No matter what colour your literary system is: you need readers. You can have your writers. You can have your publishing houses. You can have your bookshops. But where are the readers? Have a look at a new initiative in South Africa.
sa writers: betrayed left, right
If South African literature was a mirror of South African society, what would you see in this mirror? What are the themes that are prominent in the recent books published? Lloyd Gedye takes a closer look in the mirror and he sees more than his own face. He highlights some themes.
grace ogot whetted my appetite
Here you have some contributions by readers of the work of the Kenyan author Grace Ogot. One is critical, the other is showing praise, there is a diversity. All showing sides of Grace Ogot.
wonder woman in soweto
How many wonder women will there be in Soweto, that sprawling suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa? Soweto stands for ‘South Western Townships’, but already for many years has made a name for itself, with over a million people who live and work and sleep and relax there. I guess there are many wonderwomen in this … Continue reading wonder woman in soweto
pen sa’s q & a with rachel zadok
Rachel Zadok has written two novels and she initiated the Short Story Day Africa (SSDA). The short story day started in the United Kingdom. Rachel Zadok brought it to the southern parts of Africa, and now the whole of Africa has been included. Here she answers some questions on her own reading and writing habits.
through the prism of a black dot
Roger Cohen is a man with a priestly background, noting his familyname. He has written a book on nhis mother. The book is titled ‘The girl from human street’. His mother had a tormented life.Cohen describes her life with two atte,mpts at suicide, he found notes of his parents and finally settled down to write … Continue reading through the prism of a black dot