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Listen to five short stories by Nadine Gordimer (including Loot read by the author) via @openculture: fb.me/6CqAHMz7y

Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Read All the Tweets from Exclusive Book’s Local Speculative Fiction Twitter Town Hall

Sharp EdgesWhen the Sea is Rising RedHouse of Sand and SecretsDark WindowsThe Three

Sister-SisterFor the Mercy of WaterNinevehApocalypse Now NowThe Space Race

Zoë Hinis from Exclusive Books organised a Twitter Town Hall discussion on speculative fiction last Thursday, with local authors starting the discussion off and readers joining in along the way. Hinis writes that the discussion was “a veritable snowstorm” with 1064 tweets going out and #SpecFic trending nationally. “It was definitely a wonderful success, with insightful opinions and hard questions being asked about the state of speculative fiction both locally and globally,” she says.

Local authors that took part included SA Partridge, Cat Hellisen, Louis Greenberg, Sarah Lotz, Rachel Zadok, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Alex Latimer, Karen Jayes and Charlie Human.

I don’t think I’ve ever had to scramble so hard to keep up with a veritable snowstorm of tweets. We were very lucky to have nine amazing authors join in us for two whole hours, alongside a few guest authors who dropped in to share their thoughts and views on the past, present and future of South African speculative fiction. Many, many thanks to SA Partridge, Cat Hellisen, Louis Greenberg, Sarah Lotz, Rachel Zadok, Karen Jayes, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Charlie Human, and Alex Latimer for their time and brilliance.

The discussion covered issues such as what the definition of speculative fiction actually is and whether it’s necessary to incorporate local elements into speculative fiction. Book recommendations were shared, as were the names of publishing houses that are open to submissions in the genre.

Read some of the tweets below or click through for the full collection. Also have a look at the local speculative fiction that Exclusives is offering at a discount for the rest of the month.

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Fiction Friday: “Waking” by Cat Hellisen

 
House of Sand and SecretsWhen the Sea is Rising RedCat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red and the recently published House of Sand and Secrets, contributed a short story to the latest issue of Apex Magazine, which publishes works of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Read this week’s Fiction Friday, “Waking” by Hellisen, in which the protagonist describes the Museum of Angelic Artefacts where some of the remains of the angels, who stopped arriving before her parents were born, are kept. The museum houses metal skeletons and and even a few bio-parts of the angels, who did not do much once they had arrived: “They just stood there, blinking. No celestial messages of deliverance, no words from distant stars. After a while, they died. Fell apart.”

The Museum of Angelic Artefacts was a road–side attraction; a blip on the map where families stopped to stretch their legs and maybe take in an old film of the visitations. They would round out their break with a trip to the shops to buy coffee and ice cream, a postcard to put in a drawer and forget.

It wasn’t a big museum, as these things go. Most of the display was of small mechanical pieces; cogs and electrodes and bits of broken chips. A few whole metal skeletons were in the main display at the back of the house, and they were the pieces that drew the biggest crowds. The bio–parts of the angels were harder to find, although we did possess a small glass–topped trunk with an embalmed hand that was supposed to have come from one of the first angel visitations. Of course, there are fingers of Gabriel in several museums.

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Ruan Fourie resenseer Back to Villa Park deur Jenny Robson

Back to Villa ParkUitspraak: wortel

Sien die skrywer as ’n eksentrieke kok wat in ’n groot kombuis staan en kook. Bo die stoof is daar rye en rye botteltjies wat soos Robertsons Spices se botteltjies gekleur en gemerk is; ons kan sê die groen botteltjies is vir nuwe onverwagse verwikkelinge in die storielyn, die bruin botteltjies is vir plekke waar die storie afspeel en die oranje botteltjies bevat karakters.

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Fiction Friday: “Running for Her Life” by Maria Phalime

Second ChancesMaria Phalime won the 2013 Maskew Miller Longman Youth Literature Award in the English category for her novel Second Chances. She recently shared a new story with Aerodrome, titled “Running for her Life”.

For this week’s Fiction Friday, read Phalime’s story about Victoria, who is not looking forward to her wedding anniversary at all:

Victoria knew they were talking about her. She could see them through the tinted glass of her office window, huddled together like rats in a corner. Occasionally one of them would glance in the direction of her office, envy written on her face. Debbie, the marketing assistant, had been brave enough to approach her earlier that morning, and Victoria had been deliberately evasive.

“Big day, hey,” Debbie had said.

“What?” Of course she knew what Debbie was referring to, but she resented the intrusion.

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Melindi Fourie resenseer Amper Einstein deur Christien Neser

Amper EinsteinUitspraak: wortel

Leonard “Lennie” is in Gr.10, en hy is keelvol vir sy jonger boetie Micha. Hy moet altyd agter hom skoonmaak. Boonop was sy pa ’n paar jaar gelede in ’n motorongeluk en is van toe af verlam. Dit is daarom altyd Leonard wat sy boetie moet gaan soek wanneer hy besluit om weg te loop.

Micha is baie talentvol, maar hy is baie aandagafleibaar. Daar moet altyd baie duidelike ‘reëls’ vir Micha opgestel word. As hy byvoorbeeld ʼn reël het wat sê dat hy nie miere met ’n vergrootglas mag brand nie, dink hy hy mag die bure se hond daarmee brand, omdat die reëls niks daarvan sê nie.

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Skryf in vir die Nasionale Skryfwedstryd en wen ’n gratis slypskool met Chanette Paul asook R15 000

Siende blindSirkusboereOor 'n motorfiets, 'n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan wordThomas@vrees.netSpring

Die Bloemfonteinse Skrywersvereniging (BSV) bied weer vanjaar hul Nasionale Skryfwedstryd aan. Bekende, gevestigde skrywers soos Jaco Jacobs, Carina Diedericks-Hugo, Sonja Loots en Fanie Viljoen se name verskyn op die lys van vorige wenners van dié skryfwedstryd. Vanjaar se eersteprys sluit R15 000 prysgeld in en wenners uit die verskillende kategorieë word genooi na ‘n spesiale gratis skryfskool waar die gewilde skrywer Chanette Paul, outeur van onder meer Siende blind wat pas aangewys is as LAPA-lesers se gunstelingleesboek, leiding sal neem.

“Veral skoolgroepe en tersiêre studente word aangemoedig om in groot getalle deel te neem aan hierdie tradisieryke skryfwedstryd met ’n heerlike verskeidenheid kortprosa- en poësie-onderwerpe. Ook vir Afrikaanse niemoedertaaldeelnemers is daar aanmoedigingspryse en ’n slypskoolbeurs op die spel. Genres waaraan skole en volwassenes kan deelneem, is: kortverhale, kortkortverhale, sketse/vertellings, essays en gedigte,” skryf Corlietha Swart, voorsitter van die BSV, op LitNet.

Skryfwedstrydwenners kom in aanmerking vir prysgeld, trofeë en sertifikate. Verder woon alle wenners, ook diegene wat eervol vermeld is, die BSV-Slypskool vir ontluikende skrywers gratis by. Hierdie geleentheid word vanjaar op Saterdag, 23 Augustus 2014 deur Chanette Paul, wat pas vir die tweede maal as gewildste skrywer by Lapa met die Lekkerlittoekenning vereer is, in Bloemfontein aangebied. Boonop word die skryfwedstrydwenners se weninskrywings jaarliks in die BSV-publikasie, Inkvars, gepubliseer. Dis ’n publikasie wat deur die Stichting tot Bevordering van Culturele Betrekkingen, Nederland/ Zuid-Afrika befonds word en met groot vrug deur stelwerkonderwysers in stelwerkklasse gebruik word, omdat die beoordelaarsverslae en –aanbevelings ook hierin opgeneem word as nuttige riglyne vir ontluikende skrywers.

Ons wag vir u inskrywings! Skryfwedstrydreëls en inskrywingsvorms kan self elektronies afgelaai word by http://bloemsv.wordpress.com of u kan die BSV-sekretaresse, Lelani Fourie, kontak by bloemsv@gmail.com of by sel. 0733883377. Lekker skryf!

“Skryf ‘n kortverhaal, kort-kortverhaal, skets of opstel oor enige of sommer al die onderwerpe! Daar is tot onderwerpe vir gedigte wat so reg in elkeen se kraal sal pas!” Só skryf die BSV op hul blogruimte ter aanmoediging van inskrywings. Die temas spreek tot oud en jonk en sluit ‘n groot verskeidenheid in, van ‘Maanlanding 2025′ en ‘Haar wit serp’ tot ‘Moord agter die koraalrif’:

SKOLE: JUNIORS (Gr.8 en 9)
‘n Titseltjie towerkrag.
‘n Hond met ‘n humorsin.
Geraamte(s).
Het jy die nuwe onnie gesien?!
Maanlanding 2025.
Die vreemde skool.

SKOLE: SENIORS (Gr.10 tot 12)
Aangenome kind.
Stad onder die see.
Die plaashuisspook.
Van watter planeet?!
Is jy méns, of masjien?
Op die bloedspoor…

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Moynenne Mortimer resenseer Sonder Chocolate Charlie deur Marga Jonker

Sonder Chocolate CharlieUitspraak: wortel

Aan die voet van die Sneeuberge is die Solitaire Perdestoetery. Nell spandeer die Aprilvakansie saam met haar familie daar, maar sy is nie haarself nie. Nell was die vorige Desember met haar skouspringperd, Chocolate Charlie in ‘n ongeluk en Charlie is dood. Nell kan niks onthou van daardie dag nie.

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Leonora van Rooyen resenseer My hart is vol graffiti deur Tania Brink

My hart is vol graffitiUitspraak: wortel

Met Lara en haar beste vriendin, Vanessa, wat dit waag om in die donker nag rond te sluip op soek na ’n graffiti-kunstenaar, loop die spanning hoog.

Dis ongetwyfeld waar dat die titel en voorblad van ’n storie oor die prominentste aantrekkingskrag beskik. Geeneen spandeer geld op ’n boek met die naam dwelm of depressie of swangerskap daarin nie, ja seker net as daar ’n sterk behoefte heers. Dié onderwerpe is al suf geskryf en gelees. Dit het rêrig tyd geword vir ’n nuwe onderwerp en dit skyn asof Tania Brink dit besef.

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Marnus Kok resenseer Wraak deur Danielle Bakhuis, vertaal deur Jaco Jacobs

WraakUitspraak: wortel

Kristie is jonk en verlief en dit boonop op gewildste en aantreklikste ou in haar skool. Sy dagdroom oor hom en wens dat sy aan Henk se sy is. Natuurlik kyk hy nie eens na haar nie, terwyl haar hele bestaan om Henk Maree wentel.
Wanneer hy haar uiteindelik raaksien, is Kristie so uit die veld geslaan oor sy skielike belangstelling in haar dat sy nie in staat is om logies te redeneer nie. “Ek het so hard vir hom geval dat ek skoon ’n naar gevoel op die krop van my maag gekry het.”

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Shortlist for 2013/2014 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature Announced

Alert! Sanlam and Tafelberg have announced the names of the finalists in the 2013/2014 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature.

Last year’s shortlistees Maya Fowler and Jenny Robson are both on the shortlist again, as well as Annelie Ferreira, who won gold in the Afrikaans category for Tot Siens, Koning Arthur last year, and Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, who won Gold in the African langauges category for his Setswana book Mmudubudu.

Given every second year, the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature awards a total of R54 000, with R12 000 going to the (gold) winners and R6 000 going to the silver runners-up in each category.

Dreaming of LightTot siens, Koning ArthurMmudubuduHoopvolYihlati leli

The authors weren’t restricted to a single theme this year, so the shortlist includes a variety of manuscripts. A record number of isiZulu entries were received. Winners will be announced in October and the winning manuscripts will be published and made available in both print and eBook.

English category

  • Alastair Smurthwaite (Johannesburg)
  • Jenny Robson (Maun, Botswana)
  • Andrew Salomon (Cape Town)
  • Andre Eva Bosch (Cape Town)
  • Carolyn Morton (Port Elizabeth)
  • Adeline Radloff (Cape Town)

Afrikaans category:

  • Maya Fowler (Cape Town)
  • Jelleke Wierenga (Orania)
  • Dawie Louw (Somerset West)
  • Pieter Verwey (Johannesburg)
  • Annelie Ferreira (Bristol, Wales)
  • Carin Krahtz (Centurion)

African languages:

  • Sipho R Kekezwa, IsiXhosa (Cape Town)
  • Tsireledzo Mushoma, Tshivenda (Johannesburg_
  • Olive Dineo Kekana, Sepedi (Johannesburg)
  • Mbongeni C Mzimande, IsiZulu (Port Shepstone)
  • Dumisani Simon Hlatshwayo, IsiZulu (Johannesburg)
  • Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, Setswana (Rustenburg)

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