Reporting on the #FeesMustFall protests as a student journalist in Grahamstown was a watershed moment for me. It highlighted the important role that young journalists can play in South Africa today, and I would encourage hopeful writers who feel committed to this country to pursue this career path. Having just finished my 3rd year of Writing … More Writers! What you can expect from a Rhodes Journalism degree.
Having grown up in one of South Africa’s major cities, many of Johannesburg and Cape Town’s matriculants don’t consider themselves suited to small town life. What they don’t realise is that these towns offer a freedom, space and independence that is unmatched by big cities. Back in 2012, I was one of Johannesburg’s many … More Grahamstown: The 6 student pleasures of small-town living.
In engaging and critically reflecting on my experience of this semester, it would be prudent to refer to the intended outcomes of the course. The course outcomes listed on the JMS3 WordPress page aimed to: Familiarise you with the wide range of journalism in its myriad forms, formats, and approaches and show you the repertoire … More Reflecting on the 3rd year Writing and Editing Course
Watch the documentary produced about the #Feesmustfall movement at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksgrJyOrd7A
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. – Hart Crane, poet For as long as I have been actively practicing writing, the relationship between reading and writing has been a consistent one. Periods in which … More Reading for Writing: A Series
Grant me the space to relate a long but brilliant observation on the nature of Miller’s work, as well as that of those artists who share his gifts and nature. ‘There seem to be two distinct types of creative man. The first controls his material and shapes it. The second delivers himself over, bound hand … More Henry Miller; the Man and his Works by George Wickes. Forum House. 1969
The inclusion of this novel in this series is somewhat of a wild-card. It’s a book that has drastically affected my work as a writer, but only because of how much I appreciated how the work was written as a novel. The freeness of thought and expression, the unapologetic account of human experience through such … More Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. Obelisk Press. 1934