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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.


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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)


KZN Literary Tourism Tour named one of the "The Top Literary Landmarks To Visit In South Africa" PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 November 2016 23:37

KZN Literary Tourism is pleased to have our tours highlighted in The Culture Trip's article celebrating "The Top Literary Landmarks To Visit in South Africa". The article places our humble project amongst great literary institutions like the National English Literature  Museum (NELM) in Grahamstown and Cape Town's Centre for the Book.



According to writer, Lee-Shay Collison:

The KwaZulu-Natal Literary Tour celebrates the province’s diverse literary heritage. With a choice of eight literary trails, tourists have the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors from the area, such as Alan Paton, Fatima Meer and Lewis Nkosi, to name a few, by visiting the places that inspired their writings. The KZN Literary Tourism project was established in 2002 and provides trained literary guides and detailed maps to avid readers who wish to embark on the trails around the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Over 100 writers are linked to the project, all of whom were either born in KZN or have written about the province and places within it. The literary trails are a fascinating alternative to regular tourism and provide a unique experience to those interested in South African literature.


For more information on our literary trails, kindly contact our project head, Lindy Stiebel:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


KZN Literary Tourism Authors to Appear at Essence Festival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:42

The Essence Festival, currently being held in Durban, has a line-up of talented artists and speakers from around the world. We are excited that a number of KZN Literary Tourism authors will be making appearances to promote their literary exploits.

PHOTO: From left to right, Gcina Mhlophe, Shafinaaz Hassim and Ishara Maharaj

Famed activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright and recent SALA award winnerGcina Mhlophe revealed that she will be the Key Note Speaker today at the Opening of the Book Fair with local and international authors. On the 11th she will do a morning storytelling session with music. On the 13th she will be performing stories and doing book signings. Copies of her books and CDs will also be available for sale.


SoPhia authoress, Shafinaaz Hassim, will be part of a panel discussion on Friday (11th) at 1-2pm at the ARTiculate Book fair being held at the International Convention Centre. On Sunday (13th) the official Book Launch for her latest novel, Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville, will take place at 3pm at the ARTiculate Africa Book fair – also at the Durban ICC.

Our recent addition to the KZN Literary Tourism archive, Ishara Maharaj, will be in conversation with Ameera Patel on Sunday, November 13 from 1-2pm. Maharaj is the author of Namaste Life.

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