Modjaji Books August Newsletter: New titles, writing workshops, and more

Women’s Month special offer

Although every day is Women’s Day at Modjaji Books, we are celebrating Women’s’ Day and Women’s Month by offering free delivery on all books on our website and a 15% discount in August. Use the coupon code WOMENSMONTH to get your discount. Offer limited to within South Africa.

Writing Together, Writing Alone Workshops

Modjaji Books is now offering writing workshops, which are run by Colleen Higgs, the publisher and founder of Modjaji Books. This is an invaluable opportunity for prospective writers.


Workshops will take place on the following dates:

Friday, August 16th 9 till 1.00
Friday, September 20th 9 till 1.00
Saturday, October 26th 10 till 1.00
Friday, November 8th 9 till 1.00

Workshops are limited to 6 participants per session to ensure a safe, comfortable space. Email to book. Sessions are R500 each and include tea and coffee.

Special Offer on Poetry

We will also be running a special on our poetry titles. Nine books for R1250! Choose nine new titles, or select from the list on our website (note that titles not currently in print do not apply) and pay by the 9th of August to qualify.

Please email with your order.

Choose new, exciting, titles by the following Modjaji poets: Tariro Ndoro, Jennie Reznek, Joan Metelerkamp, Crystal Warren, Jeannie McKeown, Thandi Sliepen, Christine Coates, Khadija Heeger, and Dawn Garisch.

New titles

Agringada: Like a Gringa, like a Foreigner by Tariro Ndoro

Agringada: Like a Gringa, like a Foreigner, a debut collection of poems by Tariro Ndoro was launched at the National Arts Festival in early July. Watch Tariro’s SABC interview.

The collection has received praise from the public at Wordfest and readings across the country.

The book has been described as “A Love Song to language, and all her betrayals and liberations; a linguist’s dance through political, psychological and psychic borders” by Megan Ross (Milk Fever).

Katleho Kano Shoro (Serurubele) writes that “Tariro Ndoro wields multiple tongues in this testimony of human survival. The reader is hauled through southern African borders and left too afraid to stop reading or wallow in self-pity”.

Asleep Awake Asleep by Jo-Anne Bekker

In June we brought out Asleep Awake Asleep by Jo-Ann Bekker, the book has been launched in Knysna, where Jo-Ann lives, in Cape Town and in Jozi.

We have been thrilled with the reception of this collection of short stories which Claire Robertson (Under Glass) describes as “… an abundance of vivid, intelligent, exciting pieces in which a woman tells herself the story of a life…”

The Knysna-Plett Herald details how, at a reading, the audience was moved to tears by her moving account of the Knysna fires.

Jo-Ann will also be at the Open Book festival in Cape Town in the first weekend of September.

The Unfamous Five by Nedine Moonsamy

In August look out for Nedine Moonsamy’s debut novel, The Unfamous Five, it will be in stores towards the end of August. Keep an eye on social media for announcements of launches.

South African Book Fair

Colleen will also be taking part in the SA Book Fair (6 to 9th September 2019) in working with small and new publishers to share practices and approaches that will assist them in becoming more professional. And then on the weekend she will be available for writers at the author’s corner. Writers can consult her and other consultants on what their next steps should be and on how to get published in South Africa.