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August Debut

Issue 2; October/November


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to 's Holiday Issue. In this edition we focus on South Africa, a country with her fair share of stories to tell. The Rainbow nation has the storytellers for the job, if this issue is any indication. We present .... South African writers - in addition to our usual fare from Africa and her diaspora.
        Confidence Within
Alex Smith introduces South Africa's female writers in a Special Essay and Dialogue for
      Celebrating Ngugi wa Thiongo at 70

Ngugi at 70
As wa T'hiongo turns 70, Emilia Ilieva writes a tribute to an African pioneer
Idzia Ahmad
Uzo Maxim Uzoato, on the fleeting life of a poet of promise
Cyprian Ekwensi; A Writer's Life
Venerable author of Jagua Nana, Burning Grass, and A Passport for Malam Ilia passed on, aged 86 years. Amanze Akpuda reviews his life and work
A Nobel for Ngugi
Is this the year of the East African prize?
A Poetic Vision
The first of a three-piece Don Mattera tribute

Our Seas will meet their Land...
Ando Yeva remembers the drowned victims of the Zong Massacre

Short story offering from Chielozona Eze

Photo Gallery
a new gallery, with images of the Boston Okigbo Conference and other recent events

What the Writers are Reading
Nineteen African writers share their two favourite books of the year. Great holiday reads, compiled and presented by Molara Wood.

   The Holiday / South African Edition

' Is J.M. Coetzee Dead?'
Sam Duerden asks, in a review of the Nobel laureate's new book, Diary of a Bad Year
Reflections in a Shattered Glass
Investigative Report by Manu Herbstein. A close reading of the British Council's Ghanaian Celebrations of the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.
Mandela's Cell.
Three poems from writer and fourth-generation South African, Chris Mann
Monkey Stew on the 8th Day in Berberati
Janice Golding's trip takes an unexpected turn in this psychological travel adventure.
Meeting Lucy
Short story from South African, Elizabeth Pienaar, author of Ahkenaten's Garden .
Literature as antiquity: Andrew Martin on the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Verses from featured South African poet, Napo Masheane

Eddie Fisher Won’t Be Comin’ In Today
New short story from Botswanian writer, Lauri Kubuitsile

On Writing
Hard-won lessons from South African columnist and writer, Fred Khumalo

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South African Writing - Past and Present,
Editorial Essay, coming soon

Notes from a (New) Country
From Forest Town to Robben Island... Centurion, Jeppe..   South African vignettes from Colleen Higgs
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An African Travel Book
Petina Gappah reviews Sihle Khumalo's Dark Continent my Black Arse for

Colleen Crawford Cousins
More writings from South Africa: a Colleen Crawford Cousins allegory on life and heights
Online Guest: Elleke Boehmer
South African born professor of Literature at Oxford University
Tales by Conversation.
Another bar, another conversation; Bar Room Blues with Chuma Nwokolo

Mission to Labaran
A Youth Service adventure from Wumi Raji, author of Rolling Dreams.

Oxford University Poetry Society
Three poems from an OUPS students' workshop in Lincoln College

Man Booker Prize and Africa
As the Judging Panel for 2008 is announced, considers the African element in the prize

In his latest fiction, Liberian writer, Vamba Sherif explores the farther depths of grief
Vamba Sherif

Postcards from London
Poetic vignettes from an exile, by Nnorom Azuonye
Mainini Grace's Promises
Zimbabwean novelist, Valerie Tagwira, in her debut short fiction
The Car
Dark tale from Nigerian writer, Toni Kan
Publications Received
The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg, Jaime Bunda, Secret Agent, Halala Madiba: Nelson Mandela in Poetry, A Rose in Bloom, Ejine Okoroafor-Ezediaro... and others

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Dear Phil,
By the time you read this letter, I'll be dead...


So let us draw the line. It is the blooded-human who is the citizen, not the corporation... the company does not vote in national elections....
A Short Biography of Yesterday

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