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KZN Literary Tourism Authors to Appear at Abantu Book Festival PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 November 2016 19:20

The Abantu Book Festival is an annual literary event held in Soweto. The festival’s aim is to promote black authors and readers, providing them with a space for discussions, story-telling and text readings. The festival will take place on 06 – 10 December this year.

We are proud that a number of KZN Literary Tourism authors will be making an appearance.


PHOTO: From left to right, Gcina Mhlope, Sihle Khumalo and Fred Khumalo


Fred Khumalo will be hosting a discussion entitled “Some of my Best Friends”. He will also be a part of a discussion entitled “Ghetto is Our First Love” together with Niq Mhlongo and Thandiswa Mazwai. Fred Khumalo is the author of Bitches Brew. This year his short story, "Water No Get Enemy", received a special mention at the Short Story Day Africa competition.

Gcina Mhlophe will be giving the Keynote Address at the Soweto Theatre. She will also be part of a discussed entitled “Zanendaba” with Bontle Senne and Xolisa Guzula. Mhlophe is a noted activist, actress, poet, author and director.

Sihle Khumalo is a KwaZulu-Natal-born author who specialises in travel literature. His novels have been long-listed for the Alan Paton Award and his third won the 2014 South African Literary Award (SALA) in the creative non-fiction category. Sihle Khumalo will be part of the “Some of My Best Friends” taking place at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre.



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.


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