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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

by: Geraldine Amoko - 20 January 2017

He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

Evidence Sello Magaga II (23) says he would always find himself asking a friend after church what the sermon was about. And when he realised he wasn’t the only one who struggled to remember, he transcribed live recordings and turned them into books, which he publishes under his company Ready T Publishing. When he published his...

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Meet the Durban illustrator who created a colouring book to help adults de-stress

by: Keneiloe Nkomo - 22 September 2016

Meet the Durban illustrator who created a colouring book to help adults de-stress

    For graphic designer and illustrator Sinomonde Ngwane, colouring books have always been a fascination. Now, the 21-year-old Durban-based creative, has taken her love for the art and created a colouring book for adults that uses colour therapy as a tool to help people who are stressed. There are therapeutic properties to using colouring...

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Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 9 September 2016

Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

We caught up with Mohale Mashigo, who is part of a number of panel discussions including “My Creative Lives” and “Talking Feminism” at the Open Book Festival currently taking place in Cape Town. Who are you? My government name is Kgomotso Carol Mashigo. I was born in Soweto, to a storyteller and a reader and I used to write...

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South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

by: Tatum-lee Louw - 10 June 2016

South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

Cape Town-based writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, who recently won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 for his short story, Memories we lost, shares  six books that shaped him as a writer. But not before adding a disclaimer: “My answer needs a disclaimer because no book has changed my life. That is not...

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Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 24 March 2016

Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

Buhle Ngaba (25) is a natural storyteller. “I’ve always been interested in performing and telling stories,” says the Cape Town-based actress. “But I’ve always been disheartened by the fact that none of the stories I read growing up had characters that looked or spoke like me. They didn’t reflect my day-to-day reality.” Buhle has recently...

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5 young South African women we’re excited about right now

by: Tshegofatso Mphahlele - 3 September 2015

5 young South African women we’re excited about right now

Here is our pick of young and exciting women who are changing the game in their respective industries. The singer: Zoë Modiga Zoë’s voice has enchanted music lovers at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Joy of Jazz and the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival. That same voice recently won her a R200 000 scholarship...

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Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

by: Kgorula Bitterhout - 22 June 2015

Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

“Diary of a Zulu Girl started as a prank on a friend,” says Mike Maphoto, who started writing a fictional story of a traditional Zulu girl who moves from KwaZulu Natal and gets a taste of the high life in Jo’burg. The story has now earned itself 200 000 followers on the blog. Imagine if you could...

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Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 2 March 2015

Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

Upstairs in the coffee shop, people were enjoying the music and mingling with a glass of wine here and a bottle of beer there. By 19:25 they had already filled up the basement of Bean Republic ready for the second instalment of Imbawula which started at 19:30 as promised. The event which is meant to be intimate...

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Win tickets to ACT UJ arts and culture conference

by: Live Events - 27 February 2015

Win tickets to ACT UJ arts and culture conference

Are you a creative or aspiring creative? We have two tickets to giveaway for this cool event which is happening at University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the 8 to 10 March 2015! ACT / UJ Arts and Culture Conference 2015 Brought to you by Arts and Culture Trust, UJ and the British Council Connect ZA...

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