New writing

Fiction and prose by established and emerging authors


Babatunde Fagbayibo New writing 2017-02-10

"... the drumbeat
will remind you of the debt 
of being awake."

I thought it was you

Sue Woodward New writing 2016-11-25

"... my eyes were tired
from the glare of dark men"


Sue Woodward New writing 2016-11-25

"I choose a leatherback
with whimsical face
and remember
that turtles are our myth"

under the bridge

Sue Woodward New writing 2016-11-25

"and the footsteps of the people with jobs
hurrying past the sleepers"

Karin Schimke on a writing workshop in Stanford

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer New writing 2016-11-08

"[Y]es, just about anyone can write, often must write – it’s an urge, a need. Anyone can put words on paper to give expression to something."

Saying Good-bye

Wanda Miles New writing 2016-09-21

"the cloud-mark of your plane
leaves its path of entrails
across our continent ..."

Roman rock

Isobel Dixon New writing 2016-09-14

"And there, before it levels out
to pebbles, sand, more gulls, crushed shells,
the nasturtiums spread their green-and-spice ..."

The guests

Isobel Dixon New writing 2016-09-14

"Not many visitors come to the farm,
but the sudden rain has charmed
a festival of frogs out of the mud ..."

That Saturday

Sundeeka Mungroo New writing 2016-09-13

"I was only eight when we moved into this apartment. That was five years ago. I remember being excited at the thought of living in a new place."

hier, die land | here, this land

Luan Staphorst Poësie 2016-09-07

"jy is ons ineenryger van asem                  
jy is ons ineensnoerder van stem         
jy is ons ineen alomheen"

If you arrive

Renier Palland New writing 2016-09-06

"If you arrive at my window ..."

The Beggar

Sundeeka Mungroo New writing 2016-08-18

"His lips mouth the word 'Please'."


Jaco Fouché New writing 2016-08-17

"For days the dog was subdued and miserable. It lay in the kitchen, not eating, but occasionally sighing through its nose."

Night Watch

Heidi Henning New writing 2016-08-02

"Forgotten honey and milk ..."

we are

Toast Coetzer New writing 2016-08-02

"when we call, our voices
dissolve, across the water,
in Vietnam, a giant soft-shell turtle ..."


Sundeeka Mungroo New writing 2016-07-27

"To stop listening to it."


Charles Marais New writing 2016-07-06

"My losses now lie quietly –
a landscape of perfect ruins, softly shining
with ferns and moss in the low light"

In the scheme of things

Charles Marais New writing 2016-06-14

"In the scheme of things
I cast small shadows ..."

I am of this gender

Lazola Pambo New writing 2016-04-07

"I am of this gender
which has been shunned by society ..."

On reading Ezra Pound’s "Alba"

Abigail George New writing 2016-02-24

"I thought I had made a friend.
The muse stings while children sings."