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Cover Image: Jockey, Rehoboth, 2013. © Kristin Capp

Issue 1: A story happened here…

AUGUST, 2019


The Heat by Coletta Kandemiri
Subterwhere by Ange Mucyo
Losing Out by Mutaleni Nadimi
Dankie Botswana (or, Semper Fi) by Rémy Ngamije
The Night-Time Oboist by Tuulikki Tammi

The Trip North by Kavena Hambira
The Rat’s Dilemma by Emily Schlink
In Conversation: 
Death, Detention, and Disappearance by David Smuts


Ex Avibus by Brook Johnson


Latitudes by Kristin Capp
Mtanda And Sorese by Romeo Sinkala
Crosses & Walvis Bay by Shawn Van Eeden


A Story Happened Here by Rémy Ngamije

Cover image: Kristin Capp

Issue 2: Stories find stories…



House Girl by Bongani Kona
Body In Six Parts by Makena Onjerika
Sharia Baudelaire by Alexandra Parrs
City Heights by Mohammed Shehu
Woman On A Train by Don Stevenson


Activism Beyond Wokeness by Jamil Khan
A Mourning Song by Zanta Nkumane
Realisations by Emily Schlink


A Slave To Alcohol, Disastrous Word & Bearer Of Rumours by Verushcka Garises
Cape Town Tourist by Michael Kelleher
Drag by Esperance Luvindao
Embalming The Past, Let Us & Homo Sapiensaria by Pedro Vorster


Night Watch by Hallie Haller
My Work Is Not Done by Rofhiwa Maneta
Dry Dock by Shawn Van Eeden


Stories Find Stories by Rémy Ngamije

Cover image: Shawn Van Eeden

Issue 3: Stories from a small place…

JULY, 2020


Our Mouths Hold Fire And Water by Jo-Ann Bekker
Body Riddled With Bullets by Jessemuse Cacinda
Where To Put The Things That Hurt by Jason De Klerk
Golden by Coletta Kandemiri
It Will Be Beautiful Again by Mubanga Kalimamukwento
This Little Light Of Mine by Troy Onyango
The Regent by Mohammed Shehu
Only Way To The Future Is Forward by Olivia Walton


Shadow Man by Nicole Ludolph
Short Story Long, 01: Submission by Rémy Ngamije
Literatea 01: The Facts Are Cold When The Tea Is Hot by Zukiswa Wanner


Queens In Your Bloodline by Ros Limbo
A Heresia De Eva by Yara Monteiro
Dust Devil & Windhoek Wintering by Don Stevenson
Essentially There Is Nothing Wrong by Pedro Vorster
Fate Of The Departed by Dina Asabea Williams


UBhuku LukaMenzi by Mandisa Buthelezi
Lothar Von Throtha’s Ghosts by James Jamu
Vendor Of Dreams by Johan Johnston
Threshold by Nina Van Schalkwyk
Gentle Alpha & Unseen by Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa


Stories From A Small Place by Rémy Ngamije

Cover image: Jean-Claude Tjitamunisa

Issue 4: Worlds beyond this one…

November, 2020

The Letter by Dalene Kooper
December by Filemon Liyambo
Esmerelda by Natasha Omokhodion-Banda
Itch by Jarred Thompson

Fiction illustrations by Inger Junge

The Roasted Plantain Seller Of East Legon by Bisi Adjapon
Auralgraph, Cape Town: Sights And Sounds by Vasti Calitz & Andri Burnett
Literatea 02 – Part 1: The Journey Is The Joy by Maaza Mengiste
Auralgraph, Kinshasa: No State Of Emergency by Merdi Mukore
Auralgraph, Nairobi: Karibu by Ndegwa Nguru
Short Story Long 02: Nonfiction by Zanta Nkumane
Auralgraph, Cairo: Bridge And Birdsong by Youssef Rakha

Identité by Ayi Dossavi Renaud
No Fun by Tanveer Jeewa
What I Am by Undjizuva Kaputjaza
Walk On by Tinotenda Mashumba
A Goddess by Jayson Museta
Green And Greening by Pauline Buhle Ndhlovu
Her Yearning Soul by Beata Nuuyoma
La Fille by Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Poetry illustrations by Katherine Hunter
No Fun film by Ondjaki

Chrysalis by Namafu Amutse
Old Location by Dag Henrichsen & Dieter Hinrichs
Absent Normal, Normally Absent by Natache Sylvia Iilonga
That Is How We Are Feeling by Indira Mateta
Como Os Frutos & Oriki Para Omolu by Daisy Serena
Reino Angolar & Project Mir Afrika by Kwame Sousa

Worlds Beyond This One by Rémy Ngamije

Cover image: Namafu Amutse