lorna dadi: writing is more

Living in Tanzania and a Chinese publisher publishes your first book? This is what happened to Lorna Dadi. She is not a professional writer, for she is involved in the world of construction consultancy. Now in her book she has constructed words and sentences and chapters. Her first book is titled ‘Vipanda vya maisha vilivyopotea’. … Continue reading lorna dadi: writing is more

in memoriam: eritrea’s

The people of Eritrea, at home and abroad, have lost one of their sons, the writer and poet Tesfamariam Woldemariam. From a studentleader in the heady days to a man who joined the liberation movement. He was a nationalist but strongly influenced by European thinkers, like Karl Marx and Jean-Paul Sartre. Two thinkers who are … Continue reading in memoriam: eritrea’s

2015 commonwealth short story prize

The word is out. The winners have been made known. There is not one winner. There is a winner for each region in the world, as long as it is within the commonwealth, I presume. Each winner gets £2500. Leila Aboulela, from Sudan, was one of the six writers who together made a shortlist. The winner … Continue reading 2015 commonwealth short story prize

hamba kahle, helen zille

This blog is about books, not just about literature. I have to admit that mainly literature features in my posts. But now you can have a taste of political writing on the South African politician Helen Zille, who led the Democratic Alliance for many years. You get the change to read a portion of a … Continue reading hamba kahle, helen zille

identity theft and the future

Shaun Randolf, the man of The Mantle, writes about the ever intriguing matter of language and literature. Colonial languages and non-colonial languages. By the way, is English a colonized language because of the French influence on the language since the days of William the Conqueror in 1066?  I think that in this article Shaun confuses … Continue reading identity theft and the future