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Plate by Marlene van der Westhuizen: a reader’s impression

Louise Viljoen Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"Plate features a truly sublime collection of 86 appetising main courses with a continental influence. Divided into three chapters – on meat, poultry and seafood – the hand-picked recipes look every bit as scrumptious as they taste."

25 years later: Karabo Kgoleng reflects

Karabo Kgoleng Menings 2019-05-07

It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Karabo Kgoleng shares her memories from 27 April 1994.

25 years later: Christi van der Westhuizen reflects

Christi van der Westhuizen Menings 2019-05-07

It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Christi van der Westhuizen shares her memories from 27 April 1994.

Featherstream by Ian Sutherland: a review

Sara Pienaar Resensies 2019-05-06

"Featherstream is a successful first novel. It is written with great care and attention to detail, and has an unusual and credible plot. It is a compelling and readable thriller which convincingly brings to life the Cape of 80 years ago."

Press release: 21st Encounters Documentary Festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-06

This year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival  is excited to announce the first international documentaries that have been confirmed.

International honour for graphic novel on Shaka

LAPA Uitgewers Books and writers 2019-05-06

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince has been named a 2019 Honor Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards. Luke Molver, the illustrator and co-author, will attend the award ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.

Invitation to the Cape Town launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ Strydom

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-06

The book will be launched in Cape Town on 16 May and James-Brent Styan will be in conversation with the author.

Like writer father, like poet daughter

Abigail George New writing 2019-05-03

"That’s being honest, and after the rain
she’s Jean Rhys, and during the rain she edits me

away, censors me, declares me Mrs Rochester.
Her hands smell like spaghetti."

Between rock & a hard place by Carsten Rasch: a review

Michael Hardaker Resensies 2019-05-02

"Carsten Rasch’s Between rock & a hard place is a worthy and immensely readable addition to the canon."

Yellowbone by Ekow Duker: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2019-05-02

"Identity is explored racially, sexually, physically, culturally and linguistically. The reader observes how the major characters navigate these issues, as they respond to the events that challenge them and bring these issues to light."

Invitation to the launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ Strydom

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-30

The book will be launched in Johannesburg on 9 May and Peter Bruce will be in conversation with the author.

In the shadow of Brahms – Robert Fuchs and his First Piano Trio

Petro Engelbrecht, Bertha Spies, Henriëtte van Rensburg Opinion 2019-04-30

"This article deals with the relatively little-known composer Robert Fuchs, who used developing variation – a composition technique associated predominantly with Johannes Brahms – in his First Piano Trio."

The African Library: The queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-04-26

"It is a mature and impressive novel, and one which many readers are likely to revisit in their memories or by rereading the text."

Some remarks about Handré Brand’s remarks about The man who killed apartheid

Harris Dousemetzis Opinion 2019-04-26

"The main question is Tsafendas’s motive, and the fact that, for more than 50 years, people believed that Tsafendas killed Verwoerd because of a tapeworm, and that he was an apolitical idiot."

Green as the sky is blue by Eben Venter: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2019-04-25

"I would recommend reading it for your own understanding of how sexuality and sexual expression are not uniform across communities, and that it’s alright that we are not a homogeneous species."

Press release: Six young stars shine in SA premiere of Tony award winning hit musical Kinky boots

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-04-24

Six young stars will have the chance to shine in the South African premiere of hit Tony Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS. Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, a brand new, original production of this huge-hearted musical will run at The Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019.

Two poems by Carla du Preez

Carla du Preez New writing 2019-04-24

"She will hope against all hope
that her day will seem brighter
through concealer and dark glasses."

Introducing the third dimension in this modern era

Abigail George New writing 2019-04-24

"I remember now. I remember everything. I remember my brother’s defiance, my mother’s tears and heartache and defeatist attitude. The music school behind her eyes, and I would see the sea in his father’s knuckles."

Lanzerac Wine Estate: a treasured Cape Winelands experience

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-04-18

"The big question stands: how did it get its name, the Lanzerac? How did she come upon the name?"

UNISA's Breyten Seminar: "in the calyx of your thoughts" – topological deformation in a few texts and paintings by Breyten Breytenbach

Hein Viljoen Seminare en essays 2019-04-18

"This is an example of what I call the eighth petal of the sacred lotus in Breytenbach’s work. It indicates the ways in which Breytenbach plays with and stretches language and cognitive frameworks."