So much to read, but where shall I read it?

Everyone who loves to read has a favourite reading spot.  What’s yours?

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Authorview: Cat Hellisen

By Kerstin Hall

If there is one person who is underappreciated in the local literary scene, it’s Cat Hellisen. When the topic of African speculative fiction crops up, you’ll hear about Lauren Beukes (duh), Nnedi Okorafor (who is technically American), Sarah Lotz (plus her retinue of nom de plumes)… and that’s kind of all.

Hellisen is a strange case. Within SA, she’s no household name. But internationally, she is killing it.

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Spoken word festival an arc to the future

Spoken word poetry is growing internationally as poets across the globe return to this original and developing form of literature. As part of the project An Arc to the Future: Preserving and Promoting Orature in the South African Literary Imaginary, a three day spoken word poetry festival will be taking place in Grahamstown from 9-11 September at the Eastern Star Museum on Anglo African Street.  Continue reading

Steven Friedman talks path dependence at Rhodes University

By Nadim Nyker

On Friday 14 August, Professor Steven Friedman came to Rhodes University’s politics department to talk about path dependence. More specifically, about the contents his recent paper, The Janus Face of the Past: Preserving and Resisting South African Path Dependence.

Friedman spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of path dependence and ways in which we can move forward as a country. He referred to the sharing of wealth in South Africa, as well as the economic monopolization in both the private and public sector. Continue reading

GAP and Cycle of Knowledge heal through verse

By Chelsea Haith

Fists clench and release as the poets stood and shared, their voices soaring on melody or shaking with grief. It was an evening of mourning the loss of innocence, mourning an ideal world where children can trust parents, trust the police, trust that someone will pick them up when they fall. No one picks you up when you fall, but you can stitch yourself back together with words. Continue reading

Word on the street

By Sarah Rose de Villiers

Word on the street is someone is in love, somebody didn’t do it and something is fake.

Graffiti decorates sidewalls, alleys and postboxes in Grahamstown. The walls are dressed in words, concrete is splashed with sentiments and the streets are talking – to us? To each other? To no one in particular?

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Authorview: Rob Boffard

By Kerstin Hall

He’s not going to respond.

That’s what I thought when I first tried to contact Rob Boffard via his website.

There is no way one of the rising stars of sci-fi, with an international publishing contract and a serious job at The Guardian, will respond to some random chick from back in South Africa, going “hey, so I’d like to interview you for my blog. Pretty please.”

But sure enough, two hours later, I have an email in my inbox from Boffard. And now I am left to figure out how to use Skype. Several panic-stricken test calls later, I think I have the basics down.

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Multilingualism Colloquium hopes to educate

By Chelsea Haith

Associate Professor Mark de Vos and Dr Pamela Maseko are hoping to complicate ideas about multilingualism in the academic and social space at Rhodes University. Using the third Annual Multilingualism Colloquium taking place on 22 September, and the associated Multilingualism Competition, they are fighting the good fight against the hegemony of monolingualism.

The Colloquium is currently calling for posters and exhibitions focusing on multilingual learning experiences and resources as well as the benefits of multilingualism to the academy. Running concurrently is the competition, which calls on Rhodes students to submit music, short stories or poetry on the topic of multilingualism, using one or more of the official languages of the Eastern Cape: isiXhosa, Sesotho, English or Afrikaans. Continue reading

Authorview: Cristy Zinn

By Kerstin Hall

In comparison to many other local writers on the internet, Cristy Zinn is everywhere. Pick a platform and she’s got the profile. This is great for me, because it makes tracking her down for an interview relatively easy.

Why though? Why is she so social media savvy?

“I’m a chronic procrastinator?” She suggests.

I suspect we are going to get along.

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