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Darryl Accone

Darryl Accone

Darryl Accone is writer, teacher and independent scholar based in Johannesburg. He is formerly the books editor of the Mail & Guardian and director of the M&G Literary Festival. All Under Heaven, the memoir of his (mainly) Chinese family in South Africa (David Philip, 2004), was shortlisted for the 2005 Alan Paton Award. Accone is a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar and the International Writers Workshop of Hong Kong Baptist University.
    Head’s journalism eclipsed
    Head’s journalism eclipsed
    Dimitri Tsafendas and Bessie Head shared the weight of being of mixed-race parentage in a country governed by a clique obsessed with race, racial...
    A ‘madman’ who earned the tribute
    A ‘madman’ who earned the tribute
    A little over 31 years ago, in October 1987, the president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, was murdered in a coup instigated by his former friend...
    Peter Abrahams, a black man who spoke of freedom, has died
    Peter Abrahams, a black man who spoke of freedom, has died
    Writer Peter Abrahams, who has died aged 97 in Jamaica, lived only the first 20 years of his very long life in South Africa, the land of his...
    Locked-room Roman mystery
    Locked-room Roman mystery
    Seventeen new cardinals were inducted into the College of Cardinals a few weeks ago, on November 19. They had been named some six weeks earlier by...
    Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
    Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
    Nothing destroys one’s enjoyment of and confidence in a work of nonfiction more than coming across factual howlers. If that’s in a field about...
    Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
    Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
    BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
    Death of an anarchist
    Death of an anarchist
    Was it coincidence that on the day the Nobel prize in literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, his fellow laureate Dario Fo died? Or was it Euterpe,...
    Blowin' in the wind: How Nobel winner Bob Dylan rewrote history without a pen
    Blowin' in the wind: How Nobel winner Bob Dylan rewrote history without a pen
    “Bob Dylan 100% is not going to win. Stop saying Bob Dylan should win the Nobel Prize,” wrote Alex Shephard, news editor of The New...
    It's lit at the M&G's book fest
    It's lit at the M&G's book fest
    How much has storytelling in South Africa changed over the past 100 years? The seventh annual M&G Literary Festival, affectionately known as...
    M&G's Litfest takes flight, honouring Sol Plaatje on his 140th anniversary
    M&G's Litfest takes flight, honouring Sol Plaatje on his 140th anniversary
    The seventh annual M&G Literary Festival, popularly known as the Litfest, will take place at Sci-Bono in Newtown, Johannesburg, on October 8 and 9....
    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...