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KZN Literary Tourism features on #BetweenTheSheetsWithPamela Christmas Special 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 December 2016 23:08
Our research assistant, Rasvanth Chunylall, was a featured guest on Pamela Power's vlog, #BetweenTheSheetsWithPamela. On this Christmas Special episode he discussed the project and recommended Zinaid Meeran's "Saracen at the Gates" as an ideal Christmas present. His section can be viewed at 09:08:



Transcript of Rasvanth's section:

Hi, everyone. My name is Rasvanth Chunylall and I’m a research assistant at the KZN Literary Tourism project which is based here in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province. A little about the project. We are a multi-faceted project which has conducted research on literary tourism, done reviews, interviewed authors, covered literary event and we’ve built up an online archive of authors linked to the KZN province. If you would like to learn more about the province, you can visit us on our website at You can also follow us on social media. Our Twitter handle is @literarytourism, our facebook is @literarytourism and if you’re more into Instagram you can follow us @kznliterarytourism.

So with Christmas just around the corner you’re probably wonder: What do I get? What do I get? What do I get? We have the perfect gift for a bookworm. It’s called “Saracen at the Gates” by Zinaid Meeran. It explores the life of a young woman from a prominent, rich, Muslim family living in Johannesburg. Now Zakira’s family expects her to be a humble and devoted daughter. But, Zakira would rather club, smoke, drink, party, and, essentially, live her life according to her own expectations. This life changes when she meets and falls in love with Sophie, a rebel activist. The book has been praised for its exploration of identity and its political incorrectness. Personally, I enjoyed the fact that Meeran is a master of satire. He really shows you the colourfulness of Joburg and all of its people.

On a final note I would like to say thank you to Pamela Power for having me on her vlog. So from us at KZN Literary Tourism have a wonderful festive season and lots of love.


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Friday, 09 December 2016 17:29

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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.


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