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Interview with Lulu Dube PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sbongiseni Dladla   
Monday, 04 April 2011 12:05

Ohlange, JL Dube House,  21 March 2011

Sbongiseni Dladla (SD): How did you feel in hearing the street would be named after you Gogo?

Lulu Dube (LD): I did not know that this street would be named after me while I’m still alive, I thought such things happen to people only after their death.

SD: So Gogo, are you telling us that you did not know that this street would be named after you?

LD: Yes my child, because 2 years back in 2009 a man came to my house asking me if I wouldagree to be honoured to have my name used for the name of the street.

SD: Gogo this has taken two years to be done?

LD: Yes, in fact I even forgot that a man came to my house to tell me such thing. It is the second time I’m hearing about this.

SD: Who broke the news to you Gogo?

LD: My grandson Sobantu, came to me and told me that the street that is opposite our house has been named after me and I was shocked to hear such news. I must say that I still feel a bit let down  hoping that someone from the Municipality would come and tell me about the procedure to use my name for this street.

SD: Gogo, you seem a bit surprised?


Interview: Kobus Moolman and Sbogiseni Dladla PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 September 2010 10:08

1. First tell us about the title Light and After, how did you come up with it?

The title just came to me. Out of the blue. I don't know what it means. I leave that up to the reader to decide for themselves. I don't want to prescribe a particular definition. 

2. How is it (Light and After) different from the other collections that you have published?

I do feel that in this collection I have somehow been able to get closer to what I want to say and have been wanting to say, than in other previous collections - perhaps with the exception of Time like Stone, my first book. This present collection is for me a breakthrough in that I think I have succeeded in finding a form and a language to be able to say things and to confront things within myself and about myself that I have not been able to do before. 


Interview with Kopano Matlwa: author of Coconut PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:05
Has writing always been a part of your life?

Reading has, writing just kind of followed. 

What do you love most about writing?

You can be whoever you want to be. You can create characters that have all your worst characteristics, who are rude and obnoxious and say and think the things you shouldn’t, and get away with it!

You’re currently at medical school. How do you juggle becoming a doctor with being a writer? How do you fit it all in?

It’s all just an extension of each other, I think. A lot of medicine is about people, human beings, fighting to survive and trying to make or find meaning and all that philosophical stuff. Writing is just a record of all that, I think. 

Was there a seed or a specific incident that got you started writingCoconut?

Ag, yes and no. It was something that I thought a lot about at the time (while I was in high school) but then again I thought about many things in high school (the length of my skirt, boys, my Science homework, boys, matric dance dresses, boys) and I didn’t write about them, so I don’t know. 


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