– a continent of Big Men, wars, abused women, ravaged children, droughts and
floods, disease, starvation, criminality, failed states. Such is Africa of the
global newscast, daily, nightly. As a challenge issued by the Time of the
Writer Festival, writers from inside and outside Africa were invited, rather,
to offer flashes of the new: to present an Africa that, while still grappling
with problems of the old, is inescapably part of a modern drive towards
re-invention and the infinite possibilities of a mobile culture.
result is Africa Inside Out, an anthology of stories, tales and
testimonies that illustrate, above all, the variousness of the now, in which both Africa and the world
vacate the past in favour of an unpredictable yet interconnected future.
and introduced by Michael Chapman, the selection presents 18 writers whose
award-winning achievements are succinctly captured in the attached biographies.
Chapman, emeritus professor of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Durban, is a leading South African anthologist among whose edited books are The
Drum Decade: Stories of the 1950s (1989; 2001), The New Century of South
African Poetry (2002) and The New Century of South African Short Stories
(2004). His major critical works include the history, Southern African
Literatures (1996; 2003), and the collection of essays, Art Talk,
Politics Talk (2006). Chapman is acknowledged by the National Research
Foundation and is a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.