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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

Jul. 4 | I remember when our daughter was at senior school, we went for parents’ day to collect her report and the English teacher was concerned. He sat us down and told us that our daughter was struggling because (wait for it…) – she thought too much. I...

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

Jun. 14 | Below is the short speech I gave at the opening of the 17th Time of the Writer in Durban on the theme of the festival- “freeing the imagination” inspired by Binyavanga Wainaina’s inspirational videos. I thought now with the state of the arts unravelling...

PERFECTIONISM, THE ENEMY

PERFECTIONISM, THE ENEMY

May. 30 | I hate reading my writing after it’s been published. Nearly every time I find things I want to change.  If I’m forced to read from something of mine that’s been published, nearly always I’ll have been at it with a red pen before I read, and what...

MADAM SPEAKER, SIR!- A MEMOIR

MADAM SPEAKER, SIR!- A MEMOIR

May. 9 | A lot has been written about Margaret Nasha’s memoir, Madam Speaker, Sir!: Breaking the Glass Ceiling ;One Woman’s Struggles, but a lot of it has been written by people who haven’t actually read the book. This becomes clear when you actually read...

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

Mar. 21 | It’s All Write I’ve been lucky enough to have been chosen to be a mentor for a writer in the Pan-African Writivism programme. One thing I learned long ago when in another life I was a science teacher, is the best way to truly understand a subject...

MY PRESIDENT THINKS READING IS BORING

MY PRESIDENT THINKS READING IS BORING

Apr. 12 | In a recent interview reported in one of the midweek papers, President Ian Khama repeated, yet again, that he thinks reading is boring. This is the second time that a national paper has reported the president uttering such a statement. I’m shocked that...

MEANWHILE IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS…

MEANWHILE IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS…

Mar. 29 | OSCAR PISTORIUS BOOK IN THE PIPELINE Pan Macmillan South Africa has announced that it has signed a deal with two journalists, Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman, for the book Behind the Door: The Oscar and Reeva Story. Bateman was one of the first journalists...

KNOWING PUB LIBSHING TERMS

KNOWING PUB LIBSHING TERMS

Mar. 8 | Book publishing has jargon like any other industry and it is important to know that jargon if you intend to be a published writer. This week I thought we’d look at a few key terms. Advance: an advance is money paid to an author by a publisher when they...

ARTIST IS A WORD OF VALUE

ARTIST IS A WORD OF VALUE

Mar. 1 | I’m aware that the world has changed. According to the new dispensation, if you want it, you should get it, and it shouldn’t involve much work. There’s an easy way and that’s always the way you should take. The entire and only point is to reach...

AFRICAN PUBLISHING NEWS

AFRICAN PUBLISHING NEWS

Feb. 22 | New Random House Imprints Traditional publishers are finally paying attention to the power of ebooks. Random House has launched four new imprints exclusively for manuscripts that will be published only as ebooks. The four are Loveswept (romance and women’s...

The Difference between Short Stories and Novels

The Difference between Short Stories and Novels

Feb. 8 | I recently read a novel written by a short story writer I really respect and it got me wondering. This writer’s short stories are wonderful. But I was disappointed by her novel. There were places of fine writing indeed, but the novel didn’t resonate...

A LOOK AT THE KALAHARI REVIEW

A LOOK AT THE KALAHARI REVIEW

Feb. 1 | Some time back I let you all know about our new, online literary magazine based in Gaborone, The Kalahari Review. Since its launch it has grown quite a bit. It is truly a Pan-African journal with contributions from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South...

WHY DO PEOPLE NEED TREATMENT?

WHY DO PEOPLE NEED TREATMENT?

Feb. 1 | Last year we reported that BOSASNet was threatened with closure because of lack of funding. Although we are now back open for business, we are still not out of the woods and need the support of the community this year to help us provide essential services...

MARKETS FOR SETSWANA WRITING

MARKETS FOR SETSWANA WRITING

Jan. 25 | Finding markets for Setswana poetry and short stories as well as Setswana book manuscripts is not easy. People writing in Setswana need to accept that the bulk of the published works will be for schools. The trade market for Setswana is minimal if even...

INTERVIEW WITH AN EDITOR

INTERVIEW WITH AN EDITOR

Dec. 14 | Many people see hiring a professional editor as a cost they can cut out of their budget. I think this comes from not understanding the role of an editor. To rectify, this I went in search of a professional editor. Lesley Hay-Whitton is a freelance editor...

A READING PITSO? YAHOO!!

A READING PITSO? YAHOO!!

Nov. 1 | People who know me know that I’m not a fan of di-Pitso. I see them as talk shops coming out with vague, unobtainable objectives that waste piles of money the country just doesn’t have.   This was especially true for di-Pitso around culture....

AFRICAN BOOK NEWS

AFRICAN BOOK NEWS

Oct. 25 | WINNER: Henrietta Rose-Innes African book news this week. South African Takes Second in BBC International Short Story Award. South African novelist and Caine Prize winner, Henrietta Rose-Innes was judged runner-up in the just ended BBC International Short...

LOVE ON THE ROCKS – REVISITED

LOVE ON THE ROCKS – REVISITED

Oct. 19 | NOVELIST: Andrew Sesinyi I think if such things were measured in Botswana, the novel, Love on the Rocks by Andrew Sesinyi may be one of the most read books by Batswana. It’s the Romeo and Juliet tale of Moradi, the upper class girl, in love with Pule,...

BATSWANA POETS SHOWCASED IN THE US

BATSWANA POETS SHOWCASED IN THE US

Oct. 6 | ACHIEVER: TJ Dema Fourteen Batswana poets and one visual artist have had the opportunity to have their work published in the prestigious literary journal, Prairie Schooner, a publication out of the University of Nebraska. This special issue of the journal...

The Storymoja Hay Festival

The Storymoja Hay Festival

Sep. 28 | From the 12-18th September I was away to Nairobi for the Storymoja Hay Festival. The Festival is the partnership between the Kenyan publisher, Storymoja, and the Hay Festival, a UK based literary festival that partners with people around the world to...