Tag: South African writers

Announcement: Quaz Appointed as New Poetry Potion Editor

After ten years of being online and three years in print, Poetry Potion is going through some exciting changes. These changes are about us celebrating the years that have been, and setting up for more great years of discovering new poets, supporting the craft and celebrating poetry in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. […]

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Black Letter Media Shines At 8th Jozi Book Fair

  We need to see ourselves in books. – Mohale Mashigo   It was a great weekend at the 8th Jozi Book Fair: Youth Rising at Wits University. The sun was out and so were all the readers, writers and booksellers. Duduzile Mabaso handed down her short story wisdom to the students in the How To Write […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Gugu McLaren – The Silence of The Morning

Subtle, and quietly impeccable is one way to describe “The Silence of The Morning.” In her story, Gugu, the author captures the zeitgeist of modern cities and their inhabitants – the ambivalent ones, the self-satisfied and everyone in between. Here she speaks more on these topics about what lies ahead.   Black Letter Media: How […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Thato Magano – Parallels of Yesterday

“Parallels of Yesterday”, moves us back and forth in time and similarly between two men in a covert romantic relationship. Thato Magano presents us with a complex situation, potent lyrical eroticism and the pain of love confronting tradition in this very compelling read. We spoke to him about literary bravery, his favourite short stories and other […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mapule Mohulatsi – Circles

“Circles” impressed the judges with its complex observations and streams of dreamlike (or nightmarish, depending on how you look at it) imagery. At times it read like prose poetry. Mohulatsi smashes open the cement beast – Johannesburg and inspects the fragments of people, events, history, sounds and emotions that make it up. We had to find out more […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Christine Coates – A Night To Remember

“A Night to Remember” follows the events that befall colourful characters in a South African fishing town – the bartender, the fisherman, the fisherman’s wife and the itinerant musician. Coates’ descriptions are transporting and tell of small town chagrin, people hiding in plain sight and wider issues of belonging and not belonging. Intrigued by her story and […]

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meet our writers: Zimkhitha Sulelo

I come from a big family of five in Eastern Cape. I left home at 17 for the big bad Jozi to study Journalism at Wits. After Wits, I got a scholarship from Reuters to study Financial Journalism and later I joined Reuters. I quickly realised that reporting on Markets and the Stock Exchanged was […]

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meet our writers: Sasha Ross

Sasha Ross is a first year student at Rhodes University. She has a love of short stories, British rock, happy endings and all things magical. One day she hopes to be writing for a major music magazine. What inspired you to write your story? Growing up in a rather small town where private affairs seem […]

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meet our writers: Lebogang Tlou

I’m 22 years old. I was born and bred in Pretoria. However, I now reside in Grahamstown where I’m currently studying towards a BA degree in Journalism and Media Studies as well as Drama at Rhodes University. All I really wish to do with my life right now is write. To live, and to write […]

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meet our writers: Boipelo Maetla

Boipelo Maetla is a vibrant writer, poet  essayist and scholar currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I grew up exposed to literature and ended up finding a love for it. I have found a home in producing short stories and poetry. It’s something I do to remain peaceful and content. What inspired you to write […]

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