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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...
When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola

To be young, black and queer: When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola

"What is worse? Getting jumped or not existing at all?" 50 years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, When We Speak of Nothing captures what it means to...

BOOK LAUNCH: “Change” by Jay Naidoo

Tuesday, April 4th 2017 at 5:30 PM Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering...

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...

Pres Jacob Zuma extends condolences on passing of legendary author, Miriam Tlali

3 Mar 2017 President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences on the passing of the legendary author, literary pioneer and recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga, Ms Miriam Tlali who passed...

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...

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...

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...

Pan Macmillan to publish Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa’s “Dare Not Linger”

‘I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to...

Jamaican novelist Marlon James makes history by winning Man Booker Prize

by Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford The announcement of the Man Booker Prize – awarded to the best novel of the year written in English – is always bound to be big news....

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