She takes a sip of tea. “It’s eight thousand rand to get a driver’s licence. And it’s two thousand five hundred to get a learner’s.”
“You’re not serious,” I say, “you’re not really going to do it.”
She shrugs, smiles, in her strange accented English she says, “You know I need a licence. Without it I can’t get a better job. It’s easier this way, quicker. I could wait years otherwise. What if I don’t pass my test?”
Pauli swallows the last of her tea, looks at her watch, another half an hour remaining before her lunch hour is over. She’s talking on condition of anonymity...Read more here
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About Arja Salafranca
Arja Salafranca has published three collections of poetry, A Life Stripped of Illusions, which received the Sanlam Award for poetry, The Fire in which we Burn; and Beyond Touch (2015) which was a co-winner of the SALA Awards. Her fiction has been published online, in anthologies and journals, and is collected in her debut collection, The Thin Line, long listed for the Wole Soyinka Award. She has participated in a number of writers’ conferences, edited two anthologies and has received awards for her poetry and fiction. Her next book is a collection of creative non-fiction essays, travel writing, personal essays and journal entries, to be published by Modjaji in 2019. She lives in Johannesburg.
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Interviews with me
To read an interview with me about The Edge of Things, published in Voila! in 2011, click here
To read an interview with me published on The Star, October 28 2010, click here
To read a 2010 interview with me on The Dye Hard Interviews, click here
To read a 2010 interview with me on Litnet, click here
To read a 2005 interview with me on Litnet, click here.
To read a 2004 interview with me on Litnet, click here.