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.
Stacy Hardy delves into alternate experiences of reality, frightening worlds and feminism in her new collection of short stories Because the Night. The anthology will be launched in South Africa on 6 March at the Institute for the Study of English in Africa.
NELM has upped their game since my previous visit. I have sampled the buffet, acquired a glass of something delicious and am situated in my usual spot on the left in the front of the venue. The interview is scheduled to start at six.
I hope Melissa de Villiers will sit on the right chair. It would make photography a lot easier.