African literature

 
Where the underrepresented stories are
Where the underrepresented stories are
There is little joy in recognising the tragic irony that comes with being hands-and-feet on the floor of a bookshop, staring at the bottom shelves...
Author Lidudumalingani Mqombothi on accessibility, writing and film
Author Lidudumalingani Mqombothi on accessibility, writing and film
Lidudumalingani Mqombothi is the current “cool kid” of South African literature. At least, he thinks so. He’s a writer, photographer and...
Time of the Writer makes a U-turn
Time of the Writer makes a U-turn
On its 20th anniversary, this year’s Time of the Writer Festival is retreating back to Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) after last year’s evening functions took place in Durban’s townships....
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening (Harvill Secker) is author and teacher Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s coming-of-age memoir that...
Delivery of Grade 12 literature setbooks for 2017 looks mostly on track
Delivery of Grade 12 literature setbooks for 2017 looks mostly on track
While several provinces have already delivered grade 12 literature setbooks in the different languages to schools, the Eastern Cape was hoping they...
Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
"Of course,” agrees novelist Nnedi Okorafor, “anybody can write about anything. Nobody wants to shut anything down. But people [of a given...
On our lists: Zap Mama's Ancestry in Progress, Regina Spektor and 'Miles and Me'
On our lists: Zap Mama's Ancestry in Progress, Regina Spektor and 'Miles and Me'
The Play ListRegina Spektor: The singer songwriter has just released a new album. In...
Reading Naked Girls Reading: Are we dismantling or reinforcing gendered expression?
Reading Naked Girls Reading: Are we dismantling or reinforcing gendered expression?
Last weekend, Naked Girls Reading returned to Johannesburg’s intimate POP Art theatre for a brief three-performance run, themed “African...
Thando Mgqolozana on how can we decolonise SA literature
Thando Mgqolozana on how can we decolonise SA literature
On the opening night of last year's Time of the Writer (TOTW) festival, author Thando Mgqolozana announced that he’d forsworn...
Bewitching tale casts light on Kinshasa's street children
Bewitching tale casts light on Kinshasa's street children
Kinshasa is the second-biggest French-speaking city in the world. One might expect it would follow in the footsteps of Paris, a fabulous book city...
African writing: Fact, fiction, or faction?
African writing: Fact, fiction, or faction?
"A writer should always consider the purpose of literature when they seek to contribute to it. How can a person dedicate their life to...
Sowing the seeds of a new crop
Sowing the seeds of a new crop
In the midst of the euphoria brought about by South Africa's newly acquired democracy in 1994, there was a pressing need for a new direction in our...

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