uncanny mini interview


She read the Lord of the Rings and this book by Tolkien inspired her to write fantasy stories herself. She hit the headlines with the publication of her first novel A Stranger in Olondria. Here you find a mini interview with Sofia Samatar who promises to be more than mini in her future career. 

writing about home, away from home


There are books that tell you about the life of an African who has wandered into the wider world and encounters all kinds of helping and unhelping attitudes. He or she becomes conscious of his or her background, feels at home or not at home in this new world, that is mostly the western world.  … Continue reading writing about home, away from home

three new poems


The South African writer Antjie Krog is known for her non-fiction work. What springs to mind is her work in reporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, trying to lay bare life under apartheid.   But maybe most of all she is a poet. When she was 17 years young her first collection of poems was … Continue reading three new poems