how to hack the ‘colonial literary sytem’


The debate still rages on, at least the articles on the debate still come flooding in. The debate that was offically started at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in South Africa. At that Festival the writer Thando Mgqolozana made known (not for the first time) that he will no longer attend white literary festivals. At an … Continue reading how to hack the ‘colonial literary sytem’

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

i feel like a dancing monkey


Thando Mgqolozana from South Africa is not the only writer who has decided to shun white literary festivals. The North America based Zakes Mda, who hails from South Africa, has said he does not attend anymore white literary festivals in Europe.  ‘He feels like a dancing monkey’, he says, when he is in front of … Continue reading i feel like a dancing monkey

we need a service delivery protest directed


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.  

south africans don’ t take literature


Here are some quotes from the South African writer Sihle Khumalo on the ongoing debate about the literary system in South Africa. These are some of the things he said during a debate on the issues raised at Franschhoek Literary Festival. There was a debate on the issues of race, and class and books and … Continue reading south africans don’ t take literature

i do feel like a bit of


Here is the voice of one from the publishing community. What is the role of the publisher in the ongoing debate that started at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (South Africa)? One of the panelists at that Festival said he would no longer attend white literary festivals. This caused quite a stir, not just at the … Continue reading i do feel like a bit of