Monthly Archives: November 2017

Margie Orford discusses the women’s manifesto with Nadia Davids

The international organization PEN has passed a resolution at its international congress, held a few months ago in the Ukrainian city Lviv. It was all about the Women’s Manifesto, paying attention to women in the world of writing. Margie Orford, active in the International PEN Board and the South African Board talks with Nadia Davids, president of the South African PE. The reflection of their talk you will find here.Margie Orford Discusses the Women’s Manifesto with Nadia Davids


Dami Ajayi: Journeying Beyond the Geography of Desire

According to this article the Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi is a mixer of different styles and influences in his poetic work. He draws on homebred influences and styles and influences from over the sea. He is a welder of styles of steel. 


Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 Shortlist

The announcement of a shortlist or a longlist is always an important event. Writers have been waiting with anticipation and trembling and now the names are out. The names on the shortlist 2017 for the Morland Writing Scholarship have been made known. Now we have to wait with further anxiety for the final winner.

Read the shortlist here.

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Dankesrede von Hisham Matar

It was not an easy thing to stage resistance against the Nazi regime in Germany. But two siblings did make an attempt, brother and sister Scholl with Die Weisse Rose. Their efforts ended in death.

About 25 years ago a literary prize was established carrying their names. This years winner is Hisham Matar, for the German translation of his book The Return. Here you will find his acceptance speech. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor hisham matar

Jerry Chiemeke

He lives and works in Lagtos, the former capital of Nigeria. Jerry Chiemeke is a lawyer but he does not limit his activities to the legal world. He is also active as a man of words, who is active in the literary world. In this series, run by a Kenyan newspaper, he answers questions on books that have accompanied him in his life.Jerry Chiemeke is a lawyer, writer, editor and

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia

This series brings to the fore some writers I did not know before. So, this is a good thing. Highlighted this time is the Ghanaian writer Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (34 years young). She is a professional teacher at a secondary school in Ghana. I do not know what subject she teaches. A book written by her was used at an university course.

Read the questions and her answers.Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia is a Ghanaian from Kwahu

Author of Jacob Zuma exposé ‘faces criminal charges’

There is a disturbance in South Africa. A book has been published. Secrets have been revealed. Lines of communication have been explored. And now the writer of this book on the people around president Jacob Zuma is in hot water, The writer, Jacques Pauw, now faces criminal charges. Read more about his ‘criminal’ activities hereSouth African president Jacob Zuma