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 believers
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
For our short story competition this year, we called for stories that looked into religion and how it manifests in everyday moments. We are happy to say the writers who submitted their work for consideration did not limit themselves to tangible explanations of faith or metanarratives that do little to
We’re super excited about the first Poetry Potion print quarterly of the year! Poetry Potion 13 is themed Transformation. Look at it… ??? “Transformation is a slow-cooking process. Personal transformation even more so. It’s not like, one morning I woke up and suddenly knew the price of nappies and wet wipes,
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
“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.