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Read a Book Today

At the World Book Day Read a Book SA event at Wits University, local high-flyers shared their stories on how books built their imaginations, and why reading can help the nation fulfil its potential.

South African literature on stage

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.

Cape Town gets a literary nod

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.

Festival of poetry and art, wine farms and music

International and local poets will gather at Spier Wine Estate in the lush Stellenbosch valley outside Cape Town for discussions, translations, readings and master classes. The Dancing in Other Words / Die Dansende Digtersfees International Poetry Festival promises to inspire.

Celebrate Africa in Johannesburg

Celebrate Africa in Johannesburg

Starting from Africa Day, 25 May and stretching through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Johannesburg celebrates the art, culture, music and literature of the continent through a variety of activities at venues across the city.

The A to Z of South African culture

South Africa is more than a cultural melting pot, it's a big warm potjie of culture, full of different ingredients and yummy surprises, developing its rich flavour over centuries. Get a taste of cultural alphabet soup from archaeology to Zulu, with a dash of Corne, jukskei, kwaito and quagga on the way.
Boosting mother tongue literature

Boosting mother tongue literature

The Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with publisher Skotaville Media, has launched a project to promote writing and publishing in South Africa's indigenous languages. Over 60 manuscripts in African languages have been received since the project began in January.
SA roots in literature: new reviews

SA roots in literature: new reviews

The dawn of the new South Africa spawned a new quest for ancestral roots and the "real" story of how the Rainbow Nation got here - topics covered in an increasingly wide range of literature. Sharon Marshall reviews a selection of the latest offerings.
JM Coetzee wins Nobel Prize

JM Coetzee wins Nobel Prize

Writer JM Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2003, becoming the second South African to scoop literature's most prestigious prize. The Swedish Academy, announcing their decision, noted the "capacity for empathy that has enabled Coetzee time and again to creep beneath the skin of the alien and the abhorrent".
South African literature

South African literature

An overview of the main currents in South African literature, from Olive Schreiner's depiction of life on isolated Karoo farms to more recent work that tackles the aftermath of apartheid and pushes into the post-apartheid future.

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