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Nomavenda Mathiane PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:54

Nomavenda Mathiane is a journalist who has worked for most major South African newspapers. She cut her teeth at The World during the turbulent student uprisings of 1976, and later joined Frontline magazine where she specialised in writing about life in South African townships. She has authored Beyond the Headlines and South Africa: Diary of Troubled Times.

Her latest novel, Eyes in the Night, is a young Zulu woman’s story of drama, regret, guilt and, ultimately, triumph – set against the backdrop of a Zululand changed beyond recognition. A true story almost lost, but for a chance remark at a family gathering.

Nomavenda Mathiane stumbled upon her grandmother’s story well over a century after the grueling events of the Battle of Isandlwana that formed her life. Astounded to hear how her grandmother had survived the Anglo-Zulu War as a young girl, Mathiane spent hours with her elder sisters reconstructing the extraordinary life of their grandmother. The result is a sweeping epic of both personal and political battles.

In writing the novel, Mathiane hopes to encourage young people to interrogate their family’s history. In an interview with Jennifer Platt of the Sunday Times (republished in Books Live) she stated:

Young children, both black and white, must question their parents, their grandparents: where do we come from? You cannot know where you are going, if you don’t know where you come from. It’s time that we told our own narratives. This is the first book of the victims of the Ango-Zulu War. Nobody has ever written about what ordinary Zulu people went through. I would implore you to talk to your children.

Mathiane has promoted Eyes in the Night on SAfm’s Literature Show and will appear at the Open Book Festival in 2017.


Free Copies of Secrets Make You Sick PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:36

There are free copies of Trevor Kleinhan's Secrets Make You Sick up for grabs. The novel provides an intimate and brutally graphic exploration of his life in a conservativetma and segregated South Africa. It has been critically acclaimed and has received several accolades. It was a US best seller upon release. Justice Edwin Cameron, Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and author of Witness to AIDS, hailed the novel as a “brave and inspiring” account that “teaches us important lessons about healing our own lives”. For more details check out Kleinhan's author profile on our site.

Kleinhans has several books in stock that he would like to contribute to people in need. He only requests that the cost of the courier or postage be covered.

For more information, kindly contact Kleinhans: trevorjkleinhans [at]

KZN Literary Tourism Commemorates World Aids Day 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:02

Today is World Aids Day. This is a day that provides an “opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died”.

In honour of World Aids Day, KZN Literary Tourism has assembled three extracts from authors of our archive. Pregs Govender is an outspoken activist against HIV who has helped bring the voices of women into the arena of HIV/AIDs discussions. Christa Biyela was a creator, writer and producer of ‘Sihlomulelana Ngolwazi’, an HIV/AIDS weekly show on Ukhozi FM. She has travelled throughout KwaZulu-Natal giving motivational talks on HIV/AIDS issues, primarily focusing on positive living. She has presented approximately 100 talks to private companies, governments departments, schools, correctional centres and rural communities. Her motivational talks are influenced by her life living with HIV for a period of 18 years. Trevor Kleinhans contracted HIV after his life became a downward spiral of addiction, debt and depression. He has since, like Biyela, turned his experiences into ways to motivate and educate other people.



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