Nozizwe Cynthia Jele is an award-winning South African novelist who has written two books - Happiness is a Four-Letter Word (Kwela, 2010) and The Ones with Purpose (Kwela, 2018). Happiness is a Four-Letter Word won numerous prizes (Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011 and 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film… Continue reading Writing advice from Nozizwe Cynthia Jele
Kopano Matlwa Mabaso was born in 1985 and by her 22st birthday had written and published Coconut (2007) which won the EU literary award for debut fiction and the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature in Africa (and was written whilst studying to become a doctor). In 2011 she was listed as one of the US… Continue reading Writing advice from Kopano Matlwa Mabaso
More local writing advice! Lauren Beukes is an award-winning South African author, and comics writer, screenwriter, journalist and documentary maker. Her books have been sold all around the world with huge acclaim. Her most recent novel is a dystopian post-pandemic piece of fiction set in the USA. Afterland (listen to her talk about it on… Continue reading Writing advice from Lauren Beukes
Starting Monday off with a local favourite! Qarnita Loxton is the author of three books in a series that centres women and their friendships. Being Kari, Being Lily, and Being Shelley which have been described as Cape Town's Sex and the City. She has managed to pull this off in amazing time, publishing three books… Continue reading Writing advice from Qarnita Loxton
Writing advice from Rémy Ngamije on when to end a short story.
I read Normal People in 2019 in a one-day sprint, drawn into the story and the lives of the characters. This year Normal People was made into a series screened on the BBC. I watched it over a weekend, completely immersed in the story again, and particularly moved by the music. For me, this was… Continue reading Writing advice from Sally Rooney