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Lauren Liebenberg, author of The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2008-05-14
The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and JamAuthor: Lauren LiebenbergPublisher: Virago Press LtdISBN: 9781844084647Publication date: March 2008Pages: 256Click on the book cover to purchase The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam from kalahari.net now!Lauren Liebenberg’s debut novel, The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, is set in 1965 during the so-called Bush War in Zimbabwe. This war is also referred to as the Second Chimurenga (rebellion) by the Shona people. The...

Niki Daly, author and illustrator: fighting boredom with an 18-month-old on your lap
Janet van Eeden - 2008-05-06
Children’s book writer and illustrator Niki Daly spoke to me about the importance of reading in children’s lives. Daly’s books are widely appreciated around the world. He is highly regarded as a children’s writer and illustrator in America, Canada, Denmark and Britain. From 1996 to 1999 Daly was also in charge of the Songololo children’s imprint from David Phillips Publications. SHUTER has now taken over Songololo but kept the imprint’s name. I asked Niki about...

In conversation with Jo-Anne Richards, author of My brother’s book
Janet van Eeden - 2008-05-05
Title: My Brother's BookAuthor: Jo-Anne RichardsPublisher: Picador AfricaISBN: 9781770100770Publication date: March 2008Click on the book's cover to order a copy from kalahari.net.Jo-Anne Richards says she’s put her “heart and soul” into her latest novel, My Brother’s Book. We talked about her work to date and this book in particular. Jo-Anne, you have quite a few novels now and have published five short story collections. You are also a freelance journalist and lecture in...

Janet van Eeden in conversation with Kirsten Miller about All is Fish
Kirsten Miller - 2008-04-08
Kirsten Miller, author of All is Fish, was one of the invited guests at The Time of the Writer Festival in Durban recently. I asked her to tell me a bit about herself.Are you a full time writer, Kirsten, or is writing a new venture for you?I’ve been writing ever since I can remember; it has always been my way of processing the world. Only recently has it become a relatively full-time occupation. However, I write in a very wide net and simultaneously work at other creative projects, so I don’t...

Haydee Morgan-Hollander interviews Michael Cawood Green, author of For the sake of Silence
Haydee Morgan-Hollander - 2008-04-03
For the Sake of Silence by Michael Cawood Green Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 978-1-4152-0045-2 Category: Fiction RRP: R250 Click here to find out more about the book Click here to purchase For the Sake of Silence from kalahari.net now! In language, the devil truly lies in the detail. - For the Sake of Silence (p 60) Photo: KZN Literary Tourism ...

In search of Mr B
Izak de Vries - 2008-03-06
Izak de Vries leaves footprints while talking to a Nomad (or someone who looks like him) on the new book by Breyten Breytenbach, called A veil of footsteps (memoir of a nomadic fictional character). The first nomad to respond identified himself as Breyten Wordfool (BW). A Veil of Footsteps (memoir of a nomadic fictional character) Author: Breyten Breytenbach Date: 2008. Publisher: Human & Rousseau EAN: 978-0-79814927-3 Iz: Dear Breyten. No, sorry, let me get this right....

It's all sex, drugs and gardening: In conversation with Bridget Hilton-Barber, author of Garden of my Ancestors
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-12-13
Bridget Hilton-Barber Garden of my Ancestors Bridget Hilton-Barber is a freelance writer based in Limpopo province. She is a well-known travel writer, former editor of Sawubona (SAA's in-flight magazine) and travel correspondent for Radio 702. I was as much intrigued by her telling of Garden of my Ancestors as I was by the text on the back cover of the book: "Sex, drugs and gardening. That’s the spirit of Garden of My Ancestors, a story about...

It's all sex, drugs and gardening: In conversation with Bridget Hilton-Barber, author of Garden of my Ancestors
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-12-13
Bridget Hilton-Barber Garden of my Ancestors Bridget Hilton-Barber is a freelance writer based in Limpopo province. She is a well-known travel writer, former editor of Sawubona (SAA's in-flight magazine) and travel correspondent for Radio 702. I was as much intrigued by her telling of Garden of my Ancestors as I was by the text on the back cover of the book: "Sex, drugs and gardening. That’s the spirit of Garden of My Ancestors, a story about...

In conversation with David Dison, author of Death in the New Republic published by Jacana Media
Elize Ferner - 2007-12-04
David Dison Death in the New Republic Part 1: The book When did you first feel this book brewing? It was soon after the incident in The Wilds, when the golf ball fisherman Motsumi came to see me at home (the boom incident is pure fiction) to advise me of a killing in the nature reserve. It was too dramatic not to think of some sort of recording of the event. Of course I then went further than that. It is said that most first novels are somewhat autobiographical....

Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards: 10 quick questions to Becky Apteker
Naomi Bruwer - 2007-11-22
The winners of the first Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards for youth literature were announced recently. Becky Apteker was the runner-up in the English category with her novel Written in water. Naomi Bruwer asked her 10 quick questions. What contribution do you feel a competition like the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award makes to creative writing in South Africa? Did it motivate you to write Written in water? I found the competition gave me the impetus to put my ideas to paper....

Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards: 10 quick questions to Yvonne Hart and Dianne Case
Naomi Bruwer - 2007-11-22
The winners of the first Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards for youth literature were announced recently. Yvonne Hart and Dianne Case won the English category with their novel Katy of Sky Road. Naomi Bruwer asked them 10 quick questions. What contribution do you feel a competition like the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award makes to creative writing in South Africa? Did it motivate you to write Katy of Sky Road? YH: The MML Awards offer an incentive and a platform to creative...

All is fish, or is it? In conversation with Kirsten Miller, author of All is Fish
Kirsten Miller - 2007-11-21
Kirsten Miller All is Fish Kirsten Miller's first work of fiction, All is Fish, was published by Jacana Media earlier this year after being shortlisted for the EU Literary Award in 2005. It is a story of "three remarkable characters trying, in their own ways, to make sense of the world and their relationship to each other. Inextricably linked by fate, birth and the difficult but enriching bonds of love, this dramatic masterpiece weaves together different lives...

The Venerable Tenzin Palmo – Supernun
Anton Krueger - 2007-11-20
For a woman who's spent 12 years alone in a cave in Tibet, Tenzin Palmo has the charm of a schoolgirl. She has a luminous smile and speaks with eagerness and affection. At her talk at the Irene Country Lodge on Tuesday she appealed with sincere concern (and yet not without humour) to her audience, exhorting them to start examining the nature of their minds, to try to begin to reflect on what is going on in there and how they can begin to gain some calm from the frenetic consumption of images, sounds,...

In conversation with Ceridwen Dovey, author of Blood Kin
Ceridwen Dovey - 2007-11-13
Ceridwen Dovey Blood Kin Ceridwen Dovey is the debut author of Blood Kin, which has not only been lauded in print and various online media, but on LitNet as well (see Meg Samuelson's review). We asked her a few questions about writing, identity and crafting this novel. 1. There has been overwhelmingly positive comment on, and response to, Blood Kin. Did you expect it to be so well received? I think I was still a bit in shock that the...

A behind the scenes look at electioneering: Etienne Bloemhof in conversation with Brent Meersman
Etienne Bloemhof - 2007-10-15
Author: Brent Meersman Publisher: Human & Rousseau Prys/Price: R150 ISBN-13: 9780798149082 How factual is Primary Coloured as an account of your experiences in the ID? The book is marketed as fiction. Readers know that they are entering a fictional universe. I am making no factual claims, but it is a sincere book, and true to life. Far more outrageous fantasies than mine are regularly peddled as facts by politicians – one of those being that they’re just like...

Janet van Eeden speaks to Stephen Coan about his fascination with Rider Haggard and editing Memeena and other plays
Stephen Coan - 2007-08-29
Mameena and other plays, by H Rider Haggard Edited by Stephen Coan and Alfred Tella On a recent cold and wintry night in Pietermaritzburg, Stephen Coan* launched the publication of Mameena and other plays by H Rider Haggard. It was ironic that the launch took place in the restaurant of the Botanical Gardens in Maritzburg. Almost a hundred years ago Rider Haggard and his wife spent a few days wandering through these same gardens. They even bought a few packets of seeds to take to their farm in...

Stories Gogo Told Me: An interview with Lisa Grainger
Lisa Grainger - 2007-07-03
Lisa Grainger is the compiler of a new book published by Penguin called Stories Gogo Told Me – and that’s Gogo as in grandmother or old woman … I met Lisa on Tuesday, 19 June at the Cape Town Book Fair during her Cape Town book tour. After spending time at the Book Fair I had quite a few questions lined up for her relating to talks I had attended that seemed to relate nicely to this book. When I arrived at the Business Lounge, a few steps away from the Penguin Books stand,...

Capturing lives: Naomi Bruwer in conversation with Sumayya Lee
Sumayya Lee - 2007-06-27
The Story of Maha Sumayya Lee Publisher: Kwela BooksISBN: 9780795702457Format: SoftcoverClick to purchase The Story of Maha from kalahari.net Sumayya LeePhoto: Simone Scholtz I Maha's story The story of Maha is the story of a Muslim girl who grew up in Apartheid South Africa. It sketches the “normal” life of...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Michael Chapman
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-21
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Michael Chapman, compiler of Omnibus of a Century of South African Short Stories published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. R204. Omnibus of a Century of South African Short Stories Michael Chapman 1. What do you think your book...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Thembelani Ngenelwa
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-21
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Thembelani Ngenelwa, author of The Day I Died published by Kwela. R97. The Day I Died Thembelani Ngenelwa 1. What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African Homebru books? A real-life story of...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Stephen Simms
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-21
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Stephen Simms, author of Miss Kwa Kwa published by Jacana. R138. Miss Kwa Kwa Stephen Simms 1. What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African Homebru books? South Africans are ready to laugh at themselves...

Sunday Times Alan Paton Award 2007 - Runner-up: Denis Hirson with White Scars
Denis Hirson - 2007-06-20
In White Scars, Denis Hirson contextualises four books relevant to him during different periods in his life. The result is an interesting mix of autobiography and insight into what it meant to live in apartheid South Africa. What motivated you to write this book? Some of the questions that have spurred me since I started writing my first book in the early ’80s are: Is it still possible, now, to delve back into the perception of the child, the boy, the young man I once was, in order...

Sunday Times Alan Paton Award 2007: Ivan Vladslavić for Portrait with Keys
Ivan Vladislavic - 2007-06-20
Portrait with KeysIvan VladslavićUmuzi, 2006 ISBN 1415200203 Written over eight years, Ivan Vladislavić’s Portrait with Keys - Joburg & What What is a sequence of 138 passages depicting a shifting Johannesburg. What motivated you to write Portrait with Keys – Joburg & What What? A while ago, I was approached by Graham Friedman, who was putting together a celebratory anthology for the 70th birthday of Johannesburg writer, author and poet Lionel Abrahams....

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Marlene van Niekerk
Marlene van Niekerk - 2007-06-12
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Marlene van Niekerk, author of Agaat, translated by Michiel Heyns and published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. R254. Agaat Marlene van Niekerk 1. What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Zakes Mda
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-12
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Zakes Mda, author of Cion, published by Penguin. Price R154. Cion Zakes Mda 1. What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African Homebru books? I don’t make any judgements on my books. The...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Kopano Matlwa
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-12
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Kopano Matlwa, author of Coconut published by Jacana. 2007 winner of European Union’s European Literary Award for a South African best first novel. R97. Coconut Kopano Matlwa 1. What do you think your book brings...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Michael Worsnip
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-06
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Michael Worsnip, author of Remittance Man, published by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. Price R123. Remittance Man Michael Worsnip What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to John van de Ruit
John van de Ruit - 2007-06-06
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: John van de Ruit author of Spud – The Madness Continues, published by Penguin. Price R103. Spud - The Madness Continues John van de Ruit What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Bongani Madondo
Bongani Madondo - 2007-06-06
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Bongani Madondo, author of Hot Type, published by Picador Africa. Price R142. Hot Type Bongani Madondo 1. What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African Homebru books? Stories that deal with present-day...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions for the Exclusive Books Homebru authors
2007-05-29
The annual Exclusive Books Homebru campaign has become an important tool to promote local publishing. According to Exclusive Books Marketing Manager, Jaco Nel, publishers are timing their local releases to coincide with Homebru. "We are also receiving many more titles for consideration. For example, this year 140 new titles were submitted compared to 110 titles for 2006." Nel also notes that the reading public too has increasingly responded to local books being more readily and visibly...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Sarah Britten
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-05-29
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Sarah Britten, author of The Art of the South African Insult, published by 30° South Publishers (R138). The Art of the South African Insult Sarah Britten What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions to Christiaan Bakkes
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-05-29
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Christiaan Bakkes, skrywer van Stoffel se Veldnotas, uitgegee deur Human & Rousseau (R133) Stoffel se Veldnotas Christiaan Bakkes What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection of South African ...

Homebru 2007: 10 Quick questions for Nape à Motana
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-05-29
We asked the Exclusive Books Homebru 2007 authors to answer a few quick questions about the Homebru campaign and their status as a South African writer. Here are the answers of: Nape à Motana author of Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, published by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press (R133). Fanie Fourie's Lobola Nape 'a Motana What do you think your book brings to the 2007 collection...

Southern African Review of Books recovered
Rob Turrell - 2007-05-28
Rob Turrell founded the Southern African Review of Books in London in 1987. We asked him a few questions about it and its miraculous recovery. What is the Southern African Review of Books? It is a tabloid review of books. You know, printed on newsprint, modelled – in style and format – on the London Review of Books. It reviewed only books written by authors who came from Southern Africa or books that dealt with Southern Africa, mainly history, literature, and politics. I've included...

On John van de Ruit
John van de Ruit - 2007-04-20
20 April 2007 is a significant day for John van de Ruit, author of the record-breaking bestseller Spud. It is the day he turns 31. But not only that. His sequel to his successful debut takes its first steps along the shelves of bookshops all over South Africa.A while ago, Rachelle Greeff and Melt Myburgh probed John van de Ruit on some issues while he was slaving away at Spud: The Madness Continues. This is the conversation on which their article for Rapport (8 April 2007) was based. On theatre...

Creating My beautiful death: We speak to Riana Barnard, Eben Venter, Luke Stubbs and Lynda Gilfillan
Riana Barnard - 2007-04-18
My beautiful death Ek stamel ek sterwe 1. When did Tafelberg decide to bring out an English translation of Eben Venter’s Ek stamel ek sterwe? Riana Barnard: In January 2006. Eben and I had often discussed the possibility of eventually translating the novel, but we needed to find the right translator. It was a real learning curve and quite an adventure. Things finally fell into place when I received the manuscript...

Ten quick questions to Maxine Case, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book: Africa Region
Maxine Case - 2007-04-04
Did you ever think, at the time of writing All We Have Left Unsaid, that it would be competing against novels from Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, South Asia, South-East Asia and the South Pacific for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book? No, when you write a book, I think that the first hurdle you think about is: Will a publisher like it enough to publish it? Then, once it’s published, you hope that readers will like it and of course somewhere along the way the perceptions...

The Franschhoek Literary Festival: an inside look
Nicole Whitton - 2007-03-29
The Franschhoek Literary Festival debuts during the weekend of 11 to 13 May 2007, promising a host of exciting local and international writers and publishers, book signings and author dinners. We caught up with Jenny Hobbs, one of the organisers, to find out a bit more about the festival. How did the idea for the Franschhoek Literary Festival come about? By coincidence! I met Christopher Hope as we walked out of the Sunday Times Awards dinner at the Book Fair last June. He said that he...

Ten quick questions for Shaun Johnson, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Africa Region (Best Book)
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-03-22
The Native Commissioner has done very well in South Africa and has received many a glowing review. Do you feel that you can call yourself a South African writer now more so than before you won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the Africa region, or have you always been confident of your status as a South African writer? I have absolutely not been confident before of my status as a South African writer of literary fiction, because although I had always wanted to write novels, The Native Commissioner...

Open season
Sally-Ann Murray - 2007-02-12
Michelle McGrane in conversation with Sally-Ann Murray, the author of open season Born in Durban in 1961, Sally-Ann Murray received her PhD in English from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Programme of English Studies. Sally-Ann was the recipient of the Arthur Nortje/Vita Award in 1989 and the Sanlam Poetry Award in 1991. She has been the chair of the Poetry Africa Schools' Poetry Festival (from 1997 to 2005) and is a longstanding adjudicator...

"Writing is like a disease or an addiction that you have to manage throughout your life"
Dara Horn - 2007-01-29
Michelle McGrane interviews Dara Horn, author of The World to Come Born in 1977, Dara Horn received her PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. Her first novel, In the Image (2002), was awarded a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. In 2006, The World to Come was published to acclaim. Horn's work has appeared in many national and international publications, and she has...

''Moffie is the word I feared most'': Melt Myburgh in conversation with André Carl van der Merwe
Melt Myburgh - 2007-01-03
Title: Moffie Author: André Carl van der MerweISBN: 9780620367790 Click to buy your copy at Kalahari.net Melt Myburgh in conversation with André Carl van der Merwe, whose recently published novel Moffie caused quite a stir amongst many interest groups. Besides writing, how do you keep yourself busy? I do property development, and I DO NOT mean Tuscan cluster homes. I like getting involved with projects that are challenging and exciting and overridingly sensitive to the environment....

"It is more about what Shakespeare called the 'undiscovered country' than about the 'fun of the shudder'."
Arthur Goldstuck - 2006-12-20
Michelle McGrane in conversation with Arthur Goldstuck, author of The Ghost That Closed Down The Town: The story of the Haunting of South Africa. The Ghost that Closed Down the TownArthur Goldstuck R100.00ISBN: 0-143-02505-8Penguin Click here to purchase The Ghost that Closed Down the Town from kalahari.net now! Born in 1959, Arthur Goldstuck grew up in Trompsburg, Free State. He has worked as a journalist, magazine editor and news editor for the Weekly Mail and was the South African correspondent...

ABSA Chain: Jaco Fouché in conversation with Anton Krueger
Jaco Fouché - 2006-12-20
From time to time you pour your energy into prose. I know you've written short stories and at least one novella, called Aden and I, and you mentioned planning another. I liked Aden and I and I trust a publisher will pick it up at some point. Could you tell us a bit about it? ... ja i've been sitting with that one for a while, reworking it intermittently ... there is a publisher who may now be interested, but i wouldn't like to say anything about that until it's finalised ... ... it's a memoir...

ABSA Chain Interview: Raks Morakabe Seakhoa in conversation with Andries Oliphant
Raks Morakabe Seakhoa - 2006-12-05
What as yet does not exist Regarding the above, I thought I'd send the following questions to you: Let us believe this new post apartheid South Africa, in its 12th year of its existence and the attending hullaballoo of its most liberal edges and urges in its constitution, is a Literary Republic, the first ever in the world. You are the President of this Literary Republic. How would you rule? Especially given the fact that under apartheid writers were harassed but still more organised than now? ...

''To make art is to make a contact with what lies just beyond our understanding''
Joan Metelerkamp - 2006-11-28
Michelle McGrane in conversation with Joan Metelerkamp Born in Pretoria in 1956, Joan Metelerkamp grew up in KwaZulu-Natal. She has published six poetry collections: Towing the Line (Carrefour, 1992), which was awarded the 1991 Sanlam Prize for Literature; Stone No More (Gecko Poetry, 1995); Into the day breaking (Gecko Poetry, 2000); Floating Islands (Mokoro, 2001); Requiem (Deep South, 2003) and, most recently, carrying the fire, published by substancebooks in 2005. Joan has had individual...

What do you do if you meet a cigerci? And would you ever areodjarekput?
Michelle McGrane - 2006-11-22
Word collector, Adam Jacot de Boinod, sheds some light on extraordinary words during his interview with Michelle McGrane. The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the WorldAuthor: Adam Jacot De BoinodPublisher: PenguinISBN: 0141021985 Format: PaperbackPrice: R95.00 Did you know that people in Bolivia have a word that means "I was rather too drunk last night and it's all their fault"? Or that the Albanians have twenty-seven words for moustache? Or that the Dutch...

''I lived under the dread and dead hand of racial lunacy and I wanted a way of remembering and recounting exactly how mad things were.''
Christopher Hope - 2006-11-16
Michelle McGrane interviews Christopher Hope, author of My Mother's Lovers Born in 1944 in Johannesburg, Christopher Hope was educated at Wits University and the University of Natal. He worked as a journalist in South Africa before moving to Paris and then London in 1975. Hope has published four poetry collections: Whitewashes (1971), Cape Drives (1974), In the Country of the Black Pig (1981) and English Men (1985). He has also written nine works of fiction. His first novel, A Separate Development...

Women in theatre: Janet van Eeden speaks to Fiona Ramsay
Fiona Ramsay - 2006-11-14
Watching Fiona Ramsay in a recent revival of The Book Club by Roger Hall one is struck by what a rare treat it is to see a woman performing a one-woman show. The fact that Ramsay is such a consummate actress is one reason why she continues to perform to full houses around the country. But it did make me wonder why so few women seem to have that much quoted term: sustainability. I asked Ramsay why she thought so few women make it in the South African theatre industry. Theatre is the most...

ABSA Chain: Chris van Wyk in conversation with Fred Khumalo
Fred Khumalo - 2006-11-06
You are a journalist as well as a fiction writer. Do you find that the two kinds of writing are different? Do they complement each other or not? The imagined world of fiction tends to render itself in powerful imagery and colourful language … whereas dealing with dry facts can be intimidating, as the writer is wary of exaggeration. So, writing fiction can be a pleasure in that it opens a new world of images that you had never thought you would be able to enter, to delve into. Fictional...


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