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Liesl Jobson

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The Year of Bobotie at NOÖ Weekly

Just to say that I think Kim Chinquee and Grant Bailie are the bee’s knees, so I’m happy to be in their company, over at the online journal, NOÖ Weekly.

This issue was edited by the Australian writer, Girija Tropp, who was a recent contributor to Chimurenga. It was lovely to have her incisive suggestions on trimming the excess and the placement of the last line.

Kim Chinquee has taught me just about everything I know about writing flash fiction. She’s also taught me a lot about writing: keep at it every day, don’t quit, write like you speak, write from your life, and give your work to people you trust for feedback.

Kim is the author of two delightful flash fiction collections, Oh Baby and Pretty, which just got a rave review over at The Rumpus.

Well, if you’re feeling hungry, here’s a sample from my next collection of flash fiction:

IN THE year of bobotie we are the Rose and the Ostrich Feather, faded beauties from a bygone time. The Rose, adding raisins soaked in orange juice, says, “How did we get here so quickly?” I pat her to soothe her but she is too deep in the recipe written in a schoolgirl’s cursive fifty years earlier, or was it sixty?

My coffee-coloured sunspots remind me of my mother’s hands that repaired dolls, stitching flesh of cloth and soft, stuffed bodies. My own, that once scraped the unborn from so many girls’ wombs, now throb with arthritis, useless in my lap.

 

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    September 10th, 2010 @14:21 #
     
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    Sweet and sour, like the best chutney. Nice work, Liesl. Like Kim's list of signposts for writers, too.

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