Mad as it is, Jen Thorpe’s second novel ‘The Fall’ is packed with insight on activism, journalism, politicos and people. It has its roots in the Rhodes and Fees Must Fall movements of 2015 that shook the University of Cape Town to its red roof tops, but it skirmishes into a homestead in KwaZulu Natal and the extraordinary collection of weird and wonderful animals acquired by South Africa’s high-heeled, lovelorn and truly awful first female president. And this from a dedicated feminist writer! How? why? Find out more.
Last year New Contrast, one of SA’s very first literary journals, celebrated 60 years in print. With two editors and a many-hatted admin, we take a look at its past, present and future.