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An Unnatural History: Hedley Twidle Reviews Henrietta Rose-Innes' Green Lion bit.ly/1PdOM7e http://t.co/NhCHFHl7oG

Maggie Marx resenseer Kamee deur Roela Hattingh

KameeUitspraak: wortel

Die woord “kamee” beteken volgens die HAT ook ’n kort letterkundige bydrae wat “iets in fyn en in sterk besonderhede voorstel”. En dit is Hattingh se debuut beslis. Dit stel brose menslikheid in al sy vorms in besonderse detail voor.

In ’n medium wat die afgelope paar dekades aan die agterspeen suig, is Kamee ’n genotvolle toevoeging wat ek trots langs die drie of vier ander kortverhaalbundels op my rak plaas.

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"Ek doen net wat ek doen" - Valiant Swart oor Die Mystic Boer, Afrikaans en sy weersin vir politiek

Trouens en terloopsToorwoorde roep myValiant Swart het verlede maand opgetree by die Wolf-musiekfees in Bloemfontein. Vicus Bürger en Charles Smith het met hom gesels het oor politiek, musiek, Afrikaans en waar die songs vandaan kom.

Die skrywer van Trouens en terloops en Toorwoorde roep my het verduidelik waarom hy so kwaad was toe die Miljoen stemme vir Steve-veldtog hom sonder sy toestemming deel van die Facebook-groep gemaak het: “Ek wil nie aan enigeen van hul groepies behoort nie, want hulle is almal ’n klomp f*cknuts. Politicians – 99,999% van hulle is ’n klomp f*kk*n scumbags …”

Swart het staaltjies gedeel van sy vriendskap met Koos Kombuis, sy vroeë pogings om in ‘n kantoor te werk en die mite dat hy deel was by die Voëlvry-beweging. Hy het gesê dat hy nog nooit oor politiek geskryf het nie: “Ek het geskryf oor seks, drugs en rock & roll, oor die langpad en die liefde en sulke dinge.”

Op die vraag, “Wie is die Mystic Boer?” het Swart gesê: “Ek verkies dat dit vir my ook ’n mystery bly – die songs en waar hulle vandaan kom.”

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Valiant se bierbottel is leeg, maar hy antwoord ’n laaste paar vrae vriendelik.

Hy sê sy werk is nie altyd maklik nie, maar hy is steeds versot op wat hy doen.

“Om daar te staan met ’n kitaar en te sing en mense te vermaak – dit is die lekkerste ding in die wêreld.”

Hoewel hy al die druk daarvan ervaar het om die hele tyd aan te pas soos wat gewilde musiek verander, het hy eindelik agtergekom hy hoef nie “die wiel te herontwerp” nie.

“Ek doen net wat ek doen.”

En hy is nog lank nie klaar nie, Valiant sê hy is steeds op soek na Die Mystic Boer.

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Announcing the Shortlists for the 2015 Media24 Books Literary Awards

 
Alert! The shortlists for the 2015 Media24 Books Literary Awards have been announced.

The Media24 Books Literary Awards are awarded to books published between 1 January and 31 December 2014 by the Media24 Books group. The winner in each category will receive R35 000. In the category Illustrated Children’s Books, the author and the illustrator will share the prize money. This adds up to a total prize money of more than R200 000 to be awarded this year.

Last year’s winners included Dominque Botha (published by Umuzi, but deemed too strong not to be included on the list), Marlene van Niekerk, Etienne van Heerden, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, SA Partridge, Linda Rode, and Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson

The winners will be announced at a special event at the Hilton Hotel in Cape Town on 5 June.

Without further ado, here are the shortlisted titles:
 

Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Fiction

  • Face-Off by Chris Karsten (Human & Rousseau)
A Sportful MaliceFace-OffRachel’s Blue

 

Recht Malan Prize for Afrikaans and English Non-fiction

  • Justice by Edwin Cameron (Tafelberg)
JusticeLost and Found in JohannesburgA Man of Good Hope

 
MER Prize for Youth Novels

Alive AgainChuck Norris kan deel deur nulChain Reaction

 
MER Prize for Illustrated Children’s Books

Noko and the Kool KatsDie Dingesfabriek: Jannus En Kriek krimpSpeurhond Willem en die diamantdiewe

 
Elisabeth Eybers Prize for Afrikaans and English Poetry

  • Mede-wete by Antjie Krog (Human & Rousseau)
Karnaval en lentMede-weteAl die lieflike dade

 
WA Hofmeyr Prize for Afrikaans Fiction – novels, short stories and dramas

  • Ester by Kerneels Breytenbach (Human & Rousseau)
  • Kamphoer by Francois Smith (Tafelberg)
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Media24 notes in the press release that four titles are included in this year’s WA Hofmeyr Prize shortlist owing to the quality of the works.

The Jan Rabie Rapport Prize, for a debut work in Afrikaans, will be announced at the kykNET-Rapport Book Prizes later this year.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!
 
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Video: Mbali Kgosidintsi Reads Niq Mhlongo's Story "Goliwood Drama" (Next Up: Abena Ayivor Reading Chibundu Onuzo)

 
Long Story Short has shared a video of Mbali Kgosidintsi reading a story by Niq Mhlongo entitled, “Goliwood Drama”.

AffluenzaDog Eat DogAfter TearsWay Back Home

 
The actress, playwright and poet performed Mhlongo’s story for the second event on the Long Story Short calendar, which took place at the Hammanskraal Community Library recently. “Goliwood Drama” was a finalist in the Twenty in 20 project in 2014.

The Long Story Short initiative is produced by the Pretoria-based art consultancy Kajeno Media under the leadership of Kgauhelo Dube and funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. At the launch of the innovative digital project Hlubi Mboya read “Tender” by author Nozizwe Cynthia Jele.

Watch the video for Kgosidintsi’s spirited performance of “Goliwood Drama”:

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The Spider King's DaughterFor the third public library reading actress Abena Ayivor will perform “Going Home” by Chibundu Onuzo, author of The Spider King’s Daughter.

The event is centred around the theme of engendering tolerance through exposure to African literature and will take place on Saturday, 23 May, at the Saulsville Community Library in Atteridgeville.

Dube says of the message of the day: “Through literature we travel to places we would never be able to, so I believe that the more we read about each others’ realities as Africans; we will stop ‘othering’ each other but rather grow in our mutual acceptance as human beings.”

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#longstorySHORT’s Africa Month reading features popular TV actress Abena Ayivor reading a short story by Nigeria’s Chibundu Onuzo; the award-winning author of The Spider King’s Daughter.

This is the third reading as part of the #longstorySHORT public readings where a capable TV or stage performer reads a short story or novel excerpt to an audience. These recordings are then recorded and packaged into FREE podcasts for consumption at any time.

In reference to the shameful violent attacks against African nationals in South Africa, the usual Q&A after a reading will focus on the potential of stories in prompting forbearance as fellow Africans. Residents of Saulsville and Attredgeville will have the opportunity to share their views of their own personal experiences in relation to Afrophobia and the story that will be read.

“Through literature we travel to places we would never be able to, so I believe that the more we read about each others’ realities as Africans; we will stop ‘othering’ each other but rather grow in our mutual acceptance as human beings,” executive producer Kgauhelo Dube says.

Onuzo’s story “Going Home” will strike a chord as it deals with a UK-based family’s trip to Nigeria. The patriarch of the family is anxious for many reasons: he didn’t marry a Nigerian woman, his children are mixed race and the trip is reawakening many cultural and identity crises within him. Suddenly, he wrestles with where home is.

Ayivor asked to read a West African story, given her ancestry. Her mother is Zambian-South African and father is Ghanaian. She grew up in the Eastern Cape where she was taught to take pride in her Africanness versus nationality.

“#longstorySHORT appealed to me because of its Pan-African focus. Stories speak to these issues of Afrophobia by reminding us that the journey may be different but the core issues are the same. We all want the same things,” she says.

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Learn the Tricks of the Writing Trade from Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Franschhoek Literary Festival

 
The Franschhoek Literary Festival, the annual winelands celebration of books, is almost upon it. Along with an opportunity to engage with authors and poets, and their mind-bending ideas, it is also an opportunity to learn a little bit about becoming a better wordsmith yourself.

Here is a round-up of events that deal with how to create impressive literature, with a focus on topics such as form, structure, subject matter and collaboration.

Some of the highlights include a life-writing master class by acclaimed biographer Lyndall Gordon, a conversation about writing collaboratively between Michael Cope and Ken Barris and “The Joy & Job of Literature”, a discussion about what happens to one’s passion for writing when it becomes your career.

The numbers in square brackets reflect the number for the event, for booking purposes.
Tickets can be booked on Webtickets.

BirdseyeLove Tastes Like StrawberriesHunger Eats a ManWhite WahalaDo Not Go GentleThe Savage HourThe Dream HouseRusty BellThe Alphabet of BirdsDivided LivesExtraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea WardrobeThe Alibi ClubThe Paying GuestsReality, realityWeeping WatersEsther's House Forty Days Without ShadowIkarusTales of the Metric SystemThe Reactive101 DetectivesBlacklandsBred To KillWhat Will People Say: A NovelA Slim, Green SilenceUnimportanceThis One Time

FRIDAY, 15 MAY

10 AM to 11 AM

[5] Just do it…

COUNCIL CHAMBER

What does it take to write a book? asks Palesa Morudu of Máire Fisher (Birdseye), Rosamund Haden (Love Tastes Like Strawberries) and Nkosinathi Sithole (Hunger Eats a Man).

[6] The Joy & Job of Literature

HOSPICE HALL

Karin Schimke asks Ekow Duker (Dying in New York), Futhi Ntshingila (Do Not Go Gentle) and Elaine Proctor (The Savage Hour) when the joy of writing becomes the job of writing. Or does it?

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

[31] Words to Spare

HOSPICE HALL

A book is only as good as the words a writer chooses to use — or to leave out. Alison Lowry speaks to three writers whose words sing, paint, and speak their stories in extraordinary ways: Craig Higginson (The Dream House), Nthikeng Mohlele (Rusty Bell) and SJ Naudé (The Alphabet of Birds).

(17 March: We regret that due to ill health, Marguerite Poland, who was originally to appear in this event, has had to withdraw from the Festival this year.)

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

[34] Life-writing Masterclass (tickets R120; 2 hours)

FRANSCHHOEK LIBRARY

Intrigued by the possibilities and challenges of life writing? This masterclass, presented by literary biographer and memoirist Lyndall Gordon, will deliberate on the choice of subject, research and technique, and the different approaches to the subject. Space is limited.

4 PM to 5 PM

[39] Building Character

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Victor Dlamini asks French writer Romain Puértolas (The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe), Jaco van Schalkwyk (The Alibi Club) and British author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), about the process each follows in creating and developing their characters.

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SATURDAY, 16 MAY

10 AM to 12 PM

[55] Food-writing Workshop (2 hours, R120)

FRANSCHHOEK LIBRARY

The rise of TV celebrity chefs and cooking means more people are interested in food and food writing. Award-winning writer and broadcaster Gwynne Conlyn offers an entrée into the essential ingredients for writing blogs, cookbooks, and features, as well as getting published and promoting yourself.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

[59] When Less Is More

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Four masters of the short story gather to talk about the art and craft of the form. Ivan Vladislavić leads the discussion with Helon Habila, Jackie Kay (Reality, Reality), and SJ Naudé.

1 PM to 2 PM

[70] Telling Tales or Tub-thumping?

HOSPICE HALL

Palesa Morudu from Cover2Cover Books, considers whether social issues have a place in storytelling, and asks Karin Brynard (Weeping Waters), Carol Campbell and Olivier Truc how they avoid using their novels as soap boxes.

4 PM to 5 PM

[85] Talking About Writing

CHURCH HALL

Deon Meyer chews the fat with Imraan Coovadia, Masande Ntshanga and Ivan Vladislavić.

[86] What a Plot I’ve Got!

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Michele Magwood asks Belinda Bauer, Karin Brynard and Franck Thilliez how they plot and plan the structure of their novels.

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SUNDAY, 17 MAY

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

[107] Writing Head Space

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Does writing require a special space, be it in the head or the home, for creativity to flourish? Michele Magwood peeks into the minds of Rehana Rossouw, Beverly Rycroft and Jaco van Schalkwyk to find out where and how they work best.

(17 March: We regret that due to ill health, Marguerite Poland, who was originally to appear in this event, has had to withdraw from the Festival this year.)

[108] Subverting Genre

HOSPICE HALL

Tom Eaton asks Belinda Bauer, Romain Puértolas and Sarah Waters about the problems of writing to expectations in their chosen genres – whether of their readers or publishers. Do they cut their cloth to suit requirements, or go their own ways, regardless?

1 PM to 2 PM

[117] Finding Your Voice

HOSPICE HALL

The director of the UCT Creative Writing Programme, Imraan Coovadia, speaks to Thando Mgqolozana, Nthikeng Mohlele and Alexandra van Tonder (This One Time) about their decision to start writing, how they found their voices (or deliberately resist writing in only one voice), and what it took to get published.

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  • Literary Landscapes: From Modernism to Postcolonialism by Harry Garuba, Ina Grabe, Merry M Pawlowski, Carrol Clarkson, Johan Geertsema
    EAN: 9780230553163
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Huisgenoot-Tempo-toekennings: Stem nou vir jou gunsteling leesboek van die jaar

Watter Afrikaanse leesboek gaan vanjaar met die Huisgenoot-Tempo-toekenning wegstap?

Ester’n Duisend stories oor JohannesburgKamphoerIkarusDie respektabele Meneer HartsliefVermis op Allesverloren

 
Een gelukkige leser kan ’n kans staan om ’n Suzuki SX-4 ter waarde van R295 900 te wen. Om in aanmerking te kom vir die prys maak seker jy stem vir jou gunsteling boek teen Woensdag, 3 Junie.

Die ses boeke in die Leesboek van die jaar-kategorie is almal deur NB-Uitgewers gepubliseer:

  • Ester deur Kerneels Breytenbach

 

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Die stemmery sluit op 3 Junie om middernag. Wenners sal lukraak gekies word. Die beslissing oor wenners is finaal. Wenners moet bereid wees dat hul naam en foto gepubliseer word. Die wenners sal in kennis gestel word. Pryse is nie oordraagbaar nie en kan nie vir kontant geruil word nie. Jy moet ’n geldige rybewys hê en ouer as 18 wees om te kwalifiseer vir die groot prys van Suzuki.

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