by Beverly Ochieng’ I found it interesting that the excerpt in Brittle Paper chosen to announce the release of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut was a sex scene, a provocative one at that. The scene plays out the predictability of sex between a married couple, how a wife becomes familiar with her husband’s rhythms to […]> Read on
Martin It’s two years until the World Cup. No, not the Germany World Cup where we were robbed of hosting opportunities. The less said about THAT World Cup the better. Fuck New Zealanders. Although there were some good matches but I won’t talk about that. I’ll talk about this 2010 World Cup that I’m looking […]> Read on
I love Mondays, I really do, because they hold the promise of a fresh start. However, this was not the case today. On arrival at the office my useless deputy had bungled the budget I am supposed to submit to the DG by tomorrow for our annual financial report. I was stuck with doing all […]> Read on
Mzilikazi introduced me to Slindile on Sunday, 11 February 1990. An insignificant date to others perhaps, but to my artistic soul, an indication that we were meant to be. Mandela was freed the day I met Sli. Coincidence? I think not. The gods of Africa were clearly telling me that just as the country was […]> Read on
from pages 28-31 When Andile talked of Johannesburg, he always spoke of it with such intensity, such passion, that Nobantu knew if Joburg had been a woman, she would never have stood a chance. As it was, the city was just that – a city. Spending so much time together, it wasn’t long before Andile […]> Read on
Source: Parresia Publishers I woke up coughing, struggling with bed covers that had entangled around my legs sometime during the night. It was only when I scrambled from the bed that I realised my night clothes were soaked through, and my skin was damp. I reached my neck with the back of my hand […]> Read on
Source: Parresia Publishers —– After a while the sky and the water and the dense foliage on the riverbanks all looked the same: blue and green and blue-green misty. The whole landscape was now a mere trick of light, vaporous and shape-shifting, appearing and disappearing behind the fog. It was early morning, but already we […]> Read on
Source: Paressia Publishers The Cat-eyed English Witch The tiny corpse lay in a multicoloured bundle, cradled in the mother’s arm. She held out the bundle to me, showing me the innocent face that could have been sleeping but was now very dead. The mother’s brown eyes gleamed, not with grief but with a fiery hostility. […]> Read on
hen theMagunga Bookstore – Kenya’s online shop for African reads- first came up online, Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges author, Ciku Kimeria, termed it as the “African version of Amazon.” Budding writer, Troy Onyango, noted excitedly that it would no longer be “so difficult finding African literature” and a good number of us, literary enthusiasts, […]> Read on
For as long as we can remember book clubs have existed, enabling people who love to read, to come together, read a book and discuss key highlights. In some rare occasions, some book clubs have had the opportunity to host authors. This is no mean feat as authors often have tight schedules or are separated […]> Read on
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