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NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

Apr. 11 | TJ Dema is one of the best poets writing today. Not one of the best poets writing in Botswana. One of the best poets writing today, full stop.  And finally she has a book out so we can take our time and ruminate with her words the way good poetry...

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

Apr. 4 | I was honoured to be invited to participate in the 17th Time of the Writer Festival in Durban from the 17th – 22nd of March. The Festival is run by the folks at the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu- Natal. They also run...

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

Mar. 28 | Most people know Legodile Seganabeng as his alter-ego, the poet DreddX.  He is the chairperson of the very successful Maun-based Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry Movement which holds the annual Maun International Poetry Festival. He is a jack-of-many...

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...

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

Mar. 14 | I’ve sat in numerous gatherings of writers in this country, most recently with the group that gathered at UB.  The discussion always goes a certain way, the order might differ, but the content remains the same. First complaint- the publishers in Botswana...

TLOTLO TSAMAASE WINS THE FIRST BLACK CRAKE BOOKS AWARDS

TLOTLO TSAMAASE WINS THE FIRST BLACK CRAKE BOOKS AWARDS

Mar. 7 | Tlotlo Tsamaase, an architect student at the University of Botswana, came out tops with her novel The Skies Fall, in the first Black Crake Books Awards. The owner of Black Crake Books, a new trade publisher in Botswana, announced the winners of their...

A VISIT FROM THE OVERSEAS AUTHOR

A VISIT FROM THE OVERSEAS AUTHOR

Feb. 28 | On the 19th of February I trekked down to Gaborone to hear what British author Carolyn Slaughter had to say. I’d not heard of her before I found out she was coming to Botswana, but I quickly bought and read one of her books so as to have a bit of reference...

SHORTLIST FOR THE ETISALAT PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCED

SHORTLIST FOR THE ETISALAT PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCED

Feb. 21 | WRITER: Yewande Omotoso The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a PanAfrican prize for first time authors of published novels. On the 22nd of January they announced the three books that have made it to the shortlist for the £15,000 prize. They are: Bom...

WRITING ABOUT LOVE

WRITING ABOUT LOVE

Feb. 14 | Love is in the air and you might get swept up in it and decide it is time to take a stab at writing romance.  Some people are mistaken into thinking that romance writing is easier than other types of fiction writing, that there is some easy formula to...

CAN WRITERS SAVE THE CONTINENT FROM THIS HATRED?

CAN WRITERS SAVE THE CONTINENT FROM THIS HATRED?

Feb. 7 | It’s been a sad few weeks for me. Even after living half a century, there are still so many things I cannot understand; one of those things is hate for people who are different. It seems almost part of the human condition that we instinctively hate...

RESIDENCIES FOR AFRICAN WRITERS

RESIDENCIES FOR AFRICAN WRITERS

Jan. 31 | A residency is a fantastic way for a writer to get a bit of time to work on a certain writing project. This is especially important for people who work a day job as most writers have to do. To get away from your everyday life and have the leisure to work...

THE HIRED MAN

THE HIRED MAN

Jan. 24 | I rarely read books with a writer’s eye which is probably bad. To be honest, my writer’s eye usually comes out when the book is irritating me for some reason. Most recently I’ve read two books in a row, one a novel (which I could not finish which...

SPOTTING A PUBLISHING SCAM

SPOTTING A PUBLISHING SCAM

Jan. 17 | It’s the beginning of the year and you’ve likely made a list of your resolutions and goals for the new year. For some of you, that list will include  “get my book published”.  For the serious among you, the ones who want to put in the research...

COSBOTS and Writers

COSBOTS and Writers

Jan. 10 | Part of this year’s Maun International Literature and Poetry Festival was a presentation by a representative of the Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS), Patrick Matlapeng.  Eventually according to Rre Matlapeng all writers’ royalties in Botswana...

THE BESSIE HEAD LITERATURE AWARDS 2013

THE BESSIE HEAD LITERATURE AWARDS 2013

Dec. 6 | Last Saturday in the middle of the craziness of the BDP Southern primaries and the announcement of Zeus’ Channel O award (Congrats!), a small group of writers and literature lovers convened at the National Museum’s Little Theatre to witness the awarding...

PROFESSIONALISM IN POETRY

PROFESSIONALISM IN POETRY

Nov. 29 | In one of the sessions at the Maun International Poetry and Literature Festival, TJ Dema spoke about professionalism in poetry.  She started off speaking about how poets were like icebergs, only the tip is what people see. They see the way you look,...

THE BEST GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? BOOKS!

THE BEST GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? BOOKS!

Nov. 22 | 20On the 7th of November top corporate officials gathered at Blue Tree World of Golf for breakfast, but this was breakfast with a difference.  One of the directors of Sebilo Book Services, Kopano Ben Sechele, called the business folk together because...

MY PROBLEM WITH BERRY HEART

MY PROBLEM WITH BERRY HEART

Nov. 8 | Let’s get something clear first. I am not a prude and I absolutely believe in free speech, and, despite the way the debates have gone around Berry Heart, I think those issues are neither the pertinent ones nor the most important. First, there is something...

WRITING IS A TOUGH JOB

WRITING IS A TOUGH JOB

Oct. 25 | I’ve had many jobs, more than most people I suspect. A partial list would include: bus girl, dishwasher, cook’s helper, bartender, waitress, nursing assistant, clown, research assistant (on projects as diverse as studying viruses in ducks...

BOOK REVIEW: ENTWINED BY CHERYL NTUMY

BOOK REVIEW: ENTWINED BY CHERYL NTUMY

Oct. 11 | Entwined, by Cheryl Ntumy, a Gaborone based author, is the first book of an exciting new series featuring the protagonist Conyza Bennet published by Carina UK which is a digital imprint of Harlequin UK. Conyza “Connie” Bennet is an average 16 year...