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Landa Mabenge’s Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph Is a Heartbreaking, Inspirational Story of Identity and Transition

Landa Mabenge‘s debut memoir Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph details his journey from being born in the body of a girl, the difficulties he experienced as a child, to his embrace of his identity in university, his transitioning, in the course of which he became the first transgender man in South Africa to […]

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Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw Lead Novel-Dominated 2017/18 University of Johannesburg Prizes Shortlists

The University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have released their 2017/18 shortlists. The six selected books are split between the R75,000 Main Prize and the R30,000 Debut Prize. Founded in 2006, the University of Johannesburg Prizes, also known as the UJ Prizes, are given annually for “the best original creative work in English published […]

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Congrats to Philani Dladla! The Pavement Bookworm Publishes His First Book

Remember Philani Dladla? A documentary about his pavement bookshop went viral a while back. Dladla sold books on the street of Johannesburg, but unlike your regular bookseller, Dladla would only sell books he’d read and would then price them according to how well he enjoyed them. It’s been two years since his story inspired many of us […]

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Hitmaid | by Nicholas Rawhani | An African Story

After Robot. The Houghton streets are a peculiar place in the morning. Taxi-loads of pastel dressed women walk into houses like 1950’s American men would leave them, all at 8am. A woman calling herself Grace just got out of the taxi and headed to number 43. Of course Grace’s name wasn’t Grace. But Grace was […]

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My Granny is a Sangoma | By Amanda Hawker | African Poety

The children at school refuse to believe That my granny is a Sangoma They struggle to accept Because she lives in suburbia, works in a hospital And drives a Cadillac car My granny studies at university And works overseas But during intlombe she is resolutely Down on her knees She brews the mqombothi As soon […]

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African Literary Event | #LongStorySHORT | All the Scoop + Photos | By Xiluva Maswangaye

#LongStorySHORT is a pop-up literary event hosted in Pretoria.  Over the past few months, fans of African literature have been taking over spaces in selected community libraries to enjoy and celebrate African fiction.  Local media personalities are invited to read an excerpt from a short story or novel. Videos of the readings are then posted on Youtube and […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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Constable Semenya and the Pageant | by Judith Joubert | An African Story

“This is your chance to prove yourselves, trolls,” Lieutenant Colonel Coetzee shouted at the six rookies before him. They are fresh-faced and eager now, he thought, I hope they won’t become jaded too soon – or even worse – corrupt. “Yes, sir,” they answered. “Semenya, you’re in charge. I’m going to the travel agency,” he […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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