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Listen to five short stories by Nadine Gordimer (including Loot read by the author) via @openculture:

New submissions closed till February 2015

slushpileWe’re closing new manuscript submissions till February 2015. Modjaji is a tiny publishing company, mostly just me, and an intern and a team of amazing freelancers. Modjaji has been going since 2007 and we’ve published over 60 titles. Seven years on – I need a break from the flow of 20 or more submissions a week and time to reflect on what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We also need time to work on what we have already taken on and to get those manuscripts out into the world. So if you were thinking of submitting to Modjaji, hang onto your manuscripts till February and we’ll open the submissions doors again.

A Threnody For The Victims of Marikana, Screening at Wits, Friday 25 July

Mary Corrigall reviews Night is Coming, which will screen at Wits Club, West Campus, Friday 25 July at 5pm:

Artists Respond to Marikana

Henrietta Rose-Innes Speaks About Her Upcoming Novel, Green Lion

NinevehAerodrome’s Alexander Matthews recently interviewed Henrietta Rose-Innes about her working life, including what she does when she gets stuck creatively, the best advice she’s ever been given and a look at where she writes.

Earlier this week Rose-Innes shared a story on Books LIVE which she constructed out of the first lines from the short stories on the Twenty in 20 longlist.

In the interview, Rose-Innes also spoke a bit about her upcoming novel, Green Lion: “It’s set in a very slightly alternative-universe Cape Town, where the mountain has been fenced off for the preservation of endangered species. My hero works at the old zoo, which now houses a project to rebreed the extinct Cape black-maned lion. He gets obsessed with a lioness and everything goes horribly wrong.”

Read the interview:

What does “writing” mean?

I had to look this up. Wikipedia says that “The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader.” So there you have it. One can apparently do it with clay tablets, bamboo slats, incised turtle shells, knotted cords, typewriters and “various forms of word processors”.

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Join Marie Heese for the Launch of Haiku for Africa at the National Arts Festival

Haiku for AfricaScent of Invisible FootprintsThe National English Literary Museum (NELM) will be hosting the launch of Haiku for Africa, by Marie Heese, during the National Arts Festival.

The launch will take place at the Eastern Star Education Centre, in Anglo-African Street in Grahamstown, in a combined event with Pitika Ntuli’s Scent of the Invisible Footprint.

See you there!

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Read a Preview of the New Issue of Chimurenga's Pan-African Gazette, the Chronic

One Day I Will Write About This PlaceHead on FireBurma BoyGirls at War

The new issue of Chimurenga‘s Pan-African gazette, Chronic, features Binyavanga Wainaina meeting Youssou N’Dour; Willem Boshoff; Lesego Rampolokeng’s interview of Mafika Gwala; Mogorosi Motshumi on the lack of Black Consciousness in South African comics; and an insert containing the lost issue of Zebulon Dread’s Hei Voetsek!

For the new issue of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, the Chronic, the focus is on graphic stories; comic journalism. Blending illustrations, photography, written analysis, infographics, interviews, letters and more, visual narratives speak of everyday complexities in the Africa in which we live.

Chronic, a quarterly publication which was launched in March last year, was born out of “an urgent need to write our world differently”. It is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Intitut. The print edition is available at selected stockists, or direct from Chimurenga’s online shop.

Read an excerpt from Chronic’s interview with Mogorosi Motshumi:

Graeme Arendse: After the end of apartheid much of the cultural activity that accompanied the struggle dissipated…

Mogorosi Motshumi: That’s right. Some of the casualties included what was known as the alternative media. I think there was the mutual belief among both funders and activists that certain objectives had been achieved and that the road to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow had been cleared. There was so much hope for, and anticipation of, new beginnings. Suddenly there were no publications like Learn and Teach and Upbeat and Staffrider and New Nation. I ended up doing sports cartoons for City Press and Daily Sun. For me, the transition from pre- to post-apartheid cartooning and general cultural activism matter is as basic as right versus wrong. Evil cannot be right simply because it wears a black face.

Chimurenga Chronic New Edition – Preview! by Books LIVE

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