Several fellow writers remember the South African author Nadine Gordimer. One of these writers is Gillian Slovo. Even though she lives in England since 1964 her past is linked strongly to the South African world. Her father was Joe Slovo, leader of the South African Communist party, he was heavily involved with the Truth- and … Continue reading my hero: nadine gordimer
This time no Nadine Gordimer. No Okwiri Oduor. And no Wole Soyinka. We move to the South Africa writer Zukiswa Wanner. This writer admits that she reads two books a week. But what kind of books does she read? She reveals it to Yemi Adebisi, from the Daily Independent (Nigeria).
The year 2000 saw the start of the Cain Prize in the United Kingdom. A prize for African Literature, to be precise: an orginal short story. There are many countries in Africa, but how many of them have a winner on its soil? Are men better short story writers than women? Or the other way … Continue reading kenya’s okwiri wins but …..
One of the results of the colonial intervention in Africa was the influx of dominant languages. The British Empire took along its Oxford English (and some English varieties). The French took their French of Academie Class along (and some local brews). So did the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Germans, the Spanish etcetera. Many local languages … Continue reading writers and their language of choice