We are pleased to announce that the winner of the fourth annual Konstantinos Sofianos Scholarship (2018/2019) is Hannah Fagan. Her essay “The Echoes of our voices – translating the paradoxes of exile through the poetry of Breyten Breytenbach and Mahmoud Darwish” was adjudged to be the strongest by our reader, Prof. emeritus Kelwyn Sole. He wrote in his report: “This candidate demonstrated a careful and nuanced understanding of how the poets dealt with the ambiguities of exile.” The full report can be read here.

You can read the essay here. The runner-up was Dominic Pretorius, with his impressive essay “Desire-in-death and diverging poetic characterisations of exile in Breyten Breytenbach’s ‘Eavesdropper’ and Mahmoud Darwish’s ‘Winds shift against us’.

Work on this ongoing project will continue. A new essay topic will be made available to next year’s students in due course and donations will be collected. Thank you very much for your support and donations.


Marina, Alkeos and Markus Sofianos & Christine Emmett