building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet


The country is not recognized by the outside world. But the place does exist. Somaliland. Many poets and oral writers have lived in this area. Telling stories, singing songs, crafting poems.  Hergeisa is a hub in cultural expressions. Writing, singing, dancing. It was all present at this month’s Hergeisa Book Festival. A festival that is … Continue reading building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet

how to be a great african writer


I have subtitled my blog “books from and about Africa”. This gives me a wide range of books to chose from. People from all continents can be included, as long as they refer to Africa in their book(s). Books published in far away places can be included, as long as there is a link with … Continue reading how to be a great african writer

real meal revolution


Yesterday evening people waited with anxiety in Durban, South Africa. There was an award to be anounced. It was all about the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award. It is the fourteenth time the Booksellers in South Africa congregate to vote for the book they most enjoyed selling in 2013. Some hot names were on the … Continue reading real meal revolution

how to write about the deaths of


It can be hard to write the right words at the right time in order to bring a terrific situation into the spotlight. Sisonke was asked to write about a severe problem in South African society. It is about the killings of black lesbians in the townships. She links these killings to the recent happenings … Continue reading how to write about the deaths of