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Saturday, November 18, 2017

GEOFF RYMAN'S 100 AFRICAN WRITERS OF SFF - PART SIX: CAPE TOWN

"... nobody interviewed here remains untouched by the difficulties of being a South African writer. "

Geoff Ryman gets stuck into the rocky South African landscape of SFF. The good and the bad and the realities for those trying to find their voice.

Part 6: Cape Town Part


ENDNOTE: EMBODYING THE DIVISION

My first short story (Land of Light) was published in Malawi, the second (Veiled) in Nigeria, and finally the third (Water) in South Africa...
"South African writers can find publication in other African countries, free from their country’s limitations.
Nikhil Singh’s novel Taty Went West was first published by the Kwani Trust in Kenya. Omenana magazine recently published one of Toby Bennett’s stories, and The Ake Festival included a fine story by Stephen Embleton in its 2016 Festival publication."
You find the right publisher for your pieces, rather than trying to be published in your home country. Don't get me wrong, getting that third story published in South Africa felt awesome! But nothing beats someone asking to publish your work - no matter where they are in the world. It wipes all those rejection slips off the table (into the filing cabinet for grounding reality checks later).

Writers Not Interviewed (and Durban part coming soon)

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