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Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane was a Botsotso Jester. She named them, through a line in her poem One Leg In.
Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)Gwen Ansell
The SADF killed the 'terrorist' whose weapon was art – and still it lives on
The SADF killed the 'terrorist' whose weapon was art – and still it lives on
Thami Mnyele + Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective, edited by Clive Kellner and Sergio-Albio Gonzalez (Jacana)
Don DeLillo's foresight in his undiminished works are a delight to read
Don DeLillo's foresight in his undiminished works are a delight to read
Since wins by Toni Morrison (1993), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1978) and Saul Bellow (1976), American authors have got short shrift from the Nobel...
Memory's memories regress and her story parallels Zimbabwe's unravelling
Memory's memories regress and her story parallels Zimbabwe's unravelling
In The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah, the author of award-winning short-story collection An Elegy for Easterly, uses the life of...
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
After the success of her poem Water, PEN SA Student Prize winner for 2016 Koleka Putuma pens a new poem Africa, My Africa - a...
Pleasure: An exploration of a multifacetedness that is found in the unlikely
Pleasure: An exploration of a multifacetedness that is found in the unlikely
PLEASURE (Picador Africa)Nthikeng Mohlele
Convincing characters live on in debut novel by well-known playwright
Convincing characters live on in debut novel by well-known playwright
OUTSIDE THE LINES by Ameera Patel (Modjaji Books)
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
When writer and HIV activist Fezisa ka Mdibi died, no obituary was written in her honour. Yet her voice has been important in highlighting the agency...
Mother-tongue children's books will speed up the decolonising process
Mother-tongue children's books will speed up the decolonising process
"I grew up in a colonial situation in Zimbabwe where we were discouraged from reading anything in our mother tongue," says author and activist Elinor...
Shooting the struggle
Shooting the struggle
JUNE 16 by Peter Magubane 
OBITUARY: Adam Small had words and learning in his blood
OBITUARY: Adam Small had words and learning in his blood
Poet, playwright, translator, activist and educator, Adam Small was a protean man of letters, to which he brought black consciousness sensibility...
'From Man to Man': Olive Schreiner’s tender feminist ode
'From Man to Man': Olive Schreiner’s tender feminist ode
FROM MAN TO MAN OR PERHAPS ONLY by Olive Schreiner, edited by Dorothy Driver (UCT Press)
African superhero flies high
African superhero flies high
If comic lovers and superhero fanatics have been praying for a South African comic book that looks, sounds and to some degree acts like something...

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