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Join #E4VK’s campaign to crowd-fund books for a library in Tshabo in the Eastern Cape

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 19 April 2017

Join #E4VK’s campaign to crowd-fund books for a library in Tshabo in the Eastern Cape

Growing up in a village where the were no libraries was a hussle. Tshabo, in the Eastern Cape is where I grew up. Homework was a struggle because my grandparents were not well-educated and could not always help me with my school work. It was only when I moved to Berlin, a small town on...

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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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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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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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Vhusiku Vhutswu by Tsireledzo Mushoma

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 9 February 2015

Vhusiku Vhutswu by Tsireledzo Mushoma

Vhusiku Vhutswu (Darkest Night in Tshivenda) is a Tshivenda youth novel written by Gold Sanlam Prize winner for Youth Literature and M-Net Literary Prize winner in the Tshivenda category, Tsireledzo Mushoma. Tsireledzo first broke into the literary world with the publication of a short story as part of a POWA anthology in 2005. She has since...

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So you want to be … a publisher?

by: Simamkele Matuntuta - 1 January 2015

So you want to be … a publisher?

Our “So you want to be…” weekly series aims to help you in the process of choosing a career. We will be speaking to a practising professional to tell us about their field of work. This week, we speak to James Woodhouse (35) who is a publisher at Kwela Books. Simamkele for LiveSA: What does...

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The Write Stuff

by: Kay Selisho - 5 November 2014

The Write Stuff

In an age where communication has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, having “The Write Stuff” is no longer a skill limited to just journalists, authors and other communication professionals but is has become essential to everyday life. Writing well is a skill that any and everyone should possess. In fact, it is a skill...

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Behind the Scenes: Tell Me Sweet Something

by: Kay Selisho - 17 June 2014

Behind the Scenes: Tell Me Sweet Something

Inspired by what he saw and liked in Love Jones and after many attempts to kickstart the project that has been formulating in his mind, the opportunity to film a love story finally presented itself to Akin in 2010. He received a grant from The African Women’s Development Fund and come 2015, we will get...

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Live Reads: For Inspiration

by: Relebohile Nephawe - 8 August 2013

Live Reads: For Inspiration

Every now and then I enjoy a good read. I enjoy love stories with a sour ending. I hate motivational books as everyone makes it out of poverty to the big life by determination. Political books? I can do with something fresh as every topic has been overdone. We have read about apartheid. We have...

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