These shorts are made for… (a prelude)

These shorts are made for walking. Or is it boots? I can’t seem to remember how the song goes as I lie on my back. On the beach, squinting at the sun, the taste of bubblegum ice cream still lingering on my tongue. I can hear the delightful squeals of some kids running around on the sand. I can hear the ocean, rising and crashing. The tide coming, sending some…

Cover this

  These are short short stories. Bits of experiences meant to fit into your holidays, your real life adventure. Little love affairs, short intervals that are slightly scary, romantic, full of whimsy. Steamy escapes and sweet acts of love.  Featuring stories by Ilze Hugo, Lebogang Tlou, Liam Kruger, Megan Ross, Zimkhitha Sulelo, Boipelo Maetla, Catherine Shepherd, Sasha Ross, Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu and Ginny Swart Publication date: 10 December 2013 List Price:…

Young Readers love reading poetry on Bookly (Mxit)

When I first heard about the launch of bookly, an ebook reader app on Mxit, I was super excited. Young people are on Mxit and they are always on the phone – and Black Letter Media wants to reach it’s readers on whatever platform suits them. Having our poetry on bookly has been one great move. Today, I received my regular update from Levon at bookly and it is EXCITING! We…

Summertime, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Some writers prefer silence but many of us find our focus and inspiration through music. So here’s a little something to inspire you and your next story… Will be posting more “summertime” songs soon, so feel free to suggest and share some.

announcement: My Holiday Shorts Authors Selected

Thank you to all the writers who took time to write and submit a story for this new collection. As I wrote in the call out, I was looking for quick reads for book lovers to enjoy over the holidays. So this isn’t going to be a tome but rather a pocket-sizeed edition of some amazing stories that readers can carry with them everywhere and enjoy with ease. These are…

We’ve selected our Authors!

Thank you to all the writers who took time to write and submit a story for this new collection. As I wrote in the call, I was looking for quick reads for book lovers to enjoy over the holidays. So this isn’t going to be a tome but rather a pocket-sizeed edition of some amazing stories that readers can carry with them everywhere and enjoy with ease. These are the…

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/