Leon de Kock

‘Birthmark’: Marked by the strong and weak

This book is a delicate balancing act seeking the colours between the starkness of black and white.

An era in which fact is more desired than fiction

What characterises South African writing since 1994 and distinguishes it from its past? This edited excerpt from Leon de Kock's book offers answers.

Post-liberation writing plays hide-and-seek with plot

What is the real issue facing South African writers after apartheid?

Win pulls Ivan Vladislavic out of the margins

The author's recent R1.5-million Windham Campbell award for fiction could not have come sooner, writes Leon de Kock.

Andre Brink: A master of words of form

Andre Brink made SA’s drama of oppression far more readable than either of South Africa’s Nobel laureates ever did or could, writes Leon de Kock.

Fearless corruption buster

Mzilikazi wa Afrika has valiantly exposed political skullduggery with his brave investigative reporting.

The SA Lit issue won’t go away

Where to now for the South African writer of fiction in English? asks Leon de Kock.

Ethics knot leaves poetry at sea

Antjie Krog has diverged from the popular route of cheer and optimism in South Africa, describing instead a country devoid of common ground.

Dancing in Other Words: Poetry in motion

A conceptually explosive poetry event will take place on the Spier wine estate outside Stellenbosch on May 10 and 11.

Act puts noose around the internet’s neck

A badly drafted law easily allows anyone to censor the content of websites hosted in South Africa, writes Leon de Kock

High noon in the badlands

Mike Nicol's revenge trilogy is more socially relevant than most literary SA fiction, writes <b>Leon de Kock</b>

Why rage is inevitable

Publishing is like a busy highway on which there are so many different types of drivers and crashes are common .

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