Short stories, as any writer knows, are possibly the most difficult literary form. In the space of a few pages, the storyteller must condense the thoughts, feelings and actions of his or her characters and then come to a conclusion.
The Edge of Things (Dye Hard Press) edited by Arja Salafranca, herself an award-winning poet and short storyteller, gives us the best of contemporary South African writers. There are many themes with many twists.
The title story The Edge of Things by Jenna Mervis marries stark everyday South African reality to a wondrous fantasy. Arja’s own story The Iron Lung reminds us that imprisonment is not only physical but emotional and spiritual. The Company Christmas Party by Hamilton Wende is about that tender first love, and Mr Essop by Pravasan Pillay tells the story of a charming old Indian pensioner who rents a cottage on a friend’s property with unforeseen circumstances. The stories are dazzlingly diverse: funny, sad, thought-provoking and relevant. Keep them by your bed or in your bag for those school lift waits.
Here's a selection of my published short fiction, poems, essays, diaries and journalism, as well as articles about my work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.