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“Finding your voice”: Announcing the 2016 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Lesotho (9-11 December)

Invitation to the 2016 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Lesotho (9 – 11 December)

Alert! The annual Ba re e ne re Literature Festival will take place from Friday, 9 December, to Sunday, 11 December. The theme of this year’s Lesotho-based festival is “Finding your voice” and the proceedings will kick off on Friday evening with a poetry slam event and the launch of the short story anthology Likheleke tsa puo.

This year’s guests include South African wordsmiths Sindiwe Magona, Masande Ntshanga, Ace Moloi and Joe Machina, as well as Efemia Chela, Karina Szczurek and Catherine Shepherd. Lesotho will be well represented by Thato Mochone, Liatile Mohale and Tumelo Moleleki.

The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival was first held in 2011 by the late founder Liepollo Rantekoa. Ba re e ne re is an educational organisation established to enrich the lives of Basotho people through improved literacy and creative platforms for expression. The festival aims to provide literary training for the next generation of writers and leaders, to connect Lesotho’s literary community with the rest of Africa, and to address issues through the use of literature.

The three-day event will close with a writer’s workshop hosted by The Alliance Française of Maseru and Short Story Day Africa.

For more information, visit the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival’s website and Facebook page.

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As the team behind Ba re e ne re, we’re extremely excited to announce that our annual event the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival will be held from 9 to 11 December, 2016. We have some incredible activities and guests lined up. We’ll be hosting a poetry open mic and Likheleke tsa puo short-story anthology book launch at Rockview in Khubetsoana from 6 to 10 PM on Friday the 9th. On Saturday, 10 December, from 10 AM to 5 PM we’ll have panel discussions, kids’ activities, a craft market with Nala Social Market and the annual Liepollo Rantekoa Keynote given by the renowned author Sindiwe Magona at Maseru Preparatory School. On Sunday, 11 December, at Alliance Française we’ll host a writing workshop facilitated by Cape Town-based collective Short Story Day Africa from 12 to 4 PM. The theme of the 2016 edition of the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival is “Finding your voice”.

2016 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival Guest biographies

International guests

Sindiwe Magona is a writer, poet, dramatist, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker. She has published autobiographical works, novels and several children’s books over the years. We are very excited to hear her address on the importance of finding our voices as writers. Until 1994 she presented UN radio programmes about the UN’s role in ending apartheid. She then worked in the UN’s Public Information Department until 2003.

Masande Ntshanga was the winner of the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award. He graduated with a degree in Film and Media and an Honours degree in English Studies from the University of Cape Town. He received a Fulbright Award and a National Research Foundation Freestanding Masters scholarship. His debut novel, The Reactive, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House South Africa. After much interest in the United Kingdom, publisher Jacaranda Books have acquired the rights to publish Masande’s acclaimed literary novel in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. An American edition of the novel was published earlier this year, and German translation rights have also been sold.

Ace Moloi graduated from the University of the Free State where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science. He was the editor of Young Minds Magazine, a founding editor of Student Leverage Magazine, as well as a former IRAWA Post news editor. In 2013 he self-published his first book, In her fall rose a nation, with New Voices Publishing. His second book, Holding My Breath, was published by Blackbird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media in May of 2016. Ace describes the Exclusive Books (Free State) bestselling memoir as a graveside conversation with his mother.

Joe Machina, born Norman Ncube in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, is a freelance journalist, a member of “Johannesburg writers” and a co-founder of Write Africa. Joe left Bulawayo in search of a new life in Johannesburg. When he first arrived in the new city, he worked as a journalist, and his writing appeared in the Mail & Guardian, and an array of other South African publications. Joe’s work is primarily inspired by the immigrant experience: why do people leave their homes in different parts of the world, to go to foreign lands where they were subject to discrimination, xenophobic attacks and even death? Who drives people to make these difficult decisions? Who is responsible for this suffering? His debut novel Victims of greed was published by Bahati Books.

Short Story Day Africa facilitators

Efemia Chela was born in Zambia in 1991, but grew up all over the world. She studied at Rhodes University, South Africa and Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Aix-En-Provence, France. Her first published story, “Chicken” was nominated for The 2014 Caine Prize For African Writing. Efemia’s subsequent stories and poems have been published in places like Brittle Paper, Jalada, Short.Sharp.Stories: Adults Only, Prufrock and PEN Passages: Africa. Efemia is currently a fellow of the inaugural Short Story Day Africa / Worldreader Editing Mentorship Programme and continues to write fiction whenever she can find a moment on the train and a working pen.

Karina Szczurek was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and lived in Austria, the United States and Wales, before finding a home in South Africa when she met and married the author André Brink. She was editor in chief of Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew, 2015) among many others. Her play for young adults A Change of Mind won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012. She writes short stories, book reviews, essays, and poetry. Invisible Others, her first novel, was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Catherine Shepherd started writing as a child but it was only recently through projects like Short Story Day Africa and Writivism Literary Initiative that she got the courage to put her writing out there. Catherine has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University. Catherine is currently a fellow of the inaugural Short Story Day Africa / Worldreader Editing Mentorship Programme and is editing an anthology of young writers under the supervision of Szczurek. Her short stories have appeared in various publications including My Holiday Shorts, My Maths Teacher Hates Me, Imagine Africa 500 and the 2016 Writivism Anthology. She lives in Cape Town, but has plans to build a writer’s retreat in Suurbraak.

Lesotho-based guests

Thato Mochone is an ambassador of World Vision Lesotho, a Kaya FM correspondent, Martin Luther King Fellow, Mandela Washington Fellow, media consultant and blogger. She is an advocate for youth and women empowerment as well as the LGBT community, an activist journalist interested in social justice, a volunteer fundraiser for an orphanage in her hometown and an English and Geography tutor. She is currently the Communication and Foundation Specialist at Vodacom Foundation after over five years working as a radio personality on Ultimate FM.

Liatile Mohale is a Fulbright scholar who graduated in May 2016 with an impressive 4.0 GPA for her Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts, at San Francisco State University. Before then she obtained her BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of the Free State. Besides being an avid storyteller who tackles pressing social issues and Sesotho culture through theatre, she is a theatre teacher at Machabeng college and has sat as a judge on the Vodacom superstar contest.

Tumelo Moleleki started writing when she was still young and in high school as an outlet because the creative writing she did then always felt so stifling. She self-published a book called Her Heart after which she received an offer from an American company called Dorrance Publishing. In 2006 she got the opportunity to work in Belgium where she took French lessons and developed her grammar skills. She is currently working on manuscripts in French and Sesotho.


Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 2016 would not be possible without the generous support of Miles Morland Foundation, Vodacom Foundation, Unesco, Maseru Prep School, Alliance Francaise, MXXL radio, Bahati Books, Short Story Day Africa, Nala Social Market and Rockview.


Ba re e ne re is a registered educational organisation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Basotho people by promoting initiatives that support improved literacy and creative platforms for expression. Through our work, Basotho, and youth in particular, access training and outlets to practice literacy and share the unique stories Lesotho has to offer with local and international audiences.

Our flagship project is the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival, first held in 2011 by our late founder Liepollo Rantekoa. The festival is an annual international literary arts event, which brings writers, readers and leaders together to share ideas and creative works.

The three goals of the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival are focused for high impact. Through our programming, we aim to:

  • Cultivate the next generation of writers and storytellers in Lesotho through literary training and platforms for expression.
  • Connect Lesotho’s literary arts community with creatives in other African countries and beyond for creative exchange and improved publishing opportunities.
  • Instigate the use of literature as a tool to address pressing socio-economic and political issues within Lesotho.

For more information please visit our Facebook, our website, send us an email at or give us a call on 28322405.

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Niq Mhlongo’s top 15 books from the African Writers Series

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Niq Mhlongo's top 15 books from the African Writers Series
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Niq Mhlongo has shared his top 15 books from the legendary Heinemann African Writers Series.

Mhlongo is a known fan of the famous series, and at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban this year he said it was a great influence on his writing.

“I grew up reading only the African Writers Series,” he said. “So when people talk about Charles Dickens, I’ve never even read him. It didn’t interest me at all. I grew up reading African writers. I read everything that was African.”

Read: ‘I’m not philosophical, I’m just a writer’ – Niq Mhlongo tells it like it is at Time of the Writer

Now Mhlongo has compiled a list of his favourites, and it’s a must see for those wishing to expand their knowledge – as Nozizwe Cynthia Jele comments: “This is the ultimate reading list!”

He writes on Facebook:

Before I studied literature at the Wits University, the only writers I was exposed to (apart from Shakespeare and Orwell) were African writers from the Heinemann African Writers Series. Here is my top 15 books that I adored from the series before I was introduced to other writers from around world.

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Niq Mhlongo’s African Writers Series top 15

Some of the books are currently unavailable from the African Writers Series, and the cheapest edition has been substituted in

How many of these books have you read? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Second Class Citizen
1. Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
EAN: 9780435909918
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2. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
EAN: 9780435905323
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Nervous Conditions
3. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
EAN: 9780954702335
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Going Down River Road
4. Going Down River Road by Meja Mwangi
EAN: 9780982012635
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The African Child
5. The African Child by Camara Laye
EAN: 9780006122593
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The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born
6. The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah
EAN: 9780435905408
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The Marabi Dance
7. The Marabi Dance by Modikwe Diboke
EAN: 9780435901240
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Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary
8. Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
EAN: 9780435902407
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House of Hunger
9. House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
EAN: 9780435895983
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Afrika My Music
10. Afrika My Music: An Autobiography 1957-1983 by Es’kia Mphahlele
EAN: 9780869752371
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Call Me Woman
11. Call Me Woman by Ellen Kuzwayo
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God\'s Bits of Wood
12. God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane
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Mine Boy
13. Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams
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14. Mhudi by Sol Plaatje
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15. Chaka by Thomas Mofolo
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Don’t Miss the First International Long Story Short: Hlubi Mboya Reading Zakes Mda at the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival

Invitation to Long Story Short's first reading outside South Africa

The Sculptors of MapungubweLong Story Short is excited to announce its first international reading at the 2015 Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho.

Hlubi Mboya will be reading from The Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda on Saturday, 5 December. The event will take place at Machabeng College and will start at 11:30 AM.

The brains and drive behind the Long Story Short project, Kgauhelo Dube, was nominated for a Mbokodo award in the category of Promotion of Arts in the Media this year.

“This is a milestone for Long Story Short, our humble foray into digital literature!” she says.

“We are inspired by our continued relationship with Hlubi Mboya – an avid reader and education activist, the fact that she’ll be reading from Bra Zakes’ The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a treat, an honour and a notable creative collaboration.”

For more information, follow Long Story Short on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Hlubi Mboya to read from Zakes Mda’s The Sculptors of Mapungubwe at Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho

#longstorySHORT, an innovative initiative that has raised the profile of African literature on social networks and in the public imagination, has its first reading outside South Africa in December. Launched in March 2015, #longstorySHORT is produced by Pretoria-based boutique content agency Kajeno Media. The project manifests through live readings and recordings by high-profile celebrity performers in spaces like public libraries, book cafes and cultural hubs.

#longstorySHORT Executive Producer Kgauhelo Dube says: “This is a milestone for #longstorySHORT, our humble foray into digital literature! It’s been an invaluable experience to see how thrilled audiences have been to discover writers such as Doreen Baingana, Chibundu Onuzo, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana – to name a few. We are inspired by our continued relationship with Hlubi Mboya – an avid reader and education activist, the fact that she’ll be reading from Bra Zakes’ The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a treat, an honour and a notable creative collaboration.”

In recognition of the meteoric rise of the #longstorySHORT brand in its launch year, Dube was nominated for a Mbokodo award in the category of Promotion of Arts in the Media. This category celebrates the women who, through their work and practice, strive to promote art and publicise its crucial role in building a cohesive society. The online reach of #longstorySHORT made it easy for the Maseru-based Ba re e ne re Festival organisers to connect with the project and invite the team to this year’s festival.

The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival, founded by the late Liepollo Rantekoa in 2011, is Lesotho’s premier annual literary arts event, bringing writers, readers and artists together. The third edition of the festival in Maseru from 5 to 6 December, 2015 features panel discussions, writing workshops, a keynote lecture, creative performances and arts activities for children.

Ba re e ne re Festival Director Lineo Segoete says: “Ba re e ne re Literature Festival is our flagship project. We have a host of other literacy projects that speak to #longstorySHORT’s objectives – curating and stimulating young people’s literary scope is something we and the Kajeno team are boldly passionate about. This is the beginnings of more cross-border exchange in the sector, I believe.”

Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda – widely known as Zakes Mda, is an award-winning writer, dramatist and academic. Mda’s The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a lyrical novel set in the mythical Southern African kingdom of Mapungubwe. This take of a spirited rivalry between two gifted sons of the royal sculptor is an important work based on archaeological evidence and Africa’s oral tradition.

This special edition reading in Maseru also marks the start of corporate sponsorship relationship with Nestlé’s premium coffee brand, Nescafé; which is sponsoring the Lesotho trip.

“As a brand strategist working in the arts sector, I have been very vocal about the need for brand managers to be brave by supporting more imaginative interventions – and not just music concerts. I believe there’s great synergy between coffee culture and reading and we applaud Nescafé for seeing the possibilities and adding their muscle to the illiteracy challenges we are faced with,” Dube concludes.


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Link Love: Get Involved with the African Storybook Project in 3 Easy Steps (Plus: Video)

African children of all ages and languages can now access their own stories on the internet, thanks to the African Storybook Project – “Stories for multilingual literacy development”.

The project is an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) and aims to revolutionise literacy on the African continent. The interactive website helps parents, teachers and learners to find African stories in the language of their choice, to create unique African stories and to translate or adapt existing stories.

These stories are available in a range of African languages, from Afrikaans to Xitswa and over 40 tongues in between. The pilot series was launched in Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho and Southern Africa with the help of teachers, librarians and community workers.

The African Storybook Project has also partnered up with Book Dash on numerous occasions to create beautiful children’s books that are accessible to all. One of the stories that were created during these collaborations is Singing the Truth: The Story of Miriam Makeba by Louwrisa Blaauw, Bianca de Jong and Jade Mathieson.

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Here are three ways you can get involved with the African Storybook Project:

Find, read and download African stories

Browse by type, language or level to find the story best suited to your child’s needs. The categories include folk tales, poems, games, riddles and much more and are available from first words level to read aloud.

The stories can be downloaded or printed, translated or adapted and shared across various platforms.

These stories are free and will help children on their journey as they learn to read in a language that is familiar to them.

Create African stories

To create your own unique stories for everyone to share, follow the three-step process: Choose a template and enter the relevant information such as title, writer and language; write the story and insert illustrations; complete the information about the story and publish.

It’s that simple!

The stories should reflect the lived experiences, hopes and fears of African children between the ages of two and 10 and should be steeped in rich African oral traditions.

Translate or Adapt African stories

Create your own version of the story by translating existing stories or adapting them to an appropriate age level. Follow the three easy steps and remember to type out the translation first before copying and pasting it in the relevant page on the website.

The website also contains examples of versioned stories and and an easy how-to guide.

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Introducing the project, Saide director Jennifer Glennie says: “In a nutshell, what we’re trying to do in African Storybook is to say how can we ensure that there are many wonderful stories for parents to read to children, for children to read in libraries, for librarians to read to children, for teacher to work with children, and how can we make sure that there are enough of those in local languages?”

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Book Bites: 23 March 2014

The KeptThe Kept
James Scott (Hutchinson)
Book buff
Set in upstate New York in the late 1890s, the story follows 12-year-old Caleb and his mother Elspeth, the only survivors of a family slaying. Together they track the killers through snowy wastelands to a rough lake-side settlement. Scott’s debut novel is starkly beautiful, a Gothic delight, but also thrillingly mysterious as questions are posed and answered, affording the reader growing insight into the otherness at the heart of both of the characters. Family, the nature of right and wrong, kindness, cruelty and forgiveness are explored with delicacy as Caleb discovers what was “The Kept”. – Aubrey Paton @AubreyPaton

BransonBranson: Behind the Mask
Tom Bower (Faber & Faber)
Book buff
Tom Bower really has it in for Richard Branson. He’s already written one scathing biography, Branson, an attempt to kill the world’s love affair with the self-made tycoon. Now in Behind the Mask he sets out to expose Branson once and for all as a sinister and selfish trickster whose fake benevolence and daft dare devil stunts are all just a facade. He focuses his criticism on Virgin Galactic, Branson’s company that’s busy creating the first commercial, reusable space-rocket. Bower says that this will never happen. This is supposed to be a take-down of the billionaire, but all it does is demonstrate that Bower hates Branson. A lot. – Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

High RollersHigh Rollers
Jack Bowman (Bantam)
Book thrill
Dip into this while in the departure lounge and you might find yourself cashing in your plane ticket and driving instead. Tom Patrick is a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who has his own theory on why Boeing 737 engines are tearing themselves to bits. Trouble is, Patrick has what Americans euphemistically call ‘anger management issues’ and has so pissed off his bosses that he’s been redeployed to investigating pipeline leaks in remote places, rather than air crashes. Bowman’s writing is uneven, at times implausible and condescending in the passages set in South Africa. But he bears acquaintance with others in the McDonald’s genre: fast, filling, and unpretentious. – William Saunderson Meyer @TheJaundicedEye

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Book Bites: 2 March 2014

Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
Book thrill
Cop-turned PI Jack Nightingale seems to attract the supernatural like ghosts to a Ouija board but in this, his fifth outing, it’s the Satanists rather than demonic spirits who are out to get him. The London Metropolitan Police are also giving him a hard time, pressing him to help solve particularly gruesome murders of Goths. Soon Jack’s friends and family are being killed – nothing unusual, it happens in every book – and he formulates a desperate plan which involves magic, mutilation and a startling endgame. The Nightingale series was creepy and exciting, but has run out of steam.
– Aubrey Paton @AubreyPaton

The Good Luck of Right NowThe Good Luck of Right Now!
Matthew Quick (Picador)
Book Buff
The quirky, heart-warming and melancholy tale of 38-year-old Bartholomew Neil, a man who has spent his life attached to his mother and is left grief-stricken when she dies. His story is told through a series of comical but throught-provoking letters to his mother’s favourite actor, Richard Gere, in which he explores his insecurities, the philosophies of the Dalai Lama and Carl Jung, and his friendship with a rebellious Catholic priest. The underdog of underdogs, Neil seeks the most unlikely friendships, which cast him on a life-changing trek into the bosom of an unconventional family.
- Monica Laganparsad @monickan

Valerie Mendes (Orion)
Book fling
The premise sounds terribly clichéd: “a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart.” But it’s fabulously Downton Abbey-esque. Edward and his teenage sisters are experiencing a golden summer in 1896, enjoying life at Larkswood House without any parental supervision. But Cynthia falls pregnant and the inevitable, irreparable damage to the family follows. Forty years later, when Edward returns to Larkswood, his granddaughter Louisa discovers that he is keeping many secrets and is determined to unearth them.
- Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

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Roger Southall Reviews Region-building in Southern Africa

Region-building in Southern Africa : Progress, problems and prospectsVerdict: carrot

The history of “regional integration” in Southern Africa is unfortunate. Southern Rhodesia dominated Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland in the Central African Federation in the 1950s; SA lorded it over the former high commission territories (Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland) in the Southern African Customs Union from 1910 to 1992; and when regional countries had formed their own bloc to counter apartheid hegemony via the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference from 1980, they encountered crude military, political and economic destabilisation by Pretoria. No wonder “regional integration” in Southern Africa has gone out of fashion, to be replaced by a much wider focus on “region building”.

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Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 Announced: Cook with Josh by Josh Thirion is a Winner!

Cook With JoshUkutya KwasekhayaCuisine of the Mountain KingdomCuisines de GuineeStella�s Sephardic TableA Taste of AfricaBittenBeste boerebraaie in Namibie

Alert! The winners of the “Best in the World” Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2013 have been announced, with Cook with Josh by Josh Thirion taking first place in the category Lifestyle, Body and Soul (Children).

Ukutya Kwasekhaya by Xoliswa Ndoyiya came in second in the category World Cuisine (Africa), while Cuisine of the Mountain Kingdom by Lesotho author Ska Mirriam Moteane took the top spot and Cuisines de Guinee by Nadine Bari came in third in the same category.

A Taste of Africa by Ghanaian author Dorinda Hafner won first prize in the category Charity / Fundraising (Africa), while Stella’s Sephardic Table, by Zimbabwean author Stella Cohen, was awarded the second prize. In the Category Special Awards of the International Jury (Gambia-Senegal), The Cashew Cookbook received top honours.

South African author Sarah Graham’s book Bitten was among the top five in the Best Authors and Chefs (Blog) category, as was Beste Boerebraaie in Namibie by Helene de Kok, Louis Genis and Hester Genis in the Subjects (Barbecue) category.

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Link Love: Thomas Kruchem Explores the Orange River in Orange-Senqu: Artery of Life

Orange ~Senqu: Artery of Life by Thomas Kruchem

Orange-Senqu Artery of LifeIn February this year, German-based publishing company Brandes & Apsel released Orange-Senqu: Artery of Life: Water and Peace in Southern Africa by award-winning journalist Thomas Kruchem.

Orange-Senqu: Artery of Life attempts to provide a simultaneously historical, contemporary and personal account of the Orange-Senqu River basin, a large water catchment area which serves communities in four southern African countries.

Covering a wide range of issues regarding development and access to water, the book offers a chance for the outsider to see the area with new eyes. Kruchem achieves this by combining personal anecdote with historical detail and, while some of the details may seem unnecessary, he displays a passion for his subject which carries with it a respect for the region and its people. The book is accompanied by a multi-media “Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit” DVD.

San of the Kalahari; mountain farmers in Lesotho; township activists near Johannesburg; diamond miners at the mouth; scientists and eco-philosophers – these are just a sampling of the scores of people interviewed by Thomas Kruchem to tell the rich and multi-faceted story of this great African river.

It is a story steeped in cultural history, economic opportunity and overwhelming environmental challenge. And the whole thing is told against the backdrop of a global problem – the escalating shortage of potable water.

Water shortage is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. It comes into sharp focus through the real-world issues faced along the river named Orange in South Africa and Senqu in Lesotho. In addressing these issues this compelling and beautifully illustrated book is part travelogue, part in-depth analysis and part a compendium of touching stories. The attached “Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit” on DVD provides comprehensive multimedia material on water issues in Southern Africa.

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Lesotho Hosts Ba Re E Nere Literary Festival This Month

ChakaTraveller to the EastHow we Buried Puso

This month, Lesotho will be hosting the Ba Re E Nere Literary Festival, conceptualised and curated by Liepollo Rantekoa. The Litfest will pay homage to the authors and musicians that have been nourished and inspired by Lesotho’s culture, such as Njabulo Ndebele, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Zakes Mda, Ayi Kwei Armah, Thomas Mofolo, Polo “Malehlohonolo”, Patrick Bereng, Morabo Morojele, Mpho Brown, Bhudaza, and Mary Bosiu.

The Cry of Winnie MandelaFools and Other StoriesIf I Could SingThis Way I Salute YouWays of DyingBlack DiamondThe Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born

You can experience the work of these writers through the Chimurenga Library, which will be made available at the Vodacom Internet Shop in Maseru. There will also be screenings and weekly discussions taking place throughout the whole of March.

Below is a sketch of some of the festival’s events. Note that some of the scheduled dates are subject to change. Updates are available via Ba Re Literature | Facebook.

Saturday 5 March: 18h00 – 20h00

  • Morabo Morojele in discussion with Kgafela oa Magogodi and Lesego Rampolokeng; Satchmo
  • Venue: Meditterainee, LCDC Centre

Friday 11 March: 18h00 – 20h00

  • Patrick Bereng in discussion with Mathorela Tsikoane; performance by Lomile Maputle
  • Venue: Alliance Française, Corner Pioneer & Kingsway Road, Maseru | Map

Saturday 19 March: 14h00 – 17h00

  • Leseli Mokhele, Mpho Brown and Keorapetse Kgotsitsile in duscussion with (TBA); performance by Lomile Maputle
  • Venue: Morija, Between Maseru and Mafeteng, off the Main South Road | Map

Friday 25 March: 14h00 – 17h00

  • Mme Polo “Malehlohonolo” Ndumo, Friday Flyer in discussion with Mbelelo Mqathazane
  • Venue: Alliance Française, Corner Pioneer & Kingsway Road, Maseru | Map

For more info:

  • Call +266 59738858

Ba re e nere Litfest Lesotho

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