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Endgame at the Baxter: theatre review

Clifford Roberts Teater 2018-08-20

"Together, this latest crew whips up Beckett’s tale anew and makes an important and essential contribution to discourse ironically under threat of being drowned out itself."

Wherever the soul comes from

Abigail George New writing 2018-08-16

"We became like chameleons, and all of our winters
    soon turned into summers in his hands."

Yes, you heal the ground I walk on

Abigail George New writing 2018-08-16

"You heal the ground I walk on. All the quiet ..."

Please don’t think about this, love

Abigail George New writing 2018-08-16

"You’re bone-thin. Come drink a glass of
wine with me to fatten up your bones."

In response to Marlene van Niekerk’s poem, “Fallist art”

Helen Moffett Opinion 2018-08-15

"Words hurt, and Bongani Mayosi paid the ultimate price for this kind of hurt. Let us be critical, by all means, but let us give more thought to how our words might affect one another."

Fault lines by Joanne Macgregor: book review

Eva Hunter Resensies 2018-08-14

"Macgregor seeds a fair amount of technological information throughout the novel. This locates the plot in substantial fact – the controversy around Karoo fracking has led to much publicity in the South African media – while Macgregor also presents these details in digestible pieces, mostly through Sam’s voice."

Fallist art (in memory of Bongani Mayosi)

Marlene van Niekerk In memoriam 2018-08-10

"Bongani’s soul, his sister said,
was vandalised, the insults
cut him to the core, he changed,
withdrew, spoke less and less
and killed himself."

I wish I'd said: an interview with Mantoa Motinyane

Naomi Meyer, Mantoa Motinyane Books and writers 2018-08-08

"What was striking about the different poets was that each one had, at some point in their life, experienced some form of grief, love, birth and hope. These themes came through in all the languages."

Be engaged, entertained and inspired – bookings now open for eighth Open Book Festival

LitNet Books and writers 2018-08-08

"Open Book Festival is committed to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors. The festival strives to instil a love of reading among young attendees, with the programme designed to create conversations among festivalgoers long after the event." The eighth Open Book Festival will take place from 5 to 9 September 2018.

Press release: Women’s Day and the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

LitNet Opinion 2018-08-08

Iziko Museums of South Africa and the Supusupu Khoe Language Project will commemorate Women’s Day, as well as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, on 9 August 2018. 

Press release: A century of South African art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918–2018

LitNet Kuns 2018-08-07

"The exhibition commemorates Sanlam’s centenary and is one-of-a-kind in its objective to showcase SA history. Curator Stefan Hundt takes visitors on a journey through the last 100 years, with guided tours available by appointment on set dates."

Not quite naked

Ruth Loewenthal New writing 2018-08-02

"And so we stand: network of scars,
shadows of arteries and veins
pressing up beneath the surface ..."


Jemima Meyer Poësie 2018-08-02

"this year for Christmas
my household’s skinniness
won’t penetrate my skin"

Hotel Artemis – a fresh breeze          

Reney Warrington Film 2018-08-02

"Let’s hope there is a sequel."


Jemima Meyer New writing 2018-07-26

"Apparently in DRC they say:
when people clap for you,
take flight –
for you are a fly;
claps can end your life."

The changing global higher education landscape: an interview

Hans Pienaar, Meng-Hsuan Chou Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-07-26

 "As much as commentators like to argue that many education systems around the world have become more 'anglicised' or 'Americanised', it is important to remember that local actors – and here, I am referring to students – are not passive. Students today are more plugged into the news of the world, and demand that their professors explain the relevance of what is happening 'there', to 'here'."

Cherry picking

Jemima Meyer New writing 2018-07-19

"The fruit most likely
to wither on the vine
is the apple of your eye"

Personal reflections on the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture, delivered by Barack Obama

Karabo Kgoleng Opinion 2018-07-19

"I sat hundreds of metres away from Obama, but I wasn’t moved the way Pieter W Grobbelaar’s books moved me as a child. I wasn’t moved the way I was when my nanny told me about Tselane and the Giant."

Reading books on current affairs

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2018-07-19

"Now, Zuma is gone, and there are more breaking stories about the extent of the fiscal damage that has been done by his administration. But, When Zuma Goes and On the Brink are still there."

Boerekos with a Twist by Annelien Pienaar: book launch and bread tasting

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-18

You are invited to the launch of Boerekos with a Twist on 21 July in Durbanville. The author, Annelien Pienaar, will do a bread tasting and all the items you will taste are taken from the recipe book.