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Lindy Stiebel and Michael Chapman to speak at Hilton Arts Festival PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:10

We are pleased to announce that our project head, Lindy Stiebel, and her co-editor, Michael Chapman, will be appearing at the Hilton Arts Festival to discuss their new book, Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing.

Date: 17 September 2016

Time: 13:30

Duration: 60 mins

Age Restriction: 15 years + Depending on availability - CASH ONLY tickets can be purchased at the venue door from 30 minutes before each performance.

Company: Adele Branch

Lecture Details:

Nkosi’s insights into SA literature, culture and society first appeared in the 1950s, when the ‘new’ urban African in Sophiatown and on Drum magazine mockingly opposed Verwoerd’s Bantu retribalisation policies. Having lived for 40 years in exile, he returned to South Africa, intermittently, after the unbannings of 1990. His critical eye, however, never left home.  Writing home with wit, irony and moral toughness Nkosi assesses a range of leading writers, including Herman Charles Bosman, Breyten Breytenbach, J.M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Alex La Guma, Bloke Modisane, Es’kia Mphahlele, Nat Nakasa, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Alan Paton and Can Themba. Lindy Stiebel and Michael Chapman will introduce the writer and his work.

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Nick Mulgrew PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 20:55


Nick Mulgrew (1990 - ) was born in Durban to British parents. He attended school at Crawford College North Coast and continued his education at Rhodes University where he obtained a BA in English and Journalism & Media Studies. He later completed his BA Honours in Media Theory & Practice at the University of Cape Town. Mulgrew is currently completing an MA in English Language & Literature.

Mulgrew has worked as a journalist, print designer, typesetter, and critic. However, his work in creative fiction as a publisher and writer has been his primary focus. Mulgrew is the founding associate editor of Prufrock magazine, the Deputy Chair of Short Story Day Africa and the publisher of uHlanga, a poetry press.

In terms of his literary output Mulgrew is the author of two books; a collection of poetry called “the myth of this is that we're all in this together” and a collection of short stories entitled “Stations”. He also co-edited Water: New Short Fiction from Africa, a collection with Karina Szczurek, which was released in 2015.

His works have received a positive reception. Matt Birkinshaw described Water as “an arresting and memorable collection of innovative short fiction from Africa with [an] eye towards social issues”. Karin Schimke expressed a similar sentiment in her Financial Mail review. She highlighted the efforts of the editors “for providing not only a platform for African voices, but a deeply satisfying reading experience”. Karina Szczurek praised Mulgrew for his work in Stationsdescribing him as possessing “acuity and a perfectly pitched voice”. In her review of Stations, Diane Awerbuck appreciated the way the stories are “so affecting because they are high-concept, but their prose also delivers various bangs for your buck”.

Short stories from Stations have also garnered Mulgrew several accolades since its release. "Posman" was shortlisted for the 2015 White Review Prize. “Turning” was the winner of the 2014 National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award while “Ponta do Ouro” was longlisted for the Twenty in 20 Project. Amongst his other achievements, Mulgrew was awarded a Silver BASA Journalism Award (2015) and selected as a judge for the PEN SA Student Writing Prize (2016).

Mulgrew currently lives in Cape Town. He is working on his first novel.

Twitter: @NichMulgrew

Photo: Chris de Beer.

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Update: KZN Literary Tourism Diversity Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 20:00

On 3 March KZN Literary Tourism embarked on a diversity campaign in order to create better representation of minority writers within the archive. Launched during the Time of the Writer festival, the campaign was influenced by the dialogue on the decolonising of literature and the inclusion of marginalised voices that emanated from the festival.

The project is proud of the attention our efforts have raised. Authors like Pamela Power (Ms Conception) have thrown their support behind our initiative. The campaign has also drawn the attention of several news outlets. We were featured on the websites of Pen South Africa (link), The Luvvie (link) and artSMart (link). The project appeared in the Daily News on 14 March (pictured). Additionally, KZN Literary Tourism’s project head, Lindy Stiebel, appeared on the SAFM’s Literature Show where she discussed the project and the aims of our campaign with Nancy Richards.

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