It’s ambitious to call your novel Johannesburg, for there are as many versions of this city as there are novels about it. And yet it’s what initially attracted me to this book, and to attend a talk at the South African Book Fair titled Johannesburg: A love story last month. With novelist Niq Mhlongo quizzing several writers about their literary and visceral responses to this city they call home, it included Fiona Melrose as well as Ivan Vladislavić and Harry Kalmer. Read more here ...
Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner Black Letter Media
Travelling in Africa isn’t for sissies, especially when you’re a South African/Zambian/Zimbabwean married to a Kenyan, living in Kenya, and with an 11-year-old son in tow.
Writer Zukiswa Wanner decided to travel through Africa in 2016, using local land transport, attending book events and readings, a writers’ symposium, celebrating a 40th birthday in Harare, and finally a residency, outside of the continent in Denmark. Her and her partner, Tchassa, wanted to show their 11-year-old son, Kwame, a bit of Africa – because although he was at school in Kenya, his British curriculum education left little room for African matters and stories. Read more ...
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.