Interview with Don Makatile

Don Makatile is a trained journalist and distinguished book reviewer whose writings have been published on Books Live and African Book Club. His short stories, On the Train to Randfontein was featured in Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 1. And an essay he wrote inspired the title for the collection too. He is an avid reader who grew up on Western paperbacks, newspapers and James Hadley Chase.…

Interview with Treasure Mndeni Ngobese

In an interview with Charles Cantalupo, Ngugi wa Thiong’o says that “writers need to return to the languages actually spoken by the people to enlarge the space of people’s understanding to include more experiences.” One of the writers who have heeded this call is Treasure Mndeni Ngobese. Treasure is known writing poetry in isiZulu. When explaining why he has opted to write in an African indigenous language, Treasure echos Ngugi,…

9 days to the ‘My Holiday Shorts’ deadline

we want more stories. to submit go to http://myholidayshorts.com/submit-here/

Poetry Potion print quarterly number three – out next week!

I’m very happy to announce that the third print quarterly is hitting the “streets” next week. After much “backing and forthing” in order to create a special kinda edition, I’m relieved to have seen the printer proofs and signed them off. So what’s this edition about since there was no call for submission? After putting out the last edition, Every Generation, I realised that this edition would come out between Woman’s…

Black Letter Media at Joburg City Festival

A coffee house, a cool August evening and inner city lights gleaming like celestial bodies. When you have writers, book lovers and amazing books what more can you ask for in order to have an unforgettable experience in Jo’burg? Last week we had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Joburg City Festival. Black Letter Media, hosted by founder Duduzile Mabaso, ran a poetry and book reading at Cramers…

radio interview: Unisa Radio

went to UNISA radio this past Wednesday to talk about our current calls for submission and Book Lover’s Market… the host, Edgar, was awesome. thanks!

Our Books & Our Writers at Jo’burg Inner City Festival

We’re getting ready to say “goodbye winter, hello spring” and as it has become tradition, in Jozi we do that with festivals. Joy of Jazz was this passed weekend, Arts Alive starts next week but in case you haven’t realised we’re in the middle of the first ever Jo’burg Inner City Festival. Yes, Jo’burg now has an Inner City Festival. A series of events in the inner city, the CBD…

The Perfect Kiss by Duduzile Mabaso

  “You kiss like a frog!” For once Dlozi was grateful that she had to chop up onions for her mother’s stew. Tears streamed down her face as Lizwe’s horrible words crashed about in her mind. Stupid boy! She had put all her passion into that kiss. The kiss. Their first kiss. Her first kiss. It had taken her five weeks to let him kiss her. Five weeks. She didn’t…

so you have a writer’s block, huh?

so you have a writer’s block, huh?

So, sometimes it’s hard to write. Some say it exists, others say it doesn’t. It’s called a writer’s block. It takes over you at the most inconvenient of times. Has you not knowing how to write. How to distil that bubbling feeling inside you into beautyful words… Beautyful words, I say. Not just any old janky arrangement of the alphabet. So when you pick up your pen, open your computer…

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