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One year after

I often get messages from writers/bloggers/people with words in their heads asking me what is the best way to get published. The truth is, I don’t actually know what is the best way but I have picked up a few things on the way. Diary of a Guji Girl, my debut novel, was published by an independent publisher called Wordflute. The inimitable…

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The best of Holland

Sometimes my jobs has perks. That is what I tell myself when I sleep for two nights on hard bristle carpet at a conference in KwaZulu Natal. But before that, me and some other journo hacks went on a trip to The Netherlands ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to South Africa. Besides an interview with the Prime Minister, a…

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What’s up Jo’burg

I always have to remind myself to write about my experience after trying out new things in and around Jo’burg but I often forget once I am on to something new.I started this year with a resolution to have as many new and contrasting experiences in this city I now call home. It is really not about being a social…

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My trip to Goree island

  Mika walks with a limp but that doesn’t stop him navigating his way with one crutch through scores of school children waiting anxiously to get on a ferry. Exams are over in Dakar, Senegal, Ramadaan is coming up and schools are taking their kids for a field trip to Goree Island. It is a long wait, until Mika asks…

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My trip to Dakar, Senegal

I didn’t think I was going to get Ebola, but I didn’t really know what my experience would be like in Dakar Senegal. I knew the basics about the country; it is a former French colony, the people speak French, it was the centre of the African slave trade and it has a fairly robust democracy. The economy isn’t too…

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Review: What will people say?

Title: What will people say? By Rehana Rossouw Published by Jacana Telling a single fictional narrative is an art. But telling the story of an entire family and their separate yet intertwined experiences is absolute skill. Rehana Rossouw manages to write a single story from a multitude of characters, attitudes and perspective in a way that is coherent and gripping.…

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Down with celebrity publishing, down

South African contemporary non fiction is my favourite genre of books. I read some great memoirs, warped accounts of history and even some really narcissistic authors. And while I celebrate and support local authors tremendously- I know the struggle, I am a South African writer- I believe that some people should not have been published. There. I said it. Lately,…

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Flying free in Jo’burg

The charm of Gauteng is not that it has it all. The charm of this province is that it makes you believe it can give you all. Often people complain about the lack of non mall related things to do in the day time in and around Johannesburg and I often shake my head. So I have made it my…

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Review: Best White

Book: Best White Author: Rebecca Davis Genre: Memoir Published by: Pan Macmillan There is this thing about writing memoirs: you either get it or you don’t. Rebecca Davis gets it. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that she studied at Oxford University and can make (seemingly drunken) musings about Goldilocks appear poetic. In her book Best White,…

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Travel: My trip to Oman

Muscat, Oman rarely features on many people’s travel bucket-list. Most people confuse Oman with Amman in Jordan. And when it comes to Middle East leisure holidays, the United Arab Emirates takes the cake. So cue the arched eyebrows when I announced that I will be travelling to Muscat, Oman. For me three things should intrigue me about a place before…

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