broaching uncomfortable subjects


The events at the Franschhoek Literary Festival have reached the shores of the United States of America. The New York Times published an article on the festival and the critical issues that were raised during the many meetings. To me it was striking to read that so many topics at the festival touch upon political … Continue reading broaching uncomfortable subjects

white with anger


Here is another voice on the events that happened at the Franschhoek Litearary Festival (South Africa). Is this festival a whites only festival? No, it is not. But is it a festival that is mainly attened by white folks? By what kind of panellists? What are the other activities of the Festival in promoting reading … Continue reading white with anger

announcing shortlist


In some parts of the world there are four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter.  In other areas there are two: the rainy season and the dry season. In the literary world there are also a few seasons: the longlist season and the shortlist season. Here is another shortlist. This one comes from South … Continue reading announcing shortlist

does writing in african languages


The Ugandan writer Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire takes up the issue of language and literature and Africa. Does African literature has to be written in an indigenous language? Just skip all the languages that did not originate on the African Continent (English, French, Portugese, Afrikaner, Arabic, German, maybe I have left out a few)? We can … Continue reading does writing in african languages