Sunday, 15 April 2018

René Bohnen writes about Chatsworth ...


Poet and photographer René Bohnen writes the following about Pravasan Pillay's Chatsworth: 'I have just finished reading this. Such clean writing! Sober, unsentimental windows open onto the lives of characters who negotiate life and leave us wondering if they have slipped through the cracks or not. Bleak, but not depressing - a fascinating depiction of very ordinary days in a Chatsworth that seems timeless. Quiet portraits with lively and true dialogue, so familar the vernacular. Well done, Pravasan and Dye Hard Press.'

Sunday, 08 April 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

New publication from Dye Hard Press: Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay


Dye Hard Press is proud to announce the publication of Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay.
Chatsworth is Pravasan Pillay's debut short fiction collection and consists of eleven stories set in the sprawling township of Chatsworth, Durban. The stories are populated mostly by working-class characters who all, in one way or the other, find themselves on the margins of their community. There is an elderly mother and her dependent obese daughter who must fend for themselves; an angst-filled twelve-year-old girl who secretly chain smokes late at night; a tearful man who is incapable of passing his driving test; an albino girl who attains a fragile popularity in high school; a young woman who – against her father's wishes – falls in love with an immigrant; a seemingly placid pensioner who hides a shockingly violent side; and a pair of girls who bond over a love letter and hair bleach, among others.
The stories present sensitive yet unsentimental portraits of these characters, in prose that is spare and unadorned. Pillay additionally displays a remarkable ear for dialogue, and faithfully captures much of the nuance of Durban-Indian English.
Chatsworth is a gentle and moving book about growing up, being different, but also about failing at adulthood.
140 pages.
ISBN: 978-0-9869982-5-6.
Pravasan Pillay is a South African writer. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, Glumlazi (2009) and 30 Poems (2015), as well as a collection of co-written comedic short stories, Shaggy (2013). He is also the editor of the micro-press Tearoom Books.
Chatsworth is available directly from the publisher for R160, including postage. For overseas orders, the cost is R220 including postage.
Email dyehardpress@iafrica.com to order.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Proof copy of Pravasan Pillay's Chatsworth



Received the proof copy of Pravasan Pillay's Chatsworth and it looks wonderful!

Sunday, 04 March 2018

Friday, 02 March 2018

Coming soon from Dye Hard Press: Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay



  
Chatsworth is Pravasan Pillay's debut short fiction collection and consists of eleven stories set in the sprawling township of Chatsworth, Durban. The stories are populated mostly by working-class characters who all, in one way or the other, find themselves on the margins of their community. There is an elderly mother and her dependent obese daughter who must fend for themselves; an angst-filled twelve-year-old girl who secretly chain smokes late at night; a tearful man who is incapable of passing his driving test; an albino girl who attains a fragile popularity in high school; a young woman who – against her father's wishes – falls in love with an immigrant; a seemingly placid pensioner who hides a shockingly violent side; and a pair of girls who bond over a love letter and hair bleach, among others.

The stories present sensitive yet unsentimental portraits of these characters, in prose that is spare and unadorned. Pillay additionally displays a remarkable ear for dialogue, and faithfully captures much of the nuance of Durban-Indian English. Chatsworth is a gentle and moving book about growing up, being different, but also about failing at adulthood.

140 pages.

ISBN: 978-0-9869982-5-6.


Pravasan Pillay is a South African writer. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, Glumlazi (2009) and 30 Poems (2015), as well as a collection of co-written comedic short  stories, Shaggy (2013). He is also the editor of the micro-press Tearoom Books.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Forthcoming from Dye Hard Press: Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay



Chatsworth, a debut collection of short stories by Pravasan Pillay, will soon be published by Dye Hard Press.

Sunday, 04 February 2018

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Copies of When Apollinaire Died by Gary Cummiskey still in stock



Dye Hard Press has in stock just FIVE copies of When Apollinaire Died, a chapbook by Gary Cummiskey published by Firfield Press way back in 1996!
Available for R60 per copy, including postage, for South Africa. For overseas R110, including postage. Email dyehardpress@iafrica.com to order. 

Fish supper: a poem by Gary Cummiskey published in The Odd Magazine

Fish supper

Today’s lunch
is fried cod and chips.
He hasn’t tasted cod
in over
thirty years.
He recalls as a child
travelling by bus
from England
to Scotland,
and the early morning
stops at Lockebie ... Read the full poem 

'Poetry should be a way of resisting commodification and superficiality': An interview with Lee Beckworth by Gary Cummiskey

Writer artist and musician Lee Beckworth aka Lee Kwo was born in Geelong in 1952/He started writing at 17 and completed a Degree at Deakin University in creative writing and Journalism in 1974/After travels in Europe he moved to Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Letters in literature and psychology at Melbourne University/ He has published 5 works of fiction and 2 books of poetry/ His interests in music and photography have been expressed through the band Kicks and an exhibition of collages and photography in 2016/

You can read the interview with Lee at The Odd Magazine.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Copies of Green Dragon #6 still in stock

There are just THREE copies left in stock of Green Dragon #6, which was the final issue of a literary journal published by Dye Hard Press from 2002 to 2009. Contributors to this final issue were Alan Finlay, Arja Salafranca, Haidee Kruger, Janet van Eeden, Joop Bersee, Kelwyn Sole, Kobus Moolman, Tania van Schalkwyk, Megan Hall, Cecilia Ferriera, Anton Krueger, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Goodenough Mashego, David wa Maahlamela, Vonani Bila, Mphutlane wa Bofelo, Aryan Kaganof, Neo Molefe Shameeyaa, Colleen Higgs, Gus Ferguson, Brent Meersman, Kai Lossgott, Daniel Browde, Ingrid Andersen, Gary Cummiskey, Mick Raubenheimer and Mxolisi Nyezwa. There were also lyrics from Durban folk group The Litchis.
Copies are available from Dye Hard Press at R80 per copy, including postage, for South Africa only. Overseas is R130, including postage.Email dyehardpress@iafrica.com to order.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Forthcoming title from Dye Hard Press

Coming soon from Dye Hard Press: Chatsworth, a debut collection of stories by Pravasan Pillay. Watch this space!