The South African poet Koleka Putuma, writing in English, published a book of poetry called Collective Amnesia in 2017. It has since been translated into seven European languages. It had not, at the time of writing this, been published in any one of South Africa’s other ten official languages. https://youtu.be/8dfq3C8GNrE ISBN: 9780620735087 Koleka’s achievement with … Continue reading SA Womxn Writers – Day 8: Translation in South Africa – Karin Schimke
ISBN: 9781928232568 This is How It Is I am an author, medical doctor and a founding member of the Life Righting Collective, (LRC) a non-profit membership organisation which raises funds to sponsor disadvantaged writers and to publish an anthology, This Is How It Is, of true South African stories. We have a wide range of … Continue reading SA Womxn Writers – Day 7: Life Writing in South Africa – Dawn Garisch
South Africa has had various literature awards over the past decade or so. These awards mark the brilliant literature that comes out of the country each and every year and are a great place to start your reading lists. For brevity, I've only included a sample of winners, but I encourage you to browse the … Continue reading SA Womxn Writers – Day 6: The Prizewinners
Book Dash is a South African social impact, non-profit publisher of new African children’s books. Our vision is that all children should own one hundred books by the age of five.It sounds like a lot of books, but research indicates that owning many books can radically improve the chances of academic success for children living … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 5: More Books, to More Children, In More Languages – Dorette Louw of Book Dash.
In 2015, Evera Publishing went into a joint venture with Jacana Media to create a publishing imprint called Blackbird Books. It was exciting for me as a young black woman to take these strides. In 2020, Blackbird Books became an independent publisher, an even more exciting journey for me to embark on. But before Blackbird … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 4: Reflections by Thabiso Mahlape, Publisher at Blackbird Books
South Africa has a rich literary history, but it hasn't always been representative. I feel very lucky to be editing a literary magazine at this point in South Africa's story. While we still have a long way to go, it's undeniably an exciting time to be in books. Our publishing industry is becoming more inclusive, … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 3: The Johannesburg Review of Books editor, Jennifer Malec, reflects
ISBN: 9781869144128 Revisiting Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018 edited by Makhosazana Xaba (GoodReads) I cannot myself To come to this country, my body must assemble itself into photographs and signatures. Among them they will search for me. I must leave behind all uncertainties. I cannot myself … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 2: Makhosazana Xaba – Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018
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
As an early childhood literacy specialist and library professional, I have a secret to share with you. An industry secret, if you will. Ready? Children's librarians are not the biggest fans of "easy reader" books. Also known as "emerging readers" or "beginning readers," these very short books or stories are targeted toward children just beginning … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Shout Hooray, Here Comes Lolo!
The African/Middle East section of older women around the world begins here, in South Africa, more specifically, in post-Apartheid South Africa. I found The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso in a list of recommended books by women of colour. It features a feud between two older women so here's a novel with not one but two … Continue reading The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso