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The ABSA/LitNet
Chain Interview

Die Ketting

Editor: The ABSA/LitNet Chain - Etienne van Heerden
Redakteur: Die ABSA/LitNet Ketting - Etienne van Heerden
Chain interview co-ordinator: Sharon Meyering
Design and layout: Zani Botes
The ABSA/LitNet Chain is proudly sponsored by: ABSA

Getting our writers talking

The Chain Interview will mobilise the country’s writers in a massive chain interview stretching over a period of twelve months or more.

Writer A speaks to Writer B speaks to Writer C speaks to Writer D etc – four chains will be running at the same time. Click here to read how it works

Kole Omotoso
Mike Nicol
 
Chanette Paul-Hughes
 
Nanette van Rooyen
 
Daniel Hugo
 
Damon Galgut
 
Mike Nicol
 
Jo-Anne Richards
 
André P Brink
 
Hennie Aucamp
 
Joan Hambidge
 
Johann Lodewyk Marais
Abraham H de Vries
Deon Meyer
 
Jan van Tonder
 
Carina Diedericks-Hugo
 
Herman Wasserman
 
Zakes Mda
 
Tim Couzens
 
Athol Fugard
 
Abraham H de Vries
 
Johann de Lange
 
Henning Pieterse
 
Alexander Strachan
 
Diane Awerbuck
Pamela Jooste
 
Anne Kellas
 
Rose Zwi
 
 
 
Sonja Loots
Ivan Vladislavic
John Mateer
 
Mothobi Mutloatse
 
Jaco Botha
Eben Venter
 
Michiel Heyns
 
Ashraf Jamal
 
Mary Watson
 
 
 
 
Ingrid Winterbach
Marlene van Niekerk
 
Russel Brownlee
 
Henrietta Rose-Innes
 
Chris van Wyk
 
 
 
 
Jonny Steinberg
Bongani Madondo
 
 
 
 
 
Henk Rossouw
 
 
 
 
 

* The project will generate conversations between writers working in different languages, authors who publish in various contexts and come from different cultures.

It will bridge the current distances between authors writing in the various South African languages and contribute to cultural debate in an open society.

It will follow in the footsteps of the 2004 Young Voices Online Writers’ Conference on LitNet, which brought more than fifty writers, publishers and editors of 35 years and younger together on LitNet for a historic multilingual conference, which was opened by Nelson Mandela in October 2004 and ran until December 2004.

The concept is simple:

- Writer A sends five e-mail questions to writer B. When the answers come in, LitNet publishes the questions and answers on the Chain Interview subsite.

- Writer B now interviews writer C in the same way.

- Writer C then moves on to interview writer D, etc.

Writers may conduct interviews or answer questions in the languages of their choice, even in more than one language.

The Chain Interview will be an ongoing conversation or online colloquium.

LitNet’s readers will be invited to comment on the interviews in our letters column.

Hopefully strong issues will be raised, for example, the responsibility of the author, the state of South African writing, the problems with publishing and development of new voices, the language issue, reading trends, the training of new writers, etc.

The LitNet newsletter will call attention, on a regular basis, to developments in the chain of voices.

All LitNet’s material is archived and this ongoing seminar will be a valuable resource for researchers and readers.

Etienne van Heerden
Executive editor
LitNet

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