Hedley Twidle's book 'Firepool' describes odd and beautiful anecdotes of SA life

Author Dr Hedley Twidle has published the book 'Firepool: Experiences In An Abnormal World', which chronicles South Africa amid its ‘second transition’.

'Firepool' is a collection of essays and creative non-fiction which reflect on the state of affairs and politics in the country .

Twidle is a writer, teacher and academic based at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

I realised that the essays I was writing in my spare time were getting a much better reaction and seemed to be travelling a lot more.

Dr Hedley Twidle, author, essayist and Senior Lecturer at UCT

I was approached by a publisher. I wasn't convinced that there was a book of essays.

Dr Hedley Twidle, author, essayist and Senior Lecturer at UCT

Twidle says it was a very interesting process drawing together his range of new and old essays and seeing certain themes echoed through them.

It was strange moving from the short-form into a gallery and larger array of pieces.

Dr Hedley Twidle, author, essayist and Senior Lecturer at UCT

Each piece was in a slightly different gear and kind of genre.

Dr Hedley Twidle, author, essayist and Senior Lecturer at UCT

Presenter Eusebius Mckaiser read experts from the anthology and Twidle reflected on the essay genre and experiences that inspired some of his writing.

Take a listen to him describe his latest work:

Also listen to callers phone in to read on-air during the Literature Corner:


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