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‘Before Night Falls’: Reinaldo Arenas breaks down (in) Fidel Castro’s Cuba

Reinaldo Arenas’s memoir reveals the contradiction of a revolutionary society ruled by an autocrat

The Portfolio: Nthikeng Mohlele

A veteran author and part-time festival director, Nthikeng Mohlele can attest to the respective experiences being irreconcilable. Or are they?

Achmat Dangor: On writing and change

Celebrated author and political activist Achmat Dangor died on Sunday at the age of  71. Here, in a 1990 interview published in Staffrider, he speaks to Andries Walter Oliphant about his work and aspects of South African literature and culture

Review: Biodun Olumuyiwa’s ‘In a Journey of Dreams’ is both timely and timeless

Biodun Olumuyiwa has been writing since the late 1980s, but has only recently published his debut poetry collection

The Portfolio: Gilli Apter

South African comedian, writer and director Gilli Apter speaks about how hilarious content requires constant writing and feedback from the comedy community

The Portfolio: Lidudumalingani

"At the heart of my work is what I choose to leave out. This is physically illustrated in framing a photograph."

A tribute to Ahmed Essop, teacher, writer and shining light of South Africa

Many revered Essop as a beloved teacher of English before he clashed with the apartheid authorities and was barred from teaching

The Portfolio: Phumlani Pikoli

'The process of writing in solitude is still puzzling. How am I alone when I have so many people inside me?'

Slice of life: Skin shapes the way I am

'​Why do I write? Being born as the light-skinned girl in a dark-skinned neighbourhood gives you an interesting perspective'

Memoir the making of a novel

Ivan Vladislavic explains that being true to the past is not so much about incidents as resonant details

Mohale Mashigo on all things books

Author Mohale Mashigo speaks to the M&G about her writing process, early reading habits and she shares her challenge to her readers

Slice of life: Writing is painful but it heals

'It’s sort of like attending to a wound that has been festering under a Band-Aid'

Anglo American launches investment programme

The programme will support people involved in raising and educating children

The value of women’s labour: Being a writer, woman and mother in a patriarchal world

Authors Megan Ross and Sibongile Fisher talk about the challenges of maintaining a balance between work and family.

My journey of reading women, writing as a woman and growing a wide heart

Growing up, I was taught that reading was the key to life. Now I read to write.

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