South African Womxn Writing – Day 19: 245 South African Womxn’s novels you should read now (2015 – 2019)

In early 2020 I started making a list of all the fiction novels written South African women writers published between 1994 and 2019. I wrote more about this project, here. When I began I thought it would be labour intensive, but not overly complicated. I was right in one respect. Making a list of the … Continue reading South African Womxn Writing – Day 19: 245 South African Womxn’s novels you should read now (2015 – 2019)

South African Womxn Writers – Day 16: Coloured literature and the chance to be remembered – Terry-Ann Adams

I remember the day I read a poem written by a Coloured woman in Kaaps. That day was the start of my process of becoming. I felt like I had just been reborn into a world where it is okay for me to be seen. Before that day, I didn’t think that my culture or … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 16: Coloured literature and the chance to be remembered – Terry-Ann Adams

South African Womxn Writers – Day 13: South African feminist collections and books

As a feminist writer and editor it would be remiss of me not to include a sample of some incredible South African feminist texts for you all to enjoy. I'll start with the three I edited, because I'm very proud of them. My First Time: Stories of Sex and Sexuality from Women Like You (Modjaji, … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 13: South African feminist collections and books

South African Womxn Writers – Day 12: A Reflection on Publishing by Karina Szczurek of Karavan Press

Karavan Press came into being in 2019 to offer authors a literary home for their books – home in the sense of shelter, safety and care. As editor and publisher, I want to nurture authors and their creativity and establish strong bonds between writers and readers who are passionate about our words and stories. The … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 12: A Reflection on Publishing by Karina Szczurek of Karavan Press

A month of South African womxn writers – Day 1: Meet Jen Thorpe, this month’s editor

Hello! I'm Jen Thorpe, a South African novelist and feminist non-fiction writer. My First Time: Stories of Sex and Sexuality from Women Like You: GoodReads.The Peculiars: GoodReads.Feminism Is ISBN: 9780795708275. GoodReads.Living While Feminist ISBN: 9780795709418. GoodReads.The Fall ISBN: 9780795709579. GoodReads.The Peculiars and My First Time are currently out of print, but The Peculiars can be … Continue reading A month of South African womxn writers – Day 1: Meet Jen Thorpe, this month’s editor

Day 6: Kintu

Across the first month of 2020, Sophie Baggott is sharing her thirty favourite books by women from across the world. Find out more about her project to read women writers from every country worldwide here. The very first book I read for this project was Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – a Ugandan novelist and … Continue reading Day 6: Kintu

World Languages Review: Der Mann, der den Regen fotografierte (Germany)

It seems an impossible coexistence: German Grundlichkeit in one of the Amazonian cityscapes, filled with myths, religions, folk tales, and superstition. Yet, this is exactly what Cramer – scouting locations for a movie – has to grapple with if he is to survive in this personally exotic environment.  Already with his first steps out of … Continue reading World Languages Review: Der Mann, der den Regen fotografierte (Germany)

GLLI YA Prize Shortlist Excerpt: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

The Indecency Club I didn’t understand what it meant to be a man. If in the past I thought it was enough to have genitals dangling between one’s legs, now I wasn’t so sure. Because Uncle Marcelo’s were like that, but nobody in the village considered him a man. So would the perfect man be … Continue reading GLLI YA Prize Shortlist Excerpt: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

GLLI YA Prize Shortlist Excerpt: Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais

Chapter 1 Here we go: the Pig Pageant results have just come out on Facebook. I’m in third place: bronze medal. How perplexing. After winning gold for two years in a row, I thought I’d never lose the top spot. I was wrong. I check who’s won the grand title. She’s a new girl, in … Continue reading GLLI YA Prize Shortlist Excerpt: Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lovestam (Sweden)

Sara Lovestam's Wonderful Feels Like This is “a coming-of-age tale of a young artist and is as soulful as it is triumphant” (SLJ) that celebrates being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power of music to connect us For Steffi, going to school everyday is an exercise in survival. She's never fit … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lovestam (Sweden)