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”: […]
Berliners! I’ll be on a panel to talk about “The Renaissance of the Short Story” on 27 April, as part of Writing in Migration, Berlin’s first African book festival. More details on at http://www.interkontinental.org/wim/
Please to be chatting to my friend and novelist Elnathan John about my writing on 25 April in Berlin. For details see here.
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 […]
Cool! Thanks BookBlast limited writing agency for putting Green Lion on this great list of cold-weather reads. Another kind of moral responsibility to that which we are used to receiving from South African writers, namely that of understanding how we engage with the creatures who share our planet. Read the full round-up here.
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 […]
Well! I’m delighted to see Nineveh on So New | Necessary Fiction‘s excellent, eclectic end-of-year reading list – pleasingly thrown into the mix with some wonderful books that “show the scale of a life in the sweep of the wilder world.” Read the full list here.
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 […]
Look! Amazing line-up of African writers for Berlin’s new InterKontinental Book Festival, 26-28 April 2018. delighted to be joining Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, Pumla Dineo Gqola and many other friends. The theme is “Writing in Migration”, it’s curated by German-Nigerian author Olumide Popoola, and it’s Berlin’s first dedicated African writing festival. Berlin friends – I’ll also be in conversation […]
It’s a great honour and pleasure to be part of The Caine Prize for African Writing judging panel next year, alongside these wonderful writers and thinkers. Really looking forward to reading a new crop of brilliant stories.