A Seat at a Table ep. 2: Authenticity versus responsibility

In this episode I sit down with guests to explore the ideas behind what tools we use when writing. Whether we should be typing immediately on our computers to ensure the work is done or if we should have handwritten drafts that are a way to just get the stories out of us.

We also discuss the process of writing and how it feels. I overtly state that I hate it and from there we drive the feelings one harbours towards the labour process of getting the work out. Either lamenting how hard it should be, or very briefly touching on the points of it that we actually enjoy. We also discuss writing authentically versus responsibly and how that affects writers and readers alike. 

In this episode I’m  joined by Wits lecturer and writer Dr Beth Vale, Natasha Allie (author of Her Story: Daughters of Modjadji), activist and academic Lethabo Mailula and Lidudumalingani, the 2016 Caine prize-winning author of Memories We Lost, who is also a photographer and filmmaker. 

Once again, I invite you to pig out on the conversation. 

This article was produced as part of a partnership between the Mail and Guardian and the Goethe-Institut, focusing on various aspects of innovation


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Phumlani Pikoli
Phumlani Pikoli is a multidisciplinary artist. He had his multi-sensory exhibition with the British Council in South Africa and Tmrw Mixed Reality Workshop, based on his acclaimed debut collection of short stories, The Fatuous State of Severity In January 2020. His debut novel Born Freeloaders was released in 2019 and published by Pan Macmillan.

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