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Ingrid de Kok: quick-fire conversation

Ingrid de Kok chats to Jonathan Amid about South Africa’s poetry culture at the Dancing in Other Words festival.

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Dominique Botha: quick-fire conversation

‘Dreaming is our most important job’. Jonathan Amid catches up with Dominique Botha at the Dancing in Other Words Poetry Festival.

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Finding Lauren

Lauren Beukes talks to Wamuwi Mbao about letting the haters hate, and writing what she wants to write.

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Interviewing “The Beukes”

Ever wondered what Lauren Beukes loved reading as a child, or whether she sometimes writes in the nude? Find the answer to these and many other quirky questions in her interview with SLiPnet’s Chantelle Gray van Heerden.

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Nice job for the sad and wounded

Finuala Dowling blogs about God, stuttering, aptitude tests and the paradox of writer’s block.

I can’t remember the exact wording of the career aptitude test I took in the last year of junior school, but I have never forgotten my elation when I saw option c). Write poems all day – here was an official aptitude test placing “poet” alongside the respectable vocations of receptionist, accountant and mechanic! I no longer doubted my future. Someone would pay me to write poems all day; somewhere, somehow, it would be possible to acquire the qualifications necessary for this splendid job.

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