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LONG LIVE THE SHORT STORY, THE SHORT STORY IS DEAD.

Long live the short story, the short story is dead.


Novelist Niq Mhlongo has just published an anthology of short stories, his first offering in the genre. In this old feature, we rekindle the view that the short story is reawakening as a form of writing.

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Bibliophiles


Book worm Sam Mathe finds the spectre of book thieves irksome.

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BIBLIOPHILES
CAN WRITING EVER BE TAUGHT?

Can writing ever be taught?


Writer Charlene Smith says the rule that practice makes perfect also applies to writing. One can be taught to write well.

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100 Years Later


First published on 16 May 1916, Sol T Plaatje's seminal Native Life in South Africa is still as relevant today as it was then. Brian Willan celebrates the milestone.

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100 YEARS LATER
UNDERGROUND LIBRARY

Underground Library


When the local library went up in flames during a service delivery protest, young Neo Mathetsa seized the opportunity to supply the community with books - from his Mom's backyard.

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Illegal Mining - the rise of the zama zama


Men from mostly South Africa's neighbouring countries are flooding areas with disused mines to forage for residues of gold in the shafts still left open. It's a lucrative business; it also claims their lives.

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ILLEGAL MINING - THE RISE OF THE ZAMA ZAMA
AFRICAN FLAVOUR BOOKS

African Flavour Books


This Vanderbijlpark book shop is proof that black people not only read and write books, they make an honest living selling them as well.

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Abantu Book Festival 2017


A newspaper feature on the Soweto literature festival that takes place annually in December.

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ABANTU BOOK FESTIVAL 2017
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