the strange case of the novelist from egypt


The Egyptian novelist Maguib Mahfouz did not deliver himself his acceptance speech when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. The speech itself was deliverd by someone else.  In the read speech the awarded novelist mentioned a question about the possibilities and impossibilities of winning such a prize by a writer of a … Continue reading the strange case of the novelist from egypt

my up and close encounters with uganda’s


Yesterday afternoon I referred you to an article in which it was claimed that Mongo Beti is the father of African literature. I think it is debatable. Who can lay claim to that? And what are the criteria that you use for determining his fatherhood? Is there a literary DNA to show he is the … Continue reading my up and close encounters with uganda’s

dressed to write


What to wear when you want to write a good novel? Chapter one: jeans; chapter two: a skirt; chapter three: a dress; chapter four: shorts.  Or when you want to receive a prize for a good novel? (see above) Do I want to know, because I just want to read the book that has been … Continue reading dressed to write

marlene van niekerk in gesprek met alfred schaffer


It took place in the South African town of Stellenbosch. Two writers met. One is from South Africa, Marlene van Nikerk. The other is from The Netherlands, Alfred Schaffer. But they both work at the University of Stellenbosch, at the Department of Afrikaner and Dutch langtuage. The two writers met and talked about their work. … Continue reading marlene van niekerk in gesprek met alfred schaffer

the father of African literature


Most of you know who your father is. Even in broken families his name is known, even though you may have little contact with him. But who is the father of African literature? You may think of Chinua Achebe who was the editor of the African Writers Series, and who published his books in this … Continue reading the father of African literature

everything i produce is african


In the merry month of June Kampala, Uganda, was brimming with writers and hangers-on, who attended The Writivism Festival. One of the participants was NoViolet Bulawayo.  The Ugandan promoter of literature Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire took some time to talk to Bulawayo and you find some of the main topics of this converstation here.