Category Archives: Other writers

The Sound of Islay

Introducing the Bodley Head / FT essay competition. Financial Times | 11 November 2016. 1. Just before I turned 30 I was homeless for a while. Homeless is the wrong word, an exaggeration. But I was in Edinburgh with little money … Continue reading

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Sea Power

From Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, and back again… A genre-busting book, Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard does a rare thing: it is non-fiction that breaks the mould of works that look in on the continent from the outside. It … Continue reading

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Cape to Koeberg

In which I make a cameo appearance as the astringent ‘academic’. Between Rock and a Hard Place | 25 October 2015 | Sunday Times. There are quick, easy ways to get to music festivals. And then there are interesting ways. Words and pictures by … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Diary

Relaunching a minor classic of South African writing. Address by Tanya Wilson at the Book Lounge | 26 August. Stephen Watson, A Writer’s Diary | 8 April 1996. Casting an eye over the titles of papers to be delivered at an … Continue reading

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On the Brink of the Mundane

Rereading Ivan Vladislavić: The Restless Supermarket and Double Negative. (Much) shorter version at the New Statesman, 9 January 2015: Lost in Joburg: One of South Africa’s most accomplished prose stylists gets a timely reissue. Do copy-editors still use their time-honoured signs: the confident slashes, … Continue reading

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I and I

Meeting Geoff Dyer. Edited version published in the Mail&Guardian | 23 December 2014. Can I use ‘I’ in my essays? The question, often asked by first-year literature students, isolates the problem succinctly. The first I in the sentence means me, the special, singular, … Continue reading

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Index

Found poem. I always suspected the city was a falsification I arrived too late I bought it from a street vendor in Naples I cannot find the title I cannot remember I can still adjust the devotional picture so your … Continue reading

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