Title: Water

Subtitle: New Short Fiction from Africa

Author: Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek


ISBN: 978-1-928215-08-0                              

Extent: 310 Pages              

Format: Softcover                          

SA Rel date:  February 2016        

RRP:   R200.00




Water  is the third collection of short stories to be published by Short Story Day Africa. This carefully curated anthology of twenty-one stories is harvested from entries to the project’s annual short story competition, the Short Story Day Africa Prize, which in 2015 called for short fiction exploring the theme of Water.

The collection includes well-known and award-winning authors Cat Hellisen, Fred Khumalo, Pede Hollist, Mary Okon Ononokpono, Donald Molosi and Louis Greenberg alongside emerging stars Megan Ross, Dayo Ntwari, Louis Ogbere and Alexis Teyie.  The theme has been interpreted in most exciting ways. Bodies of water are settings for pieces like Efemia Chela’s exquisite “The Lake Retba Murder” in which a body of a local woman is found floating in the picturesque, pink-coloured lake; or Mary Okon Ononokpono’s historical “Inyang”, which retraces the importance waterways played in the slave trade. The scarcity and inaccessibility of water as well as the politics involved are explored in Louis Greenberg’s intriguing and linguistically innovative “Oasis”. It is one of a few stories which play with elements of speculative fiction, magic realism or fantasy. The most daring of these is the incredible “Mother’s Milk” in which Dayo Ntwari creates a fantastical, futuristic world that is a fascinating reflection of our times.


About the Author:

Nick Mulgrew is a British-South African writer, editor and publisher, as well as the Deputy Chair of Short Story Day Africa. He is the 2014 winner of the National Arts Festival Short.Sharp.Stories Award in South Africa, and a 2015 shortlistee for the White Review Prize in the U.K. He is the author of two books: a collection of poetry, the myth of this is that we’re all in this together (uHlanga, 2015), and Stations, a book of short fiction (David Philip, 2016). He lives in Cape Town.

Karina Szczurek lived in Austria, the United States and Wales before finding a home in South Africa. She is the author of Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa (2008) as well as a novel, Invisible Others (2014). She is the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact (2009), Encounters with André Brink (2010), and Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger, 2013). Her play for young adults, A Change of Mind, won the 2012 MML Literature Award for English Drama.



Published By: Modjaji Books




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