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Long Story Short: Watch Khulu Skenjana Reading Thando Mgqolozana’s Short Story, “The Weeping Willow”

Long Story Short is a series of live readings at community libraries, launched by arts and culture entrepreneur Kgauhelo Dube. Each event features an actor reading a short story or excerpt from a novel by an African writer at a public event, followed by a discussion. The readings are then packaged into literary podcasts and high quality videos for mobile and online platforms – making sure everybody has the opportunity to take part in acts of literature.

Four such events have been held, including a special launch of the project:

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The fourth Long Story Short event saw actor Khulu Skenjana read Thando Mgqolozana’s short story “The Weeping Willow” at the Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library in Pretoria. Unfortunately, it was cut short before the second part of event could take place – a discussion between South African Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mgqolozana and MC Masello Motana.

Read Yewande Omotoso’s op-ed in reaction to this:

Nonetheless, the video of Skenjana reading “The Weeping Willow” is top class. Get lost in Mgqolozana’s story:


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View a photo album from the event:



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