Afro-futurish

Event
August 10, 2018 
Top floor
Mark
A4
Mark
       Arts Foundation / Projects


Mark

An academic colloquium that explores the origins and development of African speculative fiction and looks at the genre’s position within the broader field of postcolonial literature.


The event’s keynote speaker, JY Yang, read from their Hugo-nominated fantasy novellas The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven. Specific attention was paid to the linguistic choices made while crafting their fiction, particularly with regards to profanity and the use of dialects.

Yang’s presentation was followed by a diverse range of seminars from South African authors and academics. Dr Nedine Moonsamy made a case for Amos Tutuola's The Palm-wine Drinkard to be read as science fiction. Author Sam Wilson explained the value of research and scientific validity in crafting plausible fiction. Alex Latimer and Diane Awerbuck discussed the challenges and benefits of co-writing a novel, while Nerine Dorman gave practical advice on crafting meaningful fantastic worlds. Using his Amazon royalties sheet, Andrew Salomon entertained the audience while demonstrating the real financial challenges of a creative career. Finally, Kerstin Hall presented a talk with a stronger editorial focus, exploring what might make short fantasy fiction saleable from a slush reader’s perspective.

Credits

Convenor:
Imraan Coovadia

Coordinator:
Kerstin Hall

Presenters:
JY Yang
Dr Nedine Moonsamy
Sam Wilson
Alex Latimer and Diane Awerbuck
Nerine Dorman
Andrew Salomon
Kerstin Hall

Partner:
Centre for Creative Writing (UCT)

Mark