Welcome to Our Hillbrow

Welcome to Our Hillbrow

It is very likely that if you live in Joburg you’ll have strong feelings about Hillbrow and know it as either a magnet for many generations of immigrants seeking their fortune in the city or  as the ‘menacing monster’ of Refentše’s Hillbrow in Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe. You might well live or have lived in Hillbrow, you might … Continue reading

November writing challenge winners

November writing challenge winners

Our November writing challenge asked writers to ‘Write a short story bearing three factors in mind – a powerful beginning, a convincing problem, a satisfying resolution.’ Congratulations to winner Lynn Joffe for her Birth of Pesha. The judges say ‘The voice is flawless, and the story of the birth as dramatic as all births are.’ I … Continue reading

Homecoming Revolution writing competition

Homecoming Revolution writing competition

Homecoming Revolution and Allaboutwriting are running a writing competition for African expats and Africans who have returned to their country who have a story to tell about their experiences. Write your own most compelling story in just 250 words and stand the chance of winning a place on our on-line creative writing programme. Stories can range from the achingly funny, to … Continue reading

Picador Africa Classics

Picador Africa Classics

You have to love a publisher that starts a series devoted to South African titles that are either out of print or are not available in digital form. Picador Africa Classics kicked off with thirteen South African fiction titles and will be introducing non-fiction and other African titles in the future. We think that these titles are well worth reading – all of them. So … Continue reading

Radio and lost love at The Book Lounge

Originally posted on Penny Urquhart's Blog:
It was one of those times that reminds you of how far Cape Town has moved since the late 1980s: a wonderful production of Radio Cinema down in the basement at The Book Lounge, presented by Sirius Tales. The lights were dimmed, frontman Rasmus Nielsen Bitsch introduced the…

Venice writing retreat

Venice writing retreat

Palazzo Albrizzi 13 TO 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 You’ll be in excellent company if you join us on the inaugural Allaboutwriting retreat in Venice in September 2015. We’ve just has a quick glance at our ‘interested list’ and we can vouch that everyone on that list will add a little something special to the retreat. We … Continue reading

Ode on Venice

Ode on Venice

 Blog post number one celebrating  literary Venice in preparation for our Venice writing retreat in September 2015: ‘Ode on Venice’ by Byron, 1818 Oh Venice! Venice! when thy marble walls Are level with the waters, there shall be A cry of nations o’er thy sunken halls, A loud lament along the sweeping sea! If I, a northern wanderer, … Continue reading

Short story writing challenge

Short story writing challenge

Writing challenge: Write a short story bearing three factors in mind – a powerful beginning, a convincing problem, a satisfying resolution. Keep it simple —and keep it short. Write no more than 500 words. It can be fact or fiction. Don’t try to tell your life story. Make sure that you identify the central problem … Continue reading

Seven tips for writing good story

Seven tips for writing good story

Story, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. Here are some tips on what to do in order to attract people to your story – and to beguile them too: 1. Begin with an intriguing or a dramatic or a suspenseful introduction. 2. Make … Continue reading