IF YOU LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA, THIS WOULD INTEREST YOU!
On Tuesday 21st June revel in Short Story Day South – a celebration of prose’s short-yet-perfectly-crafted form on the shortest day of the year! Tuesday 21 June 2011, 6 for 6:30pm.
At BOEKEHUIS, there will be a cast of inspiring storytellers- David Medalie, Harry Kalmer, Chris van Wyk, Ivan Vladislavic, Tuelo Gabonewe, James Whyle and Vuyolwethu Seripe.
When: Tuesday 21 June 2011, 6 for 6:30pm
The shortest day of the year!!
Where: BOEKEHUIS Bookshop,
Cnr. Lothbury and Fawley streets, Auckland Park, Jo’Burg South Africa
RSVP: (South Africa) 011 482 3609 or Boekehuis@boekehuis.co.za
(plenty free parking available)
And the Masters are:
David Medalie is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist. ‘The Mistress’s Dog’ for which he has just won the Thomas Pringle Award for short stories. Of “The Mistresses’ Dog”, the Pringle Award judges said that “the power of this story lies in its understated dramatic irony.”
Harry Kalmer already has eighteen plays to his credit, in addition to which he has also produced six works of fiction. En die lekkerste deel van dood wees was the runner-up in the Sanlam / Insig Groot Romankompetisie (2007).
Chris van Wyk is the author of numerous books for adults and for children. His most recent is Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, the second book of his memoirs. Shirley, Goodness & Mercy is a heart-warmingly honest story about a young boy growing up in the coloured township of Riverlea in Johannesburg, South Africa during the apartheid era.
Ivan Vladislavic’s early story collections, Missing Persons and Propaganda by Monuments, were reissued by Umuzi under the title Flashback Hotel. He is also the author of the novels The Folly, The Restless Supermarket and The Exploded View. Portrait with Keys was published in June 2006, and is an archive of writings on a small segment of Johannesburg that has been walked, observed and reflected upon over the years by the author. In June 2007 Vladislavic won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction for Portrait with Keys. In a hat trick of nominations for Ivan Vladislavić, the author’s latest novel Double Negative has just been shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award. The book has already been named the winner of this year’s University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing, and is shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, which is awarded later this month.
Tuelo Gabonewe is a writer of a short story collection, Planet Savage, soon to be published by Jacana.
Vuyolwethu Seripe is a freelance writer and artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She contributes articles to a variety of urban publications and is a keen observer of South Africa’s emerging urban cultures. In 2010, this young writer was selected to attend the Caine Prize Writing Workshop along with eleven other African writers.
James Whyle is a South African playwright, screenwriter and journalist. He was announced as the winner of the 2011 SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award, for his short story, “The Story”. Whyle’s story was chosen by JM Coetzee from a longlist of some two dozen entries.
If you live in Jo’burg, South Africa – Your presence will be much appreciated!
What it’s all about
On Tuesday 21st June revel in Short Story Day South – a celebration of prose’s short-yet-perfectly-crafted form! Short Story Day South is a participation driven initiative and will culminate of a series of events all over Southern Africa, offering a variety of stories, old and new, to be read, listened to and enjoyed.
The concept, celebrating the short story on the shortest day of the year, is borrowed from the pilot project, National Short Story Day (www.nationalshortstoryday.co.uk ), which launched in the UK in October 2010 and concluded on 21st December (their shortest day). The project grew organically using social networking tools (Facebook and Twitter) and was a great success.
Find more info about Short Story Day South at http://www.shortstorydaysouth.co.za/