LONDON: Hedley Twidle, a 32-year old South African university lecturer, has beaten more than 400 entrants to win the inaugural Financial Times and The Bodley Head non-fiction essay competition. His work, ‘Getting past Coetzee’, deals with the influence of the Booker-winning novelist on Twidle’s life and work in Cape Town.
Stuart Williams, publisher at The Bodley Head and chairman of the five-strong judging panel, said of Twidle’s essay: “Our winner writes thrillingly about JM Coetzee, in ways that both illuminate his novels and reimagines the essay form itself. His essay fizzes with intellectual and stylistic energy.”
In the US, the Financial Times is giving away a free Google Nexus 7 tablet with the purchase of an annual premium FT.com or combined newspaper/FT.com subscription. The offer, valid until December 17, is available at FT.com/nexus7offer.
The promotion is a natural fit for the FT’s increasingly multi-channel and mobile audience, with almost 14% of all readers now accessing the FT on two or more channels daily, and mobile users generating a quarter of all traffic to FT.com. Mobile also now drives 15% of new subscriptions to FT.com each week.
College Possible, GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, JCDecaux – Vélib’ honoured in Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure
NEW YORK: The Financial Times and Citi are pleased to announce that Community Cooker Foundation has been named global winner in the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Kenyan not-for-profit organisation as the global winner for its development of an innovative and practical waste-burning stove, which holds tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource environments.
Last night the Financial Times’ economics editor Chris Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the first annual British Journalism Awards. Giles was recognised for his insightful report on the inner workings of the Bank of England.
“His piece about the Court of King Mervyn would have been a must-read in the City of London and at Number 10 and 11 as well,” judges said. “It was engaging and revealing writing about something we know very little about. Other journalists will be using this piece as background material for years to come.”
The Financial Times is one of five organisations supporting a new Trees for Cities project, which aims to restore greenery to the Clapham Common area in London.
The charity, which works with local communities on tree planting projects in socially and economically deprived urban areas, founded the scheme in partnership with the Friends of Clapham Common and Lambeth Council. Partly funded by the FT, it aims to replace trees coming to the end of their natural life or damaged by storms or disease, and included an inaugural tree-planting day at Clapham Common in late November.