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Challenges of life

Christina Engela Academic research 2011-11-02 Where it is safe to do so, transgender people should be out and proud. And where it isn't safe, they should be proud if not out – and they should still work for equality, dignity and human rights so that they – and the generations that are to come – can be out one day. […]

The Exploding Trousers – Part I

Richard Jurgens 2011-11-02 “There we are, then,” Sandy said, standing back to examine his handiwork.

Hilton Ellis had been making an attempt to learn his lines, and he hadn’t noticed the transformation that had been taking place in the mirror under the make-up guy’s subtly flitting fingers. He looked up to find Adolf Dorkman, Mombasa pirate, scourge of the East coast and greasy B-movie sub-plot bad guy, staring bellicosely back at him.

Writer and director Tim Greene on his feature film Skeem

Janet van Eeden, Tim Greene 2011-11-01 Tim, Skeem seemed to burst on to the scene out of nowhere. As a film writer I know this can’t be true. What inspired this film and how did the script come to fruition? 

In defence of lost causes: giving the devil his due

Abri de Swardt 2011-11-01 Despite being at best a contested figure within the canon of contemporary South African sculpture, Dylan Lewis somehow manages to perpetually show his works in public. Abri de Swardt traverses exclusive golf courses, millionaire country ...

Dismantling fear

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-10-27 Many transsexual people I have encountered over time have chosen to introduce themselves to friends or acquaintances as being more than "just" transsexuals. Instead of just being honest about having been biologically male or female, and having changed that, they invent stories about having been born intersex – presumably because in their minds the audience […]

Mike van Graan on the “arts campus”, Africa 101

Mike van Graan, Naomi Meyer 2011-10-27 Africa 101 explored contemporary trends, icons and innovations in African music, literature, cinema, dance, theatre, visual art and cultural tourism. It took place in the Artscape from 24 to 29 October 2011.

Big Book Chain Chat #83: Where does poetry begin?

Kyle Allen 2011-10-26 Poetry begins in silence and transcends ourselves. A poem is both a message and a destination. A poem is both a process and an entirety. We are channels and also embodiers of the poem. Where does the poem end and another existence begin?

Shailja Patel on African women and why poetry alone is not change

Bibi Slippers, Shailja Patel 2011-10-26  

The Tempest Prognosticator: Enlivened poems worth reading

Kobus Moolman 2011-10-25  I must confess at the outset that I am a huge fan of Isobel Dixon’s work. (I don’t know how else to express it.) Weather Eye is for me a finely crafted evocation of place and intimacy; while A Fold in the Map is a poignant and delicately controlled tribute to memory and to family.

South African collector-artist Siemon Allen on his ''collection projects''

Siemon Allen, Kristine Kronjé 2011-10-21 For the past decade South African collector-artist Siemon Allen has been exploring the image of South Africa through a series of “collection projects”. Combining his passions for music and collecting, his studio practice investigates how ...

Melville Poetry Festival

Adriaan Coetzee 2011-10-20

Kicking the crutch

Christina Engela Geestelik 2011-10-20 The world around us is filled with people who are selfish, cocky and arrogant about their own religious beliefs. I say not these things because I resent the pride others take in their religion, but because the pride some of them take in their choice of beliefs boils over into a hatred of the religious […]

The Other Booker Prize: Amusing, gentle and full of natural wisdom

Janet van Eeden 2011-10-20 Azila Talit Reisenberger has made a name for herself as a poet and short story writer, and also as South Africa’s only female rabbi for the Temple Hillel community in East London. She also heads the Hebrew section of the School of Languages ...

Imagine Africa: Idealism and disillusionment in the imagining of Africa

Richard Jurgens 2011-10-20 Imagine Africa, a collection of essays and literary pieces edited and introduced by poet, writer and activist Breyten Breytenbach, is the first in a projected series of volumes from the Gorée Institute ...