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The JRB: five years, 50 issues, 425 contributors

‘Africa writes back.’ With these words, The Johannesburg Review of Books debuted in May 2017, announcing an ambitious programme to…

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 6, Issue 2 (May 2022)

Wamuwi Mbao • CA Davids • Yewande Omotoso • Lidudumalingani • Efemia Chela • Wairimũ Mũrĩithi • Masiyaleti Mbewe •…

[Sponsored] One minute with author Mike Nicol

Hammerman: A Walking Shadow, the new thriller from Mike Nicol, is out now from Penguin Random House SA! In the…



Wole Soyinka vs Caroline Davis—The CIA Controversy by Adekeye Adebajo

In 2020, Caroline Davis, a British scholar, now based at England’s University College London, published the book African Literature and…

New short fiction: ‘Home™’ by Eckard Smuts

The JRB presents a new short story by Eckard Smuts. Home™ There it was, suspended like a giant Tinkertoy assemblage in…

Four poems by Donald Parenzee

The JRB presents poetry by the late Donald Parenzee. ~~~ Lightweight poem Something of the heart’s left just here over my shoulder…

Four poems by Kelwyn Sole, from Skin Rafts

The JRB presents four poems from Kelwyn Sole’s eighth volume, Skin Rafts,  which has just been published by Hands-On Books. Skin…

Donald Parenzee, 1948—2022, RIP

Donald Parenzee died on 21 April 2022 at the age of seventy-three. Mark Espin reflects on his work and life….

[Photo Editor] A Portrait of Lauren Beukes by Victor Dlamini

Victor Dlamini is The JRB’s Photo Editor. We feature his work on our Instagram channel. See this ten-year retrospective of his portraits. The adaptation…

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 6, Issue 1 (February 2022)

Shayera Dark • Timothy Wright • Wamuwi Mbao • Nozuko Siyotula • Joanne Joseph • Abbey Khambule • Athambile Masola • Nkiacha…