Opinion

Shakespeare in South African schools: to die, to sleep – or perchance to dream?

William Shakespeare is a sometimes controversial figure in South Africa’s school...

Gender-marking is so 1800s. Stop it!

My name is Vuyo. Just Vuyo to most people. In full, it’s Vuyolwethu. On a daily basis, I interact with strangers via email, and I get mistaken for a man. Growing...
Sol PLaatje University

Kimberley: You beauty of literature

It was 4:00 am in the morning. The air in my room, humid from a night spend with closed windows, felt heavy on my lungs as I took it in with...

3 reasons why we must support Abantu Literature Festival

Abantu Literature Festival that was launched with much fanfare and as a knee-jerk reaction to the boycott of the highly-acclaimed Franschoek Literary Festival, is inviting average citizens to be its patrons....

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...
Ngugi wa ThiongÕ,

Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo’s public lecture at Wits University

3 March 2017 - Wits University Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The celebrated author delivered a public lecture on Thursday, 2...
video

On the Map: Sabata-mpho Mokae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hAFBSC0KE4 "On the Map" is a series of interviews with writers while they are in Iowa City participating in the International Writing Program's fall residency. The series is produced by the IWP...

Should Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s classrooms?

Actor Joseph Marcell plays the lead role in The Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear in Malta, Valletta. Shakespeare divides opinions and his texts often terrify learners. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters Chris Thurman,...

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