We're on our final leg of the 4-city book tour, and the Belly of Fire team will be in Cape Town next week, 23rd Nov. See below for details and feel free to send this invitation to any erstwhile booklovers out on the West coast, whom you think might enjoy spending some time with us at WordsWorth Books, V&A Waterfront.
WordFire Press SA, and Wordsworth Books V&A invite you to the launch of
"BELLY OF FIRE:
an anthology of hope, forgiveness,
redemption, and reawakening" (2011)
Compiled by Shafinaaz Hassim
Dr Nazia Peer (medical doctor, novelist),
Nielfa Cassiem-Carelse (book designer/poet),
Luqmaan Rawoot (engineer, poet),
Dr Lubna Nadvi (author, poet)
and Shafinaaz Hassim (author, publisher)
Venue: Wordsworth Books, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Time: 6 for 6:30 pm
"Belly of Fire" is a metaphor for the anxiety and fear that we hold within ourselves;
the voices of those who are disempowered by racism, poverty, war and gendered abuse,
voices that remain silenced, are housed as fire in our bellies.
Themes of abuse, xenophobia, war and displacement,
forgiveness and reawakening are unpacked here in a collection of seven reflective,
compelling stories intertwined with no fewer than thirteen contemporary poems
that bring out the essence of the themes developed in the narratives.
Fifteen voices are profiled altogether, to reveal the strength of stories that stand
together against the structures that try to oppress and maim the individual.
Shafinaaz is a sociologist, artist and poet based in Johannesburg, SA. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, and has been listed in HayFestival's Africa39 category of top 39 authors in Africa under the age of 40 at the London Book Fair 2014. Also see www.shafinaaz.co.za
I write. As I must. Words are my paints of expression on an otherwise bland canvas, my rollercoasters of delight on otherwise dreary roads. Entertainment or derision, they manifest in my varied states of being. Until theres silence. Even then, theres a dialogue of sorts that continues... in spirit? Who knows..