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Spanish Translation of Henrietta Rose-Innes' Nineveh to be Launched in Mexico in October

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Henrietta Rose-Innes has announced that her novel Nineveh will soon be launched in Mexico.

The Spanish translation of Nineveh will be published by Mexican publisher Almadia and Rose-Innes will be at the Oaxaca International Book Fair to launch the book in October.

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Programme for the 2015 ParkWords Parkview Literary Festival Announced

Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.

The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!

This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.

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Lampedusa PieTramp RoyalThe Dream HouseThe Texture of ShadowsMs Conception
Tech-Savvy ParentingHemispheresThe E-Tolls SagaStrange PilgrimagesOut of Line
Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersThieves at the Dinner TableSpeaking Truth to PowerTravel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueOffbeat South Africa


Take a look at the main programme:

ParkWords 2015: Adult Programme



Here is the programme for the young and young at heart:

ParkWords 2015: Children's Programme



More information about ParkWords:

2015 ParkWords Programme


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Author Marguerite Poland Recognised as One of KwaZulu-Natal's Living Legends

The KeeperDie bewakerMarguerite Poland recently received the Land of Legends Association’s Ingwazi Award for her remarkable contribution to the upliftment of her home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Each year the Land of Legends Association recognises those individuals who have held the province’s name up high in their careers and achievements.

The Sunday Times reports that 120 people gathered in the stylish Pearl Room of the Oyster Box to celebrate Poland and fellow recipient of the award, Tourism KZN CEO Ndabo Khosa.

The award is another feather in Poland’s cap, who recently won the 2015 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award for her novel, The Keeper, which tells the story of two generations of lighthouse keepers and the wives who accompany them into a life of frightening isolation.

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Jon Bates of Fordoun Hotel and Spa, who sprang onto the podium with the words “Old men can jump”, presented Poland with her award, saying that “no one paints a better picture in words than Marguerite”.

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The World Responds to Our Science Fiction, so Why Won't We Admit it Exists? - Fred Strydom

The RaftFred Strydom recently wrote an article for Medium in defense of science fiction and fantasy in South Africa.

The author of The Raft ponders South Africans’ tendency to prefer non-fiction over fiction and explains why we need the genre of science fiction to make sense of our world.

Strydom writes: “The truth is that fiction needs a bigger voice in South Africa, and science fiction, being the loudest of all fictions, could be our way of breaking through. As with District 9 by director Neill Blomkamp and Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, the world seems to respond to our science fiction.”

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Science fiction is the genre of invention and re-invention. Of expansion. Of universal truth. Of absolute fabrication. It’s the genre of freedom itself.

In the end, science fiction should be allowed to declare that we’re not only a country of looking back but one of looking forward. Besides writing, producing and reading more of it, we should also, as a nation, be rewarding it. Hell, at least admitting it exists. We could start with new shelves at our local book stores, so that novels such as The Raft don’t have nestle in the brilliant but genre-irrelevant company of other South African novels under “General Africana”. We could also be using speculative fiction in schools to encourage readership in a generation willing to spend their pocket money on some new US science fiction blockbuster every other week, or wait up for it on TV on Saturday nights, or display a favourite make-believe character on their t-shirts.

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Angelique Wildschut, Tamlynne Meyer and Salim Akoojee Report on Artisans and Artisanal Policy in South Africa

Changing Artisanal Identity and StatusThe Human Sciences Research Council recently shared a policy brief by Angelique Wildschut, Tamlynne Meyer and Salim Akoojee regarding changes to the identity and status of artisans in South Africa.

In the report, Wildschut, Meyer and Akoojee, who are also the authors of Changing Artisanal Identity and Status: The Unfolding South African Story, summarise global trends with respect to the status of artisanal work, and how this interacts with specific conditions and recent developments in South Africa.

The authors also highlight three specific findings and their implications for policy.

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Changes to artisanal identity and status in SA: Implications for policy


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’n Vreemde voorstel veroorsaak intrige in Ingrid Winterbach se jongste roman, Vlakwater

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VlakwaterVeelbekronde skrywer en kunstenaar Ingrid Winterbach se jongste roman – Vlakwater – verskyn eersdaags by Human & Rousseau:

Ná die verbrokkeling van sy verhouding vestig die kunstenaar Niek Steyn hom in Kaapstad. Wanneer een van Marthinus Scheepers se varke in Niek se tuin beland, raak hulle bevriend. Charelle Koopman, Niek se loseerder, verdwyn eendag, en ’n welaf kunstenaar maak ’n verdagte aanbod op Niek se huis. Op Stellenbosch skryf ’n vrou met ’n haaslip ’n monografie oor die kuns van die Olivier-broers, en word op ’n dag ooggetuie van ’n moord. Kort hierna nader ’n holwangkêrel haar met ’n vreemde voorstel.

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Ingrid Winterbach is op 14 Februarie 1948 in Johannesburg gebore. Sy matrikuleer aan die Hoërskool Florida. In 1969 behaal sy ’n BA-graad in die Skone Kunste aan die Universiteit van die Witwatersrand, en in 1970 ’n honneursgraad in Afrikaans en Nederlands aan dieselfde universiteit. In 1974 ontvang sy ’n MA-graad in Afrikaans en Nederlands, onder leiding van DJ Opperman, aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch.

Sy is daarna onderwyser, verslaggewer by Die Burger en vir 13 jaar dosent in die kunsdepartement van Universiteit Stellenbosch. Ingrid was daarna ook dosent in Afrikaans en Nederlands aan die Universiteit van KwaZulu-Natal. Sedert 2002 is sy besig om voltyds te skryf en te skilder.

Haar eerste roman, Klaaglied vir Koos, verskyn in 1984 onder die skuilnaam Lettie Viljoen. Sy publiseer ’n verdere vier boeke onder dié naam. Sy ontvang in 1994 die M-Net- en Ou Mutual-prys vir Karolina Ferreira. Buller se plan (1999) is die eerste boek wat onder die naam Ingrid Winterbach verskyn. Ingrid ontvang die Hertzogprys vir prosa in 2004 vir Niggie. Haar agtste roman, Die boek van toeval en toeverlaat, is in 2007 met die M-Net-, WA Hofmeyr-, en die UJ-prys vir skeppende skryfwerk bekroon.