The Guardian recently announced Kayo Chingonyi one of the 50 fresh voices in literature you should be reading now. Less than a year since I had the pleasure of seeing him at Africa Writes 2017 and now having read his poetry collection 'Kumukanda', here's a short piece on two of the poems featured in it, … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’
'What Would Harold Pinter Think?' by Alexandra Blanchard is a play in two acts, set in a post-Brexit reality with attention to themes of alienation, femininity, mental health and freedom. It is being staged in The Old Vag Club in Cambridge on the 1st and 2nd of March. Here is an interview with the playwright with … Continue reading ‘What Would Harold Pinter Think?’ in Cambridge – Conversation with the playwright Alexandra Blanchard
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of my all-time favourite paintings, so I was immediately drawn to A Young Woman Powdering Herself upon my visit to the Courtauld Gallery in London. What’s captivating about Seurat’s paintings is his ‘pointillist technique’ (Courtauld Gallery). He uses small and distinct … Continue reading The Mystery of Georges Seurat’s ‘Young Woman Powdering Herself’ (1888-1890)
7 by Rali Chorbadzhyska Sometimes I think about the number 7 before I fall asleep. In Numerology, it represents the combination of the divine, the spirit and the earthly, the body. If it was to be drawn, this is what it would look like: The triangle is the spirit and the square is the body. … Continue reading ‘Illustrated’ Short Story – ‘7’
Here is a brilliant review for a new collection of African Romance short stories by Hannah Onoguwe! Officially coming out on the 31st of July!
In the summer season, when the air is thick with heat, and all you want to do is stretch out on a beach, with a fruity cocktail, and a good book, Hannah Onogwe’s short story collection Wine and Water, provides exactly the kind of romantic escape we all need from our every day lives.
Each of the twelve stories in the collection is crafted with a brilliant attention to detail, bringing forward characters, so fully fleshed out and dimensional, you can almost feel them in the room with you. The dialogue is beautifully simple, and easily believable, structured in a way that rings true to many real-life conversations, and all the more powerful for that. Each story presents a self-contained world, painted richly and in broad strokes, fully immersive, and sentimental, bringing about a warmth and love of the backdrop that almost makes it a presence of its own…
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By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Yesterday's day off took me once again to my favorite London art gallery - White Cube @ Bermondsey! 'Dreamers Awake' , their current exhibition, is 'a group show which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists'. Here's a few of the artworks on display, accompanied by … Continue reading ‘Dreamers Awake’ at the White Cube, Some Cultural References
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska What is weirder than waking up in a bug’s body and gradually turning into a believable insect? Actually waking up as Gregor Samsa and gradually making your way to become a complete human being! Haruki Murakami takes care of the reader’s curiosity about what happens to Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ protagonist and what becomes … Continue reading ‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity
Colorful, beautiful, expressive! I've always wanted to learn more about Kanga; who wears it, why are they wearing it? The name comes from the pattern resemblance to a bird - the guinea-fowl ('Kanga' in Kiswahili). After slavery was abolished in East Africa (1897) and more goods were being imported such as kangas, they became a sign of … Continue reading Kanga Textile and Culture
'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017