Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Robin Malan Titles Now Available from Junkets!

New Poetry Works

compiled by

Robin Malan

‘… another of Robin Malan’s imaginative working guides written and structured in an inspiring and helpful form for any reader of poetry … user-friendly … the self-explanatory manner in which they are structured makes them easily accessible to teachers and students …’

ISBN 9780864866752 Price R160


Being Here

compiled by

Robin Malan

A vibrant collection of stories about and from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique since 1960, chosen to reflect lived experience of these places in these times – surely the most exciting and most productive period in the history of Southern Africa and its literature.

‘The best thing about this collection is the different perspectives and snapshots of life in Southern Africa: colour, race, religion, socio-economic background, etc. The stories are spread over thirty years, a period of time which saw a vast change in the region.’


ISBN 9780864866967 Price R150

Poetry Works 2

compiled by

Robin Malan

‘… opens the reader to a very wide range of writing, a global perspective of poetry as an artistic form … The selected English poets are complemented by 20th Century African and Caribbean, African American and West Indian British poets including Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Niyi Osundare, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker.’

‘It is a must for poetry lovers.’ – The Teacher

Please note that Poetry Works 1 is out of print; most of its poems are incorporated into New Poetry Works.

ISBN 0-86486-322-5 Price R120


No Place Like

and other stories by
Southern African women writers

compiled by

Robin Malan

with an introduction by

Rochelle Kapp

‘This selection brings together a range of new and established women writers in English. Dealing with the lives of women from all over southern Africa, the perspectives are sometimes distant or ironic, sometimes highly intimate and emotionally charged.’

ISBN 0-86486-406-X Price R90


The Southern African Impossible

Book Quiz Book

compiled by

Robin Malan

‘I’ve never ever heard such extraordinary questions!’ – Elisabeth Anderson, Centre for the Book

‘The Demon Quizmaster Straight from Hell … really exciting … brilliant.’ – Pamela Jooste, author

‘… highlighted many things about South African writing and writers.’ – Mary Lister, school librarian

ISBN 0-86486-480-9 Price R90

Thursday, 22 August 2013



Robin Malan

Cover illustrations by

The Trantraal Brothers

Cover design by Marius Roux

What’s it like when people at school start saying things about your brother? What do they mean when they say he’s a bit ‘funny’?

But Missy knows better. She knows her brother’s funny – she laughs at him all the time – and she doesn’t care if other people say he’s a bit ‘funny’.

And then something happens that isn’t funny at all …

 This teen novel deals unselfconsciously with a young girl’s experience of having a brother she adores who happens to be gay.

 As well as the joys of having such a brother, she is made to experience cruel homophobia.

 The theme of gayness has rarely been the subject of teen fiction in South Africa. Significant predecessors have been the work of Barry Hough in Afrikaans, and Robin Malan himself in The Sound of New Wings and in several of the novels in the Siyagruva Series, of which he was the Series Editor.

About the author …

Robin Malan has spent most of his working life in education and theatre. He taught at Cape Town High School in the 1960s and early-1970s. He was then the Artistic Director of PACT Playwork theatre-in-education company for seven years. In 1978 he left South Africa to live and teach in Swaziland. For fifteen years, he was Head of English, Head of Hostel Staff and Assistant Head at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa. He ran a specialist bookshop in Mbabane, called Africasouth Books in Swaziland. He has written a number of novels for young people, including Rebel Angel, The Story of Lucky Simelane, and The Sound of New Wings. He was the Series Editor of The Siyagruva Series of novels for teens. Between 1967 and 2012 he edited 20 editions of English Alive. In 2000 he was awarded the Molteno Gold Medal for services to literature by the Cape 300 Foundation. In 2005 he founded Junkets Publisher.

Email info.junkets@iafrica.com for an order form.

Publication date
1 December 2012

Price R100.00 £7.99 $11.50 €8.60

if ordered direct from Junkets with parental permission

ISBN 978-0-9870182-9-8

Paperback perfect bound

130 x 197 mm

168 pages

Age Range:
Teens, Young Adults & Adults


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Adam & Luke

two novellas

by Peter Krummeck

Peter Krummeck has established a reputation for creating humane yet humorous characters. His acclaimed Nativity Lodestar featured ‘Three not-so Wise Men’. In The Passion he controversially turned Judas from the archetypal villain into a youthfully misguided Zealot one could understand. And like!

As did iVirgin Boy, his exposé of the HIV/Aids pandemic, these novellas are likely to ruffle a few feathers because they explore the wider spectrum of our God-given sexuality. Having mentored Peter on occasion over thirty years, I suggest that his gainsayers respect the integrity that undergirds his writing. It is especially evident in his one-man play Bonhoeffer which commemorated the First Anniversary of 9/11 in Washington DC.

Peter writes of hatred and ugliness with a gentler memory than most and his progress from playwriting to prose seems a logical development that will reach a wider audience yet.

I once said that Peter’s work with young people made it possible for South Africa to export that rarest of commodities: peace. I wish to endorse his work against sexual discrimination in a similar way.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

This contains two novellas: Adam van Eden and According to Luke
ISBN 978-0-9870182-5-0 210 pages 210 x 137 mm
First published 2012. Second edition 2012.

Price R140.00 £ 12.00 $ 19.00 € 14.00

Order by email from info.junkets@iafrica.com  

Saturday, 19 February 2011

New from Junkets!
Text by Robin Malan drawings by Roberto Millan
64 pages
Publication date: 14 May 2011
R80.00 per copy
Pre-orders accepted now.
'Clear, clever, funny, sexy and so so so needed.' - Pieter-Dirk Uys
This guide puts young gay guys in the picture about what to do and how to do it in order to enjoy good, safer gay sex.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

New from Junkets!

The Collected Series

See our other blog at


Yes, I am!
writing by South African gay men

compiled by Robin Malan and Ashraf Johaardien

First Edition First Impression 29 April 2010
First Edition Second Impression: 23 June 2010

TO ORDER: email info.junkets@iafrica.com

Launch Events:

Book Launch
at 5.30 for 6 p.m.
on Thursday 29 April 2010
at The Book Lounge, cnr Roeland & Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town
Come and experience the authors' Ping! Parade
RSVP booklounge@gmail.com by Monday 26 April 2010

at 6 for 6.30 p.m.
on Tuesday 4 May 2010
at Folio Books 207 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Some authors read extracts
RSVP foliobooks@storm.co.za by Friday 30 April 2010

Book Launch at the Franschhoek Literary Festival
at 5.30 p.m.
on Saturday 15 May 2010
at The Gallery Place Vendome, Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
At the same time, view the exhibition by SA gay artists

Book Launch
at 12 noon for 12.30 p.m.
on Saturday 22 May 2010
at Boekehuis, 34 Fawley street' Mellville / Auckland Park, Joburg
email boekehuis@vanschail.com or boekehuis@boekhuis.co.za

Book Launch
at 5.30 for 6 p.m.
on Monday 24 May 2010
at Bookworld, Cascades Shopping Centre, Pietermaritzburg
email bookworld@lantic.net

Book Launch

at 5.30 for 6 p.m.
on Tuesday 25 May 2010
at Exclusive Books Westville, The Pavilion, Westville, Durban
email westville@exclusivebooks.co.za

at 5.30 for 6 p.m.
on Wednesday 23 June 2010
at The Bay Bookshop, Cape Quarter, Green Point, Cape Town
email capequarter@baybookshop.co.za

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
Coming out
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’

Published by

Junkets Publishers 11 Winchester Road Mowbray 7700
email info.junkets@iafrica.com
Tel +27 21 448 7186 Cell +27 76 169 2789

Publication date: 29 April 2010
ISBN 978-0-520-45828-3
Soft cover perfect bound 176 pages 137 x 210 mm
Retail price R140.00

TO ORDER: email info.junkets@iafrica.com


Monday, 29 June 2009

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Why Junkets?

When John Keats was 20 years old, he submitted his first-published poem to Leigh Hunt's magazine The Examiner. He signed it 'J.K.' When Leigh Hunt met him. he asked him his name. Keats gave it. But, while he was born and bred in the East End of London, he had acquired his father's West Country accent. So, Leigh Hunt heard him and replied: 'So, Junkets, you say? Well then, Junkets it will be!' After that, Keats signed his letters to Leigh Hunt:

Monday, 22 January 2007

Junkets Publisher

This is the logo of Junkets Publisher:

*By permission of the British Library (Ashley 4869 f.2)

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

Rebel Angel

This is the front and back cover of Rebel Angel:

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

Why the title Rebel Angel?

Here, in his own handwriting, is what John Keats wrote to a friend:

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)