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The Collected Series
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Yes, I am!
writing by South African gay men
compiled by Robin Malan and Ashraf Johaardien
First Edition First Impression 29 April 2010
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Taking its cue from ‘the first time’, this is a collage of what it’s
like to be South African, and male, and gay.
The experiences of some forty writers come together, in
stories, poems, letters, diary-entries, SMSes and emails …
Among the stories they tell are of first love in the face of
colour legislation that outlaws it, love that blossoms despite
religious injunctions against it, a chance finding of a condom
in the jacket pocket of a life partner, the sheer fun of being
young and gay in an early-morning that makes Cape Town
look gorgeous …
Brushing shoulders with a swathe of new and emerging
writers are two actor Knights (Sir Antony Sher and Sir Nigel
Hawthorne), two winners of the Alan Paton Non-Fiction
Award (Edwin Cameron and Jonny Steinberg), the
Dean of Cape Town Rowan Q Smith, novelists Damon
Galgut, André Carl van der Merwe, Gerald Kraak and
K Sello Duiker, legendary TAC activist Zackie Achmat,
theatre director David Lan, literary agent Tony Peake,
playwrights Peter Krummeck, Nicholas Spagnoletti and
Pieter Jacobs, arts journalist Shaun de Waal, imam Muhsin
Hendricks, defrocked and then reinstated DRC minister
Laurie Gaum, Delmas Treason Trialist Simon Nkoli, actor
Blaise Koch … and the alter-ego of that phantom
ex-Ambassadress Evita Bezuidenhout, Pieter-Dirk Uys.
Among the newer voices are Fabian Ah-Sing, Shaundré
Balie, Fourie Botha, Alisdair Campbell, Kyle Carson, Steve
Colborne, Peter Damm, Roger Diamond, Pieter Fourie,
Imraan Jaffer, Twanji Kalula, Kai Lossgott, Drummond
Marais, Mothusi Mathibe, Andy Mullins, Marius Roux,
Tshetlo Selebalo, Werner Ungerer, D Watson,
and Rahiem Whisgary.
Foreword: Edwin Cameron
Ashraf Johaardien: Queer theory
Peter Damm: Coming out – onstage
Peter Krummeck: Nineteen Sixty-Seven
Andy Mullins: Andy’s SMS
Antony Sher: I will tell her today
Pieter Jacobs: Zam-Buk boy
Drummond Marais: Coming out to my wife
Pieter Fourie: Second coming (out)
Roger Diamond: Friday Trivia: a corporate coming-out
Imraan Jaffer: Imraan’s email story
Nigel Hawthorne: We were ‘outed’ just before the Oscars
Facebook Group: When did you first come out?
Finding out & speaking out
Marius Roux: Jacobsdal
Shaun de Waal: Justin shares his problem
Zackie Achmat: A boy grows up in Salt River
Robin Malan: Sweet is the night air
Tshetlo Selebalo: The first time I touched another man
Fourie Botha: My first Barbie
D Watson: The first time I went to watch a gay movie
André Carl van der Merwe: Weekend pass
Twanji Kalula: It’s none of your business
Shaundré Balie: Well I never!
An inspired youngsta: Untitled
Antony Sher: Gay Sweatshop’s first season
Edwin Cameron: ‘An openly gay man’
Muhsin Hendricks: A letter by way of explanation
Rowan Q Smith: ‘Who told you so?’
Laurie Gaum: Gay in the image of God
Zackie Achmat: Danny and Ida and Mr Jordan
Tony Peake: History lesson
Antony Sher: Bill Clinton might disagree
Pieter-Dirk Uys: Fun and fear in 1966
Tshetlo Selebalo: The first time I told my boss that I love him
Damon Galgut: Lappies
Kai Lossgott: The secret body of Barry B Jones
K Sello Duiker: First night at work
Blaise Koch: Nameless
Gerald Kraak: Matt’s first leather bar
Werner Ungerer: The morning after
Steve Colborne: Still here
André Carl van der Merwe: Moffie
Jonny Steinberg: My first HIV test
Rahiem Whisgary: Aadil
Nigel Hawthorne: Some day I would find someone
Fabian Ah-Sing: First love
Nicholas Spagnoletti: Alan and Zahir
André Carl van der Merwe: Me and Ethan
Simon Nkoli: Letters from prison
Shaun de Waal: Could it mean …?
Kyle Carson: Delusion
David Lan: Ten thousand Indians
Mothusi Mathibe: The first time I discovered that ‘he is not that into me’
Alisdair Campbell: ‘Passion chokes the flower till she cries no more’
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Junkets has published the following titles:
- 2005: Rebel Angel, a novel by Robin Malan, based on the life of the poet John Keats (published in association with Snailpress)
- 2006: Playscript Series No. 1: The boy who walked into the world, by Robin Malan, a stage adaptation of his novel The Story of Lucky Simelane (first edition 2006, second (revised) edition 2007). ISBN 978-0-620-38733-0 The boy who walked into the world has been bought by Nasou Via Afrika and is forthcoming from them as an educational edition.
- 2007: Playscript Series No. 2: Everybody Else (is fucking perfect) by Karen Jeynes ISBN 978-0-620-38067-6
- 2007: Playscript Series No. 3: The Boy Who Fell from the Roof by Juliet Jenkin ISBN 978-0-620-38958-7
- 2008: Playscript Series No. 4: Itsoseng and For the Right Reasons by Omphile Molusi (first edition Ikhwezi Festival 2008, second edition Baxter Theatre 2008, third edition Edinburgh Festival Pleasance Theatre, Soho Theatre London, Everyman Palace Theatre Cork Ireland 2008). ISBN 978-0-620-40672-7 Itsoseng has been bought by Oxford University Press Southern Africa and is forthcoming from them as an educational edition.
- 2008: Playscript Series No. 5: Cissie by Nadia Davids. ISBN 978-0-620-41389-3 Cissie has been bought by Oxford University Press Southern Africa and is forthcoming from them as an educational edition.
- 2008: Playscript Series No. 6: Out of Bounds by Rajesh Gopie ISBN 978-0-620-41648-1
- 2008: Playscript Series No. 7: Dalliances by Pieter Jacobs ISBN 978-0-620-42031-0
- 2009: Playscript Series No. 8: Sister Breyani by Malika Ndlovu ISBN 978-0-620-43788-3
- 2009: Playscript Series No. 9: The Return by Fatima Dike ISBN 978-0-620-44290-9
- 2009: Playscript Series No. 10: The Crossing and The Bicycle Thief by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala ISBN 978-0-620-44291-6
- 2010: Playscript Series No. 11: Green Man Flashing by Mike van Graan ISBN 978-0-620-45825-2
- 2010: Playscript Series No. 12: Lord Hamlet by Robin Malan ISBN 978-0-620-45210-6
- 2010: Playscript Series No. 13: Iago's Last Dance by Mike van Graan ISBN 978-0-620-45826-9
- 2010: Playscript Series No. 14: London Road by Nicholas Spagnoletti ISBN 978-0-620-45827-6
- 2010: Playscript Series No. 15: The Quiet Violence of Dreams by Ashraf Johaardien, adapted for the stage from the novel by K Sello Duiker ISBN 978-0-620-48153-3
- 2010: Yes, I am! writing by South African gay men compiled by Robin Malan and Ashraf Johaardien ISBN 978-0-620-45828-3
Published in association with Junkets Publisher Playscript Series:
- 2009: Peninsula: MacBeki by Pieter-Dirk Uys ISBN 978-0-620-43621-2
- 2010: The Fugard Theatre: The Train Driver by Athol Fugard ISBN 978-0-9869750-0-4
You can also view information on Junkets Publisher on the South African Small Publishers Blog.
Also see The Playscript Series at http://playscriptseries.blogspot.com/
Sunday 21 January 2007
This cover was designed by Jo-Anne Friedlander of UserFriendly.
To see how this cover was designed and arrived at, read the article 'Chronology of a Cover'.
" A vivid and moving account of the young Keats "
– Shaun de Waal in Mail & Guardian Winter Reading Supplement 2005
Saturday 20 January 2007
I feel confident I should have been a rebel Angel had the opportunity been mine.
Because of his poor birth and upbringing and his lack of a university education, he was never accepted by the literary Establishment, and his politics were distinctly left of centre, so his claim to Haydon is not without substance.
" ... striking narrative manner and unembellished style ... attractive and reader-friendly packaging ..."
– Marina le Roux in Die Burger 17 October 2005 (translated from Afrikaans)
Friday 19 January 2007
This is the Keats life-mask
on the wall of my study
Sometimes the whole mask is used (as on the back cover), and sometimes only a detail (as in two of the four front-cover images). Permission and a licence to use photographs of the life mask had to be obtained from the British National Portrait Gallery.
"... intriguing, informative biography of John Keats which serves as a lively introduction to some of his poetry and how it came to be written ..."
– Jay Heale in SA Children’s Book Forum Newsletter July 2005
Thursday 18 January 2007
Mr Abbey was so angry he was spluttering. He looked down at the young man in front of him. John had thought long and hard about this moment. He had waited until he turned twenty-one, knowing that now his guardian couldn’t force him to do what he didn’t want to. He steeled himself, and then looked up at the taller man, and said:
‘I want … I’m going to be a poet, sir.’
That was more than Abbey could take. His eyes widened in outraged astonishment.
‘Are you mad, John? Or just a fool? That’s absurd.’
‘I’m sorry, sir,’ said John very quietly, ‘but my mind’s made up. I’m good, sir, better than most. And I’m sure I can earn a living by writing.’
Abbey looked at him as if he were some newly discovered and particularly unpleasant species, and, with an upward sneer of his lip, he said:
‘Well, all I’ve got to say, boy, is that you’re being … silly. I’ll tell you one thing. It won’t be long before you’re forced to give up this selfish notion.’
‘I don’t think so, sir.’ How dare he call me ‘boy’? What’s the point of turning twenty-one if he’s still going to think of me as a ‘boy’?
" Robin Malan’s beautifully presented Rebel Angel is a tender, humorous and informative account of the life of John Keats ... this high-quality publication ... "
– Michelle McGrane online at LitNet 1 June 2005
Wednesday 17 January 2007
The house is now the Keats House, in Keats Grove, in Hampstead. It is a wonderful museum of things Keatsian.
On the shelves of its merchandise shop, you will find copies of Rebel Angel, on sale at £9.99.
If you're there, be sure to buy a copy.
" The academic background to the book is unsurpassed ... the life and death of a tragic genius, vividly portrayed in this work. "
– Michael Hurry in The Sunday Independent 22 May 2005
Tuesday 16 January 2007
– Robin Malan