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Podcast with an Adventurous Writer, Mario d’Offizi

Bless Me FatherMario D'Offizi Every now and again a book comes along in which a small part – a chapter or less – seems to overshadow the whole, until it becomes almost impossible to remember that the work is about much more than the passage that receives most of the attention.

Mario d’Offizi’s memoir, Bless Me Father (Ge’ko Publishing) is one such book. The chapter in which he describes his abuse at the hands of Father Reginald Orsmond whilst at Boys’ Town in the Magaliesberg has come to stand for the entire text. (See, for instance, coverage of the book in The Times.) But reading Bless Me Father yields a clearer view: it is, in fact, mostly about Mario’s unexpected trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a veteran journalist – and that’s certainly where the majority of its rewards lie.

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Podcast: Zubeida Jaffer Talks About Her Generation

Our GenerationZubeida JafferZubeida Jaffer is one of South Africa’s most travelled journalists: she has not only travelled the country top to bottom, covering the stories that chronicle South Africa’s transformation from a despotic minority regime to a democracy, but she has an incurable weakness for travel across the globe, and is often found away from home.

Join me on The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast as I chat to Zubeida about her life as a journalist, and about the process of writing Our Generation, her personal life story, which is seamlessly woven together with the story of the struggle.

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Podcast: Fred Khumalo on Music, Writing and Miles

Fred Khumalo Touch My Blood “ ‘Anyway, why do you think you want to write? Other boys like you are playing soccer, chasing skirts and you are wasting your time copying dead white men. Where’s your sense of wonder, sense of excitement?’ ”

– Fred Khumalo in conversation with the poet Mafika Pascal Gwala, p.122, Touch My Blood

Join me on The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast as I chat to Fred Khumalo about his writing – and his obsession with the music of Miles Dewey Davis, the colourful trumpeter who’s known simply as “Miles” to his devoted fans.

Fred’s career spans many fields, but in each he has made a name for himself, whether as a journalist, a columnist or a writer of fiction. Listen to Fred as he reveals the “creative push” that the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane effects in his work.


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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Bizos, Matlwa, Coyne and More

Cape Town Book Fair LogoThe Cape Town Book Fair dominates the show this week, as might be expected – but before getting into the lineup, let me mention the event at the Fair that I’m involved with, a discussion with three promising Umuzi writers, Nicholas Ashby (Time Pips), Heinrich Troost (Plot Loss) and Carel van der Merwe (Nasleep / No Man’s Land). It’s on Saturday, 16 June at 2pm, in the CTICC‘s room 1.42. We’re set for a delightful chat – join us!

Now to the show: I’ll have the privelege of hosting several writers this Sunday in SAfm’s Cape Town studio, including the one and only George Bizos. His new autobiography, Odyssey to Freedom, has just been released (in fact, it’s being launched in Cape Town tonight), and details his extraordinary life in fascinating and compelling terms. This is a conversation not to be missed.

I’m also excited to welcome new literary sensation Kopano Matlwa into the studio, to wrangle with the issues she raises in her first novel, Coconut, which has been making serious waves in book circles and bookstores alike.

Further highlights:

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