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Get published: Pitch your manuscript to Jacana Media

Jacana Media are trying something new by offering authors a once-in-a-year opportunity to pitch their books in person:

Panashe Chigumadzi on Lauretta Ngcobo’s ‘path-breaking novel’ And They Didn’t Die

Panashe Chigumadzi has written a piece for the City Press on Lauretta Ngcobo’s 1991 novel And They Didn’t Die, a novel that examines the anti-pass campaign of the 1950s and 1960s and its aftermath.

Sisonke Msimang on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic

Sisonke Msimang has written an astute piece for Africa is a Country about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, literary celebrity, mainstream feminist ideas and LGBTI communities across the diaspora.

Andy Martin, author of Reacher Said Nothing, returns to the Eastern Cape in search of a long-lost friend

The intervening years have not been kind, and the man he remembered fondly as his guru and guardian is now a fallen angel.

‘Even after death he has provided a moral beacon when we most need it’ – Elinor Sisulu remembers Ahmed Kathrada

Elinor Sisulu has written a piece for the Indian Express on the late Ahmed Kathrada.

The decolonisation of the school curriculum might spell the end of Shakespeare in South Africa’s classrooms

South Africa’s education authorities are reviewing the school curriculum. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that the review will feature a focus on “decolonisation” reflecting the need to move towards the use of more African and South African novels, drama and poetry. This might spell the end of William Shakespeare in the country’s classrooms.

Translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic: ‘One clue took 10 years’

Ragnar Jónasson, author of Rupture, explains how rendering great English thriller writer Agatha Christie into his own language taught him how to write fiction himself.

First two candidates offered positions in the Carole Blake Open Doors Project

Ada Igwebu and Connor Faulkner are the first two candidates to be offered places as part of the inaugural Carole Blake Open Doors Project.

Notebook written by unknown 17th-century William Shakespeare scholar leaves Antiques Roadshow expert ‘trembling’

A 17th-century notebook containing the jottings of perhaps the world’s first Shakespeare scholar has left experts “trembling” in anticipation of what it may contain.

Strange Horizons interview Rachel Zadok as part of their 100 African Writers of SFF series

Rachel Zadok chatted to Strange Horizons about Short Story Day Africa, publishing in Africa, and the lack of diversity in speculative fiction.

Did Vladimir Nabokov Write the Great Refugee Novel?

You could still read Pnin for the humour today, but that misses much of the point.

Masande Ntshanga interviewed by Johns Hopkins University literature students

Jeanne-Marie Jackson, literature Professor at Johns Hopkins, recently arranged for her African literature class to interview Masande Ntshanga about his novel The Reactive.

Podcast: Arundhati Roy names her 8 favourite records on Desert Island Discs

Arundhati Roy recently appeared on BBC4’s Desert Island Discs, a show in which guests choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island.