Literary Birthday - 27 August - Thando Mgqolozana

Happy Birthday, Thando Mgqolozana, born 27 August 1983

Eight Quotes
  1. I feel that I’m there to perform for an audience that does not treat me as a literary talent, but as an anthropological subject – as though those people are here to confirm their suspicions that somehow I am inferior to them.
  2. A book you read when you were a child will read differently when you pick it up later.
  3. [What is your writing routine?] Three things: it has to be done in solitude or not done at all. Second, I don’t need an idea before I seat myself in front of a computer—though having one helps. Notions just reveal themselves as I write, plus I already have life to turn to. And third, for me filling up the page with words the first time is typing, the writing follows in the process of reading the first draft.
  4. When the book is new and everybody’s reading it, I often re-read to find out what the excitement is all about. I don’t want to miss out, you see. But this euphoria doesn’t last. After a few months I will have discovered so much that could have been done differently, better, the sight of it becomes a reminder that the novel is the poorer version of what I had in mind.
  5. The physical book is here to stay.
  6. We come from a history where black writers were banned and the stories that would most resonate with a black audience were suppressed. There have never been as many black writers as we have now, there has never been as much diversity in terms of voices and stories.
  7. I’ve said a few times already that the only time I will feel at home in the SA literary space is when my publisher, editor, proofreader, graphic designer, layout person, printer, publicist, distributor, bookseller and most readers are black – reading my work in their preferred languages. But I’m not going to wake up tomorrow to a decolonised country, am I? So I have two choices: to write – because I can’t not write – and never publish, or to write and publish but stand my ground where I can.
  8. I remain proud of all my previous work, but my favourite is always the one I’m writing, which I won’t talk about just yet.

Mgqolozana is a South African author. His books include Hear Me Alone, A Man Who Is Not a Man, and Unimportance.

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Literary Birthday - 26 August - Paula Hawkins

Happy Birthday, Paula Hawkins, born 26 August 1972

Nine Quotes
  1. I find writing the darker side, writing tragedy, a lot easier than writing happiness. Happiness is just less psychologically compelling, isn't it? 
  2. I'm not naturally an extrovert. I'm a writer - I sit in a room by myself making things up. That is where I'm happiest. 
  3. Certainly, there is a tendency to lump women who write similar types of books together, and it's not just in crime, is it? Women's fiction is supposedly a whole genre of itself. There's no male equivalent. 
  4. There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.
  5. My idea of fun is to sit looking at a blank wall in a cottage, making up stories in utter silence. The thought of going back to work in an office is horrendous. 
  6. I am interested in the ordinary sort of threat. I know that people are interested in things like serial killers and what have you, but actually, those aren't the sort of crimes that really happen very much. The sort of crimes that happen tend to be more of a domestic nature and quite banal, but the psychology behind them is always fascinating. 
  7. I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.
  8. I grew up in Zimbabwe in South Africa, and I moved to London when I was 17. And I started commuting to go to college. And I used to really enjoy that part of my journey where the - it was actually a Tube train, but it was over ground, and it went right past the backs of people's houses, and I could actually see right in. 
  9. The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.

Hawkins is a British author. She was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. She is best known for her 2015 novel The Girl on the Train

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