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Film review: Hustlers, or rather, The godmother

Reney Warrington Film 2019-09-19

"It’s a gritty drama, an all-out condemnation of the greed of men, with rather great comedy thrown in – and yes, with some strippers. Oh, and believe you me, JLo is a revelation as Ramona Vega."

Book launch: Betrayal: The secret lives of apartheid spies by Jonathan Ancer

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-19

The book launch of Betrayal: The secret lives of apartheid spies by Jonathan Ancer will take place on Thursday 19 September 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Press release: Baxter Dance Festival celebrates 15 years of magnificent movement and dance, this September

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-09-19

For the past 15 years, the Baxter Dance Festival has showcased some of the finest dance talents and choreographers in the Western Cape and the country. This year will be no exception as Cape Town’s premiere dance festival celebrates the milestone from 26 September to 5 October 2019.

Book launch: Yellow and Confused by Ming-Cheau Lin

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-18

The book launch of Ming-Cheau Lin’s biography, Yellow and Confused, will take place on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 17:30 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

“Navigating your way in a world filled with untruths”: Frederik van Zyl Slabbert lecture 2019

Marianne Thamm Opinion 2019-09-18

"Each generation is burdened with, and caught up in, global currents that have a direct bearing on notions of freedom and liberation in their lifetime. Across the world, authoritarian and populist regimes are on the rise – the business of 'organised lying' has become part of the global news cycle."

"Not wanted on the voyage": a talk at the Midlands Literary Festival, 2019

Elana Bregin Opinion 2019-09-18

"I chose this title, because it seems that many of us, rightly or wrongly, are feeling that way right now, in this authoritarian, power-hungry and exclusionary moment in which we find ourselves – not just in South Africa, but worldwide: that our particular brand or style or voice or presence or set of values is, for one reason or another, 'not wanted on the voyage'."

Book review: Verwoerd: My journey through family betrayals by Wilhelm Verwoerd

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2019-09-18

"Ultimately, it is about coming to terms with being the grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd."

Multilingual schools, multilingual universities: an interview with Russell Kaschula and Michael Kretzer

Naomi Meyer, Russell H Kaschula, Michael Kretzer English 2019-09-12

"[T]he involvement and inclusion of many African languages through code-switching, or translanguaging, helps the pupils to learn from each other, and be aware of different cultures and languages, and understand why certain pupils think and learn in certain ways."

South African poet and writer obtains five master’s degrees from top universities

Marli van Eeden, Athol Williams Onderhoude 2019-09-11

"The distinction proves how limitless humans can be. That someone from the Cape Flats can achieve such results at the top university in the world shows that we are limited only by our vision and determination."

Writers Terry Kurgan and Siphiwe Ndlovu celebrated at the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-10
The winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced at an event held at The Empire Conference & Events Venue in Parktown, on Friday, 6 September. 

Book launch: Death on the Limpopo by Sally Andrew

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-05

The book launch of Sally Andrew’s Death on the Limpopo will take place on Saturday 14 September 2019 at Protea Bookshop in Stellenbosch.

Press release: Powerful co-production of Athol Fugard Classic for Fugard Theatre Run

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-09-05

Following an acclaimed premiere at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, a new production of Athol Fugard’s powerful classic – Statements after an arrest under the immorality act comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre (Cape Town) from 17 September 2019 for a limited season.

And after many days by Jowhor Ile: African Library

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-09-03

"And after many days contains a terrible and beautiful narrative of enduring family love, principled conduct and horrific power abuse and the greed it permits to destroy lives. Quietly told, it is a story that will linger in the mind of any reader, long after they have closed its back cover."

Book review: The echo of a noise: A memoir of then and now by Pieter-Dirk Uys

Paula Fourie Resensies 2019-09-03

"When Pieter-Dirk Uys appeared on a lonely stage at the 2017 Woordfees in Stellenbosch, dressed in black and discernible only by a white face, white hands and the words 'Almost famous' dancing white on his chest, I was in the audience. For over 90 minutes, I was mesmerised."

Worlds come alive from page to stage at #cocreatePOETICA (Open Book Festival)

LitNet Feeste 2019-09-02

Press release: Worlds come alive from page to stage at #cocreatePOETICA, a celebration of rap, poetry and the spoken word at Open Book Festival (Cape Town). We look forward to welcoming Dutch poets Simone Atangana Bekono and Radna Fabias. Join The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre for the ninth Open Book Festival which takes place from 4 to 8 September 2019. 

Press release: What the Water Remembers at the Open Book Festival

LitNet Feeste 2019-09-02

Why did it refuse to rain for 2 years? What might happen if we don’t listen to the water? What the Water Remembers is a multilingual poetry production that explores our personal, historical, socio-economic and spiritual relationships to water in the Mother City. What the Water Remembers will debut at the Open Book Festival on Wednesday 4 September at 18:00 in the Fugard Studio.

Towards the fullness of the Afrikaans language

Hein Willemse Die Afrikaanse Taalraad-portaal 2019-08-28

"Afrikaans was forged in the mouths of all those who lived at the Cape and beyond. It is in this Creole that we hear the remnants of the slaves’ foreign tongues, and the traces of their experiences."

Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: Guardian angel

Danielle Robbertze Skryfkompetisies 2019-08-25

LitNet se Vrouedag-kompetisie – Poem by Danielle Robbertze:  

"You were my guardian
Now let me try to be yours"

Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: A woman I remember

Caitlin Tredoux Skryfkompetisies 2019-08-24

LitNet se Vrouedag-kompetisie – Poem by Caitlin Tredoux: 

"Though I never knew your name,
motherhood connects us
as we care and try try try"

Vrouedag-skryfkompetisie: A woman I remember

Yvonne Botha Skryfkompetisies 2019-08-24

LitNet se Vrouedag-kompetisie – Flash fiction by Yvonne Botha: "She never disappointed us and although she wasn’t our mother she was and is a woman to be remembered."