics congregated to honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to the humanities and social sciences by academics, curators and artists based at participating South African universities.

Author, Brian Willan, won the award for Best Non-Fiction Biography for his wonderful bookSol Plaatje: A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932.


"The book delivered on its promise. Brian Willan's second biography of Sol Plaatje (the first one was published in 1984) offers an updated and invigorated history that doesn't just focus on Plaatje as an African Nationalist (the first book), but also brings to the fore Plaatje's multiple roles as court interpreter, journalist, editor, husband, father, poet ..." - anonymous reviewer.

Publishers,Jacana Media thanked the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences for hosting this award, which recognises those intellectual-creative scholars whose contributions odften go unnoticed.