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Some remarks about Handré Brand’s remarks about The man who killed apartheidOpinion 2019-04-26
"The main question is Tsafendas’s motive, and the fact that, for more than 50 years, people believed that Tsafendas killed Verwoerd because of a tapeworm, and that he was an apolitical idiot."
Green as the sky is blue by Eben Venter: a reviewBooks and writers 2019-04-25
"I would recommend reading it for your own understanding of how sexuality and sexual expression are not uniform across communities, and that it’s alright that we are not a homogeneous species."
Press release: Six young stars shine in SA premiere of Tony award winning hit musical Kinky bootsLifestyle and entertainment 2019-04-24
Six young stars will have the chance to shine in the South African premiere of hit Tony Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS. Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, a brand new, original production of this huge-hearted musical will run at The Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019.
Two poems by Carla du PreezNew writing 2019-04-24
"She will hope against all hope
that her day will seem brighter
through concealer and dark glasses."
Introducing the third dimension in this modern eraNew writing 2019-04-24
"I remember now. I remember everything. I remember my brother’s defiance, my mother’s tears and heartache and defeatist attitude. The music school behind her eyes, and I would see the sea in his father’s knuckles."
Lanzerac Wine Estate: a treasured Cape Winelands experienceKos en wyn 2019-04-18
"The big question stands: how did it get its name, the Lanzerac? How did she come upon the name?"
UNISA's Breyten Seminar: "in the calyx of your thoughts" – topological deformation in a few texts and paintings by Breyten BreytenbachSeminare en essays 2019-04-18
"This is an example of what I call the eighth petal of the sacred lotus in Breytenbach’s work. It indicates the ways in which Breytenbach plays with and stretches language and cognitive frameworks."
Revisiting the end of the world: an interview on language identity and displacementOnderhoude 2019-04-17
"Humans have participated in mass migrations since the earliest dawn of human society. ... Understanding how the Patagonian Afrikaans community has negotiated their identity and their relation to place is, therefore, a very current topic, and can be of value to the understanding of current migrant communities."
Video: Launch of Gangster State by Pieter-Louis MyburghBooks and writers 2019-04-17
Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture was recently launched at the CapeTalk (and Kfm) studios, Cape Town. Myburgh was interviewed by Adriaan Basson.
AutumnNew writing 2019-04-17
"The days are paler: plump, acidic,
Granny Smith apple days."
Capernaum – a tale of darkness and of lightFilm 2019-04-16
"Capernaum is a stirring take on poverty, child abuse and overpopulation. It won’t traumatise you or leave you despondent, though."
Mama at the Artscape: an interviewLifestyle and entertainment 2019-04-11
Mama runs until Saturday 13 April at the Artscape. Mama (portrayed by Chenal Kock and directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur) is a character piece, showcased through poetry and physical theatre, that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect. Menán van Heerden chats to Chenal and Jeremeo to find out more.
The Copyright Amendment Bill: an interviewOnderhoude 2019-04-11
"The Bill erodes copyright protection. It makes it impossible for creators of academic work to protect their legitimate interests, such as being remunerated for their work and having their work’s integrity respected."
Video: Stellenbosch launch of The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann GiliomeeBooks and writers 2019-04-10
Hermann Giliomee's The rise and demise of the Afrikaners was recently launched at Exclusive Books Stellenbosch. Giliomee was interviewed by Albert Grundlingh.
Press release: Kids get arts-savvy at National Arts FestivalFeeste 2019-04-10
"The National Arts Festival, now in its 45th year, offers excellent theatre, dance, music, movement and interactive pieces for children to enjoy throughout the eleven days from 27 June to 7 July."
Quieter stillNew writing 2019-04-09
"spilling the silence
into quiet and the quiet into
Just our luckNew writing 2019-04-09
"He was still a dream. Roberto, Roberto, Roberto. She had phoned him once. Once was all it took to realise that her dream of him didn’t quite match up to the reality of him. She didn’t even think of her own dignity and pride."
Poet Laureate at the Adelaide FestivalBooks and writers 2019-04-09
"This literary festival, perhaps the most relaxed of the scores that take place in Australia every year, sprawls across a park in the city centre. It’s hard to resist its charm. And, this year, it’s pleasing to note that, over and above the Coetzee-Van Niekerk hour, there is a strong African presence."
Press release: South Africans rewarded for championing children's literacyBooks and writers 2019-04-08
National reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, is launching a loyalty programme for South Africans committed to making a difference in children’s reading development. Known as FUNda Sonke, isiXhosa for ‘everyone read’, the programme seeks to grow and support the campaign’s network of more than 17 000 literacy volunteers, known as FUNda Leaders, nationwide.
UNISA’s Breyten Seminar: "The birthday poem ritual as self-portrait in Breyten Breytenbach’s poetry: 1964–2014"Books and writers 2019-04-04
"The biographical nature of both poetry and painting in Breyten Breytenbach’s work is less an indulgence than a subjective witnessing of both personal and world history."