#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Best Meal Ever!

Set in Gugulethu and signalling to the persisting inequalities that define both this Apartheid-era established township and South Africa as a whole, The Best Meal Ever! by Sindiwe Magona is a heart-warming story of hope amidst trying times. Written for children ages 7-9, this picture book features beautiful watercolor illustrations by Paddy Bouma. The story … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Best Meal Ever!

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

Photo credit: Austin Malema Please extend a warm welcome to Lebohang Masango who joins the #WorldKidLit Wednesday team at the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative blog as a regular reviewer. Lebohang is a writer, poet and anthropologist with an impressive range of publications to her name, including Mpumi’s Magic Beads, a picture book for which … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

South African Writing – Day 20: An interview with two South African librarians

South African public libraries are a vital resource for South Africa's readers. They are incredible spaces of creation and learning and connection. I interviewed two local librarians to find out more about their work. Elzana Dlomo Elzana Dlomo is the senior librarian at Central Library in Cape Town. Central Library is located in the CBD … Continue reading South African Writing – Day 20: An interview with two South African librarians

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 Writing – Day 18: The literary festivals and podcasts

South Africa is home to some fantastic literary festivals every year, and to some podcasts that you might like to listen to from afar. The literary festivals took a knock in 2020, but many of them will (fingers crossed) be back in action this year. I thought I'd share some of these so you could … Continue reading South African Writing – Day 18: The literary festivals and podcasts

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

South African Womxn Writers – Day 11: Lorraine Sithole shares some Short Story Collections she loves

I read all sorts of books across all genres but, I am drawn to short stories and anthologies when I am looking for a boost of adrenaline. I go through a reading slump once in a blue moon and these collections to rejuvenate my reading mojo. Here are my top reads from the last 5 … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 11: Lorraine Sithole shares some Short Story Collections she loves

South African Womxn Writers – Day 10: Sally Partridge writes about the “rainbow of talent” in South Africa’s youth fiction

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation, and no-where is this colourful spirit more present than in the country's colourful array of young adult fiction written by some of the country’s most prolific female authors. Every year a throng of both recognised and new female voices hit the shelves, driven by the social issues … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 10: Sally Partridge writes about the “rainbow of talent” in South Africa’s youth fiction