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Nie sirkus of sielkundige nie, maar skrywer: Jaco Jacobs gesels met Naomi Meyer oor die monsters in sy kas
Jaco Jacobs - 2011-10-17
Untitled Document Weerwolfprobleme Jaco Jacobs Uitgewer: LAPA Uitgewers ISBN: 9780799349603 Prys: R63.95 Klik hier en koop Weerwolfprobleme nou van Kalahari.net! ’n Kas vol monsters. Het die boeke een vir een na jou gekom, of het jy die geheel reeds voor jou gesien toe jy dit begin skryf het? Ek het die boeke een-een aangepak. Omdat elke storie op sy eie bene staan en dit nie as ’n reeks gelees hoef te word nie, was dit nie nodig om (soos Rowling glo met die...

Tracey Farren talks to Janet van Eeden about the voices in Snake and future novels
Janet van Eeden - 2011-10-13
Untitled Document Title: Snake Author: Tracey Farren Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9781920397388 Price: R162.95 Click here to buy your copy from Kalahari.net now! Review by Janet van Eeden Snake is a story about love, loss, a magic flute and a chicken called Mugabe. Well, the flute isn’t exactly magic, but the man who brings the flute into the lives of a poverty-stricken family seems to enchant them all and turn them into different versions of themselves. Tracey Farren’s second...

Francois Cleophas gesels met Naomi Meyer oor Adam Small
Naomi Meyer - 2011-10-12
Untitled Document Wat is die vraag oor Adam Small wat niemand ooit vra nie? Watter familievormingsfaktore maak Adam Small ’n enkeling-figuur? Is die profeet in sy eie land geëer? Het mense na Small geluister voordat hy gekies het om te swyg? Het Adam Small gekies om te swyg? Ek dink hy was geforseer ... Luister mense nou na Small se swye? Dit kan ek nie beantwoord nie. Waarom verpak mense Small so dikwels in ’n enkele “Kô lat ons sing”? Adam Small is te...

''It's about the sexy brain'': Leon de Kock talks about Bad Sex
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-12
Untitled Document Bad Sex Leon de Kock Uitgewer: Umuzi ISBN: 9781770221642 Prys: R190.95 Hi Leon, and congratulations on the publication of Bad Sex. Great title, by the way. Besides the fact that sex sells (and your protagonist Sammy Baptista is an ad man, after all), why did you choose to call the novel Bad Sex? Do you mind unpacking some of the possible meanings connoted by these two words? I’ve heard you mention at least five possible interpretations of the title, and...

''Ek wou eerder stilbly as om een of ander twakkerige gedoentetjie op te klits.'' Sonja Loots gesels met Bibi Slippers oor Sirkusboere
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-06
Sonja, baie geluk met die verskyning van Sirkusboere. Jy was vir 16 jaar stil ná die publikasie van Spoor. Het jy net, soos ’n wafferse Suid-Afrikaanse Donna Tartt, lank aan Sirkusboere geskaaf, of was daar ander oorwegings wat jou vir so lank uit die literêre loop gehou het? Baie dankie: vir die gelukwensing en vir die goeie geselskap waarin jy my plaas. Donna Tartt speel in ’n veel beter liga as ek, maar ek identifiseer tog met die redes wat sy aangevoer het vir haar lang...

Michelle McGrane, author of The Suitable Girl, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-10-06
Untitled Document Michelle McGrane Michelle, I have always been a fan of your poetry and loved your previous two collections which dealt with poetry from a more personal perspective than this anthology. While this collection has a few poems of a personal nature, it has a broader perspective too. Many of the poems are told from the point of view of women other than yourself. Among others, there is a poem from Marie Antoinette, one about a rural woman walking miles to get to...

Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards: Janet van Eeden is the Columnist winner for 2011 (Northern/Southern region)
Naomi Meyer - 2011-10-05
Untitled Document Favourite food Thai Green Chicken Curry or Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken with rice both times. Favourite quotes “The only people who succeed are those who don’t give up.” No idea who said it, but it keeps me going through hundreds of rejections a year. My own personal favourite and the inspiration for my play The Savage Sisters, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion: Anne Elliot defends Captain Harville’s attack on women’s constancy...

Actor and voice artist Tim Wells in conversation with Janet van Eeden about his role in the KickstArt production God of Carnage
Janet van Eeden - 2011-09-29
Untitled Document From left to right: Jaloshini Naidoo, Iain "Ewok" Robinson, Tim Wells and Clare Mortimer in God of Carnage. Extract from review of the recent Hilton Festival by Janet van Eeden “The last show on my list was the slick and ridiculously funny God of Carnage by the KZN’s best production team, KickstArt, with director Steven Stead and set designer Greg King. Fortunately Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson overcame his scruples [about the Israeli...

LitNet Akademies: Braam Roux in gesprek met Renette Blignaut en Isabella Venter oor toelatingskriteria van Suid-Afrikaanse universiteite
Renette Blignaut - 2011-09-26
Braam Roux gesels met Renette Blignaut en Isabella Venter oor hulle artikel “’n Vergelykende studie van toelatingskriteria van ’n seleksie Suid-Afrikaanse universiteite” in LitNet Akademies. Enige ondersoek moet sekere parameters aanvaar. Die aanvegbaarheid van veronderstellings maak die ondersoek ook kwesbaar. Vir ’n beoordeling van die waarde van die ondersoek, moet, benewens aansprake en afleidings, enkele aannames dus ook by die debat betrek...

Chris Karsten gesels met Bibi Slippers oor sy ATKV-Woordveertjies, Abel-trilogie en obsessies
Bibi Slippers - 2011-09-21
Untitled Document Hallo Chris, en baie geluk met jou twee ATKV-Woordveertjies vir Abel se ontwaking. Jy het in jou bedankingstoespraak by die Veertjie-toekenningsaand die beoordelaars bedank vir die feit dat hulle erkenning gee aan genreskrywers wat “te dikwels nog tot agterkamers verban is”. Dink jy die gety is besig om te draai in terme van die vooropgestelde idees oor die onderskeid tussen Grootse Letterkunde en genrefiksie? Raymond Chandler (skepper van die onvergeetlike Philip...

Cancer.vive: Onderhoud met Pieter du Bruyn
Nadine Petrick - 2011-09-16
Jy is ’n man wat borskanker oorleef het. Was dit aanvanklik moeilik om daaroor te praat? Toe ek hoor dat ek borskanker het, was dit vir my skokkende nuus. Op daardie stadium het ek nie omgegee wáár die kanker was nie. Die feit dat ek kanker gehad het, het alle ander gevoelens en emosies oorskadu. Ek was ook nie bewus daarvan dat dit ’n baie seldsame kanker by mans is nie. Dit was nie vir my moeilik om daaroor te praat nie. Soos ander kankerpasiënte wou ek net met iemand...

Cancer.vive: Onderhoud met Janie du Plessis
Nadine Petrick - 2011-09-16
Hoe het jy by Cancer.vive betrokke geraak? Ek is nou al jare lank betrokke met borskankerprojekte en het toe gesien hoe groot die probleem van kanker eintlik is en watse reuse-verskil bewusmaking in gemeenskappe kan maak. ’n Hele klomp van die dames wat in die vorige projekte saam met my betrokke was se mans het ook kanker gekry en ons het toe besluit om ons projek uit te brei en nie eksklusief te wees nie, en so het ons toe besluit om Cancer.vive te begin. Ons tema is die “skaam kankers”...

Cancer.vive: Onderhoud met Elise Fernandez
Nadine Petrick - 2011-09-13
Hoe het jy by Cancer.vive betrokke geraak? Ek het betrokke geraak want toe ek self met borskanker gediagnoseer is, het ek nie geweet wat om te verwag of hoe om dit te hanteer nie! My lewe was op sy kop gekeer en ek is steeds besig om dinge weer op die regte pad te kry. Ek wil graag ander mense met kanker, of wat dit oorleef het, opvoed en “empower”; en hulp verleen aan mense wat sukkel om te cope. Jy is nie net ’n borskanker-“survivor” nie, maar jy is nogal bekend...

Cancer.vive: Onderhoud met Frieda Henning
Nadine Petrick - 2011-09-08
Wat is jou betrokkenheid by Cancer.vive? Ek is ook in diens van People Living with Cancer (PLWC) en Cancer.vive is ’n nuwe projek van PLWC. Ek is die projekbestuurder. Maar wanneer ons op ons fietse klim in Johannesburg, is ek deel van die span van 25 mense wat kanker oorleef het. Ek is ses jaar gelede met borskanker gediagnoseer. Hoekom is kankerbewusmaking so belangrik? Is mense regtig so oningelig? Dit is eintlik skokkend hoe oningelig mense is, op alle vlakke van die samelewing –...

Cancer.vive: Onderhoud met Yolande Lubbe
Nadine Petrick - 2011-09-08
Een van die groot projekte van Cancer.vive is ’n motorfietstoer deur die land vanaf 16 to 24 September. Hoekom motorfietse? Girls op motorfietse maak definitief ’n statement. Net soos kanker, benodig motorfietsry baie dissipline, krag en konsentrasie om veilig op die pad te bly en sodoende veilig by jou bestemming uit te kom. Motorfietsry maak jou bewus van al die gevare rondom jou – net soos met kanker moet jy heeltyd op die uitkyk wees vir enige gevaartekens. Waar gaan julle...

''Die tyd het vanself ryp geword.'' Alexander Strachan gesels oor Grenslit
JB Roux - 2011-09-06
Tydens die Grensoorlog is boeke oor dié oorlog gereeld uitgegee; dit was meestal fiksie en dikwels bedoel as protes teen die oorlog self. Hoekom het daar soveel jare verloop voor daar weer op ’n groot skaal en so intensief oor die Grensoorlog geskryf sou word? Na die Grensoorlog het die mense se aandag na ander dinge verskuif, soos die verkiesing in 1994, ’n nuwe regering, oorgang en ’n tydelike euforie aangehelp deur die wêreldrugbybekeroorwinning in 1995. Gedurende...

Janet van Eeden in coversation with Martin Pistorius
Janet van Eeden - 2011-09-02
Title: Ghost Boy. My escape from a life locked inside my own body. Author: Martin Pistorius with Megan Lloyd Davies Publisher: Jonathan Ball ISBN: 9781868424443 Click here to buy Ghost Boy from kalahari.com. Review by Janet van Eeden Once in a while a book comes along which breaks all boundaries. Ghost Boy falls into the genre of memoir, yet because it is so well written and its subject matter is so compelling it felt more like a page-turning novel. Martin Pistorius, the subject of this...

Independent Publishers: How do they survive?
Janet van Eeden - 2011-08-30
For some years I’ve wondered how on earth publishers survive in this less than literary country. Perhaps the one or two bestsellers like Spud can make up for the years of publishing books which won’t necessarily do as well. Then I began to think about independent publishers. How on earth do they manage to make ends meet when they have no back-up or a large stable of books to carry them through the tough times? I put these questions to Shafinaaz Hassim, the proprietor of Wordfire Publications....

Diane Awerbuck, author of Cabin Fever and other stories, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Diane Awerbuck - 2011-08-24
Untitled Document Title: Cabin Fever and other stories Author: Diane Awerbuck Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201114 Short Review by Janet van Eeden It’s no secret that I love the short-story genre. Nothing is more satisfying to me than being able to read a story from start to finish in one sitting. So it was with relish that I picked up this collection from award-winning writer Diane Awerbuck. I wasn’t disappointed. The stories are set mostly in and around Cape Town, and Awerbuck...

Hannah Lurie talks about sculpting, writing and life
Hannah Lurie - 2011-08-18
Untitled Document Title: No Title Necessary Author: Hannah Lurie I received a copy of renowned sculptor Hannah Lurie’s collection of poetry recently; it is titled, quite cleverly, No Title Necessary. In this anthology of light verse she documents her feelings about her life in Durban and abroad, her years in London and in Paris and beyond. Through her artist’s eye she describes her experiences in vivid detail. Hannah Lurie has been a stalwart of the Live Poets Society (LiPS) in...

Maggie Marx gesels met Gerrit Rautenbach oor Kopreis
Gerrit Rautenbach - 2011-08-03
Skrywer: Gerrit Rautenbach Kategorie: Kortverhale ISBN: 9780795800245 Uitgewer: Quellerie Kopreis is jou eerste kortverhaalbundel en het pas op die rakke verskyn. Die titel dui reeds daarop dat jy reis ook as ’n metafoor in die teks aanpak. Vertel ons meer oor hoe jy onderskeid tref tussen lyfreis en kopreis en hoe jy die reise in jou bundel vir jou “rusbankreisiger”-lesers uitgekies het. ’n Mens kan nie regtig óór ’n “lyfreis”, of dan...

Harry Owen, author of a collection of poetic memories about his father, Worthy – Poems for my Father, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-08-02
Untitled Document Title: Worthy, Poems for my Father Author: Harry Owen Publisher: The Poets Printery ISBN: 9780620430296 Review by Janet van Eeden Harry Owen opens his collection of poetry, which is a memoir of sorts about his difficult relationship with his unyielding father, with this moving quote from Rumi, the Sufi poet: When you think your father is guilty of an injustice, his face looks cruel … When you make peace with your father, he will look peaceful and friendly....

On feminism: An interview with Jennifer Thorpe
Jennifer Thorpe - 2011-08-02
Jacques Rousseau recently wrote in The Daily Maverick about feminism: But the state of what is called “feminism” today is my main concern. Try this experiment: Pick a social or moral issue and do a Google search for that and feminism. It’s almost certain that you’ll get screens full of hits for many of these combinations, just as I did when I tried this for “organic food”, “cloning”, “wikileaks”, “secrecy bill” and “fracking”. Your...

Binne die donkerkamer: Fourie Botha in gesprek met Bibi Slippers
Fourie Botha - 2011-07-29
Skrywer:Fourie Botha Kategorie: Poësie ISBN: 9780795800221 Uitgewer: Quellerie Koop Donkerkamer by Kalahari.net! Fourie, die titel van jou debuutbundel Donkerkamer is seker opsetlik dubbelsinnig en meerduidig – dit roep in een woord ’n hele klomp potensiële betekenisse op (wat almal baie deeglik in die bundel ontgin word). Het jy vooraf op die titel besluit en jou gedigte daarrondom geskryf, of was dit ’n gelukkige vonds wat die gedigte later net netjies bymekaargetrek...

Die lekkerste prentjie is 'n woord – Bibi Slippers in ''gesprek'' met Anne-Ghrett Erasmus
Bibi Slippers - 2011-07-19
Die lekkerste perske is 'n vy Anne-Ghrett Erasmus Uitgewer: Benedic Boeke ISBN: 9780981440859 Prys: R115.00 Klik hier en koop Die lekkerste perkse is 'n vy nou van Benedic Boeke. In ’n onlangse onderhoud oor haar debuutbundel, Die lekkerste perske is ’n vy, praat Anne-Ghrett Erasmus oor die verhouding tussen skilderkuns en digkuns: “Daar moet verseker kruisbestuiwing plaasvind, maar ek dink dis meer in die onderbewuste dat die kwas en die pen met mekaar gesels.”...

Jani Swart is "By" met geskiedenis
Maggie van Eeden - 2011-07-07
Jani Swart is laasweek aangekondig as die wenner van By en Nuwe Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika se gesamentlike Facebook-kompetisie. Laer- en hoërskoolleerders kon deelneem deur ’n Facebook-profiel van hul gunstelingkarakter uit die geskiedenis te skep en letterlik woorde in sy/haar mond te lê. Yvonne Beyers (redakteur van By) en Jani het ’n paar vrae beantwoord. Yvonne Beyers van By: Wat was die idee agter die kompetisie en watter rolle het By en Nuwe Geskiedenis onderskeidelik...

Anton Harber talks to Maggie Marx about his recently published book Diepsloot
Maggie van Eeden - 2011-07-07
Diepsloot Anton Harber Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers Click to buy Diepsloot now from Kalahari.net! Andile Mngxitama of Mail & Guardian writes the following about your recently published book, Diepsloot: “Harber is totally unaware of his whiteness in a black space” and “Two unexplored possibilities present themselves: that blacks have internalised their black condition as natural and, more interestingly perhaps, that they were not going to tell a white writer just how...

Mike van Graan in conversation with Janet van Eeden on becoming Artscape's Associate Playwright
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-30
Press release: “Artscape, one of the most productive theatre centres in the country, has announced an innovative partnership with award-winning playwright Mike van Graan that will see the Artscape Theatre Centre staging at least one of the writer’s works in each of the next three years. According to the agreement, Artscape has first option to produce or co-produce new works by Van Graan and to stage his works that have not been staged in the city before. One such example is Brothers in...

LitNet Akademies-onderhoud: Braam Roux in gesprek met Machteld Strydom oor die rangordebepaling van akademiese tydskrifte
Machteld Strydom - 2011-06-29
Braam Roux gesels met Machteld Strydom oor haar artikel “’n Bydrae tot die rangordebepaling van akademiese tydskrifte”, wat onlangs in LitNet Akademies verskyn het. Hoe hou die rangordening van tydskrifte met die beoefening van goeie wetenskap verband? Met ander woorde, in watter mate strook die doelstellings van wetenskaplikes en navorsers in die veld met dit waaroor dit in u artikel gaan? Die praktiese waarde en wenslikheid van die rangordening van tydskrifte kan en behoort...

Die Nuwe Stories-kortverhaalwedstryd: ''Ons wil jongmense aanmoedig om in Afrikaans te skryf...''
2011-06-23
Human & Rousseau nooi Afrikaanse debuut- of vroeë kortverhaalskrywers uit om hul ongepubliseerde verhale in te skryf vir die Nuwe Stories-kortverhaalwedstryd. Bibi Slippers het met uitgewer Janita Holtzhausen gesels oor die kompetisie, en die oplewing in die kortverhaal-genre. Wat was die impetus agter die besluit om die Nuwe Stories-kompetisie van stapel te stuur, en voorsien julle dat dit ‘n instelling sal word, soos die Nuwe Stemme-reeks vir die digkuns? Ons...

Kyk, luister en proe: Eerste Festival voor het Afrikaans in Amsterdam
Carina van der Walt - 2011-06-17
Die allereerste fees vir Afrikaans in Nederland skop Vrydagaand 17 Junie af in Amsterdam. Dit duur die hele naweek. Tot Sondagaand 19 Junie kan almal wat geïnteresseerd is in Afrikaans, kom feesvier in die Koninklike Instituut vir die Trope (KIT). Afrikaanse poësie en letterkunde, ligte musiek, toneel en uitstallings staan op die program. Die unieke historiese band van Nederland met Suid-Afrika en van Nederlands met Afrikaans was van die impulse wat verantwoordelik was vir hierdie feestelike...

Arja Salafranca, editor of The Edge of Things, answers a few questions about life, the universe and short stories
Tiah Marie Beautement - 2011-06-15
Untitled Document Title: The Edge of Things Genre: Short storiesEditor: Arja Salafranca Publisher: Dye Hard PressISBN: 9780620495066 ***Review by Janet van Eeden The Edge of Things is an eclectic collection of short stories traversing a vast distance emotionally and intellectually. For example, Arja Salafranca’s moving story about a woman forced to live in a restrictive apparatus in “Iron Lung” is a million miles away stylistically from Aryan Kaganof’s tale of decadence and debauchery...

Elma Smit – die wenner van Lady Rugga – oor rugby, haar prys, en vrouens in hierdie bedryf
Steyn du Toit - 2011-06-15
Untitled Document SuperSport het onlangs hul eerste vroulike rugby aanbieder aangestel. Elma Smit van Linden is uit 15 finaliste gekies om saam met die Springbokke Nieu-Seeland toe te gaan later vanjaar vir die Wêreldrugbybeker-toernooi. Steyn du Toit het met haar gesels oor rugby, haar prys, en vrouens in hierdie bedryf. Wat presies is Lady Rugga? ’n Kompetisie geloods deur SuperSport in die soeke na ’n vroulike rugbyliefhebber om veldaanbiederswerk by rugbywedstryde te doen....

Lauren Beukes on winning the British Arthur C Clark Award and the SF tag
Fred de Vries - 2011-06-08
Untitled Document A Jo’burg bookseller described her as “sassy”, which I misheard for “sexy. “Yes, that too,” she laughed. Others have called her “ambitious”, which is slightly more worrying. How much ambition is still pleasant? Some of our female writers have mixed up ambition with incessant, exasperating self-promotion. But when she sits across from me at a table in the garden of a Franschhoek house Lauren Beukes comes across as pleasant and...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with Steeped in Blood co-author Sylvia Walker
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-06
What are the challenges of writing about something factual or “real” as opposed to writing a work of fiction? Writing non-fiction takes a fair amount of research and perhaps different skills from those required for writing fiction. It is less creative than fictional writing, but there is a great challenge to present the information in an interesting, easy to read manner. One is not writing a textbook! The copy needs to be simple and understandable and the challenge is not to fall into...

Dance choreographers given their 15 Mins of Fame
Steyn du Toit - 2011-06-03
In April this year the Tshwane Dance Theatre (TDT) presented a completely new season of dance titled 15 Mins of Fame, featuring works by top South African choreographers. It was so well received that it will be seen for a second season at the Market Theatre from 19 May to 6 June 2011. The artistic director of TDT, Esther Nasser, chats to Steyn du Toit about the name, the choreographers, and a special dancer to look out for. Why the title 15 Mins of Fame – does that not perhaps suggest only...

Nataniël oor sy eerste DVD, Lady Gaga, en boerewors
Nataniël, Steyn du Toit - 2011-06-03
Sedert sy solo-debuut in die laat tagtigs het Nataniël al 14 CD’s, 11 boeke en meer as 55 verhoogproduksies agter die rug. Tussendeur is daar ook kostuums, tydskrifrubrieke, kombuisware, boerewors, en vele meer! Steyn du Toit het bietjie met hom gesels oor al sy ysters in die vuur, asook sy nuwe show saam met Charl du Plessis eersdaags by Joburg Promusica. Jy het so pas jou eerste live DVD uitgereik. Hoekom het dit so lank gevat en hoe sou jy Cathedral in een sin beskryf? Ek wou nooit...

The Fear: Joan de la Haye in conversation with Peter Godwin
Joan de la Haye, Peter Godwin - 2011-06-03
On Thursday, 19th May I was lucky enough to meet and have lunch with Peter Godwin, author of The Fear. A heartbreaking look at people’s lives in Zimbabwe. The stories in the book left me dumbstruck, shocked, and worried for Africa. Peter Godwin entertained and enthralled over a delicious meal at Pachas in Pretoria. The lunch was part of a Writers Speak event set up by Helco Promotions during which I openly eavesdropped on the different conversations that Peter had with people at our table....

Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist: Q&A with Not a Fairytale author Shaida Kazie Ali
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-02
Untitled Document What does it mean to you to be nominated for this particular award? It’s alarming. I now have the opportunity to inflict my opinions on others (thank you, LitNet), in “foot-in-mouth” manner. This is a virus affecting people like me who mostly live in cocoons, quietly, reading and napping. Occasionally writing. When we leave our crypts we tend to make comments to actual people, that should be reserved for our fictional friends. This bug is highly contagious,...

Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist: Q&A with Double Negative author Ivan Vladislavic
Ivan Vladislavic - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What does it mean to you to be nominated for this particular award? I’m delighted. Do you think it will change your approach to writing in any way? If so, how? No. What do you think about the state of fiction in South Africa at the moment? It’s encouraging to see so many new names on the shelves. But publishing a book generally doesn’t change your life and many writers seem to give up when they realise this fact. To go on writing, you need to be obstinate...

Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist: Q&A with Deeper than Colour author James Clelland
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What does it mean to you to be nominated for this particular award? It means a huge amount. Awards are special, and being nominated is a kind of recognition that what you’ve been trying to say might be worth something or mean something to someone else, a type of validation. Writing is the ultimate back-room activity, something practised alone and often at night, after hours, never knowing whether what you write is worth anything to anyone except yourself, and maybe your...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with Fighting for Justice author Jay Naidoo
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What are the challenges of writing about something factual or “real” as opposed to writing a work of fiction? I am an accidental writer. I started writing this book more to close a chapter in my life than to publish a book. It was only later that my wife, Lucie Page, a writer by profession, convinced me that I had a story to tell. Like many activists I was reticent to write a book that was so personal. But we do not need more history books. People want to understand...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with The War for South Africa author Bill Nasson
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What are the challenges of writing about something factual or ‘real’ as opposed to writing a work of fiction? In the first place, I think that it’s self-evident that writers of fact and writers of fiction both do research into their chosen subject. The difference is that of scale and purpose – good factual writing requires a lot of research to provide it with a heart. Obviously, I can’t speak for fiction writers, but my sense is that the real information,...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with Steeped in Blood co-author David Klatzow
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What are the challenges of writing about something factual or “real” as opposed to writing a work of fiction? The challenge of writing about something factual or “real” is that one has got to stay well within the bounds of reality and avoid being sued because many of the things that people do are not entirely to their credit and one always runs the risk of being factual with real people and attracting civil liability. Do you think that because of South...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with The Unlikely Secret Agent author Ronnie Kasrils
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What are the challenges of writing about something factual or “real” as opposed to writing a work of fiction? You have to make sure your facts are accurate and verifiable. Where supposition comes in you need to make that clear. Do you think that because of South Africa’s troubled political past, we have more interesting stories to tell than other countries? I would think so; although certainly every country, every age has its own uniqueness. Are South African...

Alan Paton Award shortlist: Q&A with Finish & Klaar author Adriaan Basson
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document What are the challenges of writing about something factual or “real” as opposed to writing a work of fiction? I don’t know. I’ve never (successfully) finished a work of fiction. Like all aspirant novelists I have tenths of unfinished novels, poems and short stories on my hard drive. I think writing Finish & Klaar was easier, because it was about a subject I knew at heart. After covering the Jackie Selebi trial for more than 50 days I knew the story:...

Andrew Lamprecht, the curator of Tretchikoff: The people’s painter, on why it’s high time the artist got the critical recognition he deserves
Steyn du Toit - 2011-05-26
Untitled Document Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff A retrospective exhibition of the artist Vladimir Tretchikoff will run at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 25 September. In Tretchikoff’s heyday his exhibitions drew record audiences at home and abroad. He pioneered the idea of selling affordable copies of his works, enabling working class people to own art which they proudly displayed above their mantelpieces. Works such as Chinese Girl, The Dying...

National Arts Festival Director discusses politics, the arts, and Afrikaans at this year’s festival
Steyn du Toit - 2011-05-25
Ismail Mahomed Photo: Sarah Pickering This year sees Ismail Mahomed leading the National Arts Festival for the third time. With this having been an interesting political year so far, he shares some insights with Steyn du Toit about the relationship between politics and the arts, as well as some highlights to look forward to this year at the festival. Before the elections you wrote a very interesting piece on voting for local governments who will support the arts. Do we have such political...

James Whyle, winner of the PEN/Studzinski Award of 2011, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-05-25
Untitled Document Review by Janet van Eeden James Whyle’s award-winning short story is quite simply titled “The Story”. The title pre-empts the style of the narrative, which is written with a bald matter-of-factness with a simple recounting of events and little authorial commentary. It’s a style reminiscent of Hemingway’s best writing, but it is flavoured with the unmistakably brutal essence of everyday life in South Africa. Frank Fourie is a man whose needs are fairly...

Louis Krger gesels met Chris van der Merwe uit Rotterdam
Chris van der Merwe - 2011-05-24
Untitled Document Louis, ek wil begin met ’n vraag wat baie mense seker al vir jou gevra het: Hoe het dit gebeur dat jy in Nederland gekom het? Ja Chris, baie mense het al dié vraag gestel. Ek was klaar met my studies in Stellenbosch, maar ek en my vrou Quelene het nooit daaraan gedink om na Europa, of na Nederland spesifiek, te gaan nie. Ek het prof Nico Smith destyds baie goed geken, en hy het ’n vriend in Nederland gehad – Joop Lensink – wat hom gevra het of een...


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