Is this the end of SA literature as we know it?

Ben Williams, Outgoing Sunday Times books editor in his column wrote about his recent trip to Paris where he represented Africa at a conference to discuss literature’s future in the digital age.

He says he came to the conclusion that it is the end of SA literature as we know it.

He also talks about the Franschhoek Literary Festival, which took place in May, when novelist Thando Mgqolozana announced his disengagement with the White Literary System. Williams says the matter was not properly addressed.

Talking to John Maytham, Williams says that South Africa is still sitting with the same structural problems in publishing and book selling.

We have books being produced without political credibility on the one hand and writers with writing credibility but with no means of getting their work out, on the other. That disjunction is a problem.

Ben Williams, Outgoing Sunday Times books editor

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