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Death, the dressmakerNew writing 2019-07-24
"All we want deep down is that
perfect dressmaker who
knows when the time is nigh"
Bettina Wyngaard oor die Elgin-Grabouw Krimifees | Elgin Grabouw CrimeFestSkrywersonderhoude 2019-07-23
"Vir hierdie eerste fees het ons woordsmede wat in die Wes-Kaap woon, genooi om deel te neem. Dis 'n lekker wye verskeidenheid van interessante mense: Deon Meyer, Rudie van Rensburg, Karin Brynard, Chanette Paul, Irna van Zyl, Julian Jansen, Sally Andrew, Joanne Hichens, Michéle Rowe en veel meer."
Press release: Winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards announcedBooks and writers 2019-07-22
The Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlists for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction, and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, have been announced.
Press release: Award-winning playwright premieres acid-tongued The Hucksters at Alexander UpstairsLifestyle and entertainment 2019-07-18
"A man and a woman meet after not seeing each other for years and what starts off as a romantic, booze-fuelled evening, slowly begins to unravel into a psychological mystery as an incident from their shared history rears its head. Audiences can expect to see a production that is both depraved and utterly liberating within an engaging context of regret and vengeance rooted in cruel relationships and savage betrayals when they book to see the premiere of The Hucksters at Alexander Upstairs from 22 July to 3 August."
KraalNew writing 2019-07-18
"As dusk settles with the dust, cattle dreams still linger"
GeographyNew writing 2019-07-18
"... does my mind only think of geography any time I’m with you?"
Reader impression: A captain's journey by Neil ToveyBooks and writers 2019-07-18
"A captain’s journey details a fascinating time in the history of South African soccer, with the sport making the shift from semi-professional to professional."
Book review: Lacuna by Fiona SnyckersBooks and writers 2019-07-10
"Lacuna is the story of Lucy Lurie, a fictional woman who shares a name with one of the main characters in Disgrace (published exactly two decades ago in 1999). It is a feminist ‘reply’, for want of a better word, to JM Coetzee’s most famous — or infamous (depending on one’s reading) — novel."
Reader impression: The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann GiliomeeLesersindrukke 2019-07-09
"Despite the ambitious title of this book, and the feeling it left of not being detailed enough, The rise and decline of the Afrikaners is still very much worth the read."
Reader impression: Lawfare: Judging politics in South Africa by Michelle le Roux and Dennis DavisLesersindrukke 2019-07-09
"Despite the criticism that it received, Lawfare is one of the most interesting and stimulating books that I have read in a long time. It is a book that makes important legal cases from the past accessible in a language easy to understand for the average person."
Press release: a celebration of women at Klassique 2019Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-07-04
“In celebration of the Women’s Day long weekend in August, classical music enthusiasts can look forward to enjoying music by exceptional women at the 11th Klein Karoo Klassique.”
Press release: WAG (Waiting)Teater 2019-07-03
WAG (Waiting) is a contemporary dance production featuring the renowned Figure Of 8 Dance Collective, Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf. The young dance talents, Dustin Jannetjies and Gabriela Dirkse will join them on stage.
63 days to optimal health by Sally-Ann Creed: a book reviewBooks and writers 2019-07-03
"I would definitely suggest that those who are too scared of going low-carb would do well with Creed’s book."
Booksmart: a film reviewFilm 2019-07-02
"Booksmart, a film about high school – the current colosseum where the innocent and not so innocent are fed to lions – is simply not cruel enough to feel authentic, not funny enough to make you cringe at what you are laughing at, and not insane enough to elevate it to mockumentary/spoof status."
North Facing by Tony Peake: a reviewBooks and writers 2019-07-01
"North Facing is one of a recent stable of coming-of-age books set in South Africa where moral issues are revisited in later life."
Behind the Fifth WallMusiek 2019-06-27
"To compare this scenario, where songs were routinely banned, musicians harassed and/or locked up, and parties and gigs teargassed, with the rock scene of today is like comparing porcupines with export grapes. It’s not only impossible; it’s simply not useful."
Runaway hit Kinky Boots extended at The Fugard TheatreLifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-27
Just two weeks into its South African premiere run, The Fugard Theatre’s production of multiple Tony-Award winning musical Kinky Boots has been extended. Bookings are now open for performances until 27 October.
The African Library: Tears of the brain by OK Matsepe translatedBooks and writers 2019-06-26
"The recent English translation, in 2018, forms part of the admirable work done by the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research based at the University of the Western Cape, and the two translators are Seleka Tembane and Lucy Ndlovu."
Photo gallery: Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival 2019Feeste 2019-06-20
The 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival took place from 6 to 9 June this year in Cradock. Amy Coetzer documented the new display on Cradock writers in the Great Fish River Museum (part of the literary walking tour), book launches, talks, performance poetry and music performances and letters from Olive Schreiner.
Press release: Fresh Perspectives – Pre-National Arts Festival Season at Theatre Arts Admin CollectiveLifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-20
Missing out on the National Arts Festival Makhanda (Grahamstown) this winter? Missing freezing weather, great productions, fabulous company and delicious food? Then join us at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective for Fresh Perspectives – a pre-NAF season. Four productions make up Fresh Perspectives and run until 24 June.