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Pandemic tales: Making an educational life in a Stellenbosch University residence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Joy Petersen Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2020-11-13

"I share this story as our story – all of us who stayed behind – the story of how we made a life and home with our students during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Kommadagga essay: Music and my father

Zubayr Charles Opinion 2020-11-12

"My father and I go for months without speaking to each other. This ongoing cycle usually starts after he says something crude and vulgar, mixed with colourful language, and I’m left thinking about why I forgave him for his prior transgression."

Press Release: #ReadingAfrica #OokInAfrikaans

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-11

#ReadingAfrica week is an annual event for all publishing companies, readers and authors who want to share their love for African literature, #OokInAfrikaans.

2020 USA election: How did it come to this?

Rhoda Kadalie Opinion 2020-11-06

"If Trump loses, it will be a stolen election in full view of the public."

Fresh off the press: Promised land by Karl Kemp

LitNet Books and writers 2020-11-06

"Touching on the history of land conflict and conquest in each area, as well as detailing the current situation on the ground, Promised Land  provides startling insights into the story of land conflict in South Africa."

The African Library: Barracoon: The story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-11-05

"In this entry, the established pattern of profiling contemporary or classic African works of fiction is broken. Kossola (more often referred to as Cudjo in the USA) was the last surviving captured African on the last ever American slave ship. The five and a half years of Kossola’s slave labour in Alabama is not presented as the main focus of his narrative; rather, Barracoon is the life story of a man with vivid memories of his life in a Yoruba settlement in West Africa."

2020 USA election: The countdown to the apocalypse?

Ilda Diffley Opinion 2020-11-04

"I will never understand the support for someone who has shown no respect for this democracy or for others’ lives. Trump’s made it clear that rules don’t apply to him, and I guess half of the country truly doesn’t care."

Press release: Best of Zabalaza 2020 winner, First Accused, to be staged at The Baxter for a limited season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-10-30

Best of Zabalaza 2020 winner, First Accused, is to be staged at The Baxter for a limited season in November this year.

Press release: Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Ways of Dying, to be staged at The Baxter

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-10-30

Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Ways of Dying, is to be staged at The Baxter with a stellar creative team, for a limited season from 10 to 14 November.

Winds of change: Decolonialising language theory at the 2020 ILAF webinar on language and the criminal justice system

Frederik Rudolph van Dyk Opinion 2020-10-30

"What differed here from previous talks about multilingualism was the insistence on a fresh reframing of the South African language situation, as well as the acknowledgement that language isn’t merely a matter of heritage, but is indeed an integral part of the greater infrastructure of the democratic state."

Inter-review: And wrote my story anyway by Barbara Boswell

Cliffordene Norton, Barbara Boswell Books and writers 2020-10-30

"I would want their curiosity to be piqued with regard to black women’s literary and political contributions to this country. It would also be lovely if black women and girls were encouraged to write their own stories."

Cannabis legislation to bring new highs and lows

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-10-27

"The cannabis draft bill seeks to address new possession rules for cannabis users in their private places, as well as rules regarding cultivation of the plant. The cannabis draft bill sets out prescribed quantities for personal use of cannabis, as well as for cultivation purposes."

Virtual launch: 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole

LitNet Books and writers 2020-10-23

CNA and Human & Rousseau invite you to join us for the virtual launch of 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole.

The pink line: Journeys across the world’s queer frontiers by Mark Gevisser: a review

Shaun de Waal Books and writers 2020-10-21

"The pink line is always very readable, despite its density of content. His account of the twisting political issues is masterly, while the individual and collective stories he narrates and probes give human faces to issues often disputed in abstractly political and 'moral' terms. People’s lives are at stake."

Circles in the sand 

Annemien Bauermeister New writing 2020-10-19

"Where do you come from, little one 
from the soil that births stone and cement 
endlessly perfect control 
souls searching for meaning."

Press Release: ROSACon2020 | Annual Conference of Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa

LitNet English 2020-10-19

Going online in 2020 has also made the conference more accessible to writers across the country. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in romance writing and shouldn't be missed!


Jemima Meyer New writing 2020-10-14

"Thick candles enjoy the heat. Though their glow melts 
those next to them, wax drips and widens
their feet – their foundations grow." 

Review: A poor season for whales by Michiel Heyns

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Heyns’s ability to capture everyday social interactions with almost uncomfortably precise focus, and to blend moral philosophy into dialogue, is indeed reminiscent of Austen, a feature further underlined when he has his heroine struggle between sense and sensibility even as she reads Austen’s novel of that title."

Finding my way: Reflections on South African literature by Duncan Brown – a book review

Kris van der Bijl Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Brown’s text reminds one of the special and continuous role that literature plays when one seeks to relate to the world one exists in. The book highlights how literature is that which is continuously imagining, connecting, exposing, blurring and knowing."

Night in Corona City

Elana Bregin New writing 2020-10-08

"In the beginning, we obeyed whatever they said. Everything we heard about this unknown virus was terrifying. How unstoppable it was. How it could leap from person to person like contagious lightning. How slim the chances were of surviving it. How horrible the death that resulted. The human race had no immunity ..."