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GLADMAN NGUBO THIRD NOVEL (article first published : 2003-11-18)

Durban author Gladman Ngubo will launch his third novel this week at the BAT Centre. Published in isiZulu by Solo Collective, it is titled Kazi Ikusasa Lisiphatheleni (What Does the Future Have in Store for Us).

Gladman Ngubo was born at Mkhumbane in Durban but grew up and attended school in Umzimkhulu, his rural home. Later, he returned to work in Durban and became a trade unionist, a worker poet and a cultural organiser. Within the Congress of South African Writers (COSAW) he was involved in conducting creative writing workshops. He became well-known for his passion in developing novice and disadvantaged writers.

He has been Project Coordinator of the Natal Youth Publishing Project, publisher of Realtime Magazine, and Development Officer of Drum Magazine. He is currently the KZN representative of Media 24. He was twice shortlisted for the Bertrams VO Literature Award and was chosen as Writer of Merit in 1996. He has published two Zulu novels, Amandlíesambane with Y-Press in 1996 and Yekanini ukuzenza with Kwela Books in 1998.

His third novel tells the story of an orphan, Sandile Mdunge, who at a crisis in his life moves from country to town to look for an uncle he has never met. He wins through to success after many struggles due to his own strength of character and the chance assistance of a friend of his deceased family.

The novelistís deep understanding of both rural and urban life in KwaZulu-Natal makes him able to tell the story of his main character in a way which is vivid and moving. While this is a book for adults, it is also suitable for Zulu-speaking high school pupils.

Kazi Ikusasa Lisiphatheleni retails at R84.95 (VAT inc) and is available at good bookshops or direct from the publishers. More information from Solo Collective on 031 266 5178 or fax 031 266 1100, or e-mail: straussp@eastcoast.co.za




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