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Press release: shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is calling for final submissions by 1 June 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-30

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is calling for final submissions by 1 June 2019.

James Matthews: a revolutionary poet @ 90

Hein Willemse Books and writers 2019-05-30

"Indeed, it is hard to think of South African political poetry without the name of James Matthews. He was firmly identified with local expressions of Black Consciousness in the early 1970s, and his poetry shaped our generation’s understanding of the injustices, brutality and inhumanity that apartheid visited upon our communities across the country."

The love song of André P Brink by Leon de Kock: a review

Anthony Akerman Books and writers 2019-05-30

"Leon de Kock’s well-judged biography presents us with a complex portrait of a great writer beset by a fundamental loneliness. All the sex, all the affairs and all the marriages were a frequently misguided attempt to end this loneliness."

200 years ago – The Battle of Grahamstown and the name change to Makhanda

Rodney Warwick Opinion 2019-05-29

"Or, is it a bitter sop to the reality of the all-powerful English language and the foundations of Grahamstown’s university and elite schools, its historic churches and much more, rooted in the culture of the British Settlers and their descendants – not to mention the roadside name boards identifying ownership of the numerous prosperous farms in the region once known as the Albany – the Zuurveld?"

Press release: Final few weeks to submit your Cape Town stories for #WritingmyCity

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-29

There’s only a few more weeks to submit your Cape Town stories to enter the Cape Town Library Book: Writing my City competition. The final deadline for submissions is 15 June.

Press release: Eastern Cape Literature Festival 2019 to celebrate indigenous languages, written works

LitNet English 2019-05-29

Amazwi South African Museum of Literature is proud to announce the 2019 Eastern Cape Literature Festival, which will take place at the new Amazwi museum complex in Makhanda from 3-7 July 2019.

Press release: Flemish dance season heads to Cape Town

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-29

From 4 to 8 June 2019, two outstanding dance companies from Flanders in Belgium will be performing at the Baxter Theatre Centre, following on from their successful seasons at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees in March and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg at the end of May. 

Press release: Third Gerald Kraak Prize winner announced

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-29

The Jacana Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Other Foundation, is proud to announce the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Kraak Prize. Congratulations to OluTimehin Adegbeye, whose essay, "Mothers and Men", made her this year’s worthy winner.

Like family, yet never

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-24

On Wednesday 22 May Ena Jansen’s book Like family was launched at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.  The book deals with the contact zone between the domestic worker and the family she works for. Jansen chose to share the stage with Sindiwe Magona and Myrtle Witbooi.

SA Indie Film Fest back for its second year

Marli van Eeden, Ryan Kruger, Berneen Cereska Film 2019-05-22

"On 26 May, the South African Independent Film Festival, or SA Indie Film Fest for short, will take place at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, celebrating independent filmmaking and screening some exciting films."

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019: personal reflections

Fiona Snyckers Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-22

"We all want our books to sell well and to reach the widest possible audience. Being invited to Franschhoek is an invaluable leg-up for any writer’s career. May the festival continue to go from strength to strength."

Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival: 6–9 June 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-21

Here is the programme of the 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival – which takes place in Cradock from the 6th to the 9th of June 2019.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 in pictures

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-20

The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. Izak de Vries was the paparazzo on behalf of LitNet.

At the edge: The writings of Ronnie Govender by Rajendra Chetty: a review

Annie Gagiano Resensies 2019-05-17

"I highly recommend this valuable text, the worth and interest of which I hope the above review has given some indication."

A person my colour – love, adoption and parenting while white by Martina Dahlmanns: a review

Izak de Vries Resensies 2019-05-16

"A person my colour is by no means easy, but it is important. Apart from the ill-conceived introduction, which ought to have been a reflection at the end, the narrative is stylish and gripping."

Press release: Hit musical, Ordinary Days, at the Baxter for one week only from 20 to 25 May

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-14

Hot on the heels of its success when it premiered at the Baxter earlier this year, Adam Gwon’s hit musical Ordinary Days returns to the Baxter Flipside for limited one-week only season from 21 to 25 May at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday, 25 May at 4pm.

Louis Botha: A man apart by Richard Steyn: a reader's impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-13

"The book is by no means a hero-worshipping publication, and the oppression of black South Africans by the Union government forms an important part of the book. It is a fresh appraisal of Botha, but even this bold attempt will, I believe, not stir any long-term interest in the former prime minister."

Press release: NELM rebrands as AMAZWI South African Museum of Literature

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-13

"The Amazwi South African Museum of Literature's new identity and vision was unveiled by the National Department of Arts and Culture in Makhanda, at a ceremony which also marked the official opening of its new custom-built, state-of-the-art museum complex."

Press release: Cape Town City Ballet's captivating Autumn/Winter Season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-13

Bookings are now open for Cape Town City Ballet’s captivating 2019 Autumn/Winter Season. A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced line up at the Artscape Opera House includes Amaranth from 22 June to 7 July and Sleeping Beauty from 17 to 31 August.

Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s web of capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh: a reader’s impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"It is quite a bold move on the part of the author to make claims such as the ones he makes. The book more than raises the eyebrows, as false claims would certainly land the author in hot water. However if there is any truth to these claims, it would mean that the ruling ANC is in really deep trouble as a party – and not only the ANC, but the country as a whole."