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 […]

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 […]