Sindiwe Magona with Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni

 “The Ultimate Book Show” was presented by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 20, 2021.

“The Ultimate Book Show” presented by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni is an exciting new show for those who follow the African literary scene. First introduced to the African literary community by our friends at Brittlepaper, the first season of the show contains 13 episodes of about 50-minute long videos hosted by Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni. The featured personalities are Sindiwe Magona, Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, Thando Mgqolozana, Mamphela Ramphele, Loyiso Mkize, Diana Ferrus, Buhle Ngaba, Siphokazi Jonas, Mohale Mashigo, Barbara Boswell, Tankiso Mamabolo, Xolisa Guzula, and Kopano Ratele.

The production of the project is done by Gaba Media, Osumm Media, and Sinono Media with the support of Africa No Filter, Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, Brand SA, Artscape Theatre & Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and Brittle Paper.

Watch the trailer for the show below;

The first episode of the innovative new concept was introduced to the world at the Edinburgh Book Festival this past Friday. In that episode, the show’s executive producer Thando Mgqolozana sat down with presenter Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni and spoke about his journey as an artist and a curator of the Abantu Book Festival. You can watch the fifty something minute long show by clicking here (don’t forget to register and login first).


Over the weekend, it emerged that the show’s executive producer Thando Mgqolozana was accused of intimate partner violence towards the mother of his child. The former partner is said to have posted tweets of his alleged violence and then deleted them. As we wait for clarification from our friends in South Africa, we must at this instance state that the policy here at James Murua Literary is to believe victims. #IBelieveHer