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Two short plays at The BaxterLifestyle and entertainment 2019-08-23
"Rising star, theatre-maker and director, Nwabisa Plaatjie, brings to life two beautiful plays by American playwright, Alice Childress, as part of the Baxter’s Women’s Month celebrations, in the Golden Arrow Studio from 28 August to 13 September."
Zolani Mahola heads #Takeachildtothetheatre Fundraiser for ASSITEJ SA at Cradle of CreativityLifestyle and entertainment 2019-08-22
"The #Takeachildtothetheatre Fundraiser concert will take place on Saturday 24 August at 19h00 in the Baxter Concert Hall and will be followed by Standard Bank Gold Ovation award-winning musical Hani: the Legacy, at 20h30, by the Market Theatre Laboratory."
Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: I am not a womanSkryfkompetisies 2019-08-21
LitNet se Vrouedag-kompetisie – Flash fiction by Heidi Slot: "Alone in the harbour café in St Tropez we drink mineral water and read French magazines. We do not speak French, so we do not speak."
Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: A woman I rememberSkryfkompetisies 2019-08-21
LitNet se Vrouedag-kompetisie – Poem by Fabianne Vorster (11):
"Of course I couldn’t see
Because in my sleep she came to be"
The Midlands Literary Festival is ten years oldBooks and writers 2019-08-21
"The tenth Midlands Literary Festival will take place from 31 August to 1 September 2019 at the Fern Hill Hotel in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. Here is the programme."
Reader impression: Where do you go to by Jean CerfontaineBooks and writers 2019-08-21
"Despite the occasional punctuation blunder many a self-published book is guilty of, Where do you go to is a lovely and unforgettable read, and a fitting tribute to Sarstedt’s song; and, although one expects a feel-good ending culminating in Marie-Claire learning more about the first few years of her life, the revelation still comes as a surprise."
StrandloperNew writing 2019-08-21
"So, put that in your pocket for a rainy day. The world comes to life around me, and I’m alright again. I find it hard to trust people now. I go for long walks."
Hermanus, UNESCO City of Gastronomy? An interview with Darryl DavidLifestyle and entertainment 2019-08-19
Darryl David talks to Naomi Meyer about the leading of a very special bid.
Historic South African winery Vergelegen named the best winery in AfricaLifestyle and entertainment 2019-08-15
"Vergelegen is a destination: with its world-renowned handcrafted wines, history spanning over 300 years, heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, Vergelegen continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience."
Café Zör in the Bo-Kaap celebrates the diverse culture of the areaLifestyle and entertainment 2019-08-15
"Café Zör has its own identity: with its unique setting in a historic building in the iconic Bo-Kaap, the space was created for families, the lonely traveller, tourists, the local community, surrounding businesses, and the misfits and the marginalised – the perfect place to hide away from a sometimes brutal world."
To that young woman eating watermelonNew writing 2019-08-14
Poem by Abigail George:
you little show-off! You heathen, or if it is by your choice,
atheist, then, if it pleases you. Are you happy?"
An interview with Mike Rosenberg from PassengerMusiek 2019-08-14
"Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, supported Ed Sheeran on his recent South African tour. The response was so fantastic that Passenger will be returning to South Africa to perform his own solo shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town in November."
Blinded by the light captures the power of music, but not the power of filmFilm 2019-08-13
"It is a dazzling concept, using Bruce Springsteen’s working-class Americana lyrics and music as a backdrop to life in Britain in 1987 for a working-class Pakistani family."
Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: Alice DuddySkryfkompetisies 2019-08-06
LitNet se Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie – Poem by Linda Meyer:
"She prepares and bottles jam all day
Then she goes and gives it all away"
Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: To my motherSkryfkompetisies 2019-08-06
LitNet se Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie – Poem by Abigail George:
"You’re opera in the
wilderness. See the tragedy in my eyes, mother.
I ponder the hush, the inner music of the shore.
I’m always seeing the same shore."
Press release: Open Book 2019 programme is now live!Books and writers 2019-08-05
The Open Book Festival will take place between 4 and 8 September 2019 in Cape Town. The programme is now live and features many brilliant authors!
Breaking a rainbow, building a nation by Rekgotsofetse Chikane: reader impressionBooks and writers 2019-08-04
"Breaking a rainbow, building a nation is painful reading. The book documents the disillusionment of young people with South Africa."
Karavan Press: an interview with Karina SzczurekBooks and writers 2019-08-04
"I did not buy a caravan; but I realised that a book is like a caravan, a home away from home, taking you to unexpected places. It seemed only natural to name the publishing house I was dreaming of Caravan Books. My friend, Alex Smith, recommended 'Press' instead of 'Books', and the 'K' was my own idea."
Review: Remnants restante reste by Annette SnyckersBooks and writers 2019-07-30
"Writing in English, Afrikaans and German, Snyckers explores the possibilities of translation and creative expansion."
The representation of “imagined Africas” in the poetry of Breyten Breytenbach from 1984–2014Akademies en skole 2019-07-26
"For my project, which I will conduct in 2019 and 2020, I am especially interested in Breytenbach’s idea of 'imagining Africa', which is in line with his “Imagine Africa” project at the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal."