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Press release: 2019 5th International Symposium on Place NamesAkademies en skole 2018-10-22
"ISPN 2019 aims to explore the processes of researching, maintaining and restoring indigenous place names, as well as the preservation and promotion of the indigenous languages from which these place names originate."
Sew the winter to my skin: a film reviewFilm 2018-10-22
"Sew the winter to my skin does not live up to its utterly poignant title."
The wives by Lauren Weisberger: book reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-22
"This book also gives one pause to reflect on whether it is worth it to try and keep up with a youth-obsessed society that makes unrealistic demands on how you spend your time and where, how your body should look (like Barbie) and how much you should have in your bank account."
The Echo of a Noise by Pieter-Dirk Uys: book launchBooks and writers 2018-10-19
You are invited to the launch of The Echo of a Noise on 23 October in Melville. The author, Pieter-Dirk Uys, will be in conversation with Michelle Magwood.
The inside-out man by Fred Strydom: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-10-15
"Through the author’s dexterity of storytelling and astute turn of phrase, each sentence becomes its own canvas, and yet the storylines blend effortlessly."
You make me possible: An interview with Karina SczcurekBooks and writers 2018-10-10
"Sometimes, you can say something in a letter that is impossible to voice otherwise."
Space inhabited by echoes by Karen Jennings: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-04
"Despite flaws in Jennings's poetic technique, the subject matter and the intimacy of her perspective results in insightful, sensitive and forthright poems."
Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter: excerptBooks and writers 2018-10-03
"The afternoon was bathed in a milky blue. To our left were the koppies and on our right the grassy veld. Right in front of me, my father’s legs in his farm shorts." Read an excerpt from Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter.
Press release: 2018 SALA nominees announcedBooks and writers 2018-09-28
"We congratulate the 2018 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive."
Aardklop 2018: Maboneng Township Arts Experience, an interviewAardklop 2018-09-27
Siphiwe Ngwenya, founding director of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, and his team arrange tours for festival visitors from the Aardklop festival venue to visit local houses in Ikageng that have been converted into art galleries. During such a tour festival visitors get a unique opportunity to meet the home owners and artists.
Jesse Clegg: taking the world by stormLifestyle and entertainment 2018-09-26
"Music, for me, is a way to understand the world. I write about relationships – my own and others’ – and it is this combination of personal and observational experiences that inspires me to create."
Leave no trace – quietly observing its subjectsFilm 2018-09-25
"The film ultimately questions issues such as living off the grid versus needing community, broken soldiers coming home, forced assimilation into society and religion, and father-daughter relationships."
It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna DahlqvistBooks and writers 2018-09-20
"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."
Microcosms: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Mani: Travels in the Southern PeloponneseMenings 2018-09-20
"Time is fluid for Leigh Fermor. Present and past coexist, his experiences threaded into a historical and geographical tapestry ..."
Press release: the third event of the OSM Liesbeth Schlumberger Organ Chair at the UFSMusiek 2018-09-18
The Odeion School of Music (OSM) at the University of the Free State is proud to present the third event of the OSM Liesbeth Schlumberger Organ Chair, which will take place 3—6 October 2018.
Illuminating lives, edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Bill Nasson: book launchBooks and writers 2018-09-18
You are invited to the launch of Illuminating lives on the 27th of September 2018 at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.
New African Graphic Novel LaunchesLAPA Uitgewersportaal 2018-09-14
This full-colour graphic novel places Shaka’s rule against the slave trade that was expanding from the East African coast, and the Europeans spreading inland from the south.
Hope rising from the ashes of despair: Mogadishu Book FairBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"I saw hope rising from the ashes of despair. As I stood at the podium to talk about my book, The lion’s binding oath and other stories, I saw a sea of young faces – young men and women in their late teens and early to mid-twenties – staring at me attentively, taking it all in."
Open Book Festival 2018: An interview with Frankie MurreyLifestyle and entertainment 2018-09-06
"The festival has become known for its focus on political and societal topics, and events will include discussions around the 2019 elections, a look at whether our laws hinder or help us, and the future of the media."
Never going backNew writing 2018-09-06
"Thomas had given her a map. She thought that she would never be lost again. Judith loved Thomas. She also knew that he didn’t feel the same way about her. That there was no earthquake shattering him into millions of pieces when they kissed or touched each other."