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Love in a time of genocide: Jacqui L’Ange talks to Lauri Kubuitsile about her novel The Scattering

The Scattering brings to life a brutal time in Namibian history, writes Jacqui L’Ange for the Sunday Times

The ScatteringThe Scattering
Lauri Kubuitsile (Penguin Random House)

Lauri Kubuitsile insists that she didn’t want to write a book about war. She wanted to write a novel that transcended the statistics, one that made war real through individual stories. The Scattering does that and more. She has created an epic tale of love in a time of horror.

This book is not for the faint-hearted. It tells the story of genocide, the decimation of a people who never lived to tell their personal stories. It’s also a reminder that a love that survives war cannot always withstand a hatred turned inward.

This is the story of Tjipuka, a young Herero woman with the world at her feet. She and her husband are expecting their first child. They plan to grow their herd and family in Okahandja, where their people have always lived and farmed. She’s a little afraid of her own happiness.

Tjipuka thinks the ancestors might punish her for loving Ruhapo too much, but she pushes such fears aside. While it’s true that the German colonial authorities are throwing their weight around, the head-strong Ruhapo assures her that the Germans will see sense in the face of reasonable arguments – and a show of Herero force.

Ruhapo is horribly wrong. He will never recover from that fact, as Tjipuka will never give in to the brutalities that await her when the Germans issue their extermination order: any Herero found inside the frontier will be executed. Tjipuka’s people flee into the desert, heading for British Bechuanaland. Some of them starve on the dry sands, some in the Lüderitz death camp. Tjipuka is among the “handful of broken people” who survive. She is captured, escapes and is recaptured; she loses everything, and almost everyone, she loves. But she never loses faith in her future.

“I love our inconsistencies and our internal conflicts,” says Kubuitsile. “The convoluted ways we bend our thoughts to rationalise our actions, to justify what we do, even the most horrible acts. We’re not always good; if we were I would have long left human stories and started writing about warthogs or baobab trees. Some of the scenes made me sad. Sometimes reading them, even now, I cry. But that’s okay, I’m human too; we are a magnificently resilient sort of animal.”

It’s not giving anything away to tell you that Tjipuka is reunited with her husband, after believing him dead in battle and almost dying herself many times over. The book begins with the couple in a tender moment, together but separated by a vast emotional gulf; the story tracks back to their wrenching separation.

It also follows another woman who finds herself the victim of a nearby war: Riette is the daughter of a boer who crushes her ambitions to study nursing by forcing her into an unwanted marriage. When their family is swept up in the Anglo-Boer War, she is interned in a British concentration camp. Her path crosses Tjipuka’s, and both are reminded that there is good in the world, and in the people who manage to connect beyond bloodlust and greed.

Riette rails against war as she tends to Tjipuka’s injuries. “Over and over they do it. Men fight, men make war that destroys everything, and women carry the wounds, they clean it up. They rub it away, and they go on. On and on. And yet men pound their chests and say we are the winners. What? What? What do they win?”

Kubuitsile says this is herself speaking through Riette. “There’s nothing good about war, despite what so many shiny medals and marble statues might try to tell us. Nothing.”

But there is a great deal of good in this book. Do the brave thing, and read it.

Follow Jacqui L’Ange @jaxangel

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2015 Artists In Residency Shortlists Announced, Including Lauren Beukes, Gabeba Baderoon, Masande Ntshanga and Sindiwe Magona

Alert! The finalists for this year’s Artists In Residency (AIR) programme have been announced, including seven Literature/Creative Writing candidates from South Africa.

The AIR programme was set up by the Africa Centre in 2011 to provide artists from Africa the opportunity to participate in residencies throughout the world. The residencies are awarded in visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, music and film.

The Africa Centre received a record 423 complete applications from 40 countries this year, which they describe as a “giant leap” from last year. Most applications came from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe, but artists from Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Sudan, among other countries, also applied. There are 68 artists on the shortlist.

The Africa Centre says: “The quality of submissions and the calibre of artists that applied was also exceptional with many applications from the more senior artists.”

This year, Gabeba Baderoon, Kerry Hammerton, Lauren Beukes, Liam Kruger, Masande Ntshanga, Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana, Sindiwe Magona are in the running.

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From the Africa Centre:

After a rigorous selection process that invited a panel of seasoned advisors to peruse each application and weigh in their recommendations, the Africa Centre team is proud to present its shortlist of 68 of the continent’s most provocative, innovative and socially engaged artists to be considered for 15 residency opportunities available through partnerships with the following residencies: Bundanon Trust (Australia); Fountainhead (USA); Instituto Sacatar (Brazil); JIWAR Creation & Society (Spain); Khoj International Artists’ Association (India); Kuona Trust Arts Centre (Kenya); Nafasi Arts Space (Tanzania); & The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy). Curating this list was an exciting journey through the ambitions and aspirations of some of the continent’s greatest art practitioners. It has been exciting to see the level of art that is being produced on the continent and the continued commitment of artists to further their practice and make a significant mark on their communities both locally and internationally.

To the 68 shortlisted artists, congratulations!

2015 Artists In Residency (AIR) finalists:

Literature/Creative Writing:

Doreen Baingana (Uganda)
Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa)
John Sibi Okumu (Kenya)
Kerry Hammerton (South Africa)
Lauren Beukes (South Africa)
Liam Kruger (South Africa)
Masande Ntshanga (South Africa)
Nana Oforiatta Ayim (Ghana)
Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana (South Africa)
Sindiwe Magona (South Africa)
Susan Kiguli (Uganda)
Titilope Sonuga (Nigeria)
Togara Muzanenhamo (Zimbabwe)
Tsitsi Dangeremba (Zimbabwe)


Francois Verster (South Africa)
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (Kenya)
Yared Zeleke (Ethiopia)


Atemi Oyungu (Kenya)
Fathy Adly Salama ( Egypt)
Girma Yifrashewa Gebretsadik ( Ethiopia)
Kato Change (Kenya)

Performing Arts:

Anthea Moys (South Africa)
Antonio Bukhar (Uganda)
Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa)
Nawel Skandrani (Tunisia)
Siyamukelwa Nkululeko Ngcobo (South Africa)
Yuhl Nala Headman (South Africa)

Visual Arts:

Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria)
Aza Masongi (DRC)
Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana)
Candice Breitz (South Africa)
Chibuike Uzoma (Nigeria)
Collin Sekajugo (Uganda)
Elize Vossgatter (South Africa)
Euridice Getúlio Kala (Mozambique)
Francois Knoetze (South Africa)
George Atta Kwami (Ghana)
Georgia Papageorge (South Africa)
Helen Sebidi ( South Africa)
Houda Ghorbel ( Tunisia)
Ibrahim Mohammed Mahama (Ghana)
Jacqueline Karuti (Kenya)
Jeremy Sean Waffer (South Africa)
Jodi Leigh Beiber (South Africa)
Joel Mpah-Dooh (Cameroon)
Leslie Lumeh (Liberia)
Lionel Davis (South Africa)
Liza Grobler (South Africa)
Marcia Kure (Nigeria)
Maya Ben Chikh El Fegoun (Algeria)
Meskerem Assegued Bantiwalu (Ethiopia)
Mina Nasr Tadros (Egypt)
Moataz Nasreldin Attia (Egypt)
Modisa Motsomi (Botswana)
Nicene Kossentini (Tunisia)
Olu Amoda (Nigeria)
Richard Mudariki (South Africa)
Rowan Smith (South Africa)
Sarah Peace (Nigeria)
Taiye Stephanie Idahor (Nigeria)
Tamrat Gezahagne (Ethiopia)
Thakorbhai Kishorbhai Patel (Zimbabwe)
Victor Ehighale Ehikhamenor (Nigeria)
Vincent Bezuidenhout (South Africa)
Wallen Mapondera (Zimbabwe)
Wanja Kimani (Kenya)
Yasser Booley (South Africa)
Zayd Minty (South Africa)

The final AIR award laureates will be announced in early 2016.

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  • Bloody Satisfied by Nechama Brodie, Peter Church, Anthony Ehlers, Luke Fiske, Megan Furniss, Dawn Garisch, Amy Heydenrych, Beth Hunt, Liam Kruger, Greg Lazarus, Siphiwo Mahala, Sandile Memela, Peter Merrington, T.O. Molefe, Jill Morsbach, Chris Nicholson, Yewande Omotoso, Andrew Salomon, Melissa Siebert, Anirood Singh, Roger Smith, Jo Stielau, Mncedise Thambe, Colin Ward, edited by Joanne Hichens
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Chanette Paul, Herman Lategan en Clinton V du Plessis deel foto’s en indrukke van die negende BoekBedonnerdfees

Richmond se negende BoekBedonnerdfees het vanjaar vanaf 22 tot 24 Oktober plaasgevind, met ‘n wye verskeidenheid skrywers wat die Groot Karoo stormgeloop het met woorde en idees.

Die skrywer Chanette Paul en feesorganiseerder Darryl David het foto’s van die verskeie gesprekke met LitNet gedeel.

Loer gerus na Paul se wonderlike foto’s van die skrywers en die dorp self. Oor die bostaande foto van Breyten Breytenbach en Dominique Botha skryf die Ewebeeld-outeur:

Breyten Breytenbach en Dominique Botha se foto’s is by die laaste geleentheid Saterdagoggend geneem. Die titel van die praatjie was “Voorlesings uit Oorblyfsels”. Maar die gesprek het op Breyten se aandrang ‘n tweegesprek geword tussen sy poësie en Dominique s’n. Baie ontroerend. Hulle het beurtelings voorgelees – onder meer Breyten as tweede stem in ‘n lang gedig van Dominique.

Kyk ook na David se feesfoto’s en lees sy amuserende onderskrifte:

“Nou watter vloekwoord het ek nie gebruik nie?” – Darryl David oor Herman Lategan se foto

In sy artikel vir Netwerk24 skryf Lategan oor die hoogtepunte van die fees, wat meer as 2 000 besoekers na Richmond gelok het:

Ongeveer 2 000 mense van oor die land heen het die Boekbedonnerd-fees van 22 tot 24 Oktober bygewoon, en met elke praatjie was die ­lokaal in die ou dorpsbiblioteek waar die gesprekke plaas­gevind het, ­barstensvol.

En dít nogal in die middel van die hittige, verlate Karoo, maar in ’n dorp vol geskiedenis en argitektoniese juwele.

Die digter Clinton V du Plessis het verslag gelewer oor die fees, en skryf ter inleiding: “Darryl David en Peter Baker kan vir Heyneke Meyer iets – nee, baie – leer. Hierdie flambojante en vernuwende skakelpaar aan die stuur van die jaarlikse BookBedonnerdfees op Richmond (vanjaar ook, om ooglopende redes, die Bokbedonnerdfees gedoop), weet net hoe om ‘n wenspan te kies.”

Die Woorde roes in die water-outeur beskryf die gebeure van die afgelope naweek en besin ook oor die wyer #FeesMustFall-konteks waarin die gesprekke plaasgevind het. Harry Kalmer het byvoorbeeld met die gehoor gedeel dat sy seun met traangas bygekom is.

Lees die artikel vir D Plessis se indrukke oor die negende BookBedonnerdfees:

C Louis Leipoldt: “Dit is die maand Oktober!/ Die mooiste, mooiste maand.”

Maar Oktober is ook die rooiste, rooiste maand – ‘n revolusierooi maand. Die fees skop af in dieselfde week waarin baie van ons op televisie en koerantvoorblaaie gekonfronteer word met beelde wat herinner aan die onstuimige jare wat 27 April 1994 moontlik gemaak het.

Die #feesmustfall verskaf nou die impetus vir ‘n beweging wat die mag vir die eerste keer uit ‘n nuwe oord uitdaag, die magshebbers effe bleek om die kiewe laat.

Hier teen die einde van die week het die Leier net-net vir die kantlyn geskop. Bietjie blaaskans …

Harry Kalmer, wat oor sy boek 1 000 Stories oor Johannesburg kom gesels, noem dat sy seun in die week onder traangas deurgeloop het. Hy lees ook ‘n ouer verhaal, maar wat gepas is in die huidige tydsgewrig.

Die volgende skrywers het onder meer vanjaar aan BoekBedonnerd deelgeneem:

Woorde roes in die waterEwebeeldOros vir die sielThe Lion Sleeps TonightDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismBoas Mei is verward
The Beautiful Bowls Of Carolyn MetcalfeLong Road to LiberationAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public SphereWonderboomThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the WorldThe Swan Whisperer
Binnekring van spookasemsPasses and Poorts South AfricaListening to Distant ThunderParool/ParoleKamphoerValsrivierThe South African Gandhi



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Authors in the Great Karoo: Programme for the 2015 Richmond Boekbedonnerd Festival (22 – 24 October)

The 9th Richmond Boekbedonnerd Festival is set to take place from 22 – 24 October and promises a refreshing weekend in the area known as “the land of thirst” – the Great Karoo.

The programme is made up of literary greats, controversial journalists, debut authors, columnists, historians and travel writers. There will be no parallel sessions at the festival so don’t worry, you can see them all! Booktown even caters for rugby enthusiasts as the organisers have ensured that nothing clashes with the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup by adding it to the schedule of events. Another bonus: all talks are free!

Have a look at the programme to see what you can look forward to:

Oros vir die sielDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismBoas Mei is verwardThe Beautiful Bowls Of Carolyn MetcalfeLong Road to LiberationAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere
WonderboomThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the WorldThe Swan WhispererBinnekring van spookasemsPasses and Poorts South Africa
Listening to Distant ThunderParool/ParoleFalse RiverThe Lion Sleeps TonightKamphoerThe South African Gandhi



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Tune in to FMR for JM Coetzee’s “Fine Minds” Radio Lecture about Hendrik Witbooi and the War for Namibia


The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and PsychotherapyJM Coetzee and the Life of WritingThree StoriesJM Coetzee: Two Screenplays

As part of their “Fine Minds” Radio Lecture Series, Fine Music Radio and the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Extra-Mural Studies will be presenting a lecture by JM Coetzee.

In his lecture, Coetzee uses Hendrik Witbooi, a fierce and determined opponent to the German takeover of what is now Namibia, as a focal point in the discussion of that country and 19th century conceptions of war, from both European and African perspectives.

The lecture will be broadcast on Monday, 3 August, at 6 PM. It is 55 minutes long, and will be available as a podcast after the broadcast.

Don’t miss it!

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Join Hans Beukes for the Launch of Long Road to Liberation at The Book Lounge

Book LaunchL Long Road to Liberation

Long Road to Liberation: An Exiled Namibian Activist's PerspectivePorcupine Press would like to invite you to the launch of Long Road to Liberation: An Exiled Namibian Activist’s Perspective by Hans Beukes.

The anti-apartheid activist will relay his tale of struggle and victory on Tuesday, 31 March, at The Book Lounge. The event will start at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Come and listen to Beukes’ tale of winning a scholarship to study at the University of Oslo in Norway and having his passport confiscated the moment he left his homeland.

Don’t miss it!

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In the late 1950s Hans Beukes, a native of the then South West Africa, was a student at the University of Cape Town when he won a ‘solidarity scholarship’ tenable for three years at the University of Oslo in Norway. ‘At your age, Mr Beukes,’ his professor in Constitutional History told him, ‘it ought to be an adventure.’

And so it turned out. As he was about to board an ore carrier bound for Oslo from Port Elizabeth, the South African government confiscated his passport. Back in Cape Town he met an American activist who would become a key figure in the US Civil Rights movement. Allard Lowenstein had no words of comfort for him, but a challenge: ‘Unless some of you are prepared to leave the comfort of your homes to go to fight the regime on the world stage, where they now monopolise opinion, you can forget about getting rid of apartheid.’

Beukes accepted the challenge. Thus was launched ‘the Beukes case’ in the annals of the international tug-of-war about the future of the Territory that would become Namibia.

The author paints a memorable picture of the protracted struggles against the apartheid government and of the ceaseless work done in mobilising international public opinion against the repressive regime.

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Susan Smith resenseer Reisiger te perd deur Piet van Rooyen

Reisiger te perdUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

’n Uitspraak oor die bundel? Ons kan ons in die woorde van die digter die volgende afvra: “is dit wonderlik is dit goed?” (29). ’n Knap bundel? Gewis. Leesbaar? Gewis. Dat die bundel hom tot verdere ontleding leen, dalk vanuit ’n feministiese perspektief? Vir seker. Het die bundel ’n “bruising in [die] bloed” (29) van hierdie leser veroorsaak? Nee.

Te veel testosteroon tussen die bladsye vir hiérdie leser se smaak.


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My Lost Inheritance: The Stories My Grandmother Never Told

Bontle Senne considers the immeasurable value of South African stories for South African children, and shares some upcoming projects that aim to reinvigorate African oral storytelling for the next generation.

African Myths and LegendsBabalelaRefilweFamous Dinosaurs of AfricaJu|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryLet There Be Light

I wish my grandmother had told me stories.

I was often left in the care of my paternal grandmother while both my parents worked full-time jobs. A former domestic worker, she was the kind of granny you see in movies and read about in books, down to her incredible homemade ginger biscuits. As a child, I was obsessed with reading. My parents did not buy me many books but I devoured the fiction section of my primary school library. After I had tired of Babysitters’ Club, Choose Your Own Adventure and Goosebumps, I made my way through Dickens, Austen and other authors who I’m not sure I would have the time or inclination to read now as an adult.

A book was a preferable companion to me than any person or pet but I don’t remember ever reading a South African book outside of school setworks. And even then, our exposure to South African English fiction was limited Maru by Bessie Head who, though born in South Africa, perhaps belongs more fairly to Botswana. My school offered only Afrikaans as an additional language and we read many interesting, complex works in the language. While I enjoyed many of these books immensely, I could not do so without a bit of black middle-class guilt. My father had been among the children who risked their lives in the Soweto Uprising of 1976 protesting against Afrikaans as a language of instruction in their schools and there I was, some 25 years later, happily tucking into Skilpoppe and Vlerkdans. South Africa can be a weird place sometimes.

Had I had the option of taking another indigenous language as a subject, I would certainly have taken it. Had I had any South African or Africa children’s books in my school library, I am sure I read them as enthusiastically as I read Roald Dahl or Jacqueline Wilson. And had my grandmother or mother told me the stories of her grandmother or mother, I think I would have had an even richer relationship with the written word.

The invalidation of oral African storytelling

I understand now why they did not. My work at the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation exposed me to many realities that had never occurred to me as a child. One such reality was that the reason my grandmother did not tell me stories was likely because of the systematic invalidation of African oral storytelling during apartheid and after it.

As my former colleague and current chairperson of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation, Elinor Sisulu, put it:

“The denial of our own stories was perfectly logical in the education system of a racist settler society but I find it difficult to understand why we remain in the same grey area of confusion in post-colonial societies.

Throughout Southern Africa there is little conscious investment in ensuring that African folklore and traditions are reflected in the literature that our children consume in classrooms.” (Quoted from an article that originally appeared in The Times, 22 January 2013, as part of the of the Nal’ibali ‘Here’s the Story’ series of columns)

The education system that I am a product of did not believe that oral storytelling had a place in our curriculum or as a tool to unlock a love of the written word. My grandmother did not believe that she would add value to my education or literacy with her stories and so she did not tell me any. She encouraged me to read everything I could get my hands on but was never concerned about the Eurocentric nature of everything I had access to. And so, with her passing, I lost the stories that my granny had grown up listening to and loving. I will never be able to tell my future children her stories and history of the Senne family. That link to my heritage and my identity is forever severed.

Bringing our stories back

Today, there is a growing recognition of the role that oral storytelling plays in literacy and the acquisition of complex concepts in home and additional languages. In South Africa, PRAESA and Nal’ibali have done much to stimulate more appreciation for the value of our indigenous stories, sharing their multilingual stories online as well as tips for parents trying to share their own.

Early next year, Puku will host its third annual isiXhosa Children’s Story Festival organised in association with the National Arts Festival and Rhodes University and sponsored by Redisa. SAIDE’s African Storybook Project is working with teachers and parents in South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya and Uganda to turn oral stories into digital ones in print or video format. I could list a half a dozen other organisations involved in similar work across the continent but the real tipping point will be in the home. When someone else’s grandmother starts to believe that her stories are valid and in telling them, she is changing the educational outcomes of her grandchildren forever, that will be the signal that we are really making progress on reviving oral storytelling for both urban and rural African children. Until then, I’ve already made it very clear to my future children’s grandmothers that they should start collecting their stories now because there is no way my children will lose the stories of their grandmothers the way I lost the stories of mine.

Bontle Senne is a Golden Baobab Media Fellow who produces articles on behalf of the organisation to promote and highlight the African children literary scene and Golden Baobab’s work. Golden Baobab is an organisation with a dream of seeing a world filled with wonder and possibility one children book at a time. Bontle is a blogger, web editor, speaker and literary activist on the board of NPO Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and NPO READ Educational Trust. She writes stories for FunDza Literary Trust and regularly speaks on social media and children’s literature at international literary festivals and conferences.

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Cindy van Wyk Reviews Half of One Thing by Zirk van den Berg

Half of One ThingVerdict: carrot

Caught between the loyalty he feels towards his country, his somewhat-shaky moral compass and his growing love for Esther Calitz, Gideon Lancaster is a man conflicted.

Often faced with the choice of doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, he must leave one life behind and adopt a completely different one, all in the name of winning the war, and ultimately – staying alive.

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2014 Midlands Literary Festival Programme Features Marguerite Poland and Ashwin Desai

The 2014 Midlands Literary Festival will take place this weekend, with Marguerite Poland, whose new book The Keeper was released a few days ago, Kobus Moolman, who won the 2013 Sol Plaatje European Union Award, Ashwin Desai, whose most recent book is Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township, and many others in attendance.

ChatsworthThe KeeperThe Abundant HerdsTaken Captive by BirdsLeft OverJu|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryField Guide to the Battlefields of South AfricaThe Landscape PainterInterviews with Neville AlexanderOne Hand Washes the Other Into the River of Life

The festival is held on Saturday and Sunday (23 and 24 August) at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. Tickets are R50 for the day.

Christopher Nicholson’s debut short-story collection will be launched at the festival, and other notable authors include Nicki von der Heyde, author of the popular Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, Craig Higginson, who won the UJ prize for his novel The Landscape Painter, and Kerry Jones, co-author of the Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary, which provides San children with a valuable piece of mother-tongue literature.

Festival director Darryl David says securing a visit from Poland was a big coup: “The exciting news is that after eight long years, I have finally bagged one of the great names in South African literature: Marguerite Poland.”

Other books that I am really looking forward to are Chris Albertyn’s book Keeping Time: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Huntley (1964-1974), Barbara Siedle’s book Breathe the Dust, Mike Hardwich’s memoir of being a vet in KZN and Kerry Jones with the first picture book dictionary of a San language ever to be published. Famous dancer Tossie van Tonder comes to the Midlands Literary Festival with the most poetic name and a book to match. And Howick High pupil Jonathan William will undoubtedly talk on the most fascinating topic of the festival: a history of Japanese comics. I met Jonathan while buying a bunny chow at Mac Curry in Howick. There was something about how he opened this tome that told me – here was a book lover. A talk not to be missed!

But what fills my heart with pride on this our fifth anniversary is the people who have supported us since year one. The likes of acclaimed Pietermaritzburg poet Kobus Moolman; the legendary Ian Player, a man who should surely be honoured in the Icons of SA project. Judge Chris Nicholson who will unveil his debut short story anthology and Ashwin Desai, undoubtedly the most prolific author in SA. His latest book is definitely going to feature in my top five reads of 2014.

For more information contact Darryl David, on 082 576 4489 or, or Sandra Murphy, on 033 330 2461.

2014 Midlands Literary Festival Programme

9 am — 9.30 am: Kobus Moolman – Left Over.
9.30 am — 10 am: Jonathan Williams – A Drifting Life (Japanese comic history).
10 am — 10.30 am: Kerry Jones — There’s a n!aq’u in my dictionary.
10.30 am — 11.15 am: tea.
11.15 am — noon: Marguerite Poland: Nguni — The Abundant Herds and Other Inspirations.
noon — 12.30 pm: Nicky von der Heyde — Field Guide to the Battlefields of SA.
12.30 pm — 1 pm: Craig Higginson — Working as a Novelist and Playwright.
1 pm — 1.30 pm: Beryl Arikum — Pilgrimage.
2.30 pm — 3 pm: Di Smith: You’re Awesome — Living a Fulfilled Life.
3 pm — 3.30 pm: Mike Hardwich — The Rhino and the Rat: Further Memoirs of a Vet.
3.30 pm — 4.15 pm: Tossie van Tonder: My African Heart.
10 am — 10.30 am: Ashwin Desai – The Archi-texture of Durban. A Skapie’s Guide.
10.30 am — 11 am: Darryl David – Interviews with Neville Alexander. The Power of Languages against the Language of Power.
11 am — 11.30 am: Chris Nicholson — Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers.
11.30 am — noon: Barbara Siedle — Breathe the Dust.
2 pm — 2.30 pm: Ian Player — Crisis in Rhino Protection.
2.30 pm — 3 pm: Chris Albertyn — Keeping Time: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Huntley (1964-1974).

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