Category Archive: South Africa

The Mundane Goes Weird: ‘Live Show: Drink Included’ by Vicky Grut

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Vicky Grut, Live Show: Drink Included (Holland Park Press, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle “Perhaps it sounds uncaring” says one of the characters in Vicky Grut’s fine debut collection Live Show: Drink Included, “but… Continue reading

AN OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WINDOW ONTO A CITY: Jason Donald’s ‘Dalila’

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Jason Donald, Dalila (Jonathan Cape, 2017) An interview with Jason Donald By Lynnda Wardle Jason Donald’s second novel, Dalila, tells the story of a young Kenyan asylum seeker who flees her rapist uncle… Continue reading

VERGING ON THE ABSURD: Ivan Vladislavić’s ‘The Folly’

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Ivan Vladislavić, The Folly (And Other Stories, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle There are only two plots in all of literature: you go on a journey, or the stranger comes to town. (attributed to… Continue reading

SMALL-TOWN SOUTH AFRICA: Colette Victor’s ‘What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein’

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Colette Victor, What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle Post-apartheid South Africa is not an easy setting for a novel. Writers feel bound somehow to tackle… Continue reading

HOPE DEFERRED: 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa in The Bloody Miracle by Meg Rickards and Bert Haitsma

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The documentary was shown in Glasgow at the Africa in Motion festival which ran from from October 30th – November 9th 2014.  South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, the touring programme of South… Continue reading

VERY LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM? South Africa at the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh

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The Glasgow Africa in Motion festival ran from from October 30th – November 9th 2014. South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, the touring programme of South African cinema, continues in the UK… Continue reading

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