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Of Mermaids and Freeloaders

In the fourth episode, Kelly Smith talks to Mia Arderne and Phumlani Pikoli, who have both written dynamic, playful novels that engage with contemporary South Africa in distinctive ways.

This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation.  Our producer is Andri Burnett.

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Podcast Contributors:

  • Mia Arderne

    Mia Arderne is a Cape Town-based writer with bylines at Cosmopolitan, the Mail & Guardian, Marie Claire, GQ Japan, City Press and more. Her writing explores the politics of gender, race, identity, sexuality and mental health. Her debut novel, Mermaid Fillet, published by Kwela (NB Publishers) has just been released. Instagram: @mia_arderne    

  • Phumlani Pikoli

    Phumlani Pikoli

    Phumlani Pikoli is a multi-media journalist and multi-skilled artist. He was born in Zimbabwe in 1988. Born Freeloaders is his debut novel. Twitter: @scoutgumbee

  • kelly smith

    Kelly Smith

    Kelly Smith is a Capetonian jack of all trades and master of fun. She is the curator of literary performance art event Naked Girls Reading and co-founder of the Unofficial Pink Party, a monthly social event in celebration of the LGBTQI community, as well as Raunchy Renditions, a sex positive storytelling event. She had the pleasure of editing They Called Me Queer, a collection of queer South African stories being published in 2019. Instagram: @kellysmith007