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Andrew Miller longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2016 15:56

KZN Literary Tourism author, Andrew Miller, has been nominated for the Etisalat Prize for Literature for his novel, Dub Steps. Dub Steps is published by Jacana Media. The book has received critical praise and a slew of accolades. In 2015, Dub Steps secured Miller the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award (previously the EU Literary Award) and it was also longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. You can learn more about Miller and read an extract from the novel here.



The Etisalat Prize for Literature celebrates new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book (over 30,000 words) was published in the last twenty four (24) months. Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world. One of the most coveted aspects of the prize is the prize money which the winner will receive - a whopping £15,000. You can learn more about Etisalat and the prize here.

The shortlist of three authors will be announced in December. We wish Miller the best of luck and hope he will succeed in joining the legion of past winners like Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Songeziwe Mahlangu.

Credo Mutwa Literary Tourist Spot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:39

By Rasvanth Chunylall


For KZN literary tourists interested in Zulu folklore and - in particular - the life of Zulu sangoma (traditional healer) Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a trip to the Durban Botanic Gardens is worth a visit. Besides being a hotspot for indigenous and rare plant-life from around the world, Durban's oldest public institution and Africa's oldest surviving botanical gardens pays tribute to one of the province's most enigmatic authors.

According to his KZN Literary Tourism profile, Mutwa has written African tales which have their roots in oral, traditional Zulu culture. Two well known collections of these stories are Indaba My Children (1966) and My People: writings of a Zulu Witchdoctor (1969).

The Botanic Gardens host a sculpture entitled "Captive of the Beginning":



The accompanying plaque narrates the following:



Captive of the Beginning

The inspiration for this sculpture was from a story told by Credo Mutwa, the renowned Zulu Sangoma  from his book 'Zulu Shaman'. The carving is from a Jacaranda tree, incorporating some of the root structure.

The sculpture represents a moment in time when the Mother of all Mankind, Ninhavanhu - Ma was held captive for 50 years by the Tree of life, Sima-Kade.

This was a commissioned artwork created by Keith Roderick for the Durban installation at 'The Chelsea Flower Show' in England 2009 which won a Gold Award.


Mutwa continues to remain relevant. In 2015 a documentary based on his life story, The Voice of Africa: Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, was screened at the Native American Film & Video Festival. This year a musical production (Song of Nongoma), which was based on his writings, premiered at the South African State Theatre.


Excerpts from Shafinaaz Hassim’s "Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2016 15:05

Shafinaaz Hassim has kindly shared a few excerpts from her latest novel, Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville. Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville was launched yesterday at the ARTiculate Africa Book Fair as part of the Essence Festival held in Durban. The book will form part of a series that is published by WordFlute Press Publications.


Image Source: Supplied


Extract 1:

December is my favourite time of the year. The sun sways in the bright blue sky like a happy sunflower. And the summer holidays stretch for a full five weeks. This means that we can sleep past 9 o'clock, we don't have to wear school uniforms, and ice cream. There's always ice cream.

Aunty Rahma from next door makes the best flavours of ice cream. She calls me Neetha, because she can't say Nisa. I don't mind . She’s always nice to me. (1)


Extract 2:

The Christmas weekend is usually quiet here in Johannesburg. Most of our neighbours go off to the coast or fly to somewhere special for their holiday. The Maliks went to Istanbul last year; they brought pictures of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque to school. I think they're going to Spain this year. The Harris family are in Malaysia. And Aunty Rahma is away at her sister's place in Middleburg.

Ever since Mum and Daddy got divorced two years ago, we haven't been on a proper holiday. But that's okay. I know that Mum is doing everything she can to keep things together. Mum works as a receptionist for Dr Ahmed, the dentist. My younger sister Aisha and Igo to the Iqra Academy of Excellence, one of the best schools in Jozi. Expensive, I'm sure. (2)


Extract 3:

It is terribly windy this week. My lips feel dry and they burn when I eat anything spicy. Mum reminds me to apply a layer of Zambuk, but I forget. I wake in the middle of the night and the bathroom window has snapped open. It's rattling against the frame. I don't bother to put any lights on; the moon is shining so bright. I plod across the passage barefooted to the toilet and try to close the window, but it is too wide open for my hands to reach it. The wind blows it shut with a big thud. I grab it and turn the handle to fasten it.

A chill runs through my body. (53)


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