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South Africa’s Kagiso Molope at White Ravens Festival in Munich

Kagiso Molope has just come from the White Raven Festival in Munich, Germany where she was one of the guest authors. The festival in its third year showcases children’s and young adult literature to a German audience. Part of the work done by Kagiso one of my favourite authors, Dancing in the Dust rocks, is […]

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Zukiswa Wanner begins Kenyan tour for London Cape Town Joburg

South African author Zukiswa Wanner continued selling her latest Kwela published book London Cape Town Joburg. The author has been doing a series of events in cities around the continent starting with Durban followed by other cities including Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kampala. The author started the Kenyan arm of book tour this past […]

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A review of Siphiwo Mahala’s African Delights

Book: African Delights Author: Siphiwo Mahala Publisher: Jacana Media Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 243 Genre: Short Story Number of stories: 12 Jacana Media-published African Delights is the second book from Pretoria based South African writer Siphiwo Mahala. His first was the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press 2007 book When a Man Cries […]

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African literature Association endorses academic boycott of Israel

The African Literature Association (ALA) has seen the madness happening in Gaza in the Middle East and decided that enough is enough. The organisation in its most recent ALA Resolutions and Executive Letters supports the Palestinian people who are currently suffering a hail of bombs and other non nice things that kill. The statement, given […]

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A letter to the Man Booker Prize 2014 judging panel

AC Grayling,, Chair of judges, Man Booker Prize 2014, England Re: Lack of African Authors on Man Booker Prize I am happy to note that you have earlier today announced the Man Booker Prize longlist earlier today and the names on the list are quite impressive and are listed here; Joshua Ferris (US) – To […]

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A review of Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish

Book: Tropical Fish Author: Doreen Baingana Publisher: Oshun Year of publication: 2005 Number of pages: 147 Genre: Short story anthology A few months ago I mentioned that the Miles Moreland Scholars for 2013 Doreen Baingana, Percy Zvomuya and Tony Mochama were in the process of giving us new work in English. With a new call […]

A review of Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings In Jenin
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A review of Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings In Jenin

Author: Susan Abulhawa Book: Mornings in Jenin Publisher: Bloomsbery Year of publication: 2010 Number of pages: 322 Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings in Jenin is a revelation. The last few days our TV screens have been inundated with images from a little part of the Middle East called the Gaza strip as the seemingly unending battle […]