Publishing later this month… The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2. Cover art: Megan Ross Book design: Duduzile Mabaso Contributors: Obinna Udenwe, Mapule Mohulatsi, Christine Coates, Thato Magano, Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren, Nkosithandile Peme, Adaobi Okwy, Evan Morris, Khalid Salleh, Pamela Moeng, Stephen Embleton Pre-Order
After a long wait, we have announced the winning story at an event at the Jozi Book Fair. The prize, which will be awarded annually, was judged by Lineo Segoete, Makhozana Xaba, Dilman Dila and Duduzile Mabaso. There were seven shortlisted writers, from which two stories placed second and a winner
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
“Circles” impressed the judges with its complex observations and streams of dreamlike (or nightmarish, depending on how you look at it) imagery. At times it read like prose poetry. Mohulatsi smashes open the cement beast – Johannesburg and inspects the fragments of people, events, history, sounds and emotions that make it up. We
“A Night to Remember” follows the events that befall colourful characters in a South African fishing town – the bartender, the fisherman, the fisherman’s wife and the itinerant musician. Coates’ descriptions are transporting and tell of small town chagrin, people hiding in plain sight and wider issues of belonging and not belonging.