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Fri 20 Oct 2017, 14:39 pm
Intuitively Iíve always known that reading fiction is good for a person. Studies published in 2006 and 2009 have shown reading fiction makes a person more empathetic.
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 12:48 pm
Recently on Facebook a writer was complaining about the publishers in Botswana because the publisher told them that they would only consider publishing their novel if the...
Fri 06 Oct 2017, 12:31 pm
I have somehow missed the Sarah Winman train. Her debut novel When God Was a Rabbit won awards all over and turned her into an international bestseller. Her second novel,...
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 10:34 am
In the past few months Iíve had three instances where people around the world (two in USA and one in Nigeria) on the internet, used my writing without my permission. They...
Fri 22 Sep 2017, 15:38 pm
Recently, Minister Unity Dow suggested that students should be allowed to bring and use their smart phones in school. The thought was that in this modern age such devices...
Fri 15 Sep 2017, 13:22 pm
Lately I think most people who have been paying attention to such things have been hearing a lot about the basic income grant. Around the world pilot programmes are being...
Fri 08 Sep 2017, 16:22 pm
A group of academics in Gaborone have put together an exciting book, Women, Writing Botswana, an anthology covering the writing of women in Botswana.
Fri 01 Sep 2017, 14:25 pm
amaBooks is a respected publisher located in Bulawayo. Theyíve published work by some of the most well-known Zimbabwean writers including Tendai Huchu, John Eppel, NoViol...
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 16:09 pm
In interviews and when I am on panels at literary festivals I am often asked about the importance of reading, especially for writers. For me it seems crazy that a person ...
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 15:40 pm
Spring is here and itís time to spruce things up with a few new markets for our writing. This time there are markets for your unpublished book manuscripts, horror short ...
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 15:32 pm
I think that Iíve finally learned my lessonówriters cannot be organised. Itís much easier to herd cats than to get writers to a certain place, at a certain time, for a ce...
Fri 04 Aug 2017, 14:55 pm
I am continuing with the discussion on the establishment of an Arts Council in Botswana. What can Arts Councils around the world teach us? Nearby we have the National Art...
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 15:37 pm
We hear a lot of talk about how the arts can Ďdiversifyí our economy. In most cases when I hear someone say that it makes me sad. Yes, artists should be able to live fr...
Fri 21 Jul 2017, 15:22 pm
Some years ago when the Presidentís Day Competitions were just starting out I sat in a meeting with a variety of artists from various fields to discuss some policy on the...
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 17:06 pm
Most people in Botswana know Jenny Robson as an exceptional music teacher. She has been teaching music to children in Botswana for 40 years, first in Orapa and now in Mau...
Fri 07 Jul 2017, 17:46 pm
Angie Thato Chuma is a singer, poet, songwriter, short story writer and sister to poet, Andreattah Chuma.
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 18:57 pm
Last week I wrote about the fact that some important things had changed in the writing world.
Fri 23 Jun 2017, 14:43 pm
Years ago, before internet, if you wanted to submit a story or a poem to a literary magazine or to a writing contest, you needed to print it out, put it an envelope and s...
Fri 16 Jun 2017, 18:17 pm
Creative non-fiction is a growing genre in non-fiction writing. It is basically writing non-fiction, but using literary tools and conventions, things such as setting, ch...
Fri 09 Jun 2017, 16:52 pm
Listen to how people talk. They spend a lot of time greeting each other before getting to the point. They might interrupt and talk over each other. They often donít liste...
Fri 02 Jun 2017, 16:25 pm
Ellen Banda-Aaku is an award-winning Zambian writer. Her first book, Wandiís Little Voice won the 2004 Macmillan Writerís Prize for Africa (UK). Her first novel, Patchwor...
Fri 26 May 2017, 15:47 pm
Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is opening for submissions on June 1, 2017 for this yearís competition. Theyíll be accepting submissions until July 31.
Fri 19 May 2017, 12:27 pm
For some reason the fight for freedom in South Africa has overshadowed many similar movements in Southern Africa, especially Namibia. In some ways the fight for freedom f...
Fri 12 May 2017, 11:55 am
I am not sure if writerís block exists or not. In my experience, I do have instances where I cannot seem to write, but with a little mental interrogation I can usually un...
Fri 05 May 2017, 14:32 pm
When I was in Windhoek at the Goete-Institut, I was asked a lot about writing historical fiction, about my method and why I do certain things and not others.
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