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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...

Independent publishers: How do they survive?
Janet van Eeden - 2011-05-20
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 decided to ask a few of this country’s most indomitable publishers...

Writer/director of the recently released feature film Paradise Stop, Jann Turner, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-05-17
Jann, this is the second film you've co-written and directed with many of the same cast who were with you for White Wedding. How did you find this experience compared with the last one? What lessons did you learn in White Wedding which you put to use in Paradise Stop? Was it a better experience as a result of your previous film? Does film-making become easier each time? With the exception of Rapulana and Kenneth, Paradise Stop has a completely new cast and is quite different from White Wedding....

Independent Publishers: How do they survive?
Colleen Higgs - 2011-05-13
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’ve put some questions to Colleen Higgs, the sole proprietor of Modjaji...

Rugby in our blood
2011-05-11
Click on the highlighted words below for a multitude of links to videos, rugby facts, profiles and more... RUGBY – LOVE OR ADDICTION? There’s little doubt that South Africans are mad for rugby. In this book some of the country’s most famous rugby fans, and a Springbok or two, put into plain words what the game means to them. In the...

Independent Publishers: How do they survive?
Janet van Eeden - 2011-05-05
Untitled Documen 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 decided to ask two of this country’s most indomitable...

Photographer Roger Ballen on inspiration, the common cold and Die Antwoord
Reney Warrington - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document With the republication of Dorps I had the opportunity to sit down with Roger Ballen and ask him a few questions. Wall, labourer's cottage, Carnarvon, 1984 I have heard this urban legend about how you got started in the industry. You took your first body of work and persistently went from gallery to gallery, introducing yourself and your work? I was already 47 years old when I did Platteland. It became a well-known book in ’94, ’95, here and...

Ian Roberts, Actor, Writer and Director, in Conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-03-30
Ian Roberts on set of "Everyman’s Taxi" Ian Roberts is well known to South African audiences as an actor. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s he starred in seminal series such as Arende and played iconic roles, such as that of Alan Paton in Cry the Beloved Country opposite James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. He was also the only white actor in the Oscar-winning Tsotsi. In fact, there was almost an unwritten rule that no international movie could be made without the presence of...

Moky Makura, founder of Nollybooks, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-01-11
Nollybooks are here. They’re entertaining, easy-to-read and affordable. So says the press release to publish the new Bookazine™ which has taken the CNA stores by storm. “Published by Nollybooks, the mass market imprint of MME Media SA, the book has been reinvented and at R49,95, now offers so much more for the reader,” says the press release. “Bookazines are all about entertaining the reader in a fun way. It’s the closest thing to having a soap opera in your...

Debutants 2009/10: Sticking to the truth &ndash Imke van Heerden in conversation with Estelle Neethling
Estelle Neethling - 2010-12-02
Title: Of Loss, Hope and Healing: Finding Lost Family of the Displaced Author: Estelle Neethling Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415200841 Order a copy from Kalahari.net. Of Loss, Hope and Healing: Finding Lost Family of the DisplacedMemoir Estelle Neethling South Africa looms before thousands of refugees from across all Africa as the land of milk and honey. They flee conflict and hardship, they leave behind home and loved ones – only to face the...

In a corner of any room with one small idea: Melissa Butler, author of removing, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-12-02
Title: removing Author: Melissa Butler Publisher: Modjadji Books ISBN: 9781920397197 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Melissa Butler has been writing poetry and non-academic essays for the past eight years. Her day job, however, is to teach kindergarten in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system. “I love spending my days with 5-year-olds,” she explains. “I get to be with them as they take their first steps as readers and writers.” Her...

“A game” – Mike Nicol, author of Payback and Killer Country, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Mike Nicol - 2010-11-24
Killer Country Mike Nicol Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201169 Prys: R144.50 Click here to buy Killer Country from Kalahari.net. Payback Mike Nicol Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415200469 Prys: R144.50 Click here to buy Payback from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Mike Nicol is making a name for himself as a serious crime fiction writer. His first two novels in a trilogy featuring Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso have been well received in South African literary circles. Reading these two novels,...

Debutants 2009/10: ''My head is on fire'' – Imke van Heerden asks Janita Sakoschek about her autobiography, Ladybird
Janita Sakoschek - 2010-11-23
Title: Ladybird. My House Burnt Down, My Head Is On Fire! Author: Janita Sakoschek Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415201336 Order a copy from Kalahari.net. Ladybird. My House Burnt Down, My Head Is On Fire! | Autobiography Janita Sakoschek “I fart into the cushion without shifting my bottom. I must look like hell but I don’t care. All I care about is my next cigarette.” When quantity surveyor and builder Janita Sakoschek’s house burned...

Umuzi's 100th book: Son-in-Law of the Boere
Karen Jennings - 2010-11-23
Title: Son-in-Law of the Boere Author: Nape ‘a Motana Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201237 Price: R146.36 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Recently Umuzi launched their 100th book, Son-in-Law of the Boere by Nape ‘a Motana. The novel tells the story of KK (short for Kgoroto Mashobohleng), who has left his rural village to take up a teaching post at a formerly whites-only school in Pretoria. It is here that he meets and falls in love with the Afrikaans (and vegetarian) Katryn...

Debutants 2009/10: A quick Q&A with Young Blood author, Sifiso Mzobe
Sifiso Mzobe - 2010-11-23
Title: Young Blood Author: Sifiso Mzobe Publisher: Kwela Books Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9780795702938 Order a copy from Kalahari.net. Young Blood | General Fiction Sifiso Mzobe Sipho is a “young blood”, a young man of the school-going generation caught up in a world of money, booze and greed. He lives in Umlazi, Durban. He is seventeen, has dropped out of school and helps out at his father’s mechanic shop during the day. But odd jobs underneath the bonnets...

Debutants 2009/10: “I am those women” – three women chat about Cynthia Jele’s Happiness is a Four-Letter Word
Cynthia Jele - 2010-11-16
Title: Happiness is a Four-Letter Word Author: Cynthia Jele Publisher: Kwela Books Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9780795702952Order your copy from Kalahari.net. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word | Fiction Cynthia Jele Nandi, Zaza, Tumi and Princess are four ordinary friends living life in the fast and fabulous lanes of Jo’burg. Suddenly, no number of cocktails can cure the stress that simultaneously unsettles their lives. Nandi’s final wedding arrangements are nearly...

Debutants 2009/10: “Travelling light” – walking backwards with the author of Donkey Crossings, Kim McGowan
Kim McGowan - 2010-11-16
Title: Donkey Crossings Author: Kim McGowan Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415200858 Order Donkey Crossings from Kalahari.net. Donkey Crossings | Fiction Kim McGowan Two agreeable men set off from Kokstad with two donkeys and two dogs. They are chasing visions of reaching Khartoum around the western margins of Africa, but don’t even make it to East London. While one of them optimistically takes the lead, the other brings up the rear, muttering in his...

Strap on your seatbelts: Janet van Eeden chats with Zoo City author Lauren Beukes
Janet van Eeden - 2010-11-10
Title: Zoo City Author: Lauren Beukes Publisher: Jacana Media ISBN: 9781770098183 Price: R123.25 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Strap on your seatbelts, dear reader. You’re in for a wild ride. Entering the netherworld of Zoo City is like stepping into a parallel reality on speed. You recognise the landmarks as they flit by you - the morning sunlight glints off the ubiquitous Ponte building, a scam takes place in well-known hotel. You’re undoubtedly...

Debutants 2009/10: Pamela Oberem on her first novel, The Lazarus Funeral Parlour
Pamela Oberem - 2010-11-10
Title: The Lazarus Funeral Parlour Author: Pamela Oberem Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415200940 Order the book from Kalahari.net. The Lazarus Funeral Parlour | Fiction Pamela Oberem When the caravan of the Mobile Church of the Holistic Christ rolls into a sleepy town on a hot spring day, all hell breaks loose in Pamela Oberem’s novel The Lazarus Funeral Parlour. Dominee Donges, undisputed moral authority of Nylsdorp, faces a direct challenge from the...

Debutants 2009/10: “The secret world of spying” – Trevor R Corbett answers fast-paced questions about his political thriller, An Ordinary Day
Trevor Corbett - 2010-11-09
Title: An Ordinary Day Author: Trevor R Corbett Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415200827 Order An Ordinary Day from Kalahari.net. An Ordinary Day | Fiction Trevor R Corbett “Durant is like a rough-hewn South African James Bond” – Jacqui L’Ange Agent Kevin Durant of the National Intelligence Agency has been keeping close tabs on Ali, a Durban businessman corrupt to his core. Libyan terrorists are buying parts for weapons of mass destruction...

Debutants 2009/10: “In return for entertainment” – ten minutes with Peter Church
Peter Church - 2010-11-03
Title: Dark Video Author: Peter Church Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2009 ISBN: 9781415200155 Order Dark Video from Kalahari.net. Dark Video | Fiction Peter Church A minibus taxi flipping spectacularly on its head; two teenagers engaged in illicit sex in a shopping-mall rest room; a raunchy table dance in a Cape Town strip club ... What have these scenes got to do with a beautiful young woman running through Newlands Forest early on a Sunday morning? Alistair Morgan is the key....

Debutants 2009/10: Poet Beverly Rycroft on missing
Beverly Rycroft - 2010-11-02
Title: missing Author: Beverly Rycroft Publisher: Modjaji Books Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781920397067 Order missing from Kalahari.net. missing | Poetry Beverly Rycroft This astonishingly moving debut collection reads compellingly as one complete story. Missing covers the archetypal journey from sickness and near-death to transformation and hope. Rycroft wears her exquisite poetic technique lightly – though rich in deftly-crafted images, the poems are profoundly inviting,...

Andie Miller talks to Janet van Eeden about her anthology Slow Motion: stories about walking
Andie Miller - 2010-10-29
Title: Slow Motion: stories about walking Author: Andie Miller Publisher: JacanaDate of publication: 2010 ISBN: 97817700987010Click here to order Slow Motion from Kalahari.net! Short review by JvE Andie Miller’s collection of stories all have one thing in common. They are interviews mostly with people who walk rather than drive cars to get where they are going. Not all the subjects are committed walkers, however. One man appreciates how much walking meant to him now that he has lost the...

A conversation in a garden: talking to Clive Lawrance, poet and sculptor
Janet van Eeden - 2010-10-21
Title: Butterflies & Blackjacks Author: Clive Lawrance Publisher: Abound Sitting in the shade of Clive Lawrance’s mango tree, I am almost moved to tears by the raw simplicity of being in, and a part of, his rustic garden. Memories of his Rusty Metal Place in Nieu-Bethesda spring to mind. That garden, which he shared with his then wife, Gillian Rennie, became a tourist attraction. He’d filled it with quirky sculptures made from recovered rusty metal he found in his walks in the...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Shaida Ali, author of Not a Fairy Tale, in conversation with Naomi Bruwer
Shaida Ali - 2010-10-07
Title: Not a Fairy Tale Author: Shaida Kazi Ali Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201121 Order Not a Fairy Tale from Kalahari.net. Not a Fairytale | Fiction Shaida Kazi Ali Not a Fairytale is a wonderful, unusual book set in an Indian Muslim community. This debut by Shaida Kazie Ali tells the story of two Cape Town sisters, interspersed with fairytales with a modern spin and even a recipe or two ... Salena, the older sister, is light-skinned and demure, an easy one to marry off to a husband...

Debutants 2009/10: 5 minutes with Alastair Bruce, author of Wall of Days
Imke van Heerden - 2010-09-22
Title: Wall of Days Author: Alastair Bruce Publisher: Umuzi Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781415201374 Order Wall of Days from Kalahari.net. Wall of Days | Fiction Alastair Bruce This novel by Alastair Bruce imagines a world all but drowned, in which a man called Bran has been living on an island for ten years. He was sent there in exile by those whose leader he was, and he tallies on the wall of his cave the days as they pass. Until the day when something happens that kindles...

Andie Miller in conversation with Karabo Kgoleng, presenter of Afternoon Talk and Literature
Andie Miller - 2010-09-22
We’re sitting under the oaks outside the coffee shop, and it’s a beautiful evening. Karabo Kgoleng has come from two hours of Afternoon Talk and is recharging her battery with a bottle of sparkling water. I order a cappuccino. When she arrived in the SAfm Literature studio two years ago she “had very big shoes to fill”, taking over the programme from the erudite Victor Dlamini, she says. This she did with what sounded like remarkable ease, a big personality, and a wealth...

Author of Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot, Richard de Nooy, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Richard de Nooy - 2010-09-07
Title: Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot Author: Richard De Nooy Publisher: Jacana ISBN: 9781770093041 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Richard de Nooy’s first novel, Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot, follows, in a rather erratic and apparently haphazard way, the lives of two brothers, Ysbrand and Remco De Heer. Remco and Ysbrand grow up on the streets of spartheid South Africa. They deal with a reality familiar to many whites who grew up at that...

Finding the fun and witty side: Azila Reisenberger – poet, academic and rabbi – in conversation with Janet van Eeden about her new book, Life in Translation
Janet van Eeden - 2010-09-01
Title: Life in Translation Author: Azila Reisenberger Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9780980272918 Review by Janet van Eeden Azila Reisenberger brings the full force of her life and her reflections on it as a woman, wife, mother, rabbi and academic to her poetry. Life in Translation is a rich anthology, steeped in lived life and as full of wisdom as a bucket full of owls. Reisenberger draws on all areas of her experience to create metaphors which resonate with profundity. She covers the whole...

Debutants 2009/10: Imke van Heerden chats to Maya Fowler, author of The Elephant in the Room
Maya Fowler - 2010-08-26
Title: The Elephant in the Room Author: Maya FowlerPublisher: NB PublishersDate of publication: 2009ISBN: 9780795702846Watch an interview on YouTube. Order The Elephant in the Room from Kalahari.net. The Elephant in the Room | Fiction Maya Fowler A story of secrets, warped friendships and addiction, and how families guard their secrets to keep up appearances – with disastrous consequences. Set in Kalk Bay, the Overberg and Plumstead, the story explores the life of a young...

Debutants 2009/10: Imke van Heerden chats to Veronica Cecil, author of Bongo Bongo Bongo, I Don’t Wanna Leave the Congo
Veronica Cecil - 2010-08-18
Title: Bongo Bongo Bongo, I Don’t Wanna Leave the CongoAuthor: Veronica CecilPublisher: Kwela BooksDate of publication: 2009ISBN: 9780795702822Watch an interview on YouTube. Order Bongo Bongo Bongo, I Don’t Wanna Leave the Congo from Kalahari.net. Bongo Bongo Bongo, I Don't Wanna Leave the Congo | Literary Autobiography Veronica Cecil In the early 1960s, 25-year-old Veronica Cecil decided to move to the Congo with her husband when he was offered a good position at a large...

Zukiswa Wanner, author of Men of the South, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-08-17
Title: Men of the South Author: Zukiswa Wanner Publisher: Kwela Books ISBN: 9780795702983 Price: R140.25 Click here to buy a copy of Men of the South from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Men of the South is Zukiswa Wanner’s most mature novel to date. In this novel Wanner observes the lives of three men who are all connected in some way through a single woman. Each man has an issue of sorts to deal with: Mfundo is a talented jazz trumpeter who offends one of the music moguls in South...

Poet Kobus Moolman chats with Janet van Eeden about his new collection, Light and After
Janet van Eeden - 2010-08-12
Title: Light and After Author: Kobus Moolman Publisher: deep south publishing ISBN: 9780958491570 Send an e-mail to r.berold@gmail.com for order details. Review by Janet van Eeden Kobus Moolman’s latest anthology, Light and After, is a revelation. It is the work of a poet who has mastered his craft, and more than that, it is the work of a writer who has made peace with the medium he has been striving for over the past years. Light and After is a mature and deeply inspiring anthology of...

“Down a bustling emotional highway”: The poet Floss M Jay, author of the anthology A Drawer Full of Flowers, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-08-06
Short review by JvE Floss M Jay’s debut collection, A Drawer Full of Flowers, is a trip down a bustling emotional highway. Jay’s poems resonate with feelings: feelings about life; about death and those who’ve died; about birth and children; about betrayal; about devotion – whether to a person or an ideal; and also very definitely about being a woman. Jay’s poems also salute the feminine through recognising the journey of the female body; through introspection of the...

Author of Undisciplined Heart, Jane Katjavivi, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-07-27
Title: Undisciplined Heart Author: Jane Katjavivi Publisher: Modjaji Publication date: 2010 ISBN: 9781920397043 Price: R170 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Jane Katjavivi has written an important book for Southern Africa history in Undisciplined Heart. It is billed as a memoir on the cover, but it is more than one woman’s personal account of her life. It’s also a memoir of a country. Jane Katjavivi met her future husband in Britain when she...

Sunday Times Fiction Prize: 5 minutes with Imraan Coovadia
Imke van Heerden - 2010-07-21
Imraan Coovadia has just been awarded the 2010 Sunday Times Fiction Prize for his novel High Low In-between. Imke van Heerden asks him a couple of quick questions. Imraan, congratulations! Could you share your favourite sentence/short paragraph from High Low In-between? [One character looks at another and thinks] "Who is he to exist?"Are you writing a new novel? Yes, it’s called The Institute for Taxi Poetry. It should be finished in a few months, but right now I feel half dead from writing...

Sunday Times Alan Paton Award: 5 minutes with André Brink
Imke van Heerden - 2010-07-21
André Brink’s A Fork in the Road has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Imke van Heerden asked him a couple of quick questions. Wherein lies the value of literary prizes such as the Alan Paton Award? For the writer it offers some satisfaction in knowing that the enormous effort that has gone into the writing is being officially acknowledged. The prestige built up by this prize over a number of years has established it as an award that carries considerable weight...

Sunday Times Fiction Prize: 5 minutes with Sally-Ann Murray
Imke van Heerden - 2010-07-21
Title: Small Moving Parts Author: Sally-Ann Murray Publisher: NB Publishing ISBN: 9780795702860 Price: R208.25 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Sally-Ann Murray’s Small Moving Parts has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Imke van Heerden asks her a couple of quick questions. Small Moving Parts | General Fiction Sally-Ann Murray Halley is a smart girl growing up poor in Durban, close to the bustling docks. Trying to make ends meet is her mother,...

“Deceptively simple”: Ingrid Andersen, author of the collection of poems, Excision, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Ingrid Andersen - 2010-07-21
Title: Excision Author: Ingrid Andersen Publisher: Self-published Excision is now available for purchase as an e-book, online from Scribd/Little White Bakkie. Review by Janet van Eeden “Deceptively simple” is how I would describe Andersen’s writing. Clean lines depict apparently everyday events in the first section: a child playing with marbles; watching a koi pond; examining the scar left by a child’s birth; waking in the peaceful early morning. Yet underneath the simple...

Beginning to heal: Helen Brain, author of Here be Lions, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-07-13
Title: Here Be Lions Author: Helen Brain Publisher: Oshun Books Publication date: 2006ISBN: 9781770070578 Here Be Lions is out of print. Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net or e-mail Helen at Helen@helenbrain.co.za. Review by Janet van Eeden When I was a young girl, I was an ardent Catholic. Learning my catechism, I often wondered about the concept of “Mortal Sin”, a sin so awful, the priest said, that not even God would forgive you for it. Strangely enough, murder wasn’t...

The Bed Book of Short Stories publisher, compiler and editor in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Colleen Higgs - 2010-06-25
Title: The Bed Book of Short Stories Edited by Joanne HichensPublisher: Modjaji BooksPages: 314ISBN: 9781920397319Click here to order The Bed Book of Short Stories from Kalahari.net. Short review by JvE What thoughts are evoked by the image of a bed? A warm place to come to rest each night; a place for dreams, both waking and sleeping; a place for indulging delicious sexual fantasies; or even a place for a peaceful afterlife? Or the opposite: a place where rights are violated; a place where the...

''Where the story begins'': Nadine Petrick in conversation with the new director of the Cape Town Book Fair, Claudia Kaiser
Nadine Petrick - 2010-06-25
You are the new director of the Cape Town Book Fair that is taking place in July/August. Can we expect any changes now that you are in charge? Yes, there will be quite a number of “firsts” at the CTBF 2010. Firstly, we will strengthen the trade element of the fair: we will introduce a trade day on day one, 30 July 2010. On that day the fair will be open for all exhibitors and trade visitors, meaning everybody who is engaged in the publishing business on a professional level: publishers,...

Grahamstown Arts Festival 2010 – Amaz!ng: Tony Lankester in conversation with Nadine Petrick
Nadine Petrick - 2010-06-17
This is your third year as CEO of the National Arts Festival. How are you keeping up? In the first year I had to keep pinching myself to remind myself that this was a real job … it seemed too much fun to be considered work. In year three I still feel this way – it is an amazing job and I am fortunate to be working with some really cool people on a festival that people seem to love. It doesn’t get much better than this! Besides this nailbiting job you also blog for Mail &...

Spirit of Schreiner Festival organiser Darryl David in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Darryl David - 2010-06-16
From 2 to 4 July a unique festival will take place in Cradock – Olive Schreiner country. Its publicity brief reads as follows: From the 2-4 July 2010 Olive Schreiner will wake up from her last resting place atop Buffelskop and make her way to Die Tuishuise in Cradock. Here, she will find Darryl David, founder of Book Town Richmond, and Sandra Antrobus of Die Tuishuise busy at work for the inaugural Spirit of Schreiner Festival. Later, she will join hundreds of literary pilgrims as they visit...

The poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers talks about her new collection, The Everyday Wife, with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-06-03
Title: The Everyday WifePoet: Phillippa Yaa de VilliersPublisher: Modjaji BooksISBN: 9781920397050Pages: 94Click here to order The Everyday Wife from Kalahari.net. Short review by JvE Phillippa Yaa de Villiers’s approach to her work is summed up by the first poem in her new collection of poetry, The Everyday Wife: Words become me … Without them I am shorn. This poet breathes her very life on to the page through her vibrant use of words. She takes the blood and guts of her painful...

The author of The Thin Line, Arja Salafranca, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Arja Salafranca - 2010-05-25
Title: The Thin LineAuthor: Arja SalafrancaPublisher: Modjaji BooksFormat: SoftcoverPages: 220ISBN: 9781920397081Order The Thin Line from Kalahari.net! Short review by JvE Arja Salafranca has written an eclectic collection of short stories which dwell on the intimate nature of human relationships. The frail strand of connections, the thin line, as Salafranca calls it, between human beings is examined by her searingly honest exploration of human motivations. Whether characters are aware of their...

The author of The Angina Monologues, Rosamund Kendal, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-05-19
Title: The Angina MonologuesAuthor: Rosamund KendalPublisher: JacanaDate of publication: 2010ISBN: 9781770098121Review: The Angina Monologues explores the lives of three newly qualified doctors who are sent to do their year’s community service in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal at the Prince Xoliswe Hospital in Tugela Ferry. Rachael, Nomsa and Seema come from very different backgrounds, but as these women are thrust into the chaos of a government hospital, where twenty-four-hour shifts aren’t...


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