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Fiction Friday: Excerpt from Wamuwi Mbao's "The Ninth Wave", from Adults Only

Adults OnlyBurnet Media has shared an excerpt from Wamuwi Mbao’s “The Ninth Wave”, from this year’s Short.Sharp.Stories anthology Adults Only.

In an interview with Adults Only editor Joanne Hichens, Mbao said his story was inspired by Tennyson, and how love or lust can become a destructive force.

“‘The Ninth Wave’ is a story about the currents that pass between people in moments of desire,” Mbao says, “and about how those currents have the potential to express themselves as destructive energy. The title draws from a section of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King – specifically the coming of Arthur –

“Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
Till last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame”

Which I thought beautifully captured the energy I was trying to convey in the story.”

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Read an excerpt from “The Ninth Wave”:

Excerpt from Wamuwi Mbao's The Ninth Wave, from Adults Only by Books LIVE

 

About the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards:

The Short.Sharp.Stories Awards for South African short-story fiction are presented each year by the National Arts Festival. An anthology of selected stories is published annually, with the theme set for writers differing from year to year. The winning stories, selected from the stories to be published, by a panel of independent judges, are announced at an annual launch event at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. It is the aim of these awards to encourage, support, and showcase established and emerging South African writing talent. The Awards are curated by Joanne Hichens.

The title, and theme, for the 2015 competition is Incredible Journey

From Short.Sharp.Stories: Think road trip, or futuristic ride, or a journey of the mind. Or think more laterally. But whether the story moves purely through the sheer force of the imagination or ambles along on dusty, pot-holed South African roads, whether the protagonists stay in the country or venture forth into new terrain by train or boat or plane (or foot), the story must retain a South African nuance and sensibility. The title INCREDIBLE JOURNEY allows the writer the scope to create a pulsing narrative with forward-moving momentum, though some journeys may be less fast-moving and powered more by reflection. We’ll be looking for stories which move us from A to B – or from A to Z with any number of letters in between. We’re looking for the what-happens-next factor, but also for stories that move us emotionally. Mainly, we want to be enthralled and intrigued by a sense of change that cannot fail to be experienced as we get to the last lines of your story. Your incredible journey can be one of political or personal change; it can be inspirational or can focus on a small challenge. The landscape may alter radically … but please, we’re not looking for descriptive essays. As ever, we want uniquely South African voices – voices, in this case, that capture roller-coaster rides of incredible experience.

The author of the Best Story prize will win R20 000, out of a total of R35 000 in prize money. The deadline is 30 November.

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Video: Herman Lategan gesels oor die pyn waaruit sy kreatiwiteit spruit

Binnekring van spookasems“Seepunt is ’n mikrokosmos vir Suid-Afrika en vir die lewe en baie het daar gebeur wat my kreatiwiteit gevoed het en wat my op ’n weird manier laat voel het soos ’n outsider, maar ook nie soos ’n outsider nie.”

Só het Herman Lategan onlangs gesê tydens ’n onderhoud op kykNET se laataand geselsprogram, Flits. Die Binnekring van spookasems-outeur het gesels oor sy hegte band met sy ma, sy moeilike kinderjare en sy kortstondige verhouding met sy pa. “Vrouens wat kinders alleen grootmaak is eintlik heroes. Daai vrouens doen ongelooflike werk,” het hy gesê.

Lategan het vertel hoe vervreemding en ontheemding sy skrywersoog ingestel het op randeiers. Kyk na die onderhoud:

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Carmen Williams Reviews Adults Only: Stories of Love, Lust, Sex and Sexuality by Joanne Hichens

Adults Only: Stories of love, lust, sex and sexualityVerdict: carrot

If your experience with the erotic fiction genre has only ever gone as far as reading 50 Shades of Grey, or a Mills and Boons book while on holiday, then you might want to give this book a try for a taste of something different.

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Join SJ Naude at The Book Lounge for the Launch of The Alphabet of Birds with Michiel Heyns

Alphabet of Birds Launch

 
The Alphabet of BirdsAnd Other Stories, Umuzi and The Book Lounge would like to invite you to the launch of The Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naudé.

Naudé will be speaking about his collection of short stories with Michiel Heyns.

The launch is happening at The Book Lounge on Tuesday, 4 November, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!
 
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  • Date: Tuesday, 4 November 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Michiel Heyns
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Foto's van die bekendstelling van ’n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg deur Harry Kalmer (Plus: Uittreksel)

Boekbekendstelling: 'n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg

 
’n Duisend stories oor JohannesburgHarry Kalmer en die kunstenaar Willem Boshoff was in gesprek tydens een van die bekendstellings van ’n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg: ’n Stadsroman. Die geleentheid het by die Troyeville Hotel in Johannesburg plaasgevind en Kalmer het vertel dat baie van die stories in die boek naby die hotel afgespeel het tydens die 2008 xenofobiese aanvalle.

Kalmer en Boshoff ken mekaar al lank – Boshoff het immers die inspirasie vir die boek verskaf. Hulle het gesels oor die titel van die boek, die intriges tussen die karakters en die stad wat die boek geïnspireer het. Boshoff het gesê ’n mens kan die boek saamneem op ’n toer deur die ou deel van Johannesburg omdat dit so wonderlik akkuraat is.

Kalmer het die aand afgesluit met ’n voorlesing uit ’n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg. Sien foto’s van die bekendstelling onderaan die artikel.

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Quiellerie het ’n uittreksel gedeel uit ’n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg waarin een van die karakters, Sara, elke aand stories voorlees uit ’n Duisend-en-een nagte. Soos Sjeherazade lees sy dieselfde stories oor en oor vir haar kinders, terwyl sy terugdink aan haar eie kinderjare en die plaas wat haar pa aan die kapitalis verkoop het.

Lees die uittreksel:

Die storieboek wat Sara elke aand vir die tweeling lees, is al amper weer klaar en sy weet sy sal dan weer van voor af moet begin.

Maar sy gee nie om nie. Sy geniet dit nog steeds, selfs al ken sy die boek uit haar kop. “Ali Baba en die veertig rowers”, “Sinbad die Matroos”, “Aladdin en sy towerlamp”, en al die ander stories wat Sjeherazade aand na aand aan die Sultan moet vertel om haar eie lewe te red.

Haar skoondogter was reeds twee weke weg toe haar seun haar kom vra het of sy sal omgee om na die tweeling te kyk. Sonder sy vrou was die lewe te moeilik in die pastorie.

Van haar ander kinders het hulle skoonsuster verkwalik omdat sy Duitsland toe is.

Maar Sara kan nie kwaad wees nie. As sy kon, sou sy Egipte toe gegaan het om haar jongste seun te gaan soek wat nooit van die oorlog af teruggekom het nie.

Die briewe wat haar skoondogter huis toe stuur en wat haar seun in die hardop-voorlees uit Duits vertaal, breek haar hart. Nie die huis waar haar skoondogter grootgeword het, die skool waarheen sy gegaan het of die hospitaal waar die tweeling gebore is, het bly staan nie.

Van haar broers of haar ouers is daar geen tyding nie.

Soms is die briewe so hartseer dat dit Sara laat dink aan die vrou in die konsentrasiekamp in die tent langs hare. Sy het elke kans wat sy gekry het na haar dooie kind se graf gegaan en so baie getreur, dat sy haar ander kinders verwaarloos het.

Maar sy wat Sara is, sal nie haar skoondogter oordeel nie. Sy was self al genoeg in die duisternis om te weet dat ’n mens soms lank daar moet bly voor jy reg is vir die lig.

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Eddie would go

Eddie Would GoNow that my friend Kev has quit the cocaine and the film industry and the women of loose morals, he works for another of our best friends, Los the Boss, in Johannesburg, project managing the building of things like fast food chicken restaurants and stores in malls for flat screen TVs and mobile phone consortia. (I too work for Los the Boss now but that’s a different story).

There is absolutely no surf in Johannesburg but quite often Kev has to head up north into other African countries where those above types of companies are making more money because South Africa is going down the toilet. Recently Kev went to Ghana where there is surf and when he came back I was there to meet him at the airport. ‘So, I’ve got a story for you,’ he says when we are in the car.