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UNESCO Cities of Literature

20200128 Did you know that Durban, South Africa is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature? I did not and so have been doing a little snooping to see what it’s all about. Why Creativity? Why Cities? ‘The crucial role of cities in promoting sustainable development focused on people and the respect of human rights is […]

Authors on TV!

Raashida Khan, from Johannesburg, Gautentng, will be interviewed on SABC2’s Morning Live Show on SUNDAY 26 JANUARY,2020. Tune in to SABC2 or DSTV Channel 404. Raashida is an author and poet and holds workshops for aspiring authors. Fragrance of Forgiveness Mirror Cracked Happy Birthday, Raashi

On The Up-and-Up

Authors are creators. They want to write. What they don’t want to do is publish or market their books and this unfortunately leads to them being prime candidates for falling victim to the scams rife in the publishing industry. My heart breaks each time I receive a book which has been through a publishing process […]

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Hopes and Dreams 2020

I’ve always had a problem with the mania around ‘setting goals’ for the New Year. 1st January is just another day, so why is there all this fuss over it? What makes it different to my birthday, or any other day of the year? Many of us are blessed to be able to stop working […]


The depressing stuff – only 2 of the findings from the PIRLS Report are listed but you can read the entire report here: 78% of South African Grade 4 children were not able to reach the lowest benchmark compared to 4% internationally. Grade 4 learners who attended schools in remote rural settings achieved significantly below […]

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