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Whose Laureate is it anyway?

The announcement of Prof Mongane Wally Serote as South Africa’s 3rd Poet Laureate has drawn a weird mixture of both praise and ire from poets and some in the literary world. To say the decision to have Ntate Serote as...

Q&A: Makhafula Vilakazi

"Makhafula Vilakazi's poetry is a fusion of Tsotsitaal, English, Zulu and Sotho interspersed into an uncompromising depiction of township life, exploring issues which affect his community such as HIV and AIDS, unemployment and crime. An exponent of a genre which he calls ‘Kasie Poetry’, Makhafula Vilakazi says his...

Q&A: Wazi M. Kunene

Author of Deluge in Swarga, Wazi M. Kunene is truly a special breed of artist. Her total disregard for the orthodox and ordinary makes reading her poetry or watching her live shows such a jarring pleasure. She is creative and...

Q&A: Kariuki wa Nyamu (Kenya)

 Kariuki wa Nyamu is a Kenyan poet, radio playwright, editor, translator, and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Education, English Language, and Literature from Makerere University, Uganda. Kariuki featured in Poetry Potion 10: This woman is and...

Q&A: The Book Club Society

The Book Club Society is doing serious literary activism and groundwork to develop a reading culture around the country. BCS runs numerous literacy based projects for children , prisoners and schools , using books as a point of departure and...