The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award 2017

Sol T. (I missed this letter in the announcement) Plaatje’s name has been attached to a poetry award. The competition is open for South African poets. Three names now have been put on the shortlist so time is nearing for the final announcement. More information can be found here. 

A special opportunity to listen to literary legend Achmat Dangor

You have the chance to meet the South African writer at a session with tea and snacks. It will come in handy when you live in South Africa, and even better when you live in or near Birdhaven. Literary birds of all kinds of feathers will flock to listen to the master who will talk … Continue reading A special opportunity to listen to literary legend Achmat Dangor

Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

There is another opportunity to enter a competition for African poets. I assume there are many poets running around with beautiful lines in their heads. Just take your time to set down, or have a second look at what you have written in the past few months. Have another go at the pages and your … Continue reading Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

In Conversation with Hisham Matar

The followers of this blog who live in Washington (The United States of America) will have the opportunity to meet the writer Hisham Matar who will talk about his latest book, concerning the disappearance of his father, a Libyan. The meeting will be moderated by the British writer Aminatta Forna, she will have a moderating … Continue reading In Conversation with Hisham Matar


This is the kind of book I really like very much. A book set in a clear context, based on thorough research. And not unimportant: it is highly readable. The Portuguese writer and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares has set his book in the early years of the 20th century. What is going on ? The … Continue reading EQUADOR