Tag Archives: literary nonfiction

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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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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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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A Useless Life

Literary biography and the limits of ‘research’. Visions of Tsafendas | Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies Volume 16, Issue 4, 2015. Research seminar, research cluster, research output. The word is almost a fetish within the contemporary academy—but … Continue reading

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About a Mountain

Fragments from a walking residency across the Cape Peninsula. Three images from our walking residency, 6-12 December 2015. The first is the official prompt for this exercise (me and Meghna at Smitswinkel Camp). The second is one I asked Barry … Continue reading

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