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Bonfire

Gary Cummiskey 2011-06-01 Bonfire Pour on more petrol and watch the flames leap higher. They’ll keep you warm on the night when you have no shelter and an eagle nips at the pit of your stomach. They’ll keep you warm on the night when the ...

Watched/watching

Gary Cummiskey 2011-06-01 Watched/watching We were being watched by the people on the boat. We were doing things. We were sticking our fingers in each other’s brains. They were watching us as we watched the samurai on horseback race along the ...

Meat: a film scenario

Gary Cummiskey 2011-06-01 Meat: a film scenario A man was walking down the street. He went into a butchery to buy some meat. As he left, blood was trickling round his feet. The end.

Another version

Kobus Moolman 2011-05-26 Another version Of the same road And it was raining And they had stopped to help ...

One version of the road

Kobus Moolman 2011-05-26 One version of the road And the sun was behind his head And it was much later than he thought And he thought that he had nothing more to say And he did not know whether he should And he thought that he would anyway And the ...

James Whyle, winner of the PEN/Studzinski Award of 2011, in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden 2011-05-25 Review by Janet van Eeden James Whyle’s award-winning short story is quite simply titled “The Story”. The title pre-empts the style of the narrative, which is written with a bald matter-of-factness with a ...

I should love Jane Eyre

Reney Warrington 2011-05-20 I love the sprawling, poetic nature of great English literature. I love Mia Wasikowska. (And don’t tell anyone, but I am a romantic at heart. Wuthering Heights, by the other Brontë,tore me up for days. Shush.)

African Library: The Sinners

Annie Gagiano 2011-04-26 Yusuf Idris is considered one of the great authors – particularly as a short story writer – in the Arabic literary world.

The owl and the swan

Ingrid de Kok 2011-04-07 The owl and the swan For AK and JS A spotted eagle owl swooped on to his Cape Town roof like the vengeance of the Lord, sat there silently for ...

Misheard

Heidi Henning 2011-04-05 Misheard A border fence in the rain of the Eastern Cape An empty room on the farm A shadow Is where I see you A dune we once jumped over Is where you are A bag of plastic animals Becoming Games There are no more of our games Only chess With changed ...

Why you should never love a poet is because

Richard Higgs 2011-01-26 Why you should never love a poet is because Why you should never love a poet is because It all sounds very romantic and mysterious and exciting, but A poet is self-serving, self-obsessed, self-absorbed; A poet is emotionally expedient, dwarfed and ...

Winter's Bone a slow burner

Reney Warrington 2011-01-18 Title: Winter’s Bone Director: Debra Granik Cinematography: Michael McDonough Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt Runtime: 100 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% Reney's Score: 95% When a film as bleak, as ...

Andie Miller talks to Janet van Eeden about her anthology Slow Motion: stories about walking

Janet van Eeden, Janet van Eeden, Andie Miller 2010-10-29 Title: Slow Motion: stories about walkingAuthor: Andie Miller Publisher: JacanaDate of publication: 2010 ISBN: 97817700987010Click here to order Slow Motion from Kalahari.net! Short review by JvE Andie Miller’s collection of stories ...

Big Book Chain Chat #15: Sustaining creativity

Chris Marnewick Boeke en skrywers 2010-10-19

Helen Brain wrote: “So if you’re engaged in an everyday job that isn’t very satisfying, how do you keep your creativity fresh?” I can see the problem. Boredom at work may lead to boredom at home. And elsewhere. I would like ...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Shaida Ali, author of Not a Fairy Tale, in conversation with Naomi Bruwer

Naomi Bruwer, Naomi Bruwer, Shaida Ali 2010-10-07 Title: Not a Fairy Tale Author: Shaida Kazi Ali Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201121 Order Not a Fairy Tale from Kalahari.net. Not a Fairytale | Fiction Shaida Kazi Ali Not a Fairytale is a wonderful, unusual book set in an Indian ...

red-winged starlings

Toast Coetzer 2010-09-28 red-winged starlings they hang there for a moment like ninjas in an ang lee film pondering their brilliance the digital dusk on their wings and the parking lot below before unfreezing fast-forwarding up and away towards sleeping trees still to be ...

Jan Rabie / Marjorie Wallace Lecture: Ground Zero – the South African literary landscape after apartheid

André P Brink Books and writers 2010-09-22

"All of this would suggest that since the dismantling of apartheid South African literature has entered a phase of unprecedented and explosive growth, and that the energy that had begun to manifest itself even during those dark days is now beginning to erupt."

Andie Miller in conversation with Karabo Kgoleng, presenter of Afternoon Talk and Literature

Andie Miller, Andie Miller 2010-09-22 We’re sitting under the oaks outside the coffee shop, and it’s a beautiful evening. Karabo Kgoleng has come from two hours of Afternoon Talk and is recharging her battery with a bottle of sparkling water. I order a cappuccino. When she ...

Blind eyes, deaf ears

Christina Engela Opinion 2010-08-12

Sometimes I get despondent because it feels like my efforts are wasted, my warnings go unheard, my words fall on deaf ears like seeds falling on hard, dry earth. It was just three short years ago when I first started my "career" in human rights ...

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