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Press release: Hit musical, Ordinary Days, at the Baxter for one week only from 20 to 25 MayLifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-14
Hot on the heels of its success when it premiered at the Baxter earlier this year, Adam Gwon’s hit musical Ordinary Days returns to the Baxter Flipside for limited one-week only season from 21 to 25 May at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday, 25 May at 4pm.
Louis Botha: A man apart by Richard Steyn: a reader's impressionLesersindrukke 2019-05-13
"The book is by no means a hero-worshipping publication, and the oppression of black South Africans by the Union government forms an important part of the book. It is a fresh appraisal of Botha, but even this bold attempt will, I believe, not stir any long-term interest in the former prime minister."
Press release: NELM rebrands as AMAZWI South African Museum of LiteratureBooks and writers 2019-05-13
"The Amazwi South African Museum of Literature's new identity and vision was unveiled by the National Department of Arts and Culture in Makhanda, at a ceremony which also marked the official opening of its new custom-built, state-of-the-art museum complex."
Press release: Cape Town City Ballet's captivating Autumn/Winter SeasonLifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-13
Bookings are now open for Cape Town City Ballet’s captivating 2019 Autumn/Winter Season. A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced line up at the Artscape Opera House includes Amaranth from 22 June to 7 July and Sleeping Beauty from 17 to 31 August.
Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s web of capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh: a reader’s impressionLesersindrukke 2019-05-07
"It is quite a bold move on the part of the author to make claims such as the ones he makes. The book more than raises the eyebrows, as false claims would certainly land the author in hot water. However if there is any truth to these claims, it would mean that the ruling ANC is in really deep trouble as a party – and not only the ANC, but the country as a whole."
Plate by Marlene van der Westhuizen: a reader’s impressionLesersindrukke 2019-05-07
"Plate features a truly sublime collection of 86 appetising main courses with a continental influence. Divided into three chapters – on meat, poultry and seafood – the hand-picked recipes look every bit as scrumptious as they taste."
25 years later: Karabo Kgoleng reflectsMenings 2019-05-07
It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Karabo Kgoleng shares her memories from 27 April 1994.
25 years later: Christi van der Westhuizen reflectsMenings 2019-05-07
It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Christi van der Westhuizen shares her memories from 27 April 1994.
Featherstream by Ian Sutherland: a reviewResensies 2019-05-06
"Featherstream is a successful first novel. It is written with great care and attention to detail, and has an unusual and credible plot. It is a compelling and readable thriller which convincingly brings to life the Cape of 80 years ago."
Press release: 21st Encounters Documentary FestivalLifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-06
This year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is excited to announce the first international documentaries that have been confirmed.
International honour for graphic novel on ShakaBooks and writers 2019-05-06
Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince has been named a 2019 Honor Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards. Luke Molver, the illustrator and co-author, will attend the award ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.
Invitation to the Cape Town launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ StrydomBooks and writers 2019-05-06
The book will be launched in Cape Town on 16 May and James-Brent Styan will be in conversation with the author.
Like writer father, like poet daughterNew writing 2019-05-03
"That’s being honest, and after the rain
she’s Jean Rhys, and during the rain she edits me
away, censors me, declares me Mrs Rochester.
Her hands smell like spaghetti."
Between rock & a hard place by Carsten Rasch: a reviewResensies 2019-05-02
"Carsten Rasch’s Between rock & a hard place is a worthy and immensely readable addition to the canon."
Yellowbone by Ekow Duker: a reviewBooks and writers 2019-05-02
"Identity is explored racially, sexually, physically, culturally and linguistically. The reader observes how the major characters navigate these issues, as they respond to the events that challenge them and bring these issues to light."
Invitation to the launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ StrydomBooks and writers 2019-04-30
The book will be launched in Johannesburg on 9 May and Peter Bruce will be in conversation with the author.
In the shadow of Brahms – Robert Fuchs and his First Piano TrioOpinion 2019-04-30
"This article deals with the relatively little-known composer Robert Fuchs, who used developing variation – a composition technique associated predominantly with Johannes Brahms – in his First Piano Trio."
The African Library: The queue by Basma Abdel AzizBooks and writers 2019-04-26
"It is a mature and impressive novel, and one which many readers are likely to revisit in their memories or by rereading the text."
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."