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LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Say something" by Harry OwenNew writing 2020-07-30
say something about Nairobi"
Reader impression: Has China won? by Kishore MahbubaniBooks and writers 2020-07-29
"Space doesn’t allow for a fuller discussion of the author’s conclusions, the main conclusion of which is that a major geopolitical contest between America and China is both inevitable and avoidable."
Review: Decolonising schools in South Africa: The impossible dream? by Pam ChristieSA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-07-29
"Pam Christie’s entire career’s work shines a bright light on our educational fault lines, and now, with this book, she invites us into the decolonial space, which is an impossible space to embrace – maddeningly impossible – yet one which must be occupied and rendered pedagogical."
Before I sleepNew writing 2020-07-27
"In ancient tongue they celebrated,
whispering charming syllables"
The fall: an interview with Jen ThorpeBooks and writers 2020-07-24
"I think the way we think about and talk about protests and why they happen has the ability to shape our receptiveness to listening, and I wanted to explore this idea in The fall."
My better world: an interview with Chris Morgan, founder and creative director of Fundi FilmsLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-22
"We had heard from our young audience that they wanted real stories that reflected the true challenges they face. We couldn’t, and didn’t want to, shy away from challenging topics like early marriage, harassment and even female genital mutilation. That said, we also didn’t want to oversimplify these stories."
LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Nqo" by Siyabulela JavuNew writing 2020-07-22
Is anybody home?
I have been walking for 26 years"
Justice in the time of COVID-19: an interview on the outcome of LAW FOR ALL’s writing competitionOpinion 2020-07-22
"I am deeply worried about the current status quo, and how we will answer in the face of COVID. The justice inequality stands to be aggravated by the aftershock of the epidemic."
Reader impression: The body: A guide for occupants by Bill BrysonBooks and writers 2020-07-21
"This is a book that is really worth the read; I am even considering rereading it sometime, which is something that I very rarely do with books."
Press release: SA International Ballet Competition announces awards and special prizes for the 2020 virtual eventLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-20
On Mandela Day 18 July 2020 the 7th South African Ballet International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) came to a close with a spectacular gala featuring dancers from across the globe and presented virtually through an app in a groundbreaking move hailed as a world first.
Press release: Cape Town City Ballet invests in young dancers with 67 pirouettes for Mandela DayLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-20
The campaign was inspired by the call from London-based dancer and emerging choreographer Mthuthuzeli November to raise funds to create a space for the community in Zolani, where he is from in South Africa, by joining his online M22 Movement Lab classes on a pay-as-you-can basis.
Film review: The old guard – a bit lacklustreLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-15
"Charlize, the drawcard of this film, is a great dramatic actress and is great at action sequences. But do not dial her down or make her or her characters saccharin-sweet."
Sea star summer: an interview with Sally PartridgeBooks and writers 2020-07-15
"It was during a morning beach walk on one of these trips that he pointed out all the 'sea stars' in a rock pool. I was already writing the book, and that scene automatically made it in."
Press release: Ingrid Jonker Prize 2020 goes to a poignant collection of poems distinguished by a photographer’s instinctBooks and writers 2020-07-14
The winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut volume of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced.
Inter-review with Helen Moffett about her novel CharlotteInterviews 2020-07-13
"Please could Helen Moffett write the ending to my life story? Listening to Helen’s delightful Charlotte as an audiobook had me weeping in delight as I learned how things turned out in the end for the unobtrusive Charlotte Lucas, one of Elizabeth Bennet’s closest friends in Pride and prejudice."
Netflix Originals Series, a way to travel the worldLifestyle and entertainment 2020-07-09
"As travelling will be a complicated affair for the foreseeable future, I love the (fictionalised) glimpse these shows offer into other countries, other cultures."
The South African Writers’ Circle: An interview with the chairpersonBooks and writers 2020-07-08
"Writing is a solitary occupation, and writers enjoy being able to exchange ideas with other writers. The Circle provides them with this opportunity."
Storm withinNew writing 2020-07-08
"Release the cables wound around
Your lungs so tight that not a sound
Of truly you can squeeze it through
To open up for all to view"
Tercet for KievaNew writing 2020-07-06
"at a delicate and fragile eighty
she still wears mascara
lavender and lace"
Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm GladwellBooks and writers 2020-07-03
"Talking to strangers made me realise yet again that one cannot separate one field of study from the other. History and psychology go hand in hand."