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KZN Literary Tourism Authors Win at 2016 SALA Awards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:39

KZN Literary Tourism is please to note that Gcina Mhlophe and Ingrid Winterbach were triumphant at the 2016 South African Literary Awards (SALAS). Mhlophe was awarded the "Chairperson's Award" for her body of work while Winterbach won the "Lifetime Achievement Literary Award" for her body of work.

PHOTO: From left to right, Gcina Mhlophe and Ingrid Winterbach

 

About the SALA Awards:

Founded by the wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in 2005, the main aim of the South African Literary Awards (SALA) is to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as ground-breaking producers and creators of literature, while it celebrates literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems, philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the official languages of South Africa.

The Awards honour our living literary practitioners, legends and, where appropriate, others posthumously. To date, the South African Literary Awards has honoured 133 authors and they are becoming the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in South African literature.




Shafinaaz Hassim To Appear At Nizamia Islamic School PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 19:17

KZN Literary Tourism author, Shafinaaz Hassim, will be appearing at Nizamia Islamic School tomorrow for a private launch of her new book, Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville. The Pietermaritzburg-based school will use proceeds from the launch for the school library.

 

 

Book Description:


She’s not Harry Potter, but she loves adventure. Nisa Qamar is 10 years old, living in Johannesburg, South Africa with her single mum, Zainab, her little sister Aisha and their 3-year-old twin brothers, Ali and Isa.


Nisa loves books, ice cream, bicycles and hanging out with her bestie. She also has a special bond with her grandmother who tells her wonderful stories from the past. Gran teaches her the importance of prayer and The Verse of the Throne ie aayat ul qursi.
Written as an adventure with the thematic elements of good triumphing over evil, Nisa uncovers a plot to take over her school by the evil TroubleMaker. In a race against time she has to figure out who she can trust on this quest or lose the game to the Master of Jinniaville.

This story is the first in the series and actively promotes the idea that even a young child can make a difference by keeping the heart clean and making the choice to do good over evil.


About the Author:

Shafinaaz Hassim is a prolific South African author and public sociologist. Her previous works of fiction and non-fiction have been short-listed for various literary awards.
In 2014, she was awarded by UNESCO and the London BookFair as one of the top 39 African writers under the age of 40. Her winning story was published in the AFRICA39 anthology by Bloomsbury UK.




Ishara Maharaj PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:51

Born in Durban, Ishara Maharaj graduated with degrees in Linguistics and Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University and UCT.

Her debut novel, Namaste Life, launched in Cape Town in July 2016 on a stormy winter’s evening and she did not expect many people to turn up. Fortunately, she got to share her insights about growing up in a close-knit Hindu community and the inspiration behind the characters of Namaste Life, to a full-house at The Book Lounge.

Recognizing the need for relatable fiction in the South African market, Maharaj wished to tell the story of the South African Indian woman growing up in the modern-day context. During her Book Lounge launch, Maharaj revealed:

One of the initial sparks for writing this novel was reading fiction by other local authors. Rayda Jacobs’ Confessions of a Gambler tackled deeply held beliefs within the Cape Muslim community and got me thinking about how very little has been written about the Durban Hindu community in modern-day terms. While the Hindu community remains strong in terms of its Indian roots, many young people like myself left Durban for better employment prospects, and our lives have changed. I wanted to write about those everyday struggles that young people from this community face, and to express that, as South Africans, we all experience similar struggles irrespective of our cultural or religious backgrounds.

Namaste Life was also borne out of her love for magical realism expressed through Hindu mythology and dream interpretation in the novel.

Maharaj currently resides in Cape Town with her husband and daughter where she is working on her first start-up venture to better connect youth with employment opportunities.

Twitter: @My9LivesSA

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