Short stories for Africa
There is a lot happening with regard to the promotion of African short stories. And so it should be, given that it is this genre that’s unlocking careers for more and more writers on the continent. One exciting development is the launch of a new online literary journal, Afreada (afreada.com and @afreada), publishing quality short reads from African writers. Also, look out for a new Short Story Day Africa anthology on shelf called Water, launched this week and described as “a deluge of new short stories on murder, magic, family, war and water from 21 of Africa’s finest writers”.
Local titles launched as audiobooks
Audioshelf is an audiobook publishing company from Cape Town and we’re excited to learn it will be producing South African novels and short stories this year. The company has already produced titles for Pan Macmillan, and is in collaboration with Talking Bookz, a start-up based in Nigeria, to produce a few titles by Modjaji Books. As an international content supplier to the online audio retailer Audible, its titles feature on Amazon and iTunes. Upcoming releases include Green Margie and the Starlight by Megan Furniss and Langbourne by Alan Landau.
Making the most of Marvel’s hero
Things are looking up for those of us in need of an African superhero. New York Times bestselling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been brought on by Marvel to shape the adventures of one of its few African characters, the Black Panther, otherwise known as T’Challa, ruler of the fictional African state Wakanda. Long may he live in literature!
#FeesMustFall writing competition
PEN South Africa this week launched a fresh initiative, the PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize. The writers’ organisation is calling on young writers to submit fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry based on the #FeesMustFall movement. Students across South Africa have been collectively calling for a revolution in the country’s education system and, while the big picture has been substantially publicised, there are still countless individual stories to be unpacked. Up for grabs is R5 000 and the chance to attend a seminar at Wits University, followed by a prize-giving ceremony. For details, log on to pensouthafrica.co.za. – Phumalani Sithebe Langa