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The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-15
"Imogen 'Genie' Zula Nyoni is a very special girl who grows into an incredible, defiant woman; her mother was a country and western singer, and her father was a freedom fighter who shot down an aeroplane during the war for liberation."
Jakes Gerwel Memorial lecture: Imagining a post-apartheid futureMenings 2018-11-14
"To realise our dream of a truly free, fair and equal society, we have to take action. And I think that at the heart of any action we take, we have to 'invest' in young people. They are the future, here and in the rest of Africa."
Postcolonial poetics: 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-13
"The central question Boehmer addresses in Postcolonial poetics is 'whether there was a kind of reading that postcolonial texts in particular solicited' and, if yes, what its main characteristics were."
The girl in the spider’s web – slick, but lacklustreFilm 2018-11-13
"Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The girl in the spider’s web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller."
Umhobe | AnthemNew writing 2018-11-07
"Lilo lodwa esithembele kulo | May our land be as pure as a dove ..."
Full circleNew writing 2018-11-06
"Her water had broken ten minutes before, but she knew there was still a lot more anguish to go through before it could get here. It. The baby."
Die reuk van appels: an interview with director Lara ByeLifestyle and entertainment 2018-11-06
"It is about history and remembering, and trying to figure out the present and how we can move forward with some sense of wholeness. But it is also the story of a young boy whom we care deeply about, who experiences a very devastating life journey."
The enumerations by Máire Fisher: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-05
"This is a triumphant, hopeful work of fiction, and Fisher deserves commendation for writing about such a difficult, stigmatised topic in a creative and gripping way."
(How) can decoloniality inform "educational (curriculum) knowledge" selection?Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-11-01
"The call for decolonising education is thus nothing less than the full incorporation of all of humanity’s knowledge systems, past and present, and in anticipation of future knowledge constellations, into the knowledge selection systems of universities."
The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-31
"The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon ... is the only poetry volume published by Kwela Books this year, but one which is a most welcome addition to the plethora of distinguished South African poetic voices."
African Library: Congo Inc: Bismarck's testament by In Koli Jean BofaneBooks and writers 2018-10-25
"With considerable simplification, but highly persuasively in its sweepingly confident claims, Bofane’s account of the world’s continuously violent history from the late 19th until well into the 21st century places the Congo centrally at its heart of darkness, then and now."
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."