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The language of bougainvillea

Abigail George Fiksie 2019-03-07

"Jakes, you’re the scavenger, his stage-actress mother called him. You’re never going to get married, are you, Playboy? You’re never going to give me grandchildren. I don’t understand this. I don’t understand you. Was there some traumatic incident in your childhood that I just don’t know about?"

Three poems by Heidi Henning

Heidi Henning Poësie 2019-03-06

"on those nights
I am home-grown,
cared for, cured from cold"

Press release: Star-studded line up for 2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-05

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which takes place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Press release: Cutting-edge dance from Flanders comes to South Africa

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-04

From March to June 2019, contemporary dance from Flanders will hit South African stages. Les ballets C de la B, GRIP and Siamese Cie, three of Flanders’s leading dance companies, showcase their work at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, KKNK Oudtshoorn and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Rainbow nation my Zulu arse: Reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-04

"Khumalo really goes out of his way to research and explain the origins and meanings of the names of all the places that he visits. This, in itself, makes the book a wonderful read, as there are many surprises to the reader along the way."

The African Library: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-03-02

"It is especially Unigwe’s rendition of each of her main characters’ uniqueness in circumstances, setting and personality – the absence of othering of the sex workers in an either sentimentalising or demonising manner – that achieves the novel’s powerfully humane purpose."

Press release: Alan Paton Literary Festival 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28

"The Paton Festival represents not only a fight for the principle of non-racialism in the arts and culture sector of South Africa, but also a fight over the blueprint of what a UNESCO City of Literature should look like."

Press Release: The ninth Zabalaza Theatre Festival 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28

The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with fresh and vibrant works and a Weekend Programme for the whole family.


LitNet Teater 2019-02-28

Set against the historical backdrop of the Cape slave trade and the Malay diaspora in South Africa, Johaardien’s award-winning play has been performed in London, New York, Amsterdam, Denmark and all over South Africa. Through artful storytelling, the playwright focuses on themes of identity, history and group belonging through an intimately personal lens taking audiences on a journey across the Cape Flats to Robben Island – and then to and from Bombay – back in time, to the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese. 

Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishing

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-02-28

Come and celebrate with Kwela! Thursday 28 February 2019, 18:30, Exclusive Books, Sandton. 

Murray’s food trails: Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-02-28

"Stellenbosch’s visitors, tourists and residents will certainly find a great deal of attraction in the area of Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, particularly the leg between Dorp and Plein Streets. There is a great deal to discover there, and lots to do  ̶  everything from ice cream parlours, fashion boutiques, a book shop, to antique stores and a range of restaurants/eateries."


Bheki Masango Poësie 2019-02-27

"We would be young forever
If we acknowledged lifelong learning
We would be forever young
Through new achievements and mistakes"

The prize

PP Fourie Fiksie 2019-02-27

"Her hair was combed into a neat side parting, and she was pleased with how it fell to just above her shoulders. She looked her age, but she looked good. She decided to go with the black polo neck top, with pearl earrings as her only adornment ..."

A letter from Emily Hobhouse to Mr Rees-Mogg

Elsabé Brits Opinion 2019-02-26

"I implore you to change and listen to your conscience, as a fellow English patriot. To be brave. To admit the truth about this atrocity. For the sake of history."

Second call for papers: Fifth International Symposium on Place Names 2019

LitNet Akademies en skole 2019-02-25

"Only a limited number of papers can be accommodated, as all sessions will be plenary. Deadline for abstract submissions: 4 March 2019."

Press Release: The 22nd annual Time of the Writer Festival

LitNet Books and writers 2019-02-25

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) presents its 22nd annual Time of the Writer Festival from 13 to 16 March 2019. Celebrating Durban’s status as the UNESCO City of Literature, Time of the Writer 2019 offers a shining gem of a four-day festival that allows audiences, budding authors and literature lovers a chance to encounter some of South Africa’s most notable writers in some wonderfully curated up close and personal encounters.

You make me possible by Karina Szczurek: a review

Elkarien Fourie Resensies 2019-02-25

"The early email correspondence between ... Karina Szczurek and ... writer André Brink is a romantic WikiLeak of sorts that gives readers detailed and minimally censored insight into their courtship. That the growing passion between them worked out as perfectly as both imagined, coming from different hemispheres, must be the ultimate romantic plot ..."

63 days to optimum health: an interview with Sally-Ann Creed

Naomi Meyer, Sally-Ann Creed Books and writers 2019-02-21

"We have to be 'hunter gatherers' – we need to hunt for truth and good food, then gather it and make it work for us – it can change your life. It changed mine."

The sun

Abigail George Poësie 2019-02-19

"Love can fill you up, up, up.
Spit you out, out, out."

The adoption

Etienne Lombard Fiksie 2019-02-19

"The doctor suddenly looked up from his phone. His face had turned red. He started to walk towards the clubhouse, and then suddenly turned around and walked towards Gareth, facing him. They stood facing each other."