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Mphuthumi Ntabeni: Broken River Tent

Written about the life and times of Maqoma, the Xhosa chief who was at the forefront of fighting British colonialism in the Eastern Cape during the nineteenth century. The story is told through the eyes of a young South African, Phila, who suffers from what he calls triple ‘N’ condition – neurasthenia, narcolepsy and cultural […]

Sarah Ladipo Manyika: In Dependence

Today, she’d brought him daffodils to brighten the room. ‘Women can bring men flowers too, you know.’ She smiled, sensing his hesitation as she arranged them in an empty milk bottle. Already, the buds were opening and adding a bright splash of buttery yellow to his room. She placed them next to the neat stack […]

Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola: Feminist Rogue

‘While there are many feminist strands, which is to say different kinds of feminism, there are also many core principles. The commitment to actively oppose and end patriarchy is one. The recognition that patriarchy works like other systems of oppression, like racism and capitalism, to value some people and brutalise others is another area of […]

Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines: Brittle Paper

African literature is changing’ – Brittle Paper Brittle Paper is your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. Brittle Paper brings you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our “I love African Literature” newsletter. Brittle […]

QnA with Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka

Perfect Imperfections, the debut novel by Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka has been out since mid-August 2019 from BlackBird Books! We caught up with Makanaka about her first offering. In a previous life, you were an accountant. How did you move into writing? Writing was always my first love but I had gone into Accounting because back then that was […]

Nicole Dennis-Benn: Patsy

“Just two years shy of thirty, Patsy has nothing to show for it besides the flimsy brown envelope that she uses to shade herself from the white-hot glare of the sun. the envelope contains all her papers — from birth certificate to vaccination records. But most importantly, it carries her dream, a dream every Jamaican […]

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