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Green as the sky is blue by Eben Venter: a reader's impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-06-19

"There is enough variation to keep the book interesting, and I have to conclude that Green as the sky is blue is a thoroughly enjoyable book. The book also had a nice feel of Zen Buddhism to it, in the way that Simon concludes that some things are just beyond expression, that it is what it is and that one must flow with life and not always resist by overtly abstract reasoning." 

Press release: Open Book Festival announces first group of authors

LitNet Books and writers 2019-06-13

Join The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre for the ninth Open Book Festival which takes place from 4 to 8 September this year.

Invitation to the launch of Holding the fort by Toni Strasburg

LitNet Books and writers 2019-06-11

Kwela and Love Books invite you to the Johannesburg launch of Holding the fort by Toni Strasburg on 18 June, and on 25 June in Cape Town.

Press release: Magnet Theatre’s powerful G7: Okwe-Bokhwe for Cape Town and NAF

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-06

G7: Okwe-Bokhwe (Like/Of a Goat) will be performed at the P4 Studio at Hiddingh Hall campus from 12 to 22 June, followed by a run on 27, 28 and 29 June as part of the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda.

Durban Literary Festival: An interview with Darryl David

Naomi Meyer, Darryl David Books and writers 2019-06-06

"Durban is not merely about sunshine, beaches, surfing and bunny chows.  ... We must ride the Unesco City of Literature wave – the first on South African shores and the first on the African continent. As a city, we need to honour and celebrate our literary heritage."

Encounters documentary film festival celebrates 21 years

Marli van Eeden, Mandisa Ralane Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-04

"Recently, Encounters has expanded the scope of its programming to encompass new media (virtual reality and interactive documentaries) and other forms of nonfiction storytelling, placing an emphasis on a contemporary, cross-disciplinary approach to both documentary reception and documentary production."

Lacuna: an interview with Fiona Snyckers

Naomi Meyer, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2019-06-04

"It is about a woman by the name of Lucy Lurie (clearly inspired by Coetzee’s character of the same name), who is trying to recover from a gang rape. What makes her situation more unbearable is that a male writer, John Coetzee, has written a bestselling book about her experience. She feels as though it was her story to tell."

Press release: shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is calling for final submissions by 1 June 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-30

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival is calling for final submissions by 1 June 2019.

James Matthews: a revolutionary poet @ 90

Hein Willemse Books and writers 2019-05-30

"Indeed, it is hard to think of South African political poetry without the name of James Matthews. He was firmly identified with local expressions of Black Consciousness in the early 1970s, and his poetry shaped our generation’s understanding of the injustices, brutality and inhumanity that apartheid visited upon our communities across the country."

The love song of André P Brink by Leon de Kock: a review

Anthony Akerman Books and writers 2019-05-30

"Leon de Kock’s well-judged biography presents us with a complex portrait of a great writer beset by a fundamental loneliness. All the sex, all the affairs and all the marriages were a frequently misguided attempt to end this loneliness."

200 years ago – The Battle of Grahamstown and the name change to Makhanda

Rodney Warwick Opinion 2019-05-29

"Or, is it a bitter sop to the reality of the all-powerful English language and the foundations of Grahamstown’s university and elite schools, its historic churches and much more, rooted in the culture of the British Settlers and their descendants – not to mention the roadside name boards identifying ownership of the numerous prosperous farms in the region once known as the Albany – the Zuurveld?"

Press release: Final few weeks to submit your Cape Town stories for #WritingmyCity

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-29

There’s only a few more weeks to submit your Cape Town stories to enter the Cape Town Library Book: Writing my City competition. The final deadline for submissions is 15 June.

Press release: Eastern Cape Literature Festival 2019 to celebrate indigenous languages, written works

LitNet English 2019-05-29

Amazwi South African Museum of Literature is proud to announce the 2019 Eastern Cape Literature Festival, which will take place at the new Amazwi museum complex in Makhanda from 3-7 July 2019.

Press release: Flemish dance season heads to Cape Town

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-29

From 4 to 8 June 2019, two outstanding dance companies from Flanders in Belgium will be performing at the Baxter Theatre Centre, following on from their successful seasons at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees in March and at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg at the end of May. 

Press release: Third Gerald Kraak Prize winner announced

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-29

The Jacana Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Other Foundation, is proud to announce the 2019 recipient of the Gerald Kraak Prize. Congratulations to OluTimehin Adegbeye, whose essay, "Mothers and Men", made her this year’s worthy winner.

Like family, yet never

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-24

On Wednesday 22 May Ena Jansen’s book Like family was launched at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.  The book deals with the contact zone between the domestic worker and the family she works for. Jansen chose to share the stage with Sindiwe Magona and Myrtle Witbooi.

SA Indie Film Fest back for its second year

Marli van Eeden, Ryan Kruger, Berneen Cereska Film 2019-05-22

"On 26 May, the South African Independent Film Festival, or SA Indie Film Fest for short, will take place at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, celebrating independent filmmaking and screening some exciting films."

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019: personal reflections

Fiona Snyckers Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-22

"We all want our books to sell well and to reach the widest possible audience. Being invited to Franschhoek is an invaluable leg-up for any writer’s career. May the festival continue to go from strength to strength."

Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival: 6–9 June 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-21

Here is the programme of the 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival – which takes place in Cradock from the 6th to the 9th of June 2019.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 in pictures

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-20

The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. Izak de Vries was the paparazzo on behalf of LitNet.