Comments on: Margie Orford: Some thoughts in response to the EWWC in Cape Town The website for the 2012-13 Edinburgh World Writers' Conference Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: MaceyRM MaceyRM Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:06:00 +0000 Thank you for bringing this to our attention and please accept our apologies that the comment you mention was not posted right away. This was not intentional. All comments are automatically flagged for review in our system and this one was unfortunately missed. Thanks again for your comments, and please do continue to post!

By: Sloan Almer Sloan Almer Sat, 06 Oct 2012 10:03:00 +0000 There is a silly genre vs
literary debate amongst writers in South Africa. While some writers indeed feel
“censored” from writing politicised works and literary fiction, their
genre counterparts (who are successful) seem to believe that there is no market
for such works (this is debateable). But certainly someone of Margie Orford’s
standing (and head of a PEN chapter) should be seeking to settle this superfluous
debate, rather than stoking it repeatedly:

“Much so-called literary fiction is dull: it
lacks plot, drive and catharsis – all things that can be found in well-written
crime fiction. I am also interested in writing books that are about people out
in the world. Interior monologues
are best kept for one’s therapist – you should pay someone to listen to them
rather than fleecing an innocent book-buyer.”

By: Sloan Almer Sloan Almer Sat, 06 Oct 2012 08:03:00 +0000 So much for freedom of speech … a comment I posted last week questioning Ms Orford’s sincerity in light of several comments she has been made has been censored? Why? Not open to free debate then?

By: Rosemary Orford Rosemary Orford Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:56:00 +0000 This is beautifully and most thoughtfully expressed, Margie.
I will have to read it over a few times more to be able to further comment on it.
It leaves one with a great deal to think about, absorb and consider.