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Sea star summer: an interview with Sally PartridgeBooks and writers 2020-07-15
"It was during a morning beach walk on one of these trips that he pointed out all the 'sea stars' in a rock pool. I was already writing the book, and that scene automatically made it in."
Press release: Ingrid Jonker Prize 2020 goes to a poignant collection of poems distinguished by a photographer’s instinctBooks and writers 2020-07-14
The winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut volume of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced.
Inter-review with Helen Moffett about her novel CharlotteInterviews 2020-07-13
"Please could Helen Moffett write the ending to my life story? Listening to Helen’s delightful Charlotte as an audiobook had me weeping in delight as I learned how things turned out in the end for the unobtrusive Charlotte Lucas, one of Elizabeth Bennet’s closest friends in Pride and prejudice."
Netflix Originals Series, a way to travel the worldLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-09
"As travelling will be a complicated affair for the foreseeable future, I love the (fictionalised) glimpse these shows offer into other countries, other cultures."
The South African Writers’ Circle: An interview with the chairpersonBooks and writers 2020-07-08
"Writing is a solitary occupation, and writers enjoy being able to exchange ideas with other writers. The Circle provides them with this opportunity."
Storm withinNew writing 2020-07-08
"Release the cables wound around
Your lungs so tight that not a sound
Of truly you can squeeze it through
To open up for all to view"
Tercet for KievaNew writing 2020-07-06
"at a delicate and fragile eighty
she still wears mascara
lavender and lace"
Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm GladwellBooks and writers 2020-07-03
"Talking to strangers made me realise yet again that one cannot separate one field of study from the other. History and psychology go hand in hand."
Ingrid Jonker Prize: Shortlist 2020Books and writers 2020-07-03
The shortlist for the Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut volumes of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced. The prize is alternately awarded on an annual basis to a first volume of poetry in Afrikaans or English – the two languages in which Ingrid Jonker herself wrote.
Film review: Eurovision Song Contest: The story of fire sagaLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-03
"If Netflix continues to make such unfunny, listless, meandering money-spinners, I might look for my film fix elsewhere."
Court cracks down on lockdown regulationsOpinion 2020-07-02
"While the government may have had good intentions behind the lockdown regulations, the government’s paternalistic and draconian response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains an issue of contention for many."
ChildhoodNew writing 2020-07-02
"Visions of soft, weeping rain drenching fynbos
A lonely, cold krantz echoing baboon and jackal"
WinterNew writing 2020-07-02
"The power of a soothing, steaming
Slightly searing Epsom salts bath"
Watch where you walk – even the statues have feet of clayOpinion 2020-07-01
"As with us, and those who preceded us, the time will come to face those perennial and large historical questions – who and what are we as a country and a nation? What have we been? Where are we heading?"
The African Library: The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria NdlovuBooks and writers 2020-06-26
"The theory of flight is a beautifully told narrative, memorable and innovative, and a skilfully structured novel."
Press release: All African series, My better world, nominated for Annecy International Animation Film FestivalLifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-26
My better world, a 55-episode life skills series that follows the adventures of six African teens as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family, and friendship, was selected for competition at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Reader impression: 21 Lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah HarariBooks and writers 2020-06-24
"21 Lessons for the 21st century was such an insightful read that I gained great respect for the author of this book. I tried to keep notes, as I typically do, but the number of quotations that I loved from this book became so many, that I accepted that I would not be able to use them all in one impression."
Reader impression: Me by Elton JohnBooks and writers 2020-06-23
"I loved this autobiography of the legendary Sir Elton John!"
Racism by the bookBooks and writers 2020-06-22
"Is Niq saying what I think he is saying? That white judges will choose white winners? And, by implication, black judges will choose black winners? How else is one to interpret his quote, 'But when the judges are white, the people who win will be white'? The judging process is, at the best of times, a highly subjective act, and is not swayed by the race of judges."
Press release: Call for entries – Eisteddfod 2020Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-19
While many eisteddfod events and other festivals planned for 2020 have been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 challenge, The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is happy to announce that its national eisteddfod activities for 2020 will go ahead as planned.