my love for kiswahili grammar


Great! A man like him. A lover of grammar. How many of this kind of men are still alive? His searches the building blocks of sentences and meaning. He collect and disects, he puts order into words. He guards the slippery slopes of meanings.  And the memories of ‘Simplified Swahili’ (1970 and many more years … Continue reading my love for kiswahili grammar

literary discourse: read aloud


Kibera is a gigantic informal settlement, a slum, a favela, a plakkersdorp, in the Kenyan capital city Nairobi. The capital city has much of glitter and glitzy lifestyles and the accompanying richess. But not everyone shares in this wealth. Two young ladies (Maureen Karanja and Prisca Mawia) have decided to set up a library in … Continue reading literary discourse: read aloud

we have to be merciful


Only last year he published his first literary production. Shukri al-Mabkhout was alreay known in literary and academic circles. He did translation work and wrote a weekly column.  Now he has been selected for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. In this interview he talks about his work and his writing and this year his second … Continue reading we have to be merciful

letter from morocco


A political setting has an effect on the situation of the writing scene. Here we find a view on the situation in the North African country Morocco. The writer Mohamed Nedali (who returned to Morocco) gives his opinion on the state of the monarchy, on the commercial influence of the king, on the low intake … Continue reading letter from morocco