Five writers reflect on what writing has meant and still means to them: what have they learnt about this art in the span of their distinguished careers and/or in their own personal history of reading? Which mysteries of beginning and completing a manuscript have been solved for them, and which still remain?
1. Poetry for beginners: Thoughts about reading, writing and loving poems Gabeba Baderoon
2. Practical magic Claire Robertson
3. Beginnings: Where do novels come from? Michiel Heyns
4. Linen cupboards, hamsters, Oscar Wilde and me: How I became a writer and lived to tell the tale Jo-Anne Richards
5. Writing the yawning void Sindiwe Magona
Baderoon, Gabeba. 2006. A hundred silences. Vlaeberg: Kwela/Snailpress.
Heyns, Michiel. 2017. I am Pandarus. Cape Town: Jonathan Ball.
Magona, Sindiwe. 2015. Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle. Johannesburg: Seriti Sa Sechaba Publishers.
Richards, Jo-Anne. 2013. The Imagined Child. Johannesburg: Picador Africa.
Robertson, Claire. 2015. The Magistrate of Gower. Cape Town: Umuzi.