Battle for Thrones

“As a novelist accustomed to the luxury of the long form it has been a treat to discover writers who manage to crystallise such different experiences into so few words. The stories we have chosen for the shortlist are in turn comic, touching, poetic, mysterious but always fresh and unexpected.” —Gillian Slovo, Chair of Judges,…

Tram 83

(Excerpt) In the beginning was the stone, and the stone prompted ownership, and ownership a rush, and the rush brought an influx of men of diverse appearance who built railroads through the rock, forged a life of palm wine, and devised a system, a mixture of mining and trading. Northern Station. Friday. Around seven or…

The Story Of Anna P. As Told By Herself

(Excerpt) She enters, takes her seat without looking at him, and closes her eyes. From outside the windows she can hear the sound of traffic and the uneven dripping of rain. A depressed, empty sound. He clears his throat. ”Come sta? I hope you will be able to talk to me today. I am going…