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Collected Plays: 2009 – 2017

Collected Plays: 2009 – 2017

by Allan Kolski Horwitz This collection contains five plays by the South African writer Allan Horwitz: The Pump Room; Comrade Babble; Boykie and Girlie; Jericho; and Book Marks. The plays explore the contradictions and dreams of the new and old South Africa, as well...

A Season of Tenderness and Dread

A Season of Tenderness and Dread

by Abu Bakr Solomons Solomons creates work of contemplation, critique and regret and does more than a little truth-telling in these poems, meditations and photographs. In and through different traditions of culture and poetry, he summons the spirit of the poet as...

Loud and Yellow Laughter

Loud and Yellow Laughter

by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese’s debut collection of poetry Loud and Yellow Laughter, published by Botsotso, was awarded the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry. Busuku Mathese’s entry was described by one judge as, “completely original: the...

The Colours of Our Flag

The Colours of Our Flag

by Allan Kolski Horwitz This collection of poems by Allan Kolski Horwitz, and illustrated by the painter James de Villiers, was awarded the 2020 Olive Schreiner Award for poetry. Kolski Horwitz’s poetry encompasses sensually charged relationships and encounters...

For the Duration

For the Duration

by Jana van Niekerk, Rosemund Handler and Natalie Railoun This anthology of poems by three Cape Town based women contains both surreal and naturalistic elements. As mature women whose sense of relationships is no longer founded on romantic and untested notions, the...

Home is Where the Mic is

Home is Where the Mic is

edited by Mandi Poefficient Vundla and Allan Kolski Horwitz This anthology presents the work of twenty-four young Spoken Word poets from South Africa, with a sprinkling of guests from the United States, Britain and Australia. The experience of black youth in societies...

Izinhlungu Zomphefumulo (Emotional Pain)

Izinhlungu Zomphefumulo (Emotional Pain)

by Bongekile Joyce Mbanjwa Bongekile Joyce Mbanjwa’s collection of poems in isiZulu, Izinhlungu Zomphefumulo, with accompanying English translations, is aimed at exposing pain, confusion and the different types of abuse that we face every day of our lives and that...

Against The Tide

Against The Tide

Three plays, a libretto and an essay edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz The four plays that make up this collection, “Thabo Mbeki and Other Nightmares” by Tsepo wa-Mamatu; “Circles” by Tau Maserumule; “Comrade Babble” by Allan Kolski Horwitz; “My Life in the Bush of...

Blind Voices: A Collection of Radio Plays

Blind Voices: A Collection of Radio Plays

by Kobus Moolman Blind Voices is a collection of three radio plays – “Soldier Boy,” “Miss Dolly” and “Womb Tide”. The main play, “Soldier Boy” is about the effect of the Total Onslaught wars fought by white South Africa and was broadcast by the BBC in 2003. A CD...