Author Archives: angela

Launching a collection of South African poetry and prose, edited by Equal Education

Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid is an anthology of short fiction, poetry, narrative journalism and extracts from novels and memoirs which frames local literature as a lens through which to engage with South Africa’s past. With a foreword by Zakes Mda, and a mixture of famous and seemingly forgotten struggle writers, […]

An Excellent Teaching Tool About South Africa’s Journey to Freedom

May I have this dance, by Connie Manse Ngcaba, looks set to find readers in schools and libraries across the USA. It has been selected as an Honor Book for 2016 by the Children’s Africana Book Awards Committee, based in the United States. Read an edited version of a review by Rosetta Codling, originally published […]

Harmony High – getting reluctant teens reading

FunDza Literacy Trust and Cover2Cover Books conceptualized the Harmony High series, set in a fictional township, to get reluctant teens reading. Authors who were identified and mentored by the FunDza’s Literacy Trust wrote three of the most recent in this page-turning series. “Having stories written for young black South Africans by young black South African […]

“You are so special that not even you know it yet” — The Shadow Chasers series

Bontle Senne hopes to publish her third book for tweens in the nail-biting Shadow Chasers series before she turns thirty in October this year.  Heather Robertson asked the talented author of Power of the Knife and Lake of Memories about the stories that  shaped the storyteller.  What are your earliest memories of being read to […]

South African kids are hungry for relevant, local literature!

Bontle Senne chats about stampeding children, bullies, academic dissertations and things that go bump in the dark… Her latest deliciously creepy book for tweens is now out – look out for Lake of Memories, Book 2 in the Shadow Chasers series. It’s illustrated with line drawings by Pete Woodbridge.  Bontle, you describe yourself as a […]