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Life and times of Michael K: A reading experience during lockdown

Maditte Coornaert Books and writers 2020-05-06

"Michael K, seen by others as a simpleton with a harelip, outwits those who capture him by his passive resistance and his search for survival in a world in which we are eminently alone."

COVID-19 and violin lessons for township children: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Maria Botha Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"I believe that when those violins 'ring' outside and through the empty streets, even more than only these families can 'escape' this rude reality and feel comforted by music for a few magical moments!"

Competition: Write the future, right the wrongs

LitNet English 2020-05-06

LAW FOR ALL, a company dedicated to fighting for equality and justice, calls on South Africa’s creative minds and wordsmiths to enter a competition to help imagine a future world where everyone has access to justice and legal recourse. The winner will walk away with a R10 000 cash prize.

Shakespeare (The sonnets)

Ferdi Wheeler New writing 2020-05-06

"Adorable and romantically possessed,
but with good looks no longer blessed,
he still delighted in the liveliness of progeny"

Lockdown: Streaming content, part 2

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"Most of us are under lockdown and turning to online entertainment ... So, I thought it would help for me to sift through the jumble by compiling a list of every title that a) I have ever reviewed positively and b) is available online. This is Part II of II."

"I had the character long before I had any kind of story"

Cliffordene Norton, Alboricah Rathupetsane Books and writers 2020-05-05

"The story was very personal to me, which made it both difficult and easy to write. But I would say the most challenging part was not getting carried away with words and making it fit within the 5 000 word limit." Alboricah Tokologo Rathupetsane’s short story has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

"The world is in flux. And this is where creativity lives."

Cliffordene Norton, Hennie van Greunen Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-05

"Any stressful time of change comes with gifts. These divergent experiences in our lives knock us all off-centre, and for creativity, off-centre is a very good place to be. We expect especially our fine arts and writing learners to engage actively with the pandemic with their daily situations."

Review: Sing down the stars by Nerine Dorman

Nikita Coote Books and writers 2020-05-04

"Though the sticker on the back may say 'Young adult', I am inclined to believe that the heroine’s age and childish mannerisms, as well as those of her friends, point towards a much younger target audience."

Afrolit Sans Frontières: An interview with Zukiswa Wanner

Cliffordene Norton, Zukiswa Wanner Books and writers 2020-04-30

Afrolit Sans Frontières is an online literary festival started by author Zukiswa Wanner as a way to entertain people during the COVID-19 quarantine, which is affecting a large percentage of the world. Season three of the festival starts on 25 May (Africa Day) and continues until 1 June. 

Kwarantynketting: A tale of two hats, lost words and a pandemic by Zainab Priya Dala

zp dala Kwarantynketting 2020-04-29

Writer Zainab Priya Dala tells more about her experience as a healthcare worker in the time of COVID-19.

Courts under lockdown

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-04-29

"The function of the judiciary is imperative during this time to ensure that amidst a pandemic, the rights and values of the Constitution are upheld."

The African Library: A life full of holes by Driss ben Hamed Charhad

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-04-29

"A life full of holes is the fruit of an illiterate man’s imagination and harsh experiences, reflecting a life from childhood to young adulthood that must closely resemble the author's, who was a street vendor and a lowly household employee, like the central character."

Kwarantynketting: "Playing cat and mouse with anxiety" by Chirikure Chirikure

Chirikure Chirikure Kwarantynketting 2020-04-28

"But, as the week progressed, I began to realise that things were no longer the same." Writer Chirikure Chirikure tells more about Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 lockdown.

Review: I wish I'd said: Volume 2 by Johann de Lange and Mandla Maphumulo (eds)

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-04-28

"To me, the anthology was a revelation. It achieves precisely the goal it sets out to: it consoles, enlightens, nourishes the grieving soul."

"The first step is to keep the book industry alive" – an interview with Mark Gevisser

Remona Voges, Mark Gevisser Books and writers 2020-04-28

"The first step is to keep the book industry alive: to save jobs and preserve the space in which books provide information to South Africans. That is the main task of this initiative."

Press release: The Baxter Theatre Centre launches Baxter Radio during lockdown

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-04-28

In response to the impact of coronavirus and the nation-wide lockdown, the Baxter Theatre Centre has launched a brand new initiative called Baxter Radio, aimed at recording school setworks, children’s books, new South African works and classics. These will be made directly accessible to The Baxter’s subscriber database and to community radio stations.

Reader impression: Eb Koybie by Ebrahim Essa

Sanabelle Ebrahim Books and writers 2020-04-28

"Eb Koybie has all the elements of a riveting read: daredevil adventure, childhood reminiscences, mystery and mayhem."

Living while feminist – an interview

Cliffordene Norton, Jen Thorpe Books and writers 2020-04-28

"I think that there is always more room to explore a feminist life, and so I wanted to do that. In particular, I was interested in why so few pieces in Feminism is touched on the body and on what it meant to live in the world physically as a feminist, so I hoped to get more of those in this collection."

An open letter regarding the buying, selling and reading of books as an essential service

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-28

We do not ask that bookshops be open physically for business just yet. Rather, we ask for a simple addition to the current Level 4 regulations: that all books be available for purchase online or over the phone and for delivery, and that all booksellers, big and small, be allowed to trade.

In a time of plague: Memories of the “Spanish” flu epidemic of 1918 in South Africa by Howard Phillips – a review

Elsabé Brink Books and writers 2020-04-24

"Phillips pointed out that in South Africa, the 1918 pandemic highlighted socio-political issues which demanded attention."