At the end of last year we mentioned that, from time to time, we'd introduce a new element to #WriterPrompt where your stories would be critiqued and judged by a guest writer or editor. The #WriterPrompt starting soon is one of them!
Joe Machina has generously offered to mentor our online micro fiction workshop. The SSDA team met him during the Ba re e ne re Literary Festival. Joe participated in panels and read from his powerful story "There is a Kaffir in My House".
Mrs. Peterson had asked me several times if I had seen her husband, Nick, coming home with another woman when she was not around. I said no each time she asked me. I found it very funny that she suspected he brought back just one woman, but I did not want to snitch on my boss or cause trouble in their marriage.
Joe was born Norman Ncube. He is a freelance journalist, a member of the “Johannesburg Writers” and a co-founder of “Write Africa.” He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe during the Gukurahundi, the civil war in Zimbabwe where over 20,000 Ndebele people were killed by Government militants in the 1980s.
Now living in South Africa, Joe has written for the Mail & Guardian. His short stories focus on daily social interactions, the immigrant condition and political activities. His novel, Victims of Greed, is published by Bahati Books. His shorter fiction can be found in several places including AFREADA and Bahati Books.
Join the #WriterPrompt coming up to get feedback on your story from Joe Machina. The event is up on the Short Story Day Africa page.