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Tiny fires that light up the sky

Johann van der Walt New writing 2021-06-15

"You hold a fist up high – timeless and endless 
This is how you proclaim future hope 
The gift of reason and tolerance, unequivocally"

Have you ever?

Anthony Stockwell New writing 2021-06-15

"Have you ever wondered, what if you were not 
This morning, in the body that you got 
No longer favourite of your mother 
Just an ordinary, someone other"

Portraits of pain – children who kill family members: an interview with Melanie Moen

Naomi Meyer, Melanie Moen Books and writers 2021-06-15

"As citizens we need to start paying attention to our families and community members. We all need to care enough to report crimes, even if it is uncomfortable to do so."

2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Lwazi Msimango

Naomi Meyer, Lwazi Msimango Books and writers 2021-06-09

"Well, HIV/AIDS has plagued South Africans for decades now and claimed many lives, but every time people speak about the virus, they always talk about the promiscuous/irresponsible adult and never about the kid who was born with it; I had a burning desire to tell a tale of a kid who maternally contracts the virus and has no say in the matter."


Ferdi Wheeler New writing 2021-06-09

"yet, in my brain 
resides another I: 
the beauteous lineaments, 
of a long forgotten me"


Heidi Henning New writing 2021-06-09

"You are the learners of landscape, 
Listeners of the berg wind, 
Its strong voice shouting through dark nights"

Press release: Online launch of Portaits of pain by Melanie Moen

LitNet Books and writers 2021-06-08

Imbali Academic Publishers and Graffiti Books invite you to the online launch of Portaits of pain by Melanie Moen. Karin Schimke will be in conversation to her.

Press release: Joint South African première of I Am Here

LitNet Film 2021-06-04

These memories are depicted in 2D animation – an unusual medium for Holocaust flashbacks – which adds a nuanced innovation to the texture of Ella's stories.

Press release: The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing reveals its 2021 shortlist

LitNet Books and writers 2021-06-03

The 2021 AKO Caine Prize shortlist has been announced, revealing five stories of “impressive craft and intelligent language”, chosen from a multitude of submissions spanning over 22 countries.

Dean Allen reviews Hidden Karoo by Patricia Kramer and Alain Proust

Dean Allen Books and writers 2021-06-02

"Coupled with the stunning photography of Proust, one the country’s foremost architectural and landscape photographers, the narrative provides for an interesting guide throughout the book."

Press release: Life and times of Michael K at The Baxter this June

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2021-06-02

The Baxter Theatre Centre is proud to announce its most ambitious and exciting production in recent years, the world premiere of Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s Life and times of Michael K, adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company.

Searching for Sarah, Joanne Hichens interviews Dominique Malherbe

Joanne Hichens, Dominique Malherbe Books and writers 2021-06-01

"I was acutely aware of the sensitivities of this story, and my approach with the extended Langenhoven family was cautious."

Press release: South African International Ballet Competition at Artscape in July 2021

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2021-05-31

The SAIBC at the Artscape Opera House will be open to the public, with the competition taking place daily from Monday, 19 to Friday 23 July at 17h00, and on Saturday, 24, at 14h00, be followed by the closing performance and awards ceremony at 19h00.

When the prophet prophesies nonsense

Nneamaka Onochie New writing 2021-05-31

"Papa had pursued the contract with unflinching zeal. It was a government contract that would redirect the wheel of our lives to wealth. Then I woke up one morning and told him that I had seen him crying in my dreams because he had lost the contract. His bloodshot eyes blazed fire, and he ordered me out of his room; that morning, Mama paused breakfast and initiated prayer and fasting for the family."

Press release: Kiss of the Spider Woman at The Baxter from 5 to 19 June 2021

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2021-05-28

Booking is now open for the modern classic, Manuel Puig’s extraordinary play, Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by the multi-award-winning Sylvaine Strike, at The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 5 to 19 June 2021 at 7 pm, with Saturday matinees at 2 pm.

Press release: World premiere of The unlikely secret agent

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2021-05-27

The world premiere of a new play by Paul du Toit, based on Ronnie Kasril's The unlikely secret agent, will be staged in Somerset West in June.

Reguit met Robinson: A Zoom interview with Michelle Groome

Freek Robinson, Michelle Groome Interviews 2021-05-27

The Free State and North West are already into their third wave. Freek Robinson interviews Michelle Groome, head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Fresh off the press: For my country by Themba Maseko

LitNet Books and writers 2021-05-27

Compelling and revelatory, For my country shows what it takes to stand up for one’s principles and defy the most powerful man in the country.

The boy who never gave up: A refugee’s epic journey to triumph by Emmanuel Taban – reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2021-05-27

"The boy who never gave up is a book that I could not put down. Apart from being the story of a teenager’s epic journey through Africa, it is also an inspiring book, a book of hope. I would not at all be surprised to see the story of this famous doctor one day being turned into a film."

2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Jayne Bauling

Naomi Meyer, Jayne Bauling Books and writers 2021-05-26

"It’s rewarding and challenging to write for readers who are no longer children but who feel things intensely."