SLiPnet – always on the button

If you’re at all serious about South African writing and criticism on the move, right now, then SLiPnet’s content over the past few weeks should not be escaping your attention.

Some of our recent posts:

  • Wamuwi Mbao delivers a finely detailed report on Ben Okri’s Steve Biko Memorial lecture at UCT, which hypnotised a packed Jameson Hall. Listen to a seamless podcast of the oration, embedded in the report.
  • A 100-page history of South African literature? Is he trying to kid us? Yet, as Chris Dunton argues, Denis Hirson pulls it it off by telling a great story, and telling it well, although he leaves too many writers out for comfort.
  • Marlene van Niekerk offers a glimpse of the cycle of poems she is currently finalising for publication. The two poems presented here, “Augustus is die wreedste maand” and “Waenhuiskrans”, stand in the sign of the unsignifiable in present-day South Africa, in two radically different ways.
  • Pretoria-to-Pennsylvania scholar Rita Barnard delivers a sparkling lecture in Stellenbosch on ‘Private and Public in J.M. Coetzee’. Listen to a podcast of the lecture.
  • Lesego Rampolokeng pitches up in the Cape and performs ‘Writing the Ungovernable’. Listen to his typically laconic-manic reading.
  • Lara Buxbaum takes the intertextual measure of leading novelist Michiel Heyns’s new novel, Invisible Furies.
  • Bruno F.A. Andries translates exquisite poems by Gabriel Aresti (Basque) and Ana Paula Inácio (Portuguese) into Afrikaans

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