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Joanne Hichens, author of Divine Justice, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Joanne Hichens - 2011-12-08
Untitled Document Divine Justice Joanne Hichens Publisher: Mercury ISBN: 9780987005809 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Short review by JvE Joanne Hichens as an author is no stranger to Krimi readers, having had her first outing with Mike Nicol in their co-authored book, Out To Score. In Divine Justice, Hichens leaps solo into a story of bizarre characters, tensely twisted plots, chilling hatred and a denouement to die for. Divine Justice is a page-turning chiller, with flashes...

Tony Cox’s International Guitar Night returns for a second year
Steyn du Toit - 2011-12-07
Andrea Valeri, Italian guitarist Following on its success last year, Tony Cox’s International Guitar Night (IGN) now brings audiences the outrageous talents of Italian acoustic guitar prodigy Andrea Valeri for a limited season at the Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay. In keeping with the youthful element of International Guitar Night, Richard Onraët, a young South African acoustic guitarist, will join Cox when he opens for Valeri. Tony Cox tells Steyn du Toit why he thinks these two...

A Shot at the Big Time
Naomi Meyer - 2011-12-07
Award-winning film-maker and journalist Janet van Eeden has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign for her film A Shot at the Big Time, inspired by the story of her brother, Jimmy, who took his own life rather than fight in the apartheid Border War, a war he didn't believe in. Van Eeden, who wrote the script for the internationally acclaimed White Lion (2010), has taken nine years to write the poignant story about her brother’s experience and is now ready to put it on the big screen. “I've...

Peter Church returns with the follow-up to Dark Video
Steyn du Toit - 2011-12-07
Bitter Pill is an edgy, racy thriller set primarily in Cape Town, that explores topical and controversial themes with classic page-turning storytelling. It is the follow-up to the author’s debut novel, Dark Video. He spoke to Steyn du Toit about what to expect this time around. This is your second novel. How did it go this time around in terms of getting published – was it easier? It was probably harder. Financial constraints on publishers, the challenges of fiction in South Africa...

The many sides to Alistair Izobell
Steyn du Toit - 2011-12-06
Untitled Document Alistair Izobell started his professional career in the theatre when he was cast as Broertjie the newspaper vendor in the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six. While still a child he was chosen to perform “Children of the World” at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1989. Two decades later Alistair is busier than ever, and loving every minute of it. Jill Middelkop, Alistair Izobell and Larissa Hughes Photo: Jesse Kramer It has...

Ângela Ferreira discusses her latest body of work with Kristine Kronjé
Kristine Kronjé - 2011-12-01
Following Werdmuller Centre and Other Works in 2010 Mozambican-born artist, Ângela Ferreira recently showed her second solo exhibition at Stevenson in Cape Town. Investigating the ongoing impact of colonialism and post-colonialism on contemporary society her work takes on a research-based practice which is translated through various media. The exhibition consisted of two parts: Carlos Cardoso – Straight to the Point in commemoration of one of Mozambique’s most renowned investigative...

Nashen Moodley joins the Sydney Film Festival
Janet van Eeden - 2011-12-01
Nashen Moodley has been involved with development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and the Durban International Film Festival, said, “Nashen has established a reputation as an astute and world-respected film programmer, and whilst his departure is a great loss to DIFF, it is a big step into the international arena, and deserved recognition of his skills. His expertise and...

It Gets Better campaign hopes to bring positive message to Cape Town’s gay youth
Steyn du Toit - 2011-11-29
Andrew Barry It Gets Better is an internet-based project in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens' lives will improve. Steyn du Toit chatted to the organiser of the Cape Town leg of the campaign, Andrew Barry. What is the purpose of the collection? The purpose of the collection is two-fold. First,...

Nothing but David Kramer, an interview
David Kramer - 2011-11-23
The name David Kramer is as well-known as Sunlight liquid – people use this name all the time. But do we really know this man behind the familiar bike and the red shoes? The book David Kramer: A Biography has just been launched in Cape Town. Naomi Meyer asked this performer about his life and his career. Foto: Retha Ferguson David ... Let's start at the very beginning: tell us about your mother. My mother didn't drive a car like other mothers. She rode a bicycle and...

Frankie Murrey on the new library at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School
Bibi Slippers - 2011-11-23
Untitled Document Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School Hi Frankie. I want to start by congratulating you, both on the success of the Open Book Festival and on the great work you are doing at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School (MGMH). How did Open Book's involvement at MGMH come about? From the start, we were keen to stock a library for a school that had been functioning without one. With the help of Equal Education (who run the One School, One Library, One Librarian campaign)...

Priti Devi, Vice-President of the Creative World, talks to Naomi Meyer about the Freedom to Create Festival
Naomi Meyer - 2011-11-22
Untitled Document The Freedom to Create came to Cape Town this year, celebrating all the world’s freedom to be creative. Because LitNet supports freedom in the arts, Naomi Meyer asked Priti Devi – who carries the lovely title of Vice-President of the Creative World – about this year’s festival, which concluded with the Freedom to Create awards in Kirstenbosch on 19th November. Mpendulo Yawa, Deion Meyer, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, Priti Devi, Pieter Cronjé...

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers on her experience of Poetry Africa
Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-09
Untitled Document Monica Rorvik, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and Liang Tingting Photo: Patrice Treurthardt. What did being invited to Poetry Africa mean to you? It was a great honour and an opportunity to share ideas with brilliant minds from around the world. Does having an event like Poetry Africa make poetry, a traditionally overlooked genre, more meaningful to the general public? Most definitely; it reminds people that poets are writing dreams into reality, and of the...

Steyn du Toit, Project Manager, on Sing 'it, Sanlam and the road ahead
2011-11-03
Steyn, you are the project manager of Sing ‘it. What exactly does this mean – what do you do? As project manager it is my duty to ensure that Sing 'it and all its various elements run smoothly on a daily basis. This includes liaising with our artists, the press and sponsors, answering queries of potential entrants, processing entries received, and maintaining the relevant social media pages. How many entries have you received for Sing ‘it? I am very happy to report that we've...

Sinethemba Twani Sinethemba Twain?
Naomi Meyer - 2011-11-01
Untitled Document Sinethemba Twani Izak de Vries recently wrote about The Beneficiary at the ArtsCape on his blog. Naomi Meyer asked Sinethemba Twani, who wrote the play, about himself. Tell me who Sinethemba Twani is. Where were you born and raised? Sinethemba Twani is a 22-year-old playwright, a gentleman born and raised in Gugulethu, Cape Town. My parents passed away a long time ago, so my granny raised me up. A little bird ... okay, Google! ... told me that you worked...

David Wa Maahlamela on poetry in Africa
Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-01
Untitled Document David Wa Maahlamela What does being invited to Poetry Africa mean to you? Acknowledgement of the contribution I have given to South African poetry. It also motivates me to continue carry this heavy yoke of writing. Does an event like Poetry Africa make poetry, a traditionally overlooked genre, more meaningful to the general public? Absolutely. Looking at the variety in types of poetic styles and languages selected, it caters for different people and equally...

Tim Greene, writer and director of the feature film Skeem, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-01
Untitled Document Tim Greene Tim, Skeem seemed to burst on to the scene out of nowhere. As a film writer I know this can’t be true. What inspired this film and how did the script come to fruition? It’s been a two-year journey so far. We shot the movie exactly a year ago, down at the old Aventura Resort on the banks of the Gariep Dam. It was actually the resort that provided the initial inspiration when we overnighted there on the way home from a wedding in...

Dikson in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-01
Untitled Document Photo: Peter McKenzie What does being invited to Poetry Africa mean to you? It is an honour to be here. I have heard only great things, and from day one it exceeded my expectations. It means many things to me: acknowledgement, being able to share with so many people and poets through all of the events lined up. It means I have been given the opportunity to listen and speak to all of these people. Does an event like Poetry Africa make poetry, a traditionally...

TJ Dema on the spoken-word movement and cross-cultural interaction
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-26
Untitled Document TJ, your performance in Cape Town was really great! Lebo Mashile calls you "the face of the spoken-word movement" in Botswana. How did you get involved in the spoken word scene, and what attracts you to this medium? Lebo is an amazing poet and a very generous spirit. Being on tour with her was fantastic, especially because there are probably many parallels between the paths that we have chosen to walk as poets. I got involved in the spoken word scene both organically...

Shailja Patel on African women and why poetry alone is not change
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-26
Untitled Document Hi Shailja, and thank you for your time. From your performance in Cape Town I gather that you are as much a social and political activist as you are a poet. There is a popular and widely held belief that poetry and politics do not make great bedfellows. I'm willing to risk guessing that you'd disagree. What is your opinion on the subject? I share Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison’s position: “All good art is political! There is none that isn't. And the...

Jaap Blonk on Sound Poetry and how it can change the world
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-26
Untitled Document Hello Jaap, and thank you for your willingness to answer a few questions. Firstly, I was fascinated by your performance in Cape Town, and I've never seen anything quite like it. Can you give our readers a little bit of background about Sound Poetry and tell us how you got involved in this sub-genre? Answering this question would amount to writing an article, which I cannot do in this short time-span. I will give you a few short statements and then some links to...

Mike Nicol in conversation with Janet van Eeden on his latest book, Monkey Business: The Murder of Anni Dewani: the facts, the fiction, the spin
Mike Nicol - 2011-10-25
Untitled Document Title: Monkey Business: The Murder of Anni Dewani: the facts, the fiction, the spin Author: Mike Nicol Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201145 Price: R85.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Well done, Mike, for getting this book on to the shelves while the issue is still very topical. As the court case hasn’t come to South Africa yet, but is due to be heard here, this is a very clever move on your part. What prompted you to tap into the interest around the murder...

South African collector-artist Siemon Allen on his ''collection projects'', South African identity and the room-within-a-room
Kristine Kronjé - 2011-10-21
Untitled Document For the past decade South African collector-artist Siemon Allen has been exploring the image of South Africa through a series of “collection projects”. Combining his passions for music and collecting, his studio practice investigates how mass-produced items – in this case record labels – function as carriers of information and operate in the construction of national identity. Siemon Allen was one of the three South African artist representing the South African...

Darryl David on Boekbedonnerd IV
Bibi Slippers - 2011-10-19
Boekbedonnerd IV is happening in Richmond from 27 - 29 October 2011! Click here for the final programme. Darryl David Hi Darryl. How is it going with the preparations for Boekbedonnerd IV? Hi Bibi, surprisingly calmly. When I was a student I would always relax in the week before exams. I try to carry that philosophy through to the book festival. I try to do the hard yards much earlier in the year. Although one writer has just sent me an e-mail that threatens to...

Shafinaaz Hassim, compiler of Belly of Fire: an anthology of hope, forgiveness, redemption and reawakening, talks to Janet van Eeden about the work that went into her publication
Janet van Eeden - 2011-10-19
Untitled Document Belly of fire: an anthology of hope, forgiveness, redemption and reawakening Compiled by Shafinaaz Hassim Short review by JvE Belly of Fire is a book of activism rather than of literature. Each contributor to this beautifully produced volume, published by WordFire Press, has scoured his or her soul to shed light on an aspect of life in South Africa where prejudice or injustice holds sway. As such it is a searing exploration of pain either experienced by the authors’...

Is there a Malema dilemma? Daniel Galloway discusses The Fugard Conversations
Naomi Meyer - 2011-10-17
Daniel, please tell our readers about the Fugard Theatre in District Six's new series of discussions, the Fugard Conversations. LitNet welcomes events like the ones you are organising, because of our own online conversations, Ricochet. What gave you the idea of conversations in the theatre? South Africa is in an interesting balance at the moment – there are important issues which need to be discussed and debated. The Fugard Conversations will provide another platform and space for these sorts...

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...

''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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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