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A daughter of Africa: Writing through the apartheid years, a review

Naòmi Morgan Books and writers 2017-04-27

"The Afrikaans language, Joubert’s instrument of literary creation, is under siege and in the process of being dispensed with as a university language of instruction, signalling the eventual loss of its higher functions. It may be that this translation will one day be the only way to access the autobiography of a courageous writer who, in 2002, was considered one of the best writers on the African continent."

Queen of the Free State, a memoir: an interview with Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-04-26

"So, in the cemetery in Philippolis, I pretended I was the Queen, and all the people, the little children lying beneath the slabs and angels, the doves and little lambs, were all my loyal subjects. They loved me and obeyed me. I loved them and ordered them about. I was the Queen of the Free State."

African Library: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-04-25

"Brief as it is, and with some of the naïveties of a first novel, Mukasonga’s narrative packs a powerful punch without exploiting the Rwandan tragedy for merely melodramatic effects."

The shallows by Ingrid Winterbach: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-04-18

You are invited to the launch of The shallows by Ingrid Winterbach in Cape Town, where she will be in conversation with Karin Schimke.

Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-04-18

You are invited to the launch of Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman on 23 May (Cape Town) and 25 May (Johannesburg).

He “brightened the corner”: decolonial AC Jordan and the quest for an equitable education system in apartheid South Africa

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2017-04-12

“The value of decolonial thought lies in that it seeks to demolish narrow Eurocentric universalism of epistemologies; it elects to install pluriversality that recognises other knowledges in their loci of enunciation.”

Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes: Cape Town book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-04-11

You are invited to the Cape Town launch of Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes on 18 April 2017, where she will be in conversation with Shado Twala.

Cult sister by Lesley Smailes: an interview

Lesley Smailes, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-04-10

"Cult sister is my memoir of the ten years I spent travelling around America with a nomadic, very fundamental Christian group. I try to paint an honest word picture about life in the strange group from my point of view."

Poetry slam as therapy sessions

Karin Schimke Opinion 2017-04-10

"Poetry slam sessions, says d’Abdon, are places where young people can 'voice their dissatisfaction, channel their anger and heal'."

Jan Smuts: Afrikaner sonder grense by Richard Steyn – a book review

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2017-04-07

"At the heart of this absorbing portrait – within a ribcage that contains much else – lies the enigmatic contradiction of Smuts, a revolving mask that his latest biographer does a good job of lifting."

Flame and song: A memoir by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa and How to open the door by Marike Beyers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-04-07

"How to open the door and Flame and song are books about 'being in the world and not defeated by it'. In both, it is often that which is not said that is delivering the strongest punches."

Durban bidding to become a Unesco City of Literature

Darryl David Books and writers 2017-04-06

Breaking news: "We have lodged our formal announcement with Unesco that Durban is going to bid to become South Africa’s and Africa’s first Unesco City of Literature." Read it first on LitNet.

Patriots & parasites: an interview

Julia Smuts Louw, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-03-29

"As a woman of her time, as an Afrikaans person of her time, and even as an MP of her time, she never bent with the breeze – she was 'what the willow does to the wind'."

Video: Turning point by Theuns Eloff

Reney Warrington Boeke en skrywers 2017-03-28

Ralph Mathekga in conversation with Theuns Eloff at the launch of Turning point.

Once we were sisters by Sheila Kohler: a book review

Robert Greig Books and writers 2017-03-28

"Sheila Kohler’s tender, searing autobiographical memoir is emotionally and technically intelligent, shaped by a sense of the dangers of self-regard."

The Tale of Peter Rabbit at the Artscape Theatre Foyer

LitNet Teater 2017-03-24

"Beatrix Potter's delightful story for children, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be at Artscape Theatre Foyer during the April Easter school holiday."

Call for entries for sixth SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition

LitNet Skryfsake en rubrieke 2017-03-24

Calling all writers! It’s SCrIBE time! Entries for submissions for the Imbewu Trust’s 2017 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition open on 31 March. 

Three Fleur du Cap awards for the Fugard Theatre

LitNet Teater 2017-03-20

"The Fugard Theatre scooped up three prestigious Fleur du Cap awards at the ceremony which was held at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday, 19 March. Here are our winners."

Book launch: Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2017-03-14

An invitation to the launch of Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog, a collection of poetry now available in English.

Record number of 56 productions on the 2017 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival line-up this March

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-03-14

"Young and rising talent, along with some stalwarts and previous participants, will fill the Baxter stages over the eight-day event where the focus this year is on fresh and innovative ideas."