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Meet the rebels, artists, troublemakers, athletes, dancing queens and freedom fighters that shaped our past – and are changing our future.
An A To Z Of Amazing South African Women tells the stories of 26 trailblazing South African women through accessible stories and illustrations that are as bright and bold as the women they depict. From Fatima Meer to Caster Semenya, Natalie du Toit to Dope St Jude, this is a book about women who ask too many questions, who defy injustice, who refuse to take no for an answer. It is a celebration of the courage and determination of the activists, scientists and storytellers who have gone before us – as well as a recognition of the everyday heroism of ordinary South African woman doing extraordinary things.
The book takes its inspiration from the worldwide bestseller An A To Z Of Rad American Women and is the work of writer Ambre Nicolson and illustrator Jaxon Hsu, a husband and wife team based in Cape Town.
That morning, Michelle presented her Psychology honours thesis on men's perceptions of rape. She started her presentation like this, “A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read …” On that same evening, she goes to a party to celebrate attaining her degree. She and a friend go to the beach; the friend has something she wants to discuss. They are both robbed, assaulted and raped. Within minutes of getting help, Michelle realises she'll never be herself again. She's now "the girl who was raped."
This book is Michelle's fight to be herself again. Of the taint she feels, despite the support and resources at her disposal as the loved child of a successful middle-class family. Of the fall-out to friendships, job, identity.
It's Michelle's brave way of standing up for the women in South Africa who are raped every day.
Martina Dahlmanns, the daughter of parents who grew up in the shadow of post-war Germany, an adoptive mother of children who are black, and a member of a dialogue group of black and white women, urgently questions the very depths of what it means to be white in South Africa today. Her deeply personal memoir is unsettling because of what it reveals simultaneously about the enduring impact of inherited privilege and the repercussions of disadvantage
Her book is unsettling, precisely because of what it reveals simultaneously about the enduring impact of inherited privilege and the repercussions of disadvantage. But it is Dahlmanns’ dialogue with Tumi Jonas—whose own reflections appear in the last section of the book—that reveals so much of what’s possible, yet potentially destructive, in relationships between black and white South Africans today.
A page turning, gender and genre-bending novel set on the Cape Flats; a story of people who live in a place of violence which involves drugs, corrupt clergy, queerness, friendships - and how these survive in a society that is dysfunctional due to historical social problems; very much a novel of now, the 21st century.
A book that will change the literary landscape of this country.
Whiplash is a gut wrenching story of a Muizenberg Sex worker, Tess who Pops painkillers by the handful and sells her body to strangers. When a condom breaks, Tess’s life swings one eighty degrees. She gives up her drugs until she can get to an abortion clinic. Her cold turkey opens up a window in her mind, whipping Tess into a shattering understanding of how she got here. Tess's quirky humour, raw honesty and deep love of beauty lead her to find redemption in astonishing places. This book has a huge heart, like Tess, revealing that there is something in everyone that cannot be touched. Not by human hands. Not ever.
In her fourth collection, Isobel Dixon takes readers on a journey to far-flung and sometimes dark places. From Robben Island to Hiroshima, Egypt to Edinburgh, the West Bank and beyond, these poems are forays of discovery and resistance, of arrival and loss. Bearings sings of love too, and pays homage to lost friends and poets – the voices of John Berryman, Robert Louis Stevenson and others echo here. As Dixon explores form and subject, and a sometimes troubled past, she keeps a weather eye out for telling detail, with a sharp sense of the threat that these journeys, our wars and stories, and our very existence pose to the planet.
Water is the third collection of short stories to be published by Short story day Africa. This carefully curated anthology of twenty-one stories is harvested from entries to the project’s annual short story competition, the Short story day Africa prize, which in 2015 called for short fiction exploring the theme of Water. The collection includes well-known and award-winning authors Cat Hellisen, Fred Khumalo, Pede Hollist, Mary Okon Ononokpono, Donald Molosi and Louis Greenberg alongside emerging stars Megan Ross, Dayo Ntwari, Louis Ogbere and Alexis Teyie. The theme has been interpreted in most exciting ways. Bodies of water are settings for pieces like Efemia Chela’s exquisite “The lake Retba murder” in which a body of a local woman is found floating in the picturesque, pink-coloured lake; or Mary Okon Ononokpono’s historical “Inyang”, which retraces the importance waterways played in the slave trade. The scarcity and inaccessibility of water as well as the politics involved are explored in Louis Greenberg’s intriguing and linguistically innovative “Oasis”. It is one of a few stories which play with elements of speculative fiction, magic realism or fantasy. The most daring of these is the incredible “Mother’s milk” in which Dayo Ntwari creates a fantastical, futuristic world that is a fascinating reflection of our times.
Nomme 20 Delphi Straat (of Delphi Straat 20) is 'n versameling van beide Kaaps-en Standaard Afrikaanse gedigte wat aanvanklik as performance poetry vorm aangeneem het. Die gedigte reflekteer die ervaringe en gedagtes van die digter uit haar tienerjare en as eerste generasie student. Dit speel af in Elsiesrivier en die titel is verwysend na die huis en straat waarin sy grootgeword het, maar sinspeel ook op die tema van bendegeweld. Die gedigte is ook die stories van die mense van Elsiesrivier.
Set in McGregor in the Klein Karoo where she bakes bread in a wood-fired oven, this book reflects Hester’s intuitive feeling for the connections between the soul and food, particularly food that is prepared with care, according to traditional principles and methods.
Hester se Brood is infused with a fine sense of humour, helpful hints and mouth-watering recipes. It’s a book as irresistible as the smell of bread fresh from the oven.
*Winner of the UJ Debut Prize*
Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s, spilling over into adulthood, and threating to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself.
When an old childhood friend reappears, Grace’s memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. The novel is permeated with the long shadow cast by personal trauma, violence and loss on people’s lives.
Fairhead and Coetzee have produced a collection that is distinguished by its crafting as well as its beauty. Their voices gather resonance in conversation, until the poems reveal a hunger for shared experience, and a receptiveness to the intimacies of each moment. Reading these poems at one sitting is akin to stumbling onto a recital by two very accomplished soloists—perhaps in a clearing, in a forest. This is a brave and beautiful book, and the cumulative impact of the poems is nothing short of astonishing.
When the luminous stranger arrives on the farm, twelve year old Stella is convinced that Jerry has come to heal her family. Now she tells the 'terrible trouble' to a tabloid journalist in an effort to save the little that is left. The stage contains a metal wash tub, a traumatised child and a hard-hearted journalist. The script veers between love and violence, shining a naked bulb on psychosis and the preposterous ways in which people express their shame. Snake is a tabloid tale told in a young girl's sincere, anxious voice, bringing humanity to the theatre of the insane.
An anthology of poems by poets working with Finuala Dowling. The title also contains a memoir/essay about teaching poetry and a new poem by Finuala Dowling. The students' poems have notes about the prompts and exercises and in some cases notes about how the poet edited the poem. Finuala Dowling is a well-known, popular prize-winning poet and novelist. The book is ideal for poets, students of poetry, High School English teachers, teachers of poetry, creative writing and literature as well interested readers.
Who was Jim Grey and how did he die? Trinity Luhabe returns to school for the second term of Grade Ten determined to solve this mystery. A sixty-year-old diary might hold the answers she is looking for, but real life has a way of distracting her from her the past. Soon Trinity finds herself caught between the past and the present – between two girls who need her help and understanding.
The trouble with the past is that it won’t stay buried, as Trinity and her friends are about to discover with shocking consequences.
Following her adventures in Team Trinity, Trinity Luhabe is back in her most engaging story yet as author Fiona Snyckers tackles a sensitive subject.
In a series of tender, bite-sized poems on being a writer, loneliness, faith, patriarchy, climate change, grief, and more, Crystal Warren offers up an ode to the every day.
With Warren’s signature light touch, Predictive Text is sensitive, unaffected, a relief from the brash, unrelenting tumult of twenty-first century life, while tethered to deeper truths.
Do you remember your first time? As women, we all have a story within us about a sexual experience that was unforgettable. Perhaps it was incredible, earth shattering, life-changing, and wonderful. Perhaps it wasn’t romantic or pleasurable, but awkward, painful or forced upon us. Many of us have kept our experiences secret because, by exposing our stories, we expose ourselves and our feelings around sex. In My first time, Southern African women have shared their stories about their significant first time experiences of sex and sexuality. This is a collection of honest, powerful, and brave accounts. Some joyful, others funny and some heartbreaking, but all of them important for women, and hopefully men, to read. This is the perfect book for you to read to reflect on your own first times. This is the perfect book to share with your mother, siblings, and friends.
Twee vroue, een uit Nederland en die ander een uit die Vrystaatse Goudvelde ontmoet mekaar in ‘n hospitaalsaal in Bloemfontein. Vyftig jaar later vertel Hester die storie van hoe die lewe hulle gevorm het as verpleegsters, gemeenskapswerkers, bakkers en kunstenaars. In hierdie memorie vertel sy van die sleutel oomblikke in haar lewe wat haar daartoe gedryf het om kulturele en etniese grense oor te steek om sodoende uit te vind wie sy werklik is. Haar besluite neem haar vanaf die Vrystaat na Distrik Ses en Venda, na Nederland en die Verenigde Koninkryk, na Heideveld en Hanover Park en uiteindelik na McGregor. Haar nederige storie vertel van die geestelike isolasie van alle “vlugtelinge” wat die onversoenbare waardes van hulle “tuiste” (hetsy fisies of ideologies) verlaat en nuwe maniere moet vind om ‘n lewe te skep. Dit vertel ook van die wonder om ‘n metgesel langs die pad te vind.
Three incarnations of women: a mother, a daughter and an old crone. A haunting of past, present and future selves. Drawing loosely on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, this poetic text explores the process of individuation, the inevitability of a young girl’s journey into the shadow and into the unknown, of the bonds that connect mothers and children to each other, of loss and the dense beautiful soaring life that we are all traveling through.
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