Aw, I’m really pleased about this! delighted that my Twitter experiment @FarMonolith caught some nominators’ eyes. And fabulous company on the shortlists: yay Nerine Dorman Masha du Toit Deji Olukotun Sibongile Fisher and everyone else. Also, so nice that they include the longlists of all nominees. Some great stuff on there. As someone who’s been reading a lot of African […]

Nice surprise: my story “Porcelain” is included in ONE, a staged adaption of stories from ONE WORLD: A GLOBAL ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES by students at Santa Ana College, being performed this weekend. Go check it out.  ONE WORLD is one of the best publications I’ve been involved in; still robustly in print after 9 years, […]

Good to see the Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018 programme is up and running, with tickets on sale from tomorrow. Three days, nearly 200 authors. I’ll be there with 3 events: Fri 18 May, 10am, “What it takes to fill a page”: Darrel Bristow-Bovey will be chatting to me, Mick Herron and Claire Robertson. Sat 19, 6pm, “It’s not about me”: […]

Excellent round-up of last year’s African Science Fiction & Fantasy publications – thank you once again Geoff Ryman of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Looking forward to seeing which works published last year make the Nommos shortlists, which I imagine will be out soon … Read the full article here. 2017 was a year of small watersheds and consolida­tions, rather […]

A nice, unexpected little Nineveh review on the blog Everywhere but Nowhere: The writing in Nineveh is hypnotic, the way the author crafts her words to bring the setting and characters to life is fantastic. The way she builds up the detail, describing everything as if she was painting a picture, precise and with layers, it was […]

Back in 2011, I contributed to Louis Greenberg’s anthology, Home Away: 24 hours, 24 cities, now an out-of-print gem of South African writing. My hour was melancholy 5pm, of course; and my city was the ancient ruined Peruvian city of Chan Chan. You can read my short meditation on the city here: Chan-Chan-at-close-of-day-2. (I’m also particularly fond of […]