Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Also go to: http://collectedseries.blogspot.com and http://playscriptseries.blogspot.com


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.’

Apply to DALRO for reprographic rights. Tel. 011 712-8330

ISBN 9780864866967

Thursday, 22 August 2013

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, Jun-Kets, you say? Well then, Junkets it will be!' After that, Keats signed his letters to Leigh Hunt:


This is the logo of Junkets Publisher:

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

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/ 
and The Collected Series at http://collectedseries.blogspot.com/ 


 Teen novel

Charmaine Kendal
Back-cover Blurb:
Cathryn knew she was different, that she was being asked to play a part that wasn’t written for her: she was miscast. In a brave bold move, she tells first her teacher and then her mother that she is now Caleb. That is the start of an extraordinary adventure for this transboy.
Cover illustrations by 
The Trantraal Brothers
Cover design by Marius Roux

  Selling Points
§        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 in The Sound of New Wings, My ‘Funny’ Brother, and in several of the novels in the Siyagruva Series, of which he was the Series Editor.
§         But, to our knowledge, this is first time that transsexuality has been handled in a teen novel.
§        In a bold adventure, the author has traced the story of a young teenaged girl who has always felt that she was in the wrong body – ‘miscast’ – and how she journeys to her real identity as a transboy.
About the author
Charmaine Kendal has been an English teacher for over thirty years and has written a musical, plays and poetry for her students. She has also been involved in the writing of English textbooks. In 2014 her drama Doorways won the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Competition (English category). Miscast is her first novel.
‘My writing is drawn from the experiences and lives of the young people I have taught. I would like to thank all of them for sharing their lives with me.’ – Charmaine Kendal


Publication date
25 February 2015
Price R 210.00
ISBN 978-0-9922154-8-4
Paperback perfect bound
130 x 197 mm
154 pages
Age Range: Teens, Young Adults & Adults


 Teen novel



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 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. Since 1967 he has edited 21 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 R210.00

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 q

two novellas

by Peter Krummeck

Peter Krummeck has established a reputation for creating humane yet humorous characters. His acclaimed nativity play 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 R250.00

Order by email from info.junkets@iafrica.com