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Launch: Milk Fever by Megan Ross (26 July)

In an extraordinary debut, Megan Ross writes the uneasy truths about unexpected motherhood and all its emotional detritus. In deftly and experimentally navigating the angst, joy and self-reckoning that comes with the choices and misadventures of young womanhood, this is a collection that brings together the evocative with the provocative, and the feminist with the personal, in a bold and startling poetic style. Hallucinatory, image-wet, and navigating the eternal tides of spirit and body, Milk Fever is a chimeric dreamscape in which a woman reconfigures, remembers and rebirths herself.

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RIP David Goldblatt (29 November 1930 – 25 June 2018)

David Goldblatt, captured by Francois Guillot / AFP.

 
Prolific South African photographer, David Goldblatt, has passed away aged 87.

Goldblatt gained recognition for his photos documenting apartheid-era South Africa, as of 1948 through to the present.

His body of work includes On the Mines (co-authored with Nadine Gordimer), Some Afrikaners Photographed (with essays by Antjie Krog and Ivor Powell), In Boksburg (with Sean O’Toole), South Africa: The Structure of Things Then, and The Transported of Kwandebele: A South African Odyssey (in collaboration with Brenda Goldblatt and Phillip van Niekerk.)

Goldblatt is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.

On the Mines

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Some Afrikaners Photographed

 
 

 

In Boksburg

 
 
 

South Africa: The Structure of Things Then

 
 
 

The Transported of KwaNedebele

 
 


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Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018 has kicked off!

From invigorating discussions about feminism in 2018, to where our country stands with regards to macro-economics; the precarious state of SA’s political future to formulating ideologies into words; plus what intersectionality *actually* means – the first day of the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival provided enough stimulating conversation to exercise festival goers’ brain muscles, whilst festival-sponsor Porcupine Ridge supplied enough wine to keep them hydrated.

Hotter than expected, veteran FLF’ers were often heard remarking that “it ALWAYS rains during Franschhoek,” yet the pleasant weather made for an excellent excuse to enjoy a glass of in vino veritas.

To whet your appetite for whatever Saturday might bring, here are a few tweets of the vet pret first day of Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018:


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Three weeks until FLF 2018!

And the countdown begins!

In little over three weeks (18 – 20 May) the quaint Western Cape town of Franschhoek will be accommodating South Africa’s literary greats and bibliophiles alike.

This annual literary festival’s 2018 line-up includes discussions ranging from the André P Brink memorial wherein Elinor Sisulu will focus on the life and times of Ahmed Kathrada, with an introduction by Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink); a panel discussion on what feminism looks like in 2018, featuring discussants Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning), Jen Thorpe (Feminism Is), Helen Moffett (Feminism Is) and social commentator and public speaker Tshegofatso Senne; and Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers) and Jan-Jan Joubert (Who Will Rule in 2019?) deliberating whether there’s a ‘recipe’ for an ideal South African president with international relations scholar Oscar van Heerden.

And that’s just day one!

Find the full programme here.

The Fifth Mrs Brink

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The Yearning

 
 
 
Feminism Is

 
 
 
 
The President's Keeper

 
 
 
 
Who Will Rule in 2019?


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Daniel Hugo se vyftiende digbundel tref die rakke

Openbare domein, Daniel Hugo se vyftiende digbundel, bestaan uit toeganklike gedigte vir gewone lesers en letterkundiges.

Hugo is een van Afrikaans se voorste en gewildste digters. Hy is ook een van die bekendste radiostemme in die land.

Hugo het al meer as vyftig werke uit Nederlands in Afrikaans vertaal; dit sluit in romans, digbundels, asook kinder- en jeugboeke. Hy is in 2014 en 2017 deur die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns bekroon vir sy vertaling van onderskeidelik Tom Lanoye se Sprakeloos en Stefan Hertmans se Oorlog en Terpentyn.

Hugo het in 1987 sy doktorsgraad in die letterkunde aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat ontvang vir sy ondersoek na die vernufsvers in Afrikaans. Na ’n tydperk as lektor in Bloemfontein was hy twintig jaar lank radio-omroeper by RSG en daarna uitgewersredakteur by Protea Boekhuis. Deesdae is hy voltyds ’n vertaler en vryskut-taalpraktisyn.
 
 
 
 
 
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SIMAMELE is calling for original short story submissions from young writers aged between 13 and 17 years!

Via SIMAMELE

SIMAMELE invites original short story submissions from young writers aged between 13 and 17 years. We encourage parents, care givers, guardians, young minds and educators across all South African provinces to encourage and support young creative minds in telling their stories; in any official language of South Africa.

The short stories will be published in the Young Scribes section of the SIMAMELE web publication and the contest will run for a period between May and November 2018.

Are you in love with writing? Do you have a passion for story telling? Are you creative, original, and imaginative? If your answer is yes, then the SIM Young Scribes Writing Competition is for you.

The SIM Young Scribes prize recognises the need to honour and nurture excellence from a young age and the role that reading and writing plays in the development of a just and open society where “everybody feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential.”

The Award

In 2018, the SIM Young Scribes Prize will recognise one Young Scribe with an award valued at R 10,000. The award will include:

  • A bookstore voucher valued at R 2,500
  • Tablet to the value of R 2,500
  • Mobile data for a year valued at R 3,500
  • A cash sum of R 1,500
  • The name of the winner will be published on the SIMAMELE website and any other media publication that will participate.

Eligibility

The Prize is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and should have never been published before.

Entrants must be South African.

Submit an Entry

Please visit https://www.simamele.co.za/young-scribes for more information and instructions on how to submit an entry.

The deadline for submissions is 1st May, 2018.

For any question, please do not hesitate to contact Precious at publish@simamele.co.za


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Johannesburg Collectable Book Faire (7 April)

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One year anniversary of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma (20 March)

Via The Book Lounge

It has been a year since the release of this highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices, marking a massive shift in South African poetry. Reprinted five times in 2017, Collective Amnesia is now in it’s seventh printing and shows no sign of slowing down.

Koleka Putuma’s exploration of blackness, womxnhood and history in Collective Amnesia is fearless and unwavering. Her incendiary poems demand justice, insist on visibility and offer healing. Collective Amnesia is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves.

Koleka has written an engaging account of her experiences since the publication of the book. For insight into her journey, read the blog post here.

Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of this remarkable collection. There will be readings by Koleka as well as a signing. There will also be limited Collective Amnesia merchandise for sale.
 
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Provoking thoughts, great inspirations and heated discussions at the opening night of the 21st Time of the Writer Festival

By Marlyn Ntsele

Attendees at the 21st Time of the Writer Opening Night. ©Charles Dlamini.

 
Literature lovers gathered at the opening night of the 21st Time of the Writer Festival which took place on Monday 12 March 2018 in Elisabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu Natal. To give all guests a warm Durban welcome maskandi guitarist and vocalist Mphendukelwa Mkhize provided the musical opening.

Prof Stephen M. Mutula, acting DVC & Head of College of Humanities, had the honour of opening the festival with a speech in which he emphasised the importance of the festival in bringing together leading African intellectuals and cultural practitioners and placing them in public events and engagements with local communities. Following this Miss Tebogo Msizi from eThekwini Municipality, one of the partners of the festival, emphasised the important role Time of the Writer has played within acquiring the title of “City of Literature” by UNESCO in 2017.

After the speeches, host Chipo Zhou, acting director of the Centre of Creative Arts that organises the event, opened the stage for the participating writers to present themselves and offer the audience a taste on their perspective on this year’s theme: “changing the narrative”.

The Zambian Jennipher Zulu shared her experience of writing her first book with the audience: “I didn’t really sit down to write a book, I was just putting down my issues.” She will be launching her book It’s Hard to keep a Secret on Saturday morning 17 March at Ike’s book shop.

Lesego Rampolokeng introduced himself the only way he knows how to, with a thought-provoking four minute poem.

Lindiwe Mabuza shared that she was encouraged by Can Themba to write, but she only took his advice years later when in 1977 she went to Lusaka to work with the ANC women authors and they published a book titled Malibongwe.

Lindiwe Mabuza. ©Charles Dlamini

 
Another Zambian author on the program, Luka Mwango, shared that he thinks stories are the metaphor of life: “We live in two worlds, in the material world and the world in our head.”

American MK Asante broke out in rap when he shared: “Take two sets of notes, the one to pass the test and the truth.”

Mohale Mashigo shared with the audience that she never use to recognise herself in the stories she used to read when she was younger: “I did not know how distant my life was to the people in the books, until I read The Colour Purple.”

Patrick Bond mentioned the importance of polital-economical critique.

Children’s author Refilwe Moahloli emphasised the importance of magic, she feels anything is possible in the world of literature.

Rapper and PHD student at Oxford, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (author of Democracy & Delusion) also decided to break out in rap, before telling the audience: “Nobody claps when I quote from the book, but they do when I rap….”

Themba Qwabe started writing many years ago around 1994 when he first met his former lecturer Mr. Hlengwa, who forced him to write. He shared his thoughts on language in literature: “I do not know why I am called an African author if I write in English, but an isiZulu author when I write in an African language.”

Unathi Slasha shared his feeling that there is nothing of interest in this country and encouraged the audience to “engage with the text”.

Yewande Omotoso got the audience thinking with the following line: “In order to change the narrative, we need to know what the dominant is.” She also questioned how we can make a gift of something we stole.

Lastly, Durban based Kirsten Miller shared that she feels that we are all humans and the political is always personal.

All in all the audience experienced a great mix of inspiring authors and challenging opening speeches. It gave everyone something to look forward to during this coming week: provoking thoughts, great inspirations and heated discussions.

On Tuesday 13 March, the authors went out on their respective field trips, Themba Qwabe brought a visit to Phambili High School where he met a group of aspiring learners and addressed them about literature.

“The learners were very interested in learning more about writing, I adviced their coordinator to form a reading writing club at the school, so the learners to follow their aspirations,” says Qwabe.

Another group of authors, MK Asante, Lindiwe Mabuza, Refiloe Moahloli and Yewande Omotoso, visited the Tongaat Central Library for a series of workshops and panel discussions. “It was absolutely beautiful, I really enjoyed it. There was a group of high school kids. It was a very interactive sessions, as much as we were sharing with the kids, they were sharing with us, which was really beautiful,” says Refiloe Moahloli about the session.

Additionally Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Luka Mwango visited learners at Mangosuthu University of Technology and Patrick Bond addresses learners at Worker’s College.


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Woordfees 2018 has kicked off!

Woordfees 2018 is in full swing!

For the past few days the quaint university town of Stellenbosch has played host to artists, musicians, performers and – of course – authors from across the country.

If you’re in the western cape, be sure to head to this dorpie before Saturday, 10 March for the opportunity to hear and see your favourite local writers in action.

Past events include discussions on translations, poetry slams, and philosophy cafes. Future events to look forward to include discussions with Tim du Plessis and Thuli Madonsela, Redi Tlhabi and Adriaan Basson, and a whole array of authors (including Fred Khumalo, Alexandra Fuller, and Achmat Dangor) on writing history.

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