In Peregrination, an isolated religious community defends its autonomy against government intrusions until at last the soldiers arrive with their rifles; it is in the wisdom and foresight of its narrator that this modern parable about religious devotion is neither an uncritical survey of the effects of faith on believersContinue Reading

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

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-OrderContinue Reading

“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.Continue Reading