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New African Graphic Novel LaunchesLAPA Uitgewersportaal 2018-09-14
This full-colour graphic novel places Shaka’s rule against the slave trade that was expanding from the East African coast, and the Europeans spreading inland from the south.
Hope rising from the ashes of despair: Mogadishu Book FairBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"I saw hope rising from the ashes of despair. As I stood at the podium to talk about my book, The lion’s binding oath and other stories, I saw a sea of young faces – young men and women in their late teens and early to mid-twenties – staring at me attentively, taking it all in."
Open Book Festival 2018: An interview with Frankie MurreyLifestyle and entertainment 2018-09-06
"The festival has become known for its focus on political and societal topics, and events will include discussions around the 2019 elections, a look at whether our laws hinder or help us, and the future of the media."
Never going backNew writing 2018-09-06
"Thomas had given her a map. She thought that she would never be lost again. Judith loved Thomas. She also knew that he didn’t feel the same way about her. That there was no earthquake shattering him into millions of pieces when they kissed or touched each other."
Press release: 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize open for entriesBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"The Commonwealth Short Story Prize – the flagship project of Commonwealth Writers and the world’s most global literary prize – is now open for entries. The closing date is 1 November 2018."
The history of my insomniaNew writing 2018-09-05
"It’s been a quiet day today. Rain in the
air fresh. The streets are wet. There’s a
purity about the day."
Press release: If one has read Arundhati Roy …Books and writers 2018-09-04
"After fleeing Somalia, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf lived in several states but has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. He did not speak English when he arrived, he was a high-school dropout, and he was not sure what his actual age was. Today he has two college degrees."
RubyNew writing 2018-09-03
"my mind keeps you unmarred,
wrapped in comforting childhood memories of you."
African Library: Small country by Gaël FayeBooks and writers 2018-08-30
"Nevertheless, the fact that certain authors manage, like Gaël Faye does with Small country, to create chronicles that do not seem to desecrate, cheapen or sensationalise the devastating dimensions of those events, remains admirable proof of the nuanced art and deep empathy of which some writers are capable."
Midlands Literary Festival 2018: Full programmeBooks and writers 2018-08-29
KZN's premier book festival, the Midlands Literary Festival, is taking place at Fern Hill Hotel near Howick on 1 and 2 September 2018. Here is the full programme.
Film review: Crazy rich Asians – probably goodFilm 2018-08-28
"Of course, it is an important film, because, as was the case with Wonder Woman and Black Panther, this film represents a section of society, (crazy rich) Asians, on screen in a blockbuster format."
Call for papers: 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers ConferenceBooks and writers 2018-08-28
"The 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference (ACIAWC) call for papers is now open. Papers and panel proposals interpreting the theme 'Unifying Africa: Writing and reading in African languages' are invited."
The Enumerations by Máire Fisher: excerptBooks and writers 2018-08-23
"A violent incident at 17-year-old Noah Groome’s school sets into motion a chain of events that will test him and his family deeply." Read an excerpt from The Enumerations by Máire Fisher, author of Birdseye.
Endgame at the Baxter: theatre reviewTeater 2018-08-20
"Together, this latest crew whips up Beckett’s tale anew and makes an important and essential contribution to discourse ironically under threat of being drowned out itself."
Wherever the soul comes fromNew writing 2018-08-16
"We became like chameleons, and all of our winters
soon turned into summers in his hands."
Yes, you heal the ground I walk onNew writing 2018-08-16
"You heal the ground I walk on. All the quiet ..."
Please don’t think about this, loveNew writing 2018-08-16
"You’re bone-thin. Come drink a glass of
wine with me to fatten up your bones."
In response to Marlene van Niekerk’s poem, “Fallist art”Opinion 2018-08-15
"Words hurt, and Bongani Mayosi paid the ultimate price for this kind of hurt. Let us be critical, by all means, but let us give more thought to how our words might affect one another."
Fault lines by Joanne Macgregor: book reviewResensies 2018-08-14
"Macgregor seeds a fair amount of technological information throughout the novel. This locates the plot in substantial fact – the controversy around Karoo fracking has led to much publicity in the South African media – while Macgregor also presents these details in digestible pieces, mostly through Sam’s voice."
Fallist art (in memory of Bongani Mayosi)In memoriam 2018-08-10
"Bongani’s soul, his sister said,
was vandalised, the insults
cut him to the core, he changed,
withdrew, spoke less and less
and killed himself."