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Celebrating KZN Authoresses PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:43

By Rasvanth Chunylall

Five local writers have had an amazing Women’s Month thus far. Here are some of the highlights of their experiences:

1. Melissa Delport

Delport has received critical acclaim for her Legacy-series. Her most recent accolade is being named Author of the Month for the September 2014 issue of Rooi Rose magazine. Additionally, she was given the opportunity to discuss writing with the girls at St. Mary’s School in Kloof. She posted her delight on Facebook, acknowledging that she wouldn't have to “use any big words” and be able to “talk about the Vampire Diaries without anyone raising an eyebrow”.

2. Tumelo Khoza

On Facebook the spoken-word poetess revealed that she had a performance scheduled for the last weekend of August at the 25th African Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Her current project involves a collaboration with jazz artists.  According to Khoza, she has been invited by Marquis Hill to contribute some spoken words on his Modern Flows EP Vol. 1.

3. Jann Turner

So proud to be a part of this show #TheDivide @

— Jann Turner (@JannTurner) August 20, 2014

The Los Angeles-based author and filmmaker continues to add to her significant achievements. She directed the season finale of the television series, The Divide. During her first live tweeting session Damon Gupton, a The Divide actor, tweeted: “Your episode rocked. You were fab. It was an honor”. In his Entertainment Weekly review Shant Istamboulian said: “…the aptly named “I Can’t Go Back” is the season’s most leisurely paced and understated episode yet. But just because this episode is ‘quieter’ than the ones before it does not make it less powerful.”

4. Nazia Peer

#welead women's leadership conference @debbyedelstein loving it here

— Nazia Peer (@PeerNazia) August 07, 2014

The House of Peace author was invited - together with fellow KZN writer Shafinaaz Hassim - to speak at the 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Described as a “one-day interactive conference for women leaders”, it provided these women with the opportunity to share leadership tips and empower other women.

5. Shafinaaz Hassim

Thank you to the crowds that filled the theatre each night, to the actresses who shared so powerfully, to creative souls! #SoPhiaTwenty20

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) August 24, 2014

On the 18 August, Hassim tweeted that when she started writing SoPhia, her debut novel, she never imagined it would take on a life of its own as it has. And what life it has taken on - a play featuring “alternate theatre performances that draw threads of narrative poems, art installations” and her novel.  According to Hassim, SoPhiaTwenty20 celebrates South African women such as Pregs Govender, Winnie Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Jesse Duarte and Thuli Madonsela. On 24 August it ended a successful run at Intimate Theatre at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

On the Twitter Trail: August Roundup PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:40

By Rasvanth Chunylall

Many writers have embraced twitter as a medium to engage with fans, develop their brand identities, share news stories and express their thoughts and opinions. This month “On the Twitter Trail” celebrates women in honour of Women’s Month. Here are some August highlights from the twitter accounts of a few KZN writers.

Note to self: watch for overhanging branches while trail running. Concussion is not a pleasant experience.

— Rosamund Kendal (@Rosamundkendal) August 01, 2014

Single parents and couples with two or more kids are super heroes.

— Tumelo Khoza (@TumeloKhoza) August 01, 2014

"All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen." - Roald Dahl, Matilda (1988)

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) August 04, 2014

In protest, I've heard women who cover their hair say they will remove it for this month. No Obedient Doeks. @Jen_Thorpe @RapeCrisis

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) August 05, 2014

We are so thirsty for exemplary leadership, ideologically parched, knees scraped from crawling. Time to stand up and Lead wherever we are, SA

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) August 05, 2014

South Africa is not short of intelligent, innovative female leaders @debbyedelstein @WomenLeadSA

— Nazia Peer (@PeerNazia) August 07, 2014

Women see the world as a series of nets and circles whereas men see the world as ladders #welead @debbyedelstein @WomenLeadSA@shafinaaz

— Nazia Peer (@PeerNazia) August 07, 2014

Darkest before dawn is finished - all 55492 words just in time for womens day. Just need a quick read through...

— Vera Castleman (@Vera_Truth) August 08, 2014

Generosity and patience in #Johannesburg traffic make me very happy.

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) August 08, 2014

"I’m tired of the empty gestures from government, misguided campaigns and poor excuses for allowing sexism"

— Azad Essa (@azadessa) August 09, 2014

Happy Women's Day ladies :-)

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) August 09, 2014

I'll celebrate Women's Day when women no longer walk the street fearing for their safety. #WomensDay2014

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) August 09, 2014

To the incredible women in my life and in #SouthAfrica, happy#WomensDay2014.

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) August 09, 2014

Shine on, bright star -> Actor, Comedian Robin Williams Found Dead in Marin County… #RIPRobinWilliams

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) August 11, 2014

Farewell. Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide… via @THR

— Malla Nunn (@MallaNunn) August 11, 2014

What's on my mind Facebook? Friday.

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) August 11, 2014

Yes, this particularly appeals to me. "Do you think God gets stoned? I think so ... look at the platypus." - Robin Williams #platypuslove

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) August 13, 2014

"Rooi Rose" Scrywer van die Maand! Hope the Eng-Afr translation is all right ;)

Melissa Delport (@melissadelport) August 15, 2014

"I have found that, in my life, it's always the things that I didn't do that I regret", Susan Sarandon, Oprah's Master Class.

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) August 18, 2014

@twatterer I said the only way I'd do that challenge is if I have a glass full of whiskey next to my head as they pour the ice over. ;)

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) August 19, 2014

Cambridge Literary Project Call for Publications PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2014 12:19

Our friends at Cambridge University Press have let us know about their exciting Literary Project that.  If you are a young writer that seeks to find literary expression in any of our local languages, this is for you.  Find out more in the document below.

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