Authors

The ‘magic of moments’: Ben Okri on slow reading and his new novel

by Madeleine Wilson, UNSW Nigerian writer Ben Okri is the author of eight novels and numerous volumes of short stories, essays and poetry. He was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his...

Tipped to win Nobel literature prize, Kenya’s Ngugi misses out – again

by Peter Kimani, The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o was the bookies’ favourite for the second year to win the Nobel prize...

Unathi Magubeni speaking about “Nwelezelanga”

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Revealing the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist

We’re absolutely thrilled to reveal the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. This year’s six shortlisted books include one previous winner of the Prize and one debut novelist. “It has been a great...

Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner

Ten years after her first book was published, Zukiswa Wanner leaves her Nairobi home on an adventure-filled road trip with her partner and son. Travelling by road to the southernmost country...

What I learned from Ben Okri about creative writing

by Liam Murray Bell, University of Stirling Midway through his sentence Ben Okri stands up and turns to the whiteboard. “Who knows their work well?” he asks. The students in the class...

Jonathan Ball Publishers to publish Sisonke Msimang memoir

Jonathan Ball Publishers has won a fierce bidding battle for Sisonke Msimang’s memoir and first book, acquiring Southern African rights from agent Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann, London. Jonathan Ball will...

Breyten Breytenbach – Laureate of the Zbigniew Herbert Award 2017

A poet, prose writer, essayist, playwright, and painter, Breyten Breytenbach is one of the most highly regarded South African writers. Writing in both Afrikaans and English, he has published more than fifty...

Nobel Laureate prize winner, Prof Wole Soyinka, joins UJ

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of the first African recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Prof Wole Soyinka, who has joined UJ as a...

Excerpt from “Sankomota: An Ode in One Album”, by Phehello J Mofokeng

I Thin light blue plumes of Rothmans smoke curled through the air. The smoke twirled up skywards as if a shaman was summoning a spirit; a muse. The band leader leaned against...

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