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uHlanga open to unsolicited submissions of poetry manuscripts in February 2017

uHlanga New Poets Series Launches with Collections by Genna Gardini and Thabo Jijana

Calling all poets!

For the first time, uHlanga will be open for submissions of unsolicited manuscripts of poetry for the month of February 2017.

The press will be accepting submissions of any book length in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, or a combination of those languages. Poets must either be South African or permanent residents of South Africa.

uHlanga are the publishers of Nick Mulgrew, Genna Gardini, Thabo Jijana, Helen Moffett, Stephen Symons and Rosa Lyster.

Jijana won the 2016 Ingrid Jonker Prize for his collection, Failing Maths and My Other Crimes.

Read: uHlanga Press Poetry Special, Featuring Thabo Jijana, Genna Gardini and Nick Mulgrew

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Read the submission guidelines:

uHlanga does not accept unsolicited poems or manuscripts for publication outside of our announced reading periods.

Our first open submissions period for original chapbooks and collections of poetry from South African poets, or poets living in South Africa, will take place from 1 February to 28 February 2017. Manuscripts must be predominantly written in English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, or a combination of those languages. Every manuscript will be read, and all will be considered for publication.

There is no indicated length for manuscripts, although most books published by uHlanga contain 20-40 poems. (Manuscripts envisioned as chapbooks, for example, may be shorter, while epic poetry may contain very few poems.) The more coherent, structured and economical your manuscript is, the higher the chance of it being published – so do not simply include every poem you have ever written. Successful manuscripts will be published in the manner and format – eg full collection, chapbook – that uHlanga deems most appropriate for the content.

Please note that anthologies or retrospective collections will not be accepted. Manuscripts containing poems previously published in magazines, anthologies, journals, or online will be accepted, as long as each previously-published poem is acknowledged in the manuscript, and as long as the writer has the rights to reprint such poems. Manuscripts that have already been published previously as a whole will not be accepted.

We accept manuscripts from writers of any experience, whether they have published a collection of poetry before or not. The only criterium for eligibility is that writers either be South African, or a permanent resident of South Africa.

Only writers of successful submissions will be replied to, and will be offered our standard contract. Please note that this is not a competition: we reserve the right to publish none of the manuscripts received during this submissions period.

Submissions will only be accepted through our email address,, as either .doc or .pdf attachments, with all text in Times New Roman. Include your name and contact information on a cover letter attached alongside the manuscript. Being familiar with our books is essential: feel free to mention to us why you think your manuscript will be a good fit for uHlanga.

There is no reading fee. Agented submissions are discouraged, but not strictly disallowed.

Do not submit your manuscript before 1 February 2017 or after 28 February 2017 – it will be discarded without being read. Good luck!
Where can I publish poetry outside of reading periods?

Your best way to get noticed by us is to be an active poet, publishing as many poems in as many places as you can. There are a number of excellent periodicals and websites in South(ern) Africa that accept unsolicited poems for publication. Here are the periodicals that uHlanga reads most often:

New Contrast
New Coin
The Kalahari Review

You likely won’t publish any poems, however, if you don’t read poems! Support local literary magazines.


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2016 South African Literary Awards (SALAs) winners announced

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Alert! The winners of this year’s South African Literary Awards (SALAs) have been announced.

The SALAs were founded in 2005 by the wRite associates and the Department of Arts and Culture, to celebrate literary excellence in all the languages of South Africa.

TT Cloete and Chris van Wyk were honoured with Posthumous Literary Awards, while Ingrid Winterbach and Johan Lenake received Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards.

The K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award – for writers under the age of 40 – is shared by Willem Anker and Panashe Chigumadzi.

The First-time Published Author Award is also shared this year, by Francois Smith and Jacob Dlamini.

The Literary Journalism Award, Creative Non-Fiction Award or South African National Poet Laureate Prize were not awarded this year.

See the full list of winners:

2016 South African Literary Awards (SALAs) winners

Posthumous Literary Awards:

TT Cloete, for his body of work
Chris van Wyk, for his body of work

Poetry Awards:

Gilbert Gibson, Vry
Arja Salafranca, Beyond Touch

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award:

Sandra Hill, Unsettled and Other Stories

Literary Translators Award:

Leon de Kock & Karin Schimke, Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of Andre Brink & Ingrid Jonker

Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards:

Ingrid Winterbach, for her body of work
Johan Lenake, for his body of work

K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Awards:

Willem Anker, Buys
Panashe Chigumadzi, Sweet Medicine

First-time Published Author Award:

Francois Smith, Kamphoer
Jacob Dlamini, Askari

Chairperson’s Award:

Gcina Mhlophe, for her body of work
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Skryf nou in vir die 2017 kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse en die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys

Aandag! Voorleggings word ingewag vir die 2017 kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse en die 2017 Jan Rabie-Rapportprys.

Die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse word beskou as die Afrikaanse eweknie van die Sunday Times Literary Awards. Die organiseerders het onlangs ’n uitnodiging aan die publiek gerig vir inskrywings.

Die wenners van die 2016 kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse en die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys is in September vanjaar aangekondig tydens ’n spoggeleentheid in Kaapstad. Hulle was:

BrandwaterkomDonker stroom’n Goeie dag vir boomklimWonderboom


  • Brandwaterkom deur Alexander Strachan (Tafelberg) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Fiksie
  • Donker stroom: Eugène Marais en die Anglo-Boereoorlog deur Carel van der Merwe (Tafelberg) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Niefiksie
  • ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim deur Jaco Jacobs (LAPA) – kykNET-Rapport Boekprys, Film
  • Wonderboom deur Lien Botha (Queillerie) – Jan Rabie-Rapportprys

Boeke wat tussen 1 Januarie 2016 en 31 Desember 2016 gepubliseer is kan in aanmerking kom vir die pryse. Lees die persverklaring vir meer inligting:

Voorleggings ingewag vir groot Afrikaanse boekpryse
Skryf nou in vir kykNET-Rapport, Jan Rabie-Rapport

Voorleggings word ingewag vir die 2017 kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse en die 2017 Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir die beste debuutroman in Afrikaans.

Die kykNET-Rapport-boekpryse word toegeken in die volgende kategorieë:

  • Beste Afrikaanse volwasse roman (R200 000)
  • Beste Afrikaanse niefiksie-boek (R200 000)
  • Afrikaanse roman of niefiksie-boek met die meeste filmiese potensiaal (R100 000)

Die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys, wat deur Rapport en Media24 Boeke geborg word, word jaarliks toegeken om nuwe skrywers van volwasse romans in Afrikaans aan te spoor om prosa van gehalte te lewer, nuwe stemme met belofte te ondersteun en vernuwing te erken. Dit beloop R35 000.

Slegs gepubliseerde boeke wat tussen 1 Januarie 2016 en 31 Desember 2016 verskyn het, kom in aanmerking vir hierdie pryse. Geen selfpublikasies word oorweeg nie.

Boeke moet oorspronklik in Afrikaans geskryf wees. Indien boeke gelyktydig in Afrikaans en Engels verskyn het, kom die Afrikaanse uitgawe in aanmerking, mits dit deur die skrywer self vertaal is. Geen vertalings of verwerkings van ander skrywers se werk word aanvaar nie.

Inskrywingsvorms en volledige riglyne is beskikbaar by die twee sameroepers.


Voltooide inskrywingsvorms sowel as agt eksemplare van elke boek moet die sameroeper bereik voor of op die sperdatum van 11 November 2016. Boeke wat ná dié datum verskyn, moet apart versend word.

Adres waarheen boeke versend moet word per koerier:

kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse
p/a Hettie Scholtz
la Clémence 128
021 880 2030/084 583 0272
Rig alle navrae aan die sameroeper, Hettie Scholtz, by
Besoek ook vir meer inligting.


Die sluitingsdatum vir inskrywings is 8 Desember 2016. Die adres waarheen inskrywings vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys per koerier versend moet word, is:

Jan Rabie-Rapport-boekprys
p.a. Elzebet Stubbe
12de verdieping
Heerengracht 40
Rig asseblief alle navrae oor die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys aan Anita van Zyl:
Tel: 021 422 3350 / 083 709 6677
Faks: 086 649 8262


Voorleggings vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse vir boekresensent van die jaar sal vroeg in 2017 aangevra word. Navrae hieroor kan intussen aan Anita van Zyl gerig word.



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Mongane Wally Serote, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Penny Siopis and Albie Sachs honoured at 2016 ACT Awards

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Alert! The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) recently announced the winners of the 2016 Awards.

The Lifetime Achievement awards went to Dr Mongane Wally Serote for Literature, Pieter-Dirk Uys for Theatre, Johnny Clegg for Music, Penny Siopis for Visual Art, Albie Sachs for Arts Advocacy and Johaar Mosaval for Dance.

ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs said: “Our list of South African icons would not be complete without entering the names of these remarkable individuals alongside the likes of Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer and Dr John Kani, to mention a few.”

“Their exemplary careers have enriched the arts and culture industry significantly, leaving a legacy that inspires young artists, such as the ImpACT Award recipients, to strive to reach a high level of excellence in their chosen fields,” Jacobs continued.

ACT also celebrates the winners of the ImpACT Awards for young professionals; young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career.

Read the Press release for more information on these prestigious awards and their notable recipients:

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ACT announces 2016 Award winners

A Sophiatown theme and exceptional entertainment set the tone at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel last night, when ACT named their Award winners.

At the core of the Awards, is the announcement of Lifetime Achievement recipients who have each had a lifelong commitment to the arts, and this year, six deserving luminaries were recognised.

The recipients are nominated by the ACT Board of Trustees and selected by current and previous ACT Trustees. Categories include: Theatre, Music, Visual Art, Literature, Arts Advocacy and Dance.

This year, ACT honoured Pieter-Dirk Uys for Theatre, Johnny Clegg for Music, Penny Siopis for Visual Art, Dr Mongane Wally Serote for Literature, Albie Sachs for Arts Advocacy and Johaar Mosaval for Dance.

“Our list of South African icons would not be complete without entering the names of these remarkable individuals alongside the likes of Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer and Dr John Kani, to mention a few,” ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs, said. “Their exemplary careers have enriched the arts and culture industry significantly, leaving a legacy that inspires young artists, such as the ImpACT Award recipients, to strive to reach a high level of excellence in their chosen fields.”

The ImpACT Awards for young professionals are given annually to honour young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career. Giving the masses a voice through the public nomination process, ACT proudly boasts a first-rate selection of these individuals in the categories of Theatre, Visual Art, Music, Dance and Design.

Visual artist, Chepape Makgato; singer, Thandi Ntuli; actor Mkhululi Z Mabija; designer, Jody Paulsen; and dancer, Sunnyboy Motau were named the 2016 ImpACT Award winners. Each boasting a burgeoning creative career, this year’s winners collectively represent determination, dedication and ineffable talent.

The 2016 Awards saw ACT partner with the Distell Foundation, The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Sun International to see this group of young professionals being lauded for the remarkable impression they have made in the first five years of their careers. Each winner will receive R10 000 and additional PR opportunities that will be generated through the ACT Awards. ImpACT Award recipients will also get on-going backing from ACT in the form promotional support in their professional careers.

The 19th annual ACT Awards was hosted by Sun International in association with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), and supported by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) sponsors the Lifetime Award for Music, the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) for Theatre, Media24 Books for Literature, the Nedbank Arts Affinity for Visual Art, JTI for Dance and Creative Feel for Arts Advocacy, which will see recipients each receiving R45 000.

For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit and use the hashtag #ACTAwards across all social media channels.

2016 ImpACT Awards Finalists

Chepape Makgato

Khehla Chepape Makgato was born in Johannesburg and raised in Makotopong village, outside Polokwane in Limpopo. Makgato has the diploma equivalence for Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking from Artist Proof Studio and a Diploma in Media Practice majoring in Journalism through Boston Media House. Makgato was one of two South African delegates and one of three SADC regional youth delegates to the 2012 Africa Utopia Youth Arts, Cultural and Olympia Festivals of the World at the Southbank Centre in London, UK. He has participated in numerous art exhibitions and fairs both locally and internationally. Makgato collaborated with William Kentridge on a project in January 2015 and continues to work on some small projects for Kentridge. He has had solo shows in 2013 (MARIKANA; Truth, Probability & Paradox), 2014 (VOICES FROM THE KOPPIE ñ Towards Speculative Realism), 2015 (MARIKANA; The Rituals) and 2016 (Manuscripts Found From The Koppie) to be exhibited in Cape Town. In 2014 he won a studio art bursary from the African Arts Trust to be a resident artist at Assemblage Studios. He is also an inaugural recipient of 2016 Art Across Oceans Residency at Kohl Children’s Museum in Chicago, USA in partnership with Play Africa. Makgato now works full-time as an artist at Assemblage Studios and freelance arts writer for ArtAfrica, The Journalist, Ampers and various online publications.

Thandi Ntuli

Ntuli was born in 1987 in one of South Africa’s largest townships, Soshanguve (Pretoria). She comes from a lineage of rich musical heritage, being the niece of guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of 70′s pop fusion band Harari (The Beaters), Selby Ntuli. At the age of four, she started taking classical piano lessons under the tutelage of Ada Levkowitz. However, her keen interest for jazz was only kindled later in life, leading her to enrol and complete a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at The University of Cape Town. Since the release of her debut jazz album, The Offering, which she released independently, Ntuli is fast making an imprint in the local jazz scene with her unique voice. The Offering has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and recognition since its release in 2014, including a Metro FM Award nomination for Best Urban Jazz in 2015.

Mkhululi Z Mabija

Mabija graduated from Tshwane University of Technology with a BA in Musical Theatre Performance (2006) and from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing (2010). At the age of 24, he became the youngest adjunct professor at New York University teaching a subject called South African Culture through History, Art and Media. Mkhululi has written many operas and musicals with various composers. Mkhululi has adapted Athol Fugard’s novel, Tsotsi for the musical theatre stage with composer and singer, Zwai Bala. Tsotsi will premiere in November 2017.

Jody Paulsen

Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, where he continues to live and work. He specialised in Print Media at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. On graduating, in 2009, Paulsen was awarded the Kathrine Harris Print Cabinet Award. In 2012, Paulsen won the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Masters Degree, also at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, with his solo exhibition What You Want, Whenever You Want It in 2013. Notable group exhibitions include: 2015′s Young, Gifted and Black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas, in Cape Town; Making Africa at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (2015); Poppositions at Canal Warf in Brussels, Belgium (2015); MiArt 2014 in Milan, Italy and START Art Fair 2014 in London, United Kingdom. Paulsen has also collaborated with fashion designer Adriaan Kuiters, as Creative Director of Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen (AKJP) to present multiple collections at Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week (2013-2016), and notably, at New York Fashion Week in 2015. AKJP has most recently, in 2016, participated in the Generation Africa fashion show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy.

Sunnyboy Motau

Named among Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, a 2015 Naledi Theatre Award nominee, and an acclaimed choreographer and dancer, the dynamic powerhouse of Sunnyboy Motau is set on a road called success. Beginning in community arts groups in Alexandra, he trained at Moving into Dance where he continues to work. His collaborative commission by the Dance Umbrella 2015 was among the top three of the National Arts Festival. His co-choreography with Jessica Nupen toured Germany 2015, opened the Dance Umbrella in 2016 and tours Italy in September. Currently, Motau is choreographing for the Playhouse Company in Durban after a successful production for The Market Theatre in February and the HIFA Pop-Up Festival in Harare in May.

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2016 South African Literary Awards nominees revealed

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Alert! The shortlists for the 2016 South African Literary Awards have been announced.

18 authors from a total of 132 submissions have been shortlisted and the winners will be announced on Monday, 7 November, at a prestigious function at Unisa.

On the same day, wRite Associates will host the fifth Africa Century International African Writers Conference, before the ceremony. This year, the SALAs have partnered with the Unisa Department of English Studies in delivering both the awards ceremony and the Conference.

The SALAs were founded in 2005 by wRite Associates and the Department of Arts and Culture.

This year, the awards will honour the memory of TT Cloete and Chris van Wyk with Posthumous Literary Awards, while Ingrid Winterbach and Professor Johan Lenake are nominated for Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards.

The SALA Adjudication Panel said:

We are excited that South African literature continues to flourish, with many young writers coming into the scene, sharing platforms with their more established and experienced counterparts, however, we are saddened and concerned that we still see less and less of works written in African languages.

Going forward, the SALA Adjudication Panel recommends literary workshops and symposia with stakeholders, especially writers, publishers and editors, to address concerns regarding the standard and quality of some of the work, especially in African languages, that SALA has been receiving over time. This would be in line with one of the objectives of SALA, ‘to promote and preserve all our languages’.

We congratulate the 2016 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive.

The SALAs aim to “pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature”, as well as to “celebrate literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages”.

The 2016 South African Literary Awards nominees:

Posthumous Literary Award

TT Cloete – Body of work
Chris van Wyk – Body of work

Poetry Award

Gilbert Gibson, Vry-
Athol Williams, Bumper Cars
Arja Salafranca, Beyond Touch

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

Danie Marais, Pruimtwak en skaduboksers
Sandra Hill, UnSettled and Other Stories

Literary Translators Award

Leon de Kock and Karin Schimke, Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker
Zirk van den Berg, Halfpad een ding
Kirby van der Merwe, ’n Huis vir Ester

Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Ingrid Winterbach – Body of work
Prof Johan Lenake – Body of work

K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

Willem Anker, Buys – ’n Grensroman
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, The Violent Gestures of Life
Panashe Chigumadzi, Sweet Medicine

First-time Published Author Award

Francois Smith, Kamphoer
Ferial Haffajee, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

Creative Non-Fiction Award

Carel van der Merwe, Donker stroom
Jacob Dlamini, Askari

Chairperson’s Award

Recipient to be announced at the Award Ceremony – Body of work


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2016 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award shortlist announced

2016 Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Award shortlist announced


Alert! The South African Booksellers Association has announced the shortlisted finalists for the 2016 Booksellers’ Choice Award.

The R20 000 prize is given to the title that South Africa’s booksellers most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling. Recent winners include Marguerite Poland, Tim Noakes, Frank Chikane, Deon Meyer, Alex Smith, John van de Ruit, Peter Harris and Jake White.

In alphabetical order, the following books have been shortlisted this year:

Death By CarbsIkarusImmer wesLittle SunsRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysterySweet Medicine


The winner will be announced at the Sefika gala event on Tuesday, 30 August.

Press release:

Thanks to the members of the South African Booksellers Association, we have had an amazing number of submissions for this year’s award – in the region of 150 nominations were received which is extraordinary. The shortlist consists of fiction titles including romance and crime – always a good mix.

Death by Carbs by Paige Nick at first glance would appear a non-fiction title but it is not, it’s based on South Africa’s biggest craze – dieting – and Paige pokes a little fun and sheds a little light on this phenomenon. Deon Meyer’s Ikarus looks at the disappearance of an infamous internet entrepreneur and the ensuing investigation, while Immer Wes by Irma Joubert is a romance that looks at fading beauty and the impact of war on people and relationships. Zakes Mda’s title Little Suns weaves the true events of the death of Magistrate Hope into his story of love and perseverance.

Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew is a mix of romance, mystery, crime and cooking – what a combination! The last title in the shortlist is Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi which looks at a modern young woman with values and spirituality who discovers that sometimes life is a compromise.

One of the authors – Zakes Mda – has been shortlisted before, in 2001 and 2003, but has not yet won this prestigious award – could this be third time lucky? Deon Meyer, on the other hand, won in 2012 and is again on the shortlist. We wish all the authors the very best of luck.

With such overwhelming submissions in the first round, we are now entering the second round of votes from booksellers – all votes must be in by Tuesday, 19 July, 2016.

Last year’s winner Marguerite Poland said on hearing the news in 2015: “Last night I got a message that thrilled and uplifted me incredibly! Penguin sent a message to let me know that my novel, The Keeper, had won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. I am absolutely delighted and it is the highlight of my career. I so wish I had been at the dinner but you can imagine how wonderful it is to have this acknowledgement of my work.”

This year the award will be presented to the winning author on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. The awards and gala dinner promises to be a glitzy and exciting evening attended by publishers, booksellers and the all-important authors without whom there’d be no book!


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Rus in vrede, Margaret Bakkes (1931 – 2016)

Margaret Bakkes

Fado vir \'n vreemdelingMy ouma in kaneelSpoorvatDie geliefde skrywer Margaret Bakkes is Woensdag, 29 Junie op die ouderdom van 84 oorlede.

Tydens Bakkes se skrywersloopbaan, wat in 1954 begin het, het daar menigde kortverhale, versamelbundels en romans uit haar pen verskyn. Haar jongste roman, Fado vir ‘n vreemdeling, het in 2011 ter viering van haar tagtigste verjaarsdag by LAPA verskyn.

NB-uitgewers en die ATKV het hulde gebring aan die skrywer wat vir ses dekades lank Afrikaanse letterkunde laat seëvier het.

Lees NB-uitgewers se huldeblyk aan Bakkes:

Die skrywer Jeanette Ferreira reageer soos volg: “Dat sy so stil uitgegaan het, die onblusbare Margaret Bakkes. Haar historiese romans, haar besinning oor ouderdom wanneer die amandelboom wit in die bloei staan; dit het sy vir ons nagelaat. Ek dink veral oor haar nostalgiese verhale oor die haar grootwordplek in die Stormberge se bittere koue, en dat sy nou juis in die koue moet groet. Maar haar warm lag en haar kleurvolle lewe sal by ons bly. Goeie reis aan ‘n skrywer, vriendin en buitengewone mens.”

Eloise Wessels, uitvoerende hoof van NB-Uitgewers, onthou: “Margaret Bakkes was vandat ek my verstand gekry het deel van my lewe. Sy en my ma het saam grootgeword in Sterkstroom in die Oos-Kaap. Sy was ’n sterk vrou wat ’n familietradisie van wonderlike skrywers begin het. Ek sal haar op ’n persoonlike en professionele vlak baie mis. Daar is ’n hele generasie van groot skrywers wat ons nou verlaat.”

LitNet het die ATKV se persverklaring gedeel:

Sy sal lank onthou word vir haar romans wat lekker gelees het, maar wat ook sonder skroom die tydsgees aangespreek het.

Dit is dalk gepas om Bakkes se eie woorde aan te wend om haar skryfstyl te beskryf. In die Transvaler van 23 Junie 1977 sê sy: “Ontspanningsleesstof is nie stof en dons nie. Die skrywer moet sy leser met lewensprobleme konfronteer. Maar hy moet dit ook weer oplos. Dit is die verskil tussen ’n kunsverhaal en ontspanningslektuur. Sonder om ligsinnig te wees, moet daar pitkos in wees.” (Transvaler, 23 Junie 1977)

Lesers het op Twitter afskeid geneem van hul geliefde skrywer:



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RIP Adam Small (1936-2016)

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Poet, writer, academic and Black Consciousness activist Adam Small has died, aged 79, after complications arising from an operation.

Small was born on 21 December 1936 in Wellington. He matriculated in 1953 from St Columba’s High School in Athlone on the Cape Flats. In 1963 he completed an MA (cum laude) in the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann and Friedrich Nietzsche at the University of Cape Town. He also studied at the University of London and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Small became a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Fort Hare in 1959, and in 1960 he was one of the academic founders of the University of the Western Cape, when he was appointed Head of the Philosophy Department. In the early 1970s he joined the Black Consciousness movement.

In 1973 he was pressured to resign from the UWC, which prompted a move to Johannesburg, where he became the Head of Student Body Services at Wits University. He returned to Cape Town in 1977, where he was Director of the Western Cape Foundation for Community Services until 1983. In 1984 he returned to the UWC as the Head of the Social Services Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1997.

Adam SmallSmall made his debut as a poet in 1957 with Verse van die liefde. Some of his other well known poetry volumes include Kitaar my kruis (1961) and Sê Sjibbolet (1963). His best known theatrical drama is Kanna hy kô hystoe (1965).

He was awarded the Hertzog Prize in 2012, for his contribution to drama. The award, long overdue, was not without controversy as the prize is usually awarded to a writer who has published new work.

His play The Orange Earth, written in 1978 in the heyday of apartheid and two years after the Soweto Uprising, was published for the first time by NB Publishers in 2013. At the same time his first poetry collection in 40 years, Klawerjas, was also published.

City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille paid tribute to Small, saying: “It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing of one of our county’s dear sons, Adam Small.

“As a writer and poet, Adam Small used his craft to highlight the oppression suffered by the working class under the apartheid regime.

“Last year I was honoured to sit next to Adam Small and listen to his famous pieces, ‘Kô lat ons sing’ and ‘Oos wes tuis bes Distrik Ses’. Many years after he had written those pieces, his words and the emotions were still so vivid and touching. On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adam Small.

“Rest in peace Adam Small. We will always remember you for your great contribution to literature and the Struggle.”

Books LIVE sends condolences to Small’s wife, Rosalie, and his family and friends.

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2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards winners announced

2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards winners announced

Alert! Finuala Dowling, Ingrid Winterbach and Milton Shain were among the winners of the 2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards.

The awards recognise the best work published by Media24 Books – including NB Publishers and Jonathan Ball – during the previous year. More than 50 books published by Media24 during 2015 were entered for the awards, which offered prize money totalling more than R200,000.

The Fetch
The 2016 Herman Charles Bosman prize for English fiction went to Finuala Dowling for her novel The Fetch, published by Kwela. In their commendation, the judges lauded Dowling for “the strength of the writing, the subtlety and wit of the language, her descriptive powers and her skill at creating credible characters that are of real interest to us: complex, human, and quirky”.


A Perfect Storm
Milton Shain received the Recht Malan prize for nonfiction for A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948, published by Jonathan Ball and described by the judges as history at its most compulsively readable. “In a time when violent xenophobia regularly rears its ugly head across the country, the continent and the globe, this marvellous book is a timely reminder of what can happen when politicians in pursuit of power demonise a vulnerable group,” the judges said.


The winner of the WA Hofmeyr prize for Afrikaans fiction is Ingrid Winterbach for her novel Vlakwater, published by Human & Rousseau. It is the fourth time Winterbach received this prestigious award. The novel, which is currently being translated into English, broadens an already impressive oeuvre, the judges said.


The Elisabeth Eybers prize for English or Afrikaans poetry went to Free State poet Gilbert Gibson for his fifth collection of poetry, Vry- (Human & Rousseau).


Elton Amper-Famous April en Juffrou Brom
The MER Prize for youth novels went to Carin Krahtz for Elton amper famous April en juffrou Brom (Tafelberg).


Die Dingesfabriek: Jannus en Kriek en die tydmasjien
The MER prize for illustrated children’s books went to Elizabeth Wasserman and illustrator Astrid Castle for Die Dingesfabriek 4: Jannus en Kriek en die tydmasjien (Tafelberg).


The judges were:

Herman Charles Bosman Prize: Johan Jacobs, Molly Brown and Ann Donald

The Recht Malan Prize: John Maytham, Elsa van Huyssteen and Max du Preez

The WA Hofmeyr Prize: Thys Human, Danie Marais and Bernard Odendaal

Elisabeth Eybers Prize: Henning Pieterse, Antjie Krog and Francois Smith

MER Prize for youth novels: Louise Steyn, Verushka Louw and Wendy Maartens

MER prize for illustrated children’s books: Lona Gericke, Paddy Bouma and Magdel Vorster.

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Dancing in Other Words – extravaganza of poetry, music and dance at 2016 Spier Poetry Festival

Keorapetswe Kgositsile & Breyten Breytenbach

The 2016 Spier Poetry Festival, Dancing in Other Words, was a remarkable event, buzzing with vital, vibrant conversations, wonderful fusions of music and poetry, and powerful live performances by living legends.

This, the third festival curated by South African authors Breyten Breytenbach and Dominique Botha, brought local and international poets together for a series of vital discussions held at the wine farm and elsewhere over the course of a week. Saturday, 7 May, was a balmy late autumn day, perfect for the final outpouring of creative conversations that had commenced over the previous week in a range of places, both internal and external.

Dominique Botha

During the week they spent together, poets and songsters, writers and translators, publishers and academics, teachers and students spoke among – and sometimes at – each other. This conversation took place in the present and across the ages. It was old; it was entirely new. An inter-generational and cross-cultural dialogue unfolded, which sometimes resonated and sometimes rattled. This represents a continuation of the discourse commenced at previous festivals held under the Spier banner, and talks to other literary festivals where bright minds have sought to express themselves and wrestle with inconvenient truths.

The Spier Poetry Festival opened, once again, a space for a full and robust creative expression and celebration of that which makes us uniquely human.

Keorapetse Kgositsile


James Matthews

Dominique Botha, Marí Stimie, Neo Muyanga, Catherine du Toit, Breyten Breytenbach, Georges Lory, Maram al-Masri, Efe Paul Azino, Yvette Christiansë, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews and Hans C ten Berge spent a week travelling The caravan of artists had travelled from Khayalitsha to Kayamandi, holding court with students at UWC and at UCT, and also engaging with rural communities in Darling, Kersefontein and Wellington.

As the caravan meandered along, another layer of art-making was added, as the journey was documented in a stunning dance of images by photographer Retha Ferguson. Their final day was spent at the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch where three final public discourses, all ambitiously and provocatively titled, were followed by stirring performances by the poets, some of whom were accompanied by musicians Neo Muyanga, Schalk Joubert and Laurinda Hofmeyr.

Neo Muyanga


Breytenbach’s greeting, which opened the proceedings, was uttered from all present to those, known and unknown, who once had stood there and recognised those who had called poetry to life, literally and metaphorically:

We, the band of merry minstrels, dancers and shufflers of the word before the wind of eternity, nomads searching for the horizon of the unknowable, dry drunks, low-way robbers, apprentice tricksters, would-be revolutionaries … salute and hail you, our illustrious ancestors and companions who preceded us here to imbue these spaces with beauty and with dignity.

We send you our greetings and regards as we move through the paces and the patterns and the rhythms that you laid out for us. As we fit our feet into your shoes to walk the road, it is with the hope to have lived up to the quality of sound and sincerity that people around here still remember you for.

The ensuing discussion addressed the recent statue removal at UCT, enquiring whether this represented the armed wing of political correctness. “Does destruction of the symbols from the past bind the wounds of the present, or are we tilting at windmills?” asked Breytenbach. “A confident and secure government – and populace – does not find such symbols threatening.”

Breytenbach reflected on how the interrogation of authority is integral to art-making. He reflected how authority has historically imposed a “unitary view of truth, correctness, what we ought to doing, who we should be leading and who we should follow”. The taking down of the statue of Rhodes, the removal of art from the walls at UCT provided fertile soil for impassioned engagement.

Christianse queried whether an opportunity had been missed to explore South Africa’s colonial history, using the statue of Rhodes as a point to talk about the self-perpetuating, haunting nature of power. “Modernism taught us how to incorporate the fragment,” she said, citing JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, which reveals that the fragment is a sign that history was a series of tremendously violent occurrences. “The law is created by violence. If you try to break the law, it will immediately come forward to smack you again. The responsibility of teachers is to show their students how to respond in ways that remain responsive and fresh.

“As conscious community we need to care that slippage doesn’t occur. The removal of statues is symbolically important, but the issue we must urgently address is what’s next? The removal of statue, becomes the removal of a painting, becomes the burning of a library.”

Conversation II: Taunting that powdered death called Respectability. The history of protest in poetry and song, fighting for revolution, against politics.

Hans C. ten Berge


Maram Al Masri


Georges Lory

This session commenced with a slideshow containing images of Syrian refugees. The words of Syrian poet, Maram Al Masri, were read aloud in Arabic and appeared in translation in English.

A vigorous conversation followed, with the Nigerian protest poet Azino and Dutch poet Ten Berge, chaired by the French translator Georges Lory. The discussion focused on how poets speak to power. While Ten Berge was criticising the European response to the Syrian crisis, a member of the public interrupted the discussion, taking issue with him on poverty and racism in South Africa.

In Breytenbach’s words the “would-be revolutionary” had appeared. She was certainly interrogating the authority of those present, but her questions might better have been engaged with by the previous panel, where the topic had been more directly addressed.

Efe Paul Azino



The discussion was summed up by Yvette Christiansë who reminded the gathering and poetry organisers of their responsibility to attending to those in need of every form of articulation.

Yvette Christiansë


The day’s finale commenced with the Siyaya Choristers taking the stage. This young choir showed immaculate musical discipline. Dressed in red and black traditional kikois, they followed their conductor to the letter, singing with excellent intonation and exciting choreography. Their energetic performance was a perfect introduction to the reading by all the poets. Their works appeared in the original languages, projected onto the screen, alongside translations into isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English.

Siyaya Choristers


Liesl Jobson tweeted from the event:


A Red Cherry on a White-tiled FloorIf I Could SingPresent is a Dangerous Place to LiveFalse RiverUnconfessed
ImprendehoraRecumbentsVyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange uit die eenbeendanser se werkruimteParool/ParoleDie na-doodThe Party Is Over

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