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Revisiting the end of the world: an interview on language identity and displacementOnderhoude 2019-04-17
"Humans have participated in mass migrations since the earliest dawn of human society. ... Understanding how the Patagonian Afrikaans community has negotiated their identity and their relation to place is, therefore, a very current topic, and can be of value to the understanding of current migrant communities."
Video: Launch of Gangster State by Pieter-Louis MyburghBooks and writers 2019-04-17
Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture was recently launched at the CapeTalk (and Kfm) studios, Cape Town. Myburgh was interviewed by Adriaan Basson.
AutumnNew writing 2019-04-17
"The days are paler: plump, acidic,
Granny Smith apple days."
Capernaum – a tale of darkness and of lightFilm 2019-04-16
"Capernaum is a stirring take on poverty, child abuse and overpopulation. It won’t traumatise you or leave you despondent, though."
Mama at the Artscape: an interviewLifestyle and entertainment 2019-04-11
Mama runs until Saturday 13 April at the Artscape. Mama (portrayed by Chenal Kock and directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur) is a character piece, showcased through poetry and physical theatre, that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect. Menán van Heerden chats to Chenal and Jeremeo to find out more.
The Copyright Amendment Bill: an interviewOnderhoude 2019-04-11
"The Bill erodes copyright protection. It makes it impossible for creators of academic work to protect their legitimate interests, such as being remunerated for their work and having their work’s integrity respected."
Video: Stellenbosch launch of The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann GiliomeeBooks and writers 2019-04-10
Hermann Giliomee's The rise and demise of the Afrikaners was recently launched at Exclusive Books Stellenbosch. Giliomee was interviewed by Albert Grundlingh.
Press release: Kids get arts-savvy at National Arts FestivalFeeste 2019-04-10
"The National Arts Festival, now in its 45th year, offers excellent theatre, dance, music, movement and interactive pieces for children to enjoy throughout the eleven days from 27 June to 7 July."
Quieter stillNew writing 2019-04-09
"spilling the silence
into quiet and the quiet into
Just our luckNew writing 2019-04-09
"He was still a dream. Roberto, Roberto, Roberto. She had phoned him once. Once was all it took to realise that her dream of him didn’t quite match up to the reality of him. She didn’t even think of her own dignity and pride."
Poet Laureate at the Adelaide FestivalBooks and writers 2019-04-09
"This literary festival, perhaps the most relaxed of the scores that take place in Australia every year, sprawls across a park in the city centre. It’s hard to resist its charm. And, this year, it’s pleasing to note that, over and above the Coetzee-Van Niekerk hour, there is a strong African presence."
Press release: South Africans rewarded for championing children's literacyBooks and writers 2019-04-08
National reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, is launching a loyalty programme for South Africans committed to making a difference in children’s reading development. Known as FUNda Sonke, isiXhosa for ‘everyone read’, the programme seeks to grow and support the campaign’s network of more than 17 000 literacy volunteers, known as FUNda Leaders, nationwide.
UNISA’s Breyten Seminar: "The birthday poem ritual as self-portrait in Breyten Breytenbach’s poetry: 1964–2014"Books and writers 2019-04-04
"The biographical nature of both poetry and painting in Breyten Breytenbach’s work is less an indulgence than a subjective witnessing of both personal and world history."
Press release: Cape Town Library Book – Writing my CityNew writing 2019-04-03
"In the coming months, libraries will be running workshops to aid you in honing your writing skills. All of this will culminate on the 15th of June when you will be able to submit your piece for consideration at participating libraries. The finalists' pieces will then be included in the #WritingmyCity anthology which will be launched at Open Book Festival 2019!"
Press release: The 14th call for submissions extended to 30th April 2019Books and writers 2019-04-02
Due to public request, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Call for Submissions is extended to 30th April 2019.
Press release: Five Kanna nominations for Fugard's Statements after an arrestTeater 2019-04-01
"The compelling new production of Athol Fugard's classic play Statements after an arrest under the Immorality Act has scooped no less than five Kanna Award nominations."
Dumbo: good enoughFilm 2019-03-29
"Dumbo, along with Mary Poppins Returns, might not have been cinematic milestones in the careers of the cast and crew, but it is the kind of movie that is sorely needed: films that enhance childlike wonder in children ..."
Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book reviewResensies 2019-03-27
"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."
Iconic Slave Route Challenge returns on Sunday 31 March 2019Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-26
The Slave Route Challenge, powered by Brimstone, will now take place in Cape Town on Sunday 31 March 2019. Late entries will be taken at registration for all events until they are sold out.
Kora: A lost Khoisan Language: an interviewBooks and writers 2019-03-26
On Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (13h00–15h00) at Stellenbosch University, linguist Menán du Plessis will talk about her book, Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep. Menán van Heerden chats to Menán du Plessis about her book.