Don Pinnock, former editor of Getaway magazine, is also a criminologist who co-drafted the Youth Justice White Paper for the government.
He is one of South Africa’s experts on gangsterism and wrote the seminal book The Brotherhoods: Street Gangs and State Control, Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage, which caused quite a stir when it was published in 1984.
Pinnock is a specialist in adolescent deviance and founder of Usiko, a rehabilitation organisation for high-risk youngsters.
His new book, Gang Town, is the product of his winning the City Press Nonfiction Award in 2013 and we’re pleased to see it will launch on March 21. African fiction that everyone had always thought of but never expressed – the fact that African novelists are not at their best when they attempt to represent moments of sexual intimacy.” Interviewing leading African romance novelists, they believe more writers should seek to emulate the efforts of Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih’s 1966 work, Season of Migration to the North, “which provides some of the most powerful and evocative erotic moments you’ll find in print”.
They do point out that contemporary projects like the Jalada sex issue have taken to challenging the aesthetics of silence around sex in African fiction. Read about it at brittlepaper.com. According to the organisers of Durban’s top literary fest, the following writers have so far been confirmed for the event starting on March 14:
Christa Biyela Mishka Hoosen Niq Mhlongo Eusebius McKaiser Davina Kawuma Mandla Ndlovu Panashe Chigumadzi Nikhil Singh More will be added to this list as they are confirmed.
– Phumlani Sithebe
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