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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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The Institute for the Less Good Idea

Visiting William Kentridge at his Johannesburg studio. Profile for Financial Times magazine | 2 September 2016 | [PDF]. My (longer) edit, with The Nose reinstated: I knew I was at the right place because of the cats. Two sculpted, spiky creatures faced … Continue reading

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Half-lives, Half-truths

Svetlana Alexievich and the nuclear imagination. Reflecting on Voices from Chernobyl for the South Africa PEN essay series. 18 August 2016. In my twenties I worked for a while as an usher at a small cinema in Edinburgh. My job was to tear … Continue reading

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Literatures of Betrayal

Risk, collaboration and collapse in post-TRC narrative. The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies ‘Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories’. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande so Sul. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 19-21 May 2016. The TRC’s purpose was not … Continue reading

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Xolobeni and the Violence of ‘Development’

Screening and panel discussion hosted by Environmental Humanities South. For over a decade, members of the Amadiba community in Xolobeni have expressed their opposition to mining titanium on the sand dunes of Pondoland, on the Wild Coast of South Africa. … Continue reading

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The True Confessions of a First Year Convenor

Curriculum change: problems and possibilities.  Third Space Symposium: Decolonisation and the Creative Arts. ICA | Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town | 13-14 May 2016. Institute for Creative Arts and Black Academic Caucus “seize the decolonial nettle.” Italo Calvino, Why … Continue reading

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Nuclear Summer

A walk through South Africa’s nuclear pasts and futures. Power Trip: Where will Zuma’s nuclear dreams take us? Sunday Times, 7 Feb 2016 | Photographs by Neil Overy (above) and Barry Christianson. Recently I took part in a “walking residency”, making … Continue reading

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