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 to
Nostalgia and hope animate Christine Coates’ The Lightness of Lies, the story of a widow who perceives more than a foreign(ers’) invasion in the robed newcomers who descend on her Free State dorpie and, for a while, stir animosity in its community members. The Lightness of Lies, has been longlisted for The Short
Heaven is a busy market and in Osemegbe Aito’s Petrichor it’s not always clear if Paradise is a better alternative to hell or perhaps organized religion has been selling the whole idea of unbridled well-being wrong. A careful petition, Aito presents us with Rachel and her cast of supporting figures – all
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 Letter
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’s
In For My Brother, Nkosithandile chronicles the interplay between a rebellious brother and his sister tripping over the loose ends of a romantic relationship gone awry. For such a young writer, she explores some weighty themes including: the generational influence of HIV/AIDS and grief. We spoke to the young woman behind the story to
Subtle, and quietly impeccable is one way to describe “The Silence of The Morning.” In her story, Gugu, the author captures the zeitgeist of modern cities and their inhabitants – the ambivalent ones, the self-satisfied and everyone in between. Here she speaks more on these topics about what lies ahead.
“Parallels of Yesterday”, moves us back and forth in time and similarly between two men in a covert romantic relationship. Thato Magano presents us with a complex situation, potent lyrical eroticism and the pain of love confronting tradition in this very compelling read. We spoke to him about literary bravery, his