2021 Booker Prize winning author Damon Galgut in conversation with Mathinus Basson, Students and Staff

On 15th May, multi-award award winning South African author, Damon Galgut visited the English Department to speak to undergraduate students, enrolled for a course on Galgut’s works, about his writing career. He was invited by course convenor, Ass. Prof Tilla Slabbert. The lively, though-provoking conversation was spearheaded by director, dramatist, and designer Marthinus Basson, a friend of Galgut for more than 40 years. For a generous two hours, Galgut talked and responded to questions about  the genesis, inspiration, conceptualization, processes and challenges of his writing journey; a career which resulted in several nominations and awards, e.g.: The Good Doctor (2003), shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize for Fiction and winner of the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book); In A Strange Room, shortlisted (2010), and Arctic Summer longlisted (2014) for the Booker Prize; and The Promise, winner of the Booker Prize for 2021. Postgraduate students and staff also attended, and the audience conceded, it was a truly inspiring, provocative literary event.

English Honours Students’ “Love in the Global South” Ezine, edited by Ashley Allard and Beth Rowley. Works by Tayla Mocke, Samantha-Lee Adair, Steff Malherbe, Rebecca Pachonick, Jennie du Toit, Disha Shah, Ashley Allard and Beth Rowley

Curated as part of the Honours seminar “Love in the Global South”, led by Drs Nadia Sanger, Megan Jones and Dhrupadi Chattopadhyay. For the full zine please use the link below:


Postgraduate Student News

From 22 to 30 September, PhD candidate Nhlanhla Dube attended The Third Summer Institute for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Funded Project on “Entanglement, Mobility and Improvisation: Culture and the Arts in Contemporary African Urbanism and its Hinterlands”. The Summer Institute was held in Accra, Ghana and he presented work from his ongoing research. Nhlanhla is due to defend his PhD at the end of November, 2023.