Vol.4. No.4. July – September 2011

TinasheIt’s the Caine Prize season, and plaudits to my fellow compatriot NoViolet Bulawayo for becoming the first Zimbabwean woman writer to win the popularly dubbed “African Booker” for her short story entitled ‘Hitting Budapest’, published in The Boston Review. She has recently finished a novel, We Need New Names, written as part of her MFA at Cornell University where she is currently a Truman Capote Fellow. The shortlist composed of writers from Botswana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Interestingly the shortlist elicited quite angry responses and sometimes unnecessary vitriol. However, this raises questions about authorship, readership and representation in contemporary African writing. Who does the African writer or writer from Africa write for? Who is the primary market for African writing? Are western publishers doing service to African literatures or killing it?
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Elaine Harris | Life is a terminal illness
Rani Drew | Lament of the Wandering Albatross
C. N. Bean | The Fall, Ramstein-Miesenbach
Lucas Chib | Her country is clandestine words
Kimberley-Rose Kasirowore | If Barbie were real

The crowd, it seemed, spilled into every shop, every restaurant but this one. Outside, the Playa de Armas was filled with people, festive, giddy, boisterous. Peter Barlow | Perhaps, Perhaps

elizabeth pienaarI stepped over the rubble and walked down the stairs. I can’t remember why. I think it was to check the location of a down-pipe. Her voice came from behind me, clear and firm – “Will you hold my hand?”
Elizabeth Pienaar | Emily Skye

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I suddenly roused to TRUTH. It came to my mind again. OH SHIT! I know I should have stayed with her. If only. But, for the profane banalities of our impervious selves, the greed, I left. Died into immortality, a transient ghost of lustre and awe.
Collen Sabao | Death, I choose.

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Woolite is a fast, hilarious one-act play that takes on the burden of communication, trust, tolerance and forgiveness between a married couple set against a backdrop of suspected infidelity.
Mona R. Washington | Woolite

“When I came back to the UK in late 90’s, Nigeria was going through very bad press, I thought I must do something about it using something I enjoy to create positive images of Nigeria as opposed to all the negatives” – Interview with Graphic Designer and Painter, Michael Echekoba, Painting a Positive Nigeria


“I made lots of tiny poetry books, which I hid in shops, pubs and venues throughout Ledbury, for people to stumble upon, fall in love with and take home.” Experiences of an Anglophile Dutchwoman at Ledbury Poetry Festival – Anouk Abels

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Resident Reviewer and Feedback Consultant in Literature, N. Quentin Woolf continues his new series of discourses on the processes of creating literature. Writers, Writing 2: The Block – N. Quentin Woolf