(Chuckling) I am happy I have a copy of this book now! And maybe I might even get to review the work in due course. Suffice it to say now that it often amuses me the attempt to provide Introductions to prolific writers like Bolaji, Lechesa, Kaganof etc. I have tried to do the same in other studies myself anmd it is not the easiest of tasks
Bolaji has been rather quiet in recent times – save for his column – but it is clear that Free State writing scene continues to somewhat make porogress
I read – and love the book, Talking with African writers, by June Wilkinson; hence I was excited with, and welcome this new work. Two, three of my favourite writers feature in this new book, but i won’t disclose names!
We were, are proud to be part of this fine book. It is gratifying that the Free State has a very strong presence inb this effervescent work (laugh) We are also proud of the eclectic input of Pa Kaganof (laugh)
Good to see (partially) Free State writing recognised in this book. We know people like Bolaji and lechesa are icons here – Lechesa in particular has done great things, bringing the Eastern Free State into the literary equation
Over the years one has experienced the growth of Black writing, especially in the Free State…from teh early days of Modise, Flaxman, Bolaji to the era of the Kunenes and Jah Roses now. I am happy that the first interview of the editor of this book (Mme Mautjana) was published on my blog (Free State Interviews). A superb book, really
Ntate Bolaji always says I praise him too much – so I will restrain myself. But he is a living legend to many of us he keeps on inspiring. I am proud of the chapter I contributed on him in the book OMOSEYE BOlaji (edited by hector Kunene)
Malome is truly a living legend i agree Ishmael, In the past it would have been such a mission to locate a man of calibre just to get a few questions or advise on literature etc, Lets give credit where its due, Fists in the air for all his contributions!
The good – or bad – that we do, lives after us. The world of arts and culture is so difficult and demands a selflessness that many in our locations would associate with being crazy. that is the burden that we writers have to pay; including women becoming disenchanted with us. But recognition will come one way or the other; like in this book. Actually I was supposed to be in this book but if I remember well I did not make the deadlibne. But no sour grapes – well done everybody!
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