Politics Masters student, Danielle Bowler, wrote a paper exploring contested constructions of colouredness, after being incensed by a column written by Nomakula “Kuli” Roberts in a Sunday paper. She describes how this is similar to what Frantz Fanon referred to when he said he wrote Black Skin, White Masks after “the fire had cooled”.
Award-winning poet Kobus Moolman is this year’s first Andrew H. Mellon Foundation fellowship writer-in-residence at Rhodes University. During his three month residency, from mid-April till mid-July, Moolman will teach the Masters in Creative Writing students and create his own work “free from the pressures of daily duties”. He says the residency grants him time to pause and reflect. “It helps to look at my work a bit more objectively and to look at where I’ve come from and where I’m going.”
Moolman launched his sixth anthology of poems, Left Over on Thursday 6 June, at NELM’s Eastern Star Gallery. His previous work includes Time like Stone and a collection of radio plays entitled Blind Voices as well as editing Tilling The Hard Soil: Poetry, prose and art by South African writers with disabilities, a concern which lies close to his heart.
Die alombekende “anties van Bonteheuwel” Flori Schrikker en Koelsoem Kamalie het Paarliete vermaak by die Afrikaanse Taal-Museum Saterdagoggend ter viering van Museum-dag. Die twee vriendinne het byna oornag famous geword en in Suid Afrikaners se harte ingekruip met hulle aansteeklike sin vir humor en unieke gawe vir tradisionele, onopgesmukde huiskos.
Struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada (or “Uncle Kathy” – as he is fondly known) turned 87 years old a mere two weeks ago and as part of the celebration he visited Stellenbosch University for a screening of a documentary about his life.
“I need to be able to engage with people who live with and are of the word,” says Lesego Rampolokeng. A self-confessed wanderer, the internationally acclaimed writer, iconoclast and wordsmith is spending three months as a writer-in-residency at Rhodes University as a recipient of the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation fellowship. In his inimitable ironic style, he says: “I’m a glorified vagabond. I carry my roots on my head, hence the dreadlocks,” referring to his trademark hair. “If I cut them, I’m done.”
Rampolokeng has been working with the Masters in Creative Writing students, creating his own work and collaborating with the English and Drama departments. The Mellon writer-in-residency is sponsored by the Rhodes research office and the selection of the Mellon fellow is made by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) board, motivated by recommendations from the 14 writers who teach on the MA programme.
Film-maker, joernalis en fotograaf Cloete Breytenbach word beskryf as “’n visuele digter” en sy ikoniese swart en wit foto’s van die vroeë vyftigerjare in Distrik Ses het al amper volksbesit geword. So veel so, dat hy soms moes baklei om die kopiereg van sy beelde te behou. Continue reading “Die gees van Distrik Ses vasgevang in beeld”