Nebila Abdulmelik’s Oma reads like a homage to one’s spiritual leader. While the narrative is energized by its narrator’s awareness that death is imminent, in cataloguing her subject’s life with sparkling anecdotes, Nebila Abdulmelik is able to chart Oma’s unique path. Oma has been longlisted for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! (2018) What was the germination of your story? A desire toContinue Reading

Disrupted trajectories characterize the multiplex world of Firewater: in Mary Ononokpono’s story, a firm study of social relationships as queuing networks, birth and death do not go hand in hand so smoothly, and complicated answers are ever provoked by softened questions. We spoke to Mary about the many passions that brought Firewater to being.   Black LetterContinue Reading

We spoke to Mwikali Mutune about her short story Eye Color, a dystopian thriller centred on a cult hero whose death triggers the crumbling end for a totalitarian regime. Eye Color raises questions about tribal supremacy, the policing of love as un/pure, and is strangely tender in mapping the repercussions of one man’sContinue Reading

I found this video interesting and inspiring. I hope you do too. Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling from @powerfulpoint   My Holiday Shorts Available from our online store blackletterm.com as well as Amazon. from R70 ($5)Continue Reading

So, sometimes it’s hard to write. Some say it exists, others say it doesn’t. It’s called a writer’s block. It takes over you at the most inconvenient of times. Has you not knowing how to write. How to distil that bubbling feeling inside you into beautyful words… Beautyful words, IContinue Reading