Bookmark this page for the latest LitNet features in English.

The fifth Mrs Brink, a memoir by Karina M Szczurek: a book review

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2017-10-17

"Karina Brink is now crafting a life as Karina Szczurek, author, lover of others, and who knows what else. André Brink’s presence will always be with her on her journey, just as his writing and his work will remain with an entire generation of readers."

Ryk Hattingh: A tribute to my friend

Neil Sonnekus In memoriam 2017-10-12

"Ryk Hattingh was fearless and melancholy and caring and mad and good and contrary and generous, and had more originality in his little finger than most people have in a lifetime."

Afrikaans: the language of dissent

Menán van Heerden Seminare en essays 2017-10-11

"The language also bears the imprint of a fierce tradition of anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, of an all-embracing humanism and anti-apartheid activism."

ARTiculate Africa 2017: A book and art affair

Mikhail Peppas, Sanabelle Ebrahim Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-10-11

"The showcase engages literature and visual arts enthusiasts in conversations around industry best practices and provides an opportunity for the public to meet bestselling and upcoming writers and artists." Mikhail Peppas and Sanabelle Ebrahim share Visual voice's photos of the festival.

ARTiculate Africa 2017: On bended knee, we fight back

Fred Khumalo Opinion 2017-10-11

"My pen is my machine gun. My words are my bullets. I committed myself a long time ago that I shall use my words to fight injustice wherever it shows up."

#WritingCrime: An exciting tri-continental literary event on twitter

LAPA Uitgewers LAPA Uitgewersportaal 2017-10-10

Friends of #WritingCrime – please join us tonight, 10 October, for an exciting tri-continental literary event on Twitter. It will start at 19:00.

On the brink by Claire Bisseker: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-10-03

You are invited to the launch of On the brink by Claire Bisseker on 12 October in Cape Town.

The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-09-26

"Barris will make you laugh, weep and think. Read The life of Worm & other misconceptions for the pure delight of experiencing the short story at its versatile best: take a flying room, add a saurian, and see where they might take you."

"One less scoundrel" – on why, perhaps, we write poetry

Karin Schimke English 2017-09-25

"After all, there’s a significant service to humanity in spending time doing no harm. While you’re writing your poem, there’s one less scoundrel in the world." 

Articulate Africa Book Fair 2017: an interview with Darryl David

Darryl David, Naomi Meyer Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-09-21

Articulate Africa Book Fair 2017 will take place from 29 September to 1 October at the Durban ICC. Read an interview with Darryl David, and see the full programme.

Images of the black youth in two poems by Wally Serote and Njabulo Ndebele, viz: “My brothers in the streets” and “The revolution of the aged”

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2017-09-19

"Both Wally Serote and Njabulo Ndebele are literary aficionados who initially cut their political teeth in the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, whose tenets entailed self-love, self-reliance and cultural affirmation."

Wolf trap by Consuelo Roland: book review

Fiona Zerbst Books and writers 2017-09-19

"Somewhat darker and less fanciful than Lady limbo (although the same delightfully eccentric characters people its pages), Wolf trap takes Paola from a twisted Wonderland to a far more sobering reality (there are sly allusions to Through the looking-glass, and what Alice found there)." 

Langston Hughes: The people’s poet who revolutionised the African-American literary tradition

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2017-09-12

"Hughes was no ivory tower type of intellectual. He was a true cultural revolutionary who celebrated the beauty of ordinary people, whose experiences he sought to centre."

Press release: Finalists announced for SCrIBE 2017

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-09-12

"The top three finalists of the 2017 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition have been announced. Professional staged readings of their plays will take place from Monday, 18 September until Wednesday, 20 September."

Sarah Lotz on writing, plot twists, and a BBC TV series

Sarah Lotz, Karin Schimke Books and writers 2017-09-08

"I write every day, all day. I stop at five pm for a couple of hours to walk the dogs. I don’t write down ideas for new projects. The good ones tend to stick; the others go to the great idea landfill in the sky."

Open Book Festival 2017: An interview with Mervyn Sloman

Mervyn Sloman, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-09-07

"Really looking forward to some of the interactions between international and local writers, for example, Master Manipulators at 6:00 pm on Wednesday evening, featuring acclaimed British crime writer Ali Land, Norwegian Carl Frode Tiller and the exciting local debut novelist Chwayita Ngamlana."

The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview with Karina Szczurek

Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-09-07

"Love is everything. It is the most precious thing that we are capable of as humans."

Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane’s "My cousin comes to Jo’burg" and "A present for my wife" as trickster tales

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2017-09-06

"In both stories under discussion, Mzamane has deployed two formidable twin pillars – trickery and humour – in order to effectively recapture specific moments of the black experience under apartheid rule. Not all those moments were characterised by gloom and doom. Some of them were as exhilarating as they were daunting."

Historical monuments: an interview with Lize van Robbroeck

Lize van Robbroeck, Menán van Heerden Opinion 2017-09-06

"There are ways of owning Afrikaner culture that is not sectarian and offensive." 

The Wound: film review (kykNET Silwerskermfees 2017)

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2017-09-04

"When I say The Wound is transformative, I don’t use the word casually. With great care and respect, John Trengove and his team disconnect you from your world, and walk alongside you into a world foreign to most."