Henrietta Rose-Innes

henrietta-rose-innesHenrietta Rose-Innes of South Africa is the winner of the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story “Poison.” She has published two novels, Shark’s Egg (2000) and The Rock Alphabet (2004) and is writing a third. She currently works as a literary editor and TV/film scriptwriter and script editor, and tutors a seminar in Writing for TV at the University of Cape Town. Ms. Rose-Innes is the 2008-2009 Caine Prize Writer in Residence at Georgetown University.


from Poison

Lynn had almost made it to the petrol station when her old Toyota ran dry on the highway. Lucky me, she thought as she pulled on to the verge, seeing the red and yellow flags ahead, the logo on the tall facade. But it was hopeless, she realised as soon as she saw the pile-up of cars on the forecourt. A man in blue overalls caught her eye and made a throat-slitting gesture with the side of his hand as she came walking up: no petrol here either.


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