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Get up! Stand up! by Mark Heywood: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2018-07-18

"Ultimately, what I have taken from this book is the story of a man who could have continued with his life of privilege, but instead chose the road of social justice in a way that few can speak for themselves today."

Ocean’s 8: a film review

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-07-18

"A great cast rarely guarantees a great film (and a lot has been made of this film’s cast). Yet, I was hopeful that the ginormous ensemble of highly talented women in Ocean’s 8 would prove to be a slick, exhilarating and entertaining combination. It was all in vain."

Book launch: A new selection of Joan Hambidge's poetry in translation – The Coroner's Wife

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-18

You are invited to the launch of The Coroner's Wife on 28 July in Stellenbosch, where Joan Hambidge will be in conversation with Fourie Botha.

On “Young man at home 1972”

Marlene van Niekerk New writing 2018-07-12

"Time to part with what I’ve gleaned,
pick your favourite, he said,
I’ll print it, frame it, bring it round."

Press release: Audacious new play to be introduced at Karoo Writers’ Festival in Cradock

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-07-05

MEIN CAMP will be read/performed by actor Emil Lars in the role of Le Clerq Goldberg, the central character, though the actor slips into several other characters during the course of the story, including BJ Vorster, Verwoerd, Adolf Hitler, and Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.

Press release: 2018 Caine Prize winner announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-05

"Narrated in the first person plural, 'Fanta Blackcurrant' follows Meri, a street child of Nairobi, who makes a living using her natural intelligence and charisma."

Hermann Giliomee speaks about his latest book, Die Afrikaners

Paul Murray Books and writers 2018-07-04

"There was a hard-hitting question about the future of Afrikaans."

The decision to declare English as the only language of record in court in South Africa: a reaction

Ernst Kotzé Seminare en essays 2018-07-03

"The question inevitably arises whether the obligation to convert all legal communication to English would have any influence on the ability of many citizens to express themselves efficiently and understand the language of the court (particularly as regards vocabulary), given the fact that English is arguably the third or fourth language of the majority of the population."

Ingrid Jonker – ’n biografie by Petrovna Metelerkamp: a review

Karin Schimke Boeke en skrywers 2018-07-03

"Metelerkamp is careful not to turn her biography into an abject lesson on the ravages of a patriarchal society on individual lives. She steers through her complex subject with a careful and steady rudder – a class journalistic act."

The 44th National Arts Festival hits Grahamstown

Marli van Eeden, Ashraf Johaardien Feeste 2018-06-28

“Very few other festivals in the country have the demographic diversity of our audience. By numbers, we’re also the largest multi-arts festival of this kind on the continent, and we’ve also been around a lot longer than most.” Marli van Eeden chats to Ashraf Johaardien, executive producer of the National Arts Festival. The 44th National Arts Festival is taking place from 28 June until 8 July in Grahamstown.

Independent filmmaking: “Get out there and make movies”

Marli van Eeden, Ryan Kruger Film 2018-06-27

"On 24 May, the South African Independent Film Festival, or SA Indie Film Fest for short, took place at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, celebrating independent filmmaking. The festival showcased 22 short films, documentaries, music videos and even VR films from all around the world."

African Library: And they didn’t die by Lauretta Ngcobo

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-06-27

"South Africans and others who want to, need to or ought to have an understanding of rural black South African life under the apartheid system can do no better than to read or reread Lauretta Ngcobo’s searing, moving and profoundly probing account enshrined in the unforgettable narrative of her 1990 novel, And they didn’t die."

Press release: Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré named regional winner for Africa in 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-27

The Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré was announced the regional winner for Africa in the world’s most global literary prize. Traoré, who grew up in a little town in the south of Nigeria, wins with a first person narrative that sees a 13-year-old boy wrestle with the question of what it means to find "True Happiness".

Press release: The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship: Applications open for 2019

LitNet Akademies en skole 2018-06-26

If you want to pursue a meaningful, challenging career as a high school teacher, apply for the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship today.

Press release: Winners of the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-25

"Bongani Ngqulunga received the Alan Paton award for non-fiction for The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme, while Harry Kalmer was named the recipient of the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg."

The Summit Syndrome by Owen Dean: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-20

You are invited to the launch of The Summit Syndrome on 23 June in Stellenbosch. The author, Owen Dean, will be in conversation with Cobus Jooste.

Binding the nation through language diversity: A challenge to a new president

Hermann Giliomee Seminare en essays 2018-06-20

"Mr Ramaphosa’s call, 'Send me', has made us perk up our ears. Nothing will ensure the wholehearted co-operation of the Afrikaans-speaking community with his presidency more than offering a fixed, secure and sustainable place for Afrikaans at both school and university level."

Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2018: Winner and shortlist motivations

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-15

Media24 Books Literary Prizes: The Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction was awarded to Ken Barris for The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions. Read the motivations for the winning novel as well as the other finalists.

Recht Malan Prize 2018: Winner and shortlist motivations

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-15

Media24 Books Literary Prizes: The Recht Malan Prize for Nonfiction was awarded to Jacques Pauw for The President's Keepers. Read the motivations for the winning book as well as the other finalists.

MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke 2018: Wenner- en kortlysmotiverings

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2018-06-15

Media24 Boeke-pryse: Die MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke is vanjaar aan Rosamund Haden en Tony Pinchuck vir The All Africa Wildlife Express toegeken. Lees hier die motiverings vir die wenboek en ander finaliste.