The Writer


Writers and photographers: The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology call for submissions

An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

Good books begin as bad drafts

The next time you are struggling with your own writing, recall this selection of pages from the drafts of great novels.

Ever wondered why it’s ‘tick-tock’ and not ‘tock-tick’?

The BBC explains why we say ‘tick-tock’, not ‘tock-tick’, ‘ding-dong’, not ‘dong-ding’, and ‘chit-chat’, not ‘chat-chit’.

After the publication of 1984, George Orwell sent a copy to his high school French teacher, Aldous Huxley

In October of 1949, a few months after 1984 was published, George Orwell sent a copy of the book to his high school French teacher, Aldous Huxley.

The Jalada collective: Charting Africa’s linguistic multiverse

Aaron Bady has written an article for Pacific Standard about Jalada Africa, a pan-African literary collective with a radical mission: ‘an ongoing translation effort to unite – and elevate – African literature’.

Read Zakes Mda’s fantastic response to ‘Do you get writer’s block?’

Zakes Mda has written a great response to a fan who asked ‘Don’t you ever get writer’s block?’

Writers! Apply for the Short Story Day Africa 2017 Flow workshop series

Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe-Institut invite submissions to attend a series of one day workshops in the following cities: