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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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Launch of Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:00

Some of you joined us on 31 May for the launch of Lindy Steibel and Michael Chapman's Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing. For those of you who missed it, here are some shots from the evening. Lindy Stiebel opened proceedings by sharing some anecdotes of Nkosi as both person and close friend, followed by Michael Chapman who shared some insights about Nkosi as both creative writer and academic.




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