Lauren Beukes is raising the profile of South Africa in circles not reached by the everyday. The science fiction writer has won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award as well as the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award for Zoo City.
Lauren Beukes is raising the profile of South Africa in circles not reached by the everyday. The science fiction writer from Cape Town has won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award as well as the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award for Zoo City. Her latest novel, The Shining Girls, is also a bestseller.
The first Nal'ibali Storytime was published in English a year ago. Now, the popular book of short stories has been published in four more official languages in a drive to promote the joy of reading and a love of books among South African children.
A colloquium on South African literature, "Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On", is planned for Britain's University of York. The diversity of voices in the country and how they have reflected on the complex changes and continuities in writing and literary studies over the past 20 years will be under discussion.
The list of finalists for the Man Booker International Prize will be announced in the Mother City next March, in another feather in the cap for the city on the mountain. It will be the first time the list is announced in Africa.
In today’s world, literacy is critical for success. But millions of people have no access to education, or are poorly educated. As adults, they are functionally illiterate. There are a number of initiatives, however, that promote literacy and reading. These are celebrated on International Literacy Day.
• Storybook sparks love of reading
Ten short stories, specially commissioned and illustrated, make up the third Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storytime. The collection, like Nal’ibali itself, is designed to ignite a love of reading in primary school children, sparked by great stories in their home language.
• Why we need a literate nation