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Interview with Venice Biennale Artist, Mary Sibande

I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Venice Biennale, here’s a video I recorded with one of the artists in attendance there, Mary Sibande:

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Photographs from the Not the London Book Fair

Antjie Krog
It was a great pleasure to be part of the Not the London Book Fair at the Book Lounge on Monday. I hope you enjoy these photographs I made at the event.
Kopano Matlwa and Maxine Case
Book Lounge Crowd
Helen Moffet
Antjie Krog


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Four Photographs from Words on Water in Durban

Spend time with the Indian participants of this year’s Words on Water festival – as I’ve had the privilege to do this week, during the festival’s Durban leg – and you find yourself bedazzled by their intellectual ferocity, lifted by their wit and wisdom.

Here are three photographs from the festival, followed by a watercolour sketch done with the assistance of Photoshop:

Shobhaa Dé
Shobhaa Dé

Consul General Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Shobhaa De, Shringla's Wife, Arshia Sattar, Ramachandra Guha
India Consul General Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Shobhaa De, Shringla’s Wife, Arshia Sattar, Ramachandra Guha

Shobhaa Dé
Shobhaa Dé

Fatima Meer & Shobhaa De "Watercolour"
Fatima Meer and Shobhaa Dé (“watercolour”)


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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Meyer, Butcher, Moolman and More

As has been seen in many forums over the past year or so – inlcuding, now, BOOK SA itself, with its Crime Beat blog – crime writing is taking off in a big way in South Africa. It’s thus an especial pleasure for me to welcome perhaps our foremost crime writer on to SAfm Literature this week, Deon Meyer, whose Devil’s Peak has just been released. Tune in for a glimpse into the latest adventures of Thobela Mpayipheli, first made famous in Meyer’s The Heart of the Hunter.

I’m also due to chat with Telegraph journalist Tim Butcher, about his new book Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart. He previously worked for the paper as Africa Bureau Chief, but currently lives in Jerusalem where he is its Middle East correspondent. In 2000, Butcher had the idea of recreating Henry Morgan Stanley’s famous expedition down the Congo River – but alone – and made it. Adventure upon adventure on SAfm Literature!

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Wallis, Callinicos, Matolo and More

SAfm Literature features a highly thought-provoking lineup this week, starting with Andrew Wallis, a researcher at the University of Bradford‘s Department of Peace Studies, whose book Silent Accomplice treats the role that France played (and by implication ought to have played, I suppose) during the Rwandan genocide. He’ll join me on the line from the UK.

I’ll also chat with Luli Callinicos about a book that fell out of print in 2001, but has been republished to coincide with Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday this year: The World that Made Mandela – A Heritage Trail, 70 Sites of Significance. Callinicos, the author, will take us through some of the landscapes that touched Mandela, and subsequently she herself, on his fascinating and rather convoluted journey to South Africa’s presidency.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Drysdale, Wafawarowa, Delius and More

This week on SAfm Literature, I’m due to host journalist and newspaperman Andrew Drysdale, whose book on his front-row seat at the drama of the apartheid wars and transition to democracy, My Neighbour Madiba and Others, has just been published.

I’ll also chat with Prof. Peter Delius of Wits on a fascinating new study of Mpumalanga which he edited, Mpumalanga: History and Heritage. It includes contributions from some of South Africa’s foremost researchers, and is rather dazzlingly illustrated: much meat for the Prof and I to chew on.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Nkosi, Matthews, Chimurenga, Clarke and More

Lewis Nkosi (ii)We are lucky to get a second bite at the poetry of James Matthews on SAfm Literature this week, after missing him on the show last month. His dissident voice has raged on for decades, and I look forward to discussing his collection, Cry Rage, and to learning more about his current publishing projects.

I’m also privileged to welcome novelist and essayist Lewis Nkosi into the studio for a half-hour chat; here is one of the pictures I was able to snap of the writer, who was shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize for Mandela’s Ego, at the Cape Town Book Fair.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Live at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Judith Sephuma in SongSAfm Literature moves from a chilly Johannesburg to a veritably ice-locked Grahamstown this weekend (according to advance reports – here’s hoping the “big thaw” happens before our arrival), to catch up with the literary goings on at the National Arts Festival.

As the festival is designed mainly to showcase performance – dance, music, theatre – I include here a photograph I took recently of jazz vocalist Judith Sephuma, who you can see live in Grahamstown next Friday and Saturday. (Go to Computicket and search for “Sephuma” to book.)

But there’s plenty to occupy lovers of South African literature, too, thanks to Chris Mann and his fringe-associated WordFest, which is supplying the bulk of my guests. Tune in and expect to hear:

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Matthews, van Niekerk, Vladislavic, Vermaas and More

James Matthews (ii)It’s appropriate that I’m due to speak to James Matthews this weekend on SAfm Literature, because I photographed him doggedly at the Cape Town Book Fair – and came up with what I think are several good representations of the poet famous for his dissident voice.

I photographed several other writers during the fair as well, and have included a “first fruits” sampling in this post. I hope you enjoy the images – the one of Kopano Matlwa has already proved very popular on the web.

Gabeba Baderoon, James Matthews and Kearopetse KgotsitsileAlong with Matthews – in something of a coup for SAfm Literature – both the Sunday Times Literary Awards winners, Marlene van Niekerk (Agaat) and Ivan Vladislavic (Portrait with Keys) will talk about their books on the show this week. Tune in to listen to two giants.

More highlights (which this week will be interspersed with live crossings to the SA vs. Ireland cricket match in Belfast):

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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.

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