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On Franschhoek during a literary festival

ESSAY: On Franschhoek during a literary festival

WAMUWI MBAO considers the contrasts and complexities of the recent Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Brett Murray

The dying twitches of a pretend-pretend iconoclast

As he launches his new book, Brett Murray, one of South Africa’s most brilliant contemporary artists, reflects on the importance of satire, his controversial painting The Spear, and why he’s in blackface on the front cover.

Mukumo Wa Ngugi

We write what we like

The academic and novelist MUKOMA WA NGUGI shares advice for young African writers.