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A chat with award nominee, Sally Cranswick

I was quite nervous about approaching Sally Cranswick for an interview. In fact, I didn’t even think she’d reply my message but, she did! Sally was shortlisted for the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award for her debut collection of short stories, Women out of Water. Sally lives in Cape Town … Continue reading

Free at Last

This is a poem by Constance van Niekerk for everyone who has been rejected and have risen out of the pain. Continue reading

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners

Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners for 2022. Mike Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, announced the winners on the 29th of March, “Across ten extraordinary years, the Windham-Campbell Prizes have celebrated exceptional literary achievement and nurtured great talent by giving the precious gifts of time, space and creative freedom. We are … Continue reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – A Book Review

AUTHORS: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer HarperCollins, (2009) – 320 pages ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.’ Now a Netflix Film, … Continue reading

The Cost of Being a Woman – A Book Review

Book Review Title:         THE COST OF BEING A WOMAN Author:     NTHABISENG MOSUOE        ISBN:         978-0-620-92254-8     Publisher: Vulombe Enterprise & Publishing (2021) Only available in hard copies   The Cost of Being a Woman is a poignant autobiography of the author, Nthabiseng Mosuoe. I found her introduction very relevant at a time like this as the … Continue reading

Tortured Ugandan author arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, 33, is in Germany to seek medical treatment two weeks after fleeing Uganda, his lawyer says, slipped out of Uganda two weeks ago – after a court denied his application to have his passport returned – ahead of a criminal trial that was due to begin on Wednesday. Kakwenza said he was tortured in … Continue reading

“My name is Crystal Meth”

Written by Izwe Lethu, originally published on Facebook. I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.If you need me, remember I’m easily found, I live all around you – in schools and … Continue reading

Ode to a Perfect Stranger

He scurried behind meIn a panic, My heart beating fast And arms sweatingfrom the brutal midday’s rays I increased my pace. He broke into a jog Relentlessly, And shamelessly he kept coming. A long time ago it was, Two thousand and three to be preciseYet, the memory remains fresh to date He crossed the broad … Continue reading

For the sake of my kids

Some of us said,We’re staying for the sake of my kidsKids who have never heard the words,I love youfrom their so-called fatherKids who don’t know how it feelsTo be hugged and kissed ‘good night’ by dadKids who have never played catchor go fishing with their fatherKids who did not know the sound of laughter in … Continue reading


In line with one of its objectives which is to enhance cross-cultural understanding and communication among various African cultures, the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) yesterday, Saturday, September 11 2021 in Cairo, Egypt signed a Cooperation Agreement for the Establishment of a Translation Bureau with four other Literary Organizations. The Organizations are: the Arab Writers … Continue reading

You are special

Don’t be afraid to be different. You were not created to conform. You’re special. Continue reading

My Woman

MY WOMAN For this beauty beyond the dreams of a goddessI can dance on the head of a pin to behold your faceI can weave words to the palace of your heart For this beauty that charm my eyesI can defeat a flock of arm warriors with my bare handsI can walk mountains and cross … Continue reading

More time-a poem by Connie Van Niekerk

This poem is dedicated to those who have gone before us. Till we meet again, in our hearts you will remain. Rest in Peace.

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My heart is heavy

An ode to the fatherless children My heart is heavyPossibly also green with envyFor those with someone to call ‘daddy’Men are innumerous but, only a handful are worthyEven with faces quite hairyStill, there are not very manyThough a lot might marryEven be merry When a baby is in the bellyI bet he will run awayAt … Continue reading

Khanyisile Galela, Sharpeville’s rising star

It was a privilege to meet young published author and international model, Khanyisile Galela. “She is International Junior Miss Pre-teen,” says her proud mother. Khanyisile is a twelve-year-old published author of the children’s book, ‘As We Grow’ and a professional model. She resides in Sharpeville and attends Assumpta Catholic Primary School. “My grandmother enjoys telling … Continue reading

Lesego Mailula launches ‘Zakes, the Adventurer’ book series

I’ve always wanted to visit the African Flavour Book Store in Vanderbijlpark and my wish came true yesterday when I attended Lesego Mailula’s book launch. The book store felt homely and cozy, I believe that’s the effect of the multitude of books on the shelves. It felt like I had entered a whole new world … Continue reading

Vaal’s award-winning author Sbusiso Manqa, ploughs back to the community

It is always heart-warming to see young people giving back to the community. After spending World Book Day at Future Scholars Preschool in Vereeniging with the learners, the morning after, Sbusiso Manqa was at Vanderbijlpark Library holding a workshop for writers -for free! The workshop on Saturday the 24th of April was just one in … Continue reading


From the desk of the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association, Dr Wale Okediran.To all African Publishers/ Authors, On 23rd April, 2021, the organisers of the SDG Book Club African Chapter inaugurated the Book Club by officially launching the selected books (Reading list) for SDG 1: No Poverty and SDG 2: Zero Hunger Please … Continue reading

World Book Day at Future Scholars Preschool.

On Friday the 23rd of April, the entire world celebrated World Book Day or the International Day of the Book. Future Scholars Preschool in Vereeniging joined in the celebrations by having 3 local authors visit the school and speak to the Grades RR and R. One of the authors is Sbusiso Manqa, an award-winning author … Continue reading


By Wale Okediran The road to Bagamoyo from Dar Es Salam is a well laid highway running through several towns and communities with such delectable names as Kawe, Mizimuni, White Sands, Kunduchi, SalaSala, and Bunju among others. The evidence of a developing landscape was all around with new buildings, towns and access roads sprouting like … Continue reading

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