okwiri oduor unapologetic about being herself


Okwiri received the Caine Prize and she was in South Africa for a literary festival. During her time in the South she was interviewed about herself, about her old name and her new name and why the change had taken place.  Okwiri is not keen on divulging private information, but still this interview is a … Continue reading okwiri oduor unapologetic about being herself

the sa lit issue won’t go away


There is the issue of language. In what language to read and write and publish? There is the issue of nation. Will the books be written by a citizen of a nation for fellow citizens in a familiar stting in that nation? Or will literature transcend these barriers and hindrances?  This issue is taken up … Continue reading the sa lit issue won’t go away

zelda la grange shares


Zelda la Grange was in close contact with Nelson Mandela for many years. Recently she published a book on her former employer. In this interview she shares some thought about the years with Nelson Mandela, the heritage of apartheid, and the way we look at South Africa now.  

NB-uitgewers bring hulde aan verna vels


Just the other day Vera Vels passed away in South Africa. She was a wellknown writer in her native South Africa. She wrote children’s books (“Liewe Heksie” !), made them into television programmes and did many other things. Here you find a bird’s eye view of her life and impact. 

letters home and the short story


When was the last time you wrote a letter? Letterwriting is fast disappearing, for people use mail, what’s app and other emans (do not forget the old old telephone, in whatever form). In days gone by people would sit down, take a sheet of blank paper, a pen, an inkwell and they thought about what … Continue reading letters home and the short story