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On the Twitter Trail: June 2015 Roundup PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 18:12

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 most of the writers remained shocked by the Fifa scandal and preoccupied with their writing. Here are some of the highlights:

People outside of #Africa watch #TheLionKing and think all #lions are friendly like #Mufasa. End result tourist gets killed. #LionAttack

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) June 01, 2015

First reviews coming out for Dub Steps: like watching your toddler wobble around the corner of the swimming pool...

Andrew Miller(@miller_aka) June 01, 2015

There is a crude phrase that describes Blatter's resignation perfectly: "Money talks. Bullshit walks". There walks Blatter :-)

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) June 02, 2015

Reading Judy Blume, something I haven't done for about 35 years. #amreading

Charlotte Otter (@charlwrites) June 11, 2015

#2015EuropeanGames being held in a repressive country like #Azerbaijan, does not make any sense. Another corrupt deal following #FIFA

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) June 16, 2015

Had an amazing morning speaking to over 700 girls at Danville Girls High School. #inspiration #girlpower #reading

Melissa Delport (@melissadelport) June 19, 2015

Be Kind. Anything else takes too much time, and life is short.

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) June 19, 2015

The terrible tragedy of politics globally is grubby determination of my generation to hold on power at all costs to the future generations.

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) June 22, 2015

Our world and innocent victims suffer when only the powerful are heard and we remain silent in the face of human rights abuses. #AlBashir

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) June 23, 2015

The government is admitting guilt in the #Marikanareport - Accountability at last. Cyril Ramaphosa is guilty of the murder of 30 miners.

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) June 25, 2015

Polokwane today looks like London, slate grey, feels like Cape Town, cold, windy. The wind more than whispers to one, 'Stay indoors!'

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) June 27, 2015

Was great watching Grigor Dimitrov play this evening. Tennis was pretty good too ;)

— Rosamund Kendal (@Rosamundkendal) June 29, 2015

So the season finale of #Arrow was awesome. What shall I do with my time now? Oh yes... I'm an author #noexcuses #amwriting

Melissa Delport (@melissadelport) June 29, 2015

Fantastic! Congratulations to the ever eloquent writer Jacob Dlamini for his win - The 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Literary Award.

— Zainub Priya Dala (@zpdala) June 29, 2015


Gcina Mhlophe Announced as Guest of Jozi Book Fair 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 10:25

We are excited to announce that Gcina Mhlophe has been selected as the guest of this year's Jozi Book Fair.  The theme of the fair is Children's Literature and Childhood, making the Durban-based story teller a valued addition to the event.  Follow the links to read more about Mholphe's role at the fair and about the the fair that takes place at WITS University from 11-13 September.

Margaret Daymond PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:06

After a first degree at the University of Natal (UN) and an MA from the University of Cambridge, Margaret Daymond took up a junior lectureship at the then University of Natal (where she has been ever since) and began a doctoral dissertation on the 19th C British novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell. By the time she had completed her doctorate, however, she had committed to a life in South Africa and so she turned her teaching and research to African writing.  A huge influence on that decision was Ellen Kuzwayo’s Call Me Woman (1985).

She was the first in the department to offer a module in women’s writing, and in 1990 edited the second issue of Current Writing (the journal she had established with 3 colleagues) on feminist theory and women’s writing in South Africa.  South African Feminisms followed, and during this time she also edited four novels by African women.  When the Feminist Press began an archival project, she was asked to be one of the editors, and this resulted in Women Writing Africa Vol 1.

Somewhere along this line she was promoted to a senior professorship and was Head of the Department of English 1994-9.  She retired from teaching in 2005, but has continued publishing books, journal articles, and chapters in books.  She continues to enjoy travelling to conferences here and abroad.  For the past four years she has reviewed all scholarly publications on southern African literary and cultural matters for The Year’s Work in English Studies (OUP).

Follow the link to Daymond's blog to keep up to date with happenings regarding her newest offering, Everyday Matters: seleceted letters of Dora Taylor, Bessie Head and Lilian Ngoyi.

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