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Sindiwe Magona
Sindiwe Magona
"A has-been at the age of 23” is how Sindiwe Magona described her younger self in her 1992 autobiography, Forced to Grow.
Writing’s on the wall for parochial SA publishers
Writing’s on the wall for parochial SA publishers
As a writer published in South Africa, I work in an insane industry.
Arts and Culture – Donald Molosi
Arts and Culture – Donald Molosi
ActorDonald Molosi is an award-winning international actor who has worked in Hollywood, and stolen the title of the first...
How reading can change your life
How reading can change your life
I grew up in a household where there were no shelves filled with books. My father was illiterate and my mother read Oracle and Miracle, two thin paperbacks from the United Kingdom which could hardly be considered as literature....
Stalwart creator of 'Liewe Heksie' dies at 81
Stalwart creator of 'Liewe Heksie' dies at 81
South African writer Verna Vels, best known for being the creator of the endearing children's character "Liewe Heksie", has died, Jacaranda FM...
Chinua Achebe: Without the story we are blind
Chinua Achebe: Without the story we are blind
Anthills of the Savannah (1987), the last novel the late Chinua Achebe wrote, has a chapter with the title Impetuous Son. The impetuous...
The tough alchemy of Ben Okri
The tough alchemy of Ben Okri
Ben Okri was born left-handed and was forced, as was the custom in those days, to become right-handed. As Okri wrote the book that would be published...
Paths of glory
Paths of glory
Sierra Leonean Aminatta Forna and South African debutant Cynthia Jele have won, respectively, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize awards for Best Book...
Metal on concrete jars my drink lobes
Metal on concrete jars my drink lobes
'I never perused the inner anatomy of the female homo sapiens," the eminent historian Emmanuel Ayandele once announced to his bewildered students....
A wonderful egg-head for art and freedom
A wonderful egg-head for art and freedom
It is a huge responsibility to pay tribute -- and do justice -- to a person, a visionary and public intellectual, who touched, inspired and...
Drawn out and dull
Drawn out and dull
As I read Unbridled (Jacana) by Jude Dibia, winner of last year's Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize, impatiently waiting for it to end, I wondered at the...
A forum for African writers
A forum for African writers
A few years ago reclusive Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah left the idyllic simplicity of his fishing village base in Popenguine, near Dakar,...

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