Showing posts from February, 2011

[Interview_2] Zukiswa Wanner

South African writer, Zukiswa Wanner is the author of The Madams (Oshun Books, 2006); Behind Every Successful Man (Kwela Books, 2008) and Men of the South (Kwela Books, 2010). She is also the founder of the Read SA campaign , a campaign encouraging South Africa to read. Her first novel, The Madams was shortlisted for the 2007 K Sello Duiker Award . In this interview, Zukiswa Wanner talks about her latest novel, Men of the South , which has been shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize : How would you describe Men of the South ? In an age where the world is battling with equal rights, Men of the South is a story of the struggles that modern day man is struggling to come to grasps with despite his apparent advantages over his female counterpart. While, in retrospect, and to most readers, it may appear that my more powerful characters are the first two protagonists, the story was actually a backward thing and came about as a response to the world-famous 2008

[Interview] Zoë van Zwanenberg

Zoë van Zwanenberg is director of Zwan Consulting and project coordinator for the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being . She is also the author of Leadership in Social Care (2009, Jessica Kingsley Publishers). In this interview, she talks about her work: How did you first become involved in social care? I first became involved through my work with the National Health Service in the UK, where I was head of organizational development and I was involved in developing partnership working at a strategic level. When I then moved on to become chief executive of the Scottish Leadership Foundation, I was asked to undertake a study into leadership and management challenges in social care and support the development of a national approach to leadership development for the sector in Scotland. What do you think are the main challenges currently facing social care practitioners and managers? The current financial situation is going to give double pressures to both practictioners and m

Uncovering Leicestershire's hidden literary talent

Dr Corinne Fowler is an author and a lecturer at the University of Leicester's School of English. She is also the lead person behind Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing , a project which aims to raise public awareness of Leicestershire’s diverse literary culture and foster local, national and international critical recognition for the writing. The project is being supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and will deliver its aims by summer 2012 through five main outputs, namely: an e-catalogue of transcultural writing by Leicester-based authors from 1980 up to now;  an online Writers’ Gallery with 50 author pages; a £1,000 creative writing commission ;  an exhibition focusing on Leicestershire writers; and, a Grassroutes blog on the Literature Network . Dr Fowler was encouraged by recent studies on Britain’s writing, as well as her own research, which revealed a great imbalance between London and regional writers’ readerships, fuelle