The Open Book Festival 2015 gives us many good sessions in which writers and others share with an audience. In one session it was discussed how writers will and can do justice to the events they describe. Read more about it.
The South African writer Mandla Langa mourns the death of the Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove, who passed away in Stavanger, Norway. Hove lived in Norway in exile, due to pressures of the regime of Robert Mugabe, the strong man in Zimbabwe.
Mandla Langa is the executive vice-president of the South African PEN. He has taken part in the discussion that started with high speed at the Franschhoek Literary Festival recently. There was a writer who declared he would no longer attend white literary festivals. Another discussion was called at #LitApartheid. The discussion is not over yet. … Continue reading a new chapter for sa literature
The story continues in South Africa. The story about the literary system. A white literary system. When I look at the picture of the audience I agree it is a mainly white audience, but I also see an audience, advanced in years. To me it seems it is not just a matter of colour, but … Continue reading a new chapter for sa literature
Here is another longlists. This time it is the longlist for the FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. The world is divided in an emerging world and a non-emerging world. I assume that the last part of pour globe is a submerged world. This emerging world is divided again to make room for certain disciplines. Africa and … Continue reading emerging voices 2015
What is the core of the problem? According to Mandla Langa writers, black writers, should be the agents of change. Change should not be expected form others, but form the black writers themselves. Is this the core problem? Have a look for yourselves.