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Winging it by Joanne Jowell: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-06-14

"Winging it illuminates the entire undertaking of what an egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and solo parenting entails. None of it is for the faint-hearted."

You have to be gay to know God by Siya Khumalo: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-14

You are invited to the launch of You have to be gay to know God on 26 June in Johannesburg.

Press release: Call for entries – City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2018-06-12

"The aim is to fund the research and writing of an original work of nonfiction on a subject of importance in the South African context, irrespective of genre. The closing date for entries is 31 July 2018."

The school’s dress code

Dawid van der Vyver Skole 2018-06-11

"I forecast that it will take just one steadfast learner, backed by a half-decent legal team, to expose the dress and conduct code for what it is: a discriminatory house of cards that will tumble once subjected to serious scrutiny."

In memoriam: JC (Kay) de Villiers, 7 March 1928 – 5 June 2018

Paul Murray In memoriam 2018-06-11

"Out of all the great accomplishments in De Villiers’s career that reached universal proportions, the historical medical aspects of the South African Anglo-Boer War stand out as some of the supreme achievements of this genius and intellectual giant."

Launch of Joan Hambidge's The Coroner's Wife

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-05

You are invited to the launch of The Coroner's Wife on 20 June in Newlands, where Joan Hambidge will be in conversation with the publisher, Michèle Betty. The Coroner's Wife is a selection of the poems of Joan Hambidge in translation.

Ingrid Jonker: ’n biografie, a review essay

Leon de Kock Resensies 2018-06-05

"Reading a biography such as Petrovna Metelerkamp’s Ingrid Jonker: ’n biografie provides a fine example of what I am talking about. This is a nice fat book, chock-full of stories and reported data about the enigma that is Ingrid Jonker. Apart from anything else, it is clear that Metelerkamp’s 437-page tome is the product of many years of unstinting work ..."

Catching feelings: film review

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2018-06-04

"It’s a beautifully shot, warm and fuzzy love letter to Joburg. Joburg is, as a matter of fact, the strongest and most interesting character in the movie. The rest pale in comparison, unfortunately."

Who will rule in 2019? by Jan-Jan Joubert: Book launch in Stellenbosch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2018-05-31

You are invited to the launch of Who will rule in 2019? on 2 June in Stellenbosch, where the author, Jan-Jan Joubert, will be in conversation with Tony Leon.

Drowning on air

Heidi Henning Poësie 2018-05-31

Read a poem by Heidi Henning.


Heidi Henning Poësie 2018-05-31

"Everything is spiraling, feathery"

Invitation: Join us for a celebration of Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-30

Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton award 2018. Join the celebration on 2 June in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The classification of Afrikaans

Ernst Kotzé Opinion 2018-05-29

"Following a geographical point of departure, Afrikaans is an African language that originated here and reflects the name of the continent (the only language in Africa having this characteristic)."

Solo – A Star wars story: film review

Reney Warrington Film 2018-05-28

"Instead of exploring new ideas, new fertile ground, the familiar Star wars concepts were simply reused."

Press release: 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-25

"As well as being open to entries translated into English from any language, it is the only literary prize in the world where entries can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, and Tamil."

My father died for this by Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata: Discourse Café

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-23

A discourse about this book will take place at the Stellenbosch University Museum on 31 May 2018. 

A funeral at Stilbaai

Christof Heyns New writing 2018-05-22

"He feels the warmth of the old man’s arm around his shoulders, and then the pat on his back. 'I know. The world can be a terrible place. We won’t be able to change that. But, you are prepared for it – as much as anyone can be. You will be okay if you use what you have to make it better.'"

Press release: Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese wins 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize for a "completely original" and "moving" chronicle

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-22

Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese’s debut collection of poetry, Loud and yellow laughter, published by Botsotso, is the winner of the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry. The Ingrid Jonker Prize is awarded in alternate years to the best debut collection in English or Afrikaans.

2018 Caine Prize Shortlist Announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-17

"The shortlist for the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, showcasing a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent."

Press release: 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – the 2018 shortlist is here!

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-16

Here is the six-strong shortlist for the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel.