Blog entries from: Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile

Writings and thoughts from Motswana writer, Lauri Kubuitsile

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April 24 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Apr 24 2014, 11:04:00

Okay this year is flying by far too fast. Is it really the end of April?

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April 10 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Apr 10 2014, 08:00:00

Kalahari Review is our Botswana based, Pan African, online lit mag. I'm proud to have my story, Moving Forward, published there today. Moving Forward is a short story I wrote at the Caine Workshop I attended in South Africa. It is included in my short story collection, In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories, but only in the print edition.

It's sort of an odd situation because the ebook and the print book are published by different publishers and the print book came out after the ebook. I wrote this story after the ebook was out. I liked the story a lot and wanted it included with my other stories in the collection all set in Botswana so decided to include it when the print edition was being prepared.

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April 9 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Apr 9 2014, 11:52:00

I was directed to this video and it has made my day!

Please go and check out some of her other fabulous book reviews HERE at Siyanda Writes!

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April 7 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Apr 7 2014, 11:03:00

I'm back home and settled after Time of the Writer. It seems to get longer and longer for me to get back into my routine after travelling, but I am back to work, and that's good. I always thought of myself as someone who was not necessarily born to write, I'm a generalist by nature. I finally got to get back to proper writing (not columns or blogs or Facebook or emails) last week and I couldn't believe how great I felt. So perhaps I'm changing, perhaps I'm becoming one of those people who must write to feel okay. That's an interesting turn of events...

So what's going on?? If Not for This, my book about a couple caught up in the Herero genocide in 1904, has had some positive feedback. May we all cross fingers that this book gets a nod and finds a fabulous publisher???? Thanks!

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April 4 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Fri Apr 4 2014, 08:40:00

So I've been back from Durban now for about two weeks, enough time to reflect back on my experiences at the 17th Time of the Writer. (that up there was the view out my hotel window in Durban, by the way. Yeah, I know, tough life.)

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April 1 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Tue Apr 1 2014, 12:29:00

We were asked to give a 4-5 min speech at the opening of the 17th Time of the Writer on the theme- Freeing our Imaginations, taken from Binyavanga's wonderful videos.

Here is what I said.

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March 13 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Thu Mar 13 2014, 06:13:00

It is unfortunate that I must announce that my book, The Vanishings, will no longer be published. The ebook was put up at Amazon by the publisher, Black Crake Books, but has now been taken down. The publisher was unable to meet his contractual agreement so I've had no option but to break the contract.

I apologise to anyone who was hoping to read the book. I am not sure yet what will happen. Perhaps I will look for another publisher, but that will have to be attended to in the future.

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March 12 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Wed Mar 12 2014, 06:23:00

On Sunday I leave for Durban South Africa to participate in the 17th Time of the Writer literary fesitval which takes place at the University of Kwazulu- Natal. There are panel discussion each evening at the

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and the panel discussion I'm on is Friday the 21st of March. The topic is youth literature. I'll be joined by Khulekani Magubane, and the facilitator is Sanelisiwe Ntuli.

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March 10 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Mar 10 2014, 07:04:00

In Botswana, as it is in most of Africa and maybe all over the world, kids are reading less and less. Here the other problem is development budgets often have little money for libraries, and bookstores are few and far between, not to mention that most books are just too expensive. Books are about P200, with the minimum wage around P1000 and prices going up everyday, who can afford to buy a book under those circumstances?

What I find lovely, though, is when Africans sort out innovative solutions to their problems. FunDza Literacy Trust is one such solution. Cellphones have taken off big in Southern Africa and FunDza has latched on to that to get kids reading. I'm proud to be writing regularly for them.

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March 7 2014

From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Fri Mar 7 2014, 03:39:00

On the 19th of February I trekked down to Gaborone to hear what British author Carolyn Slaughter had to say. I'd not heard of her before I found out she was coming to Botswana, but I quickly bought and read one of her books so as to have a bit of reference when I heard her speak. She lived in Botswana pre-independence when her father worked for the colonial government in Maun, Francistown, Mafikeng, and Gaborone. Her memoir, Before the Knife gives insight into expat, colonial life; that purgatory of not quite being here and not quite being there. The book is brutally honest about her experience and I appreciate that quite a bit. I'd hoped I'd hear that honesty in her talk in Gaborone.

I thought she'd speak about her experiences, her writing, her books. In any case, that's what she knows ...

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