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The Beit Trust was established in 1906 by the Will of Alfred Beit, a financier and director of the British South Africa Company. He had many interests, including the development of the railway system in what was then Rhodesia.

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Lauren Beukes is the award-winning author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland and Broken Monsters. She would like to encourage you to buy books by African authors, not because you’re “supporting” them, but because they’re good.

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Jayne Bauling writes fiction, and her short stories have been published in a number of print and online anthologies and literary journals. She has twice been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.



Nicola Smuts Allsop was born in South Africa and now lives in the UK, where she is a respected fertility astrologer and the author of Fertility Astrology: A Modern Medieval Textbook. She has a diploma in medieval astrology and a MA from Canterbury Christ Church University. She herself has undergone fertility treatment, and she lectures internationally on her pioneering work alongside medical personnel in the field of IVF and fertility interventions. 


Open Source is a journal of synthesizer culture, music technology and visual art based in Silicon Valley, California.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. There are currently 15 Goethe-Institutes in Sub-Saharan Africa and two liaison offices.
    Our Library and Information Department works in partnership with libraries and other institutions involved in book and reading promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, we encourage exchanges between information specialists and publishers in sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. Our library offers a broad variety of information and media on Germany. Our eLibrary Onleihe – a service free of charge in all of Sub-Sahara Africa - is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut.

Helen Moffett is a freelance academic, writer and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections, Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji Books, and Prunings, published by uHlanga. She is also one third of the erotic writing sensation, Helena S. Paige.


Iain S. Thomas is the #1 international bestselling creator and author of numerous books of poetry and other creative projects, including the pioneering popular poetry work I Wrote This For You which began on the blog of the same name in 2007. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his family. His latest book, Every Word You Cannot Say*, is available at good book shops all over the world. 

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Wole Talabi is a full-time engineer, part-time writer and some-time editor from Nigeria. His stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Omenana, Terraform, AfroSFv3, and a few other places. He edited the anthologies These Words Expose Us and Lights Out: Resurrection and co-wrote the play Color Me Man. His fiction has been shortlisted for several awards including the Nommo Awards and the Caine Prize and been translated into Norwegian, Chinese and French. His debut collection of stories, Incomplete Solutions, is published by Luna Press. He likes scuba diving, elegant equations and oddly-shaped things. He currently lives and works in Malaysia.