They came together for PEN America meetings. The topic was Africa. A number of African writers had listened to the sound of the drums and gathered together with many more people. One session was on a poet from Barbados. Binyavanga Wainaina from Kenya and Teju Cole from USA / Nigeria were present and spoke their … Continue reading honour caribbean poet
The publisher of the South African writer Ishtiyaq Shukri thought it woudl be good to forward a novel by this writer to the jury of the Financial Times Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards 2015. The writer does not want to be classified according to financial terms of the country he comes from. Is he an … Continue reading why i asked for my work
To ban or not to ban, that is the question. Has there been a ban? Was a ban never available? What happened in the United Arab Emirates? Maybe we will never know. First there was the news that the Italian was not allowed to enter the country. A week later he was allowed to come, … Continue reading the italian now available
On the day that Britons decide on a new parliament and government there is another race on the go in the United Kingdom. This is a more poetic race. Who will reach the University of Oxford to be the next ‘Oxford professor poetry’. For threehundred years there has been a professor of poetry. To … Continue reading wole soyinka leads candidates
The Open Book Festival is a huge platform for writers and readers in South Africa. More and more names get known of writers who will grace the event with their presence. One of the latest names is that of Alain Mabanckou from Congo (later France, still later United States, latest Charlie Hebdo).
Her life started with books in the bookshop run by her parents in Port Elizabeth (South Africa). Now she is a publisher and so still involved with books. She works at the company Jacana Media as a publisher. Here she answers some questions on her work and life.