Literature Archive

Open Book Festival: The telling of our stories

Words rise from the page and turn to fire when poets such as Faith Kinniar perform hard-hitting verses in a celebration of our stories. Together with Afeefa Omar, who was the last person standing at the Western Cape Current State of Poetry Slam, they’ll be setting the stage alight with the sparks from their spitting

Nineties to now: Q & A with Knucklehead author Adam Smyer

Knuckles-to-head aptly describes the impact of Adam Smyer’s debut novel Knucklehead (reviewed on The Critter here). It is an unflinching take down of the bullshit that America expects its citizens, particularly black citizens, to swallow. And America’s cultural dominance means what Smyer has to say through the novel’s protagonist Marcus Hayes, is pertinent across much

Knucklehead: This is America

If you have any trouble understanding Childish Gambino’s music video of his scathing, irony-laden hip-hop track This is America, you should read Adam Smyer’s Knucklehead. And if you’re one of the over 270 million people who have watched it and said “Aha!”, then Smyer is one of a number of American writers who can provide deeper

Open Book: This thing called writeness

The problem with attending a celebration of literature such the Open Book festival as a journalist is that fact of being someone who writes, but is not a novelist or poet. Surrounded by published authors of books that have made me, and everyone else, laugh, cry, be outraged, and forget to drink my tea while

Open Book: Imagine a city

Ironically, post-apartheid government policy has reinforced the spatial inequalities in our cities that apartheid shed so much blood to create. This is despite the “massive redistributive investment” to alleviate poverty since 1994, says Prof Edgar Pieterse, who is the director for the African Centre for Cities, a UCT-based research and teaching programme which has an

Live writing jol explores erotic noir thriller

Knysna journalist Jo Thesen reports that Live Writing – a programme of lunchtime readings, performances and book launches of innovative isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans poetry and prose led by Rhodes University’s Masters in Creative Writing (MACW) teachers and students – takes place this week. According to MACW teacher and iconoclastic poet Lesego Rampolokeng, the sessions