Cliffordene Norton

Cliffordene Norton is ’n trotse kaalvoetkind van die Noord-Kaapse dorpie, Barkly-Wes. Sy het haar professionele loopbaan by Volksblad begin, nadat sy haar BA Hons-graad in Joernalistiek in 2013 aan die Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom, voltooi het. Sy werk tans as ’n assistent-inhoudsbestuurder by LitNet in Kaapstad. Sy hou van lees, toepaslike sarkasme en is verslaaf aan springmielies. Sy skryf ook graag kortverhale en hoop om voor haar dertigste verjaarsdag genoeg moed bymekaar te skraap om ’n manuskrip vir publikasie in te stuur.

"Afrikaanse poësie vertel stories van ons land en taal": ’n onderhoud met Carla Botha

Cliffordene Norton, Carla Botha Interviews 2020-11-12

"Ek dink my brein geniet Krog se werke, my hart lief Jonker en my gebeendere sidder as ek Breytenbach lees. Elkeen van die digters beklee ’n spesiale plek in my ontdekkingstog na Afrikaanse digkuns." PhD-student (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Carla Botha werk tans by New York University in Abu Dhabi, waar sy voltyds klasse aanbied in akademiese skryfwerk, asook ’n gemengdeliteratuurklas. Sy is ook die stigter van Ons Skryf Afrikaans. 

"We love life on a bike"

Cliffordene Norton, Anne-Mieke Martyn Reizen 2020-10-26

"Mostly, we were completely blown away by how the Dutch treat their disabled and elderly. As a society, they are very advanced in their mindset. Inclusion, acceptance and tolerance levels are high here."

"Brussel sal altyd ’n spesiale plek in my hart hê"

Cliffordene Norton, Jana Rau Reizen 2020-08-26

"As ek môre na België toe kan trek, sal ek! Ek hoef glad nie eers twee keer daaroor te dink nie. Hopelik kan ek eendag permanent daar bly!"

Common threads – the ties that bind India and Africa through fabric

Cliffordene Norton, Meera Venkatachalam Academisch 2020-08-19

"As we began writing, we realised that we were telling the story not just of the cloth trade between India and Africa, but of other movements which were intertwined with the cloth trade – such as the slave trade from Africa to India, and free and unfree migrations of people from the Indian subcontinent to Africa."

Klassieke musiek, kuns en skryfwerk in Nederland

Cliffordene Norton, Liam Hugo Interviews 2020-07-17

"Klassieke musiek, kuns en skryfwerk vorm ’n groot deel van my lewe en in Nederland is daar soveel geleenthede om dit te kan beleef en jou kennis en liefde vir die kunste te laat groei."

Dolfje Weerwolfje en De kikkerbilletjes van de koning in Afrikaans

Cliffordene Norton, Shawna-Leze Meiring Literatuur 2020-07-15

"Die Dolfje Weerwolfje-reeks is baie gewild in Nederland en ons het gereken Suid-Afrikaanse lesers sal ook die stories geniet." Cliffordene Norton gesels met Shawna-Leze Meiring, kinderboekuitgewer en vertaler van die geliefde Dolfie-reeks.

Handmade ice cream with love from the earth

Cliffordene Norton, Jason Sandell Culinair 2020-07-13

"Create something unique, natural and true to what you say it is, and you can grow your brand." Cliffordene Norton chats to Jason Sandell, the cofounder of Las Paletas, home of the finest handmade artisan sorbet, dairy lollies and ice cream in Cape Town.

"I believe in the power of knowledge"

Cliffordene Norton, Brindley Fortuin Academisch 2020-07-10

"I have never been to the Netherlands before, but I have always encountered the country in my books and through the people around me. Being from South Africa and having Coloured heritage, I have always considered the Netherlands to be a part of my narrative through historical and violent complexities." Brindley Fortuin was recently awarded a joint PhD scholarship with the University of Edinburgh and Leiden University.

Stichting tot Bevordering van Culturele Betrekkingen Nederland-Zuid-Afrika: ’n onderhoud

Cliffordene Norton, Ellie Kroon Interviews 2020-07-09

Die stigting beoog om kulturele verhoudings en wedersydse begrip tussen Nederlandse burgers en burgers van Suid-Afrika en Namibië op die gebied van taal en kultuur te bevorder. Cliffordene Norton gesels met Ellie Kroon, bestuurslid van die stigting. 

Kirvan Fortuin: Huldeblyke vanuit Nederland en Suid-Afrika

Ingrid Glorie, Cliffordene Norton Meningen 2020-06-25

Kirvan Fortuin was ’n Suid-Afrikaanse danser, choreograaf en LGBTQI-aktivis. Kirvan is die oggend van 13 Junie 2020 in Macassar gesteek en is onderweg na die hospitaal dood. Kirvan se dood het opslae gemaak. Verskeie Suid-Afrikaners en Nederlanders bring hulde aan Kirvan.

#MuseumHeadToHead: "An opportunity to engage with leading international voices in the contemporary art world"

Cliffordene Norton, Storm Janse van Rensburg Kunst 2020-06-24

"We see Head to Head as an ongoing initiative that will develop and grow. Nothing beats a physical gathering to share, learn, celebrate and engage, but we also want to reach out, and we realise that we can bridge some distances by hosting events such as this on online platforms."

The position of indigenous healing and sangomas in contemporary South Africa: an interview

Cliffordene Norton, Gerda Hooghordel Academisch 2020-06-19

"With regard to the subject of indigenous healing, there are (also in popular media) many prejudices: sangomas are witches, and indigenous healers are, in general, charlatans. Although it is true that some people call themselves sangomas in order to earn easy money, there are many indigenous healers who have a vast amount of knowledge about herbal medicine and insight into human nature."

Whiteness in Southern Africa – an interview

Cliffordene Norton, Duncan Money, Danelle van Zyl-Hermann Academisch 2020-06-09

"The idea of whites in colonial Africa conjures up images of pith helmets and khaki shorts, rural landscapes and vast estates, madams and masters parked on verandas alternately sipping gin and barking orders at African servants. Such stereotypes present whites as a uniformly wealthy and homogenous group, secure atop a binary power structure." Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, editors of Rethinking white societies in southern Africa, 1930s–1990s.

COVID-19: ’n Nederlander se ervaring

Cliffordene Norton, Sacha Landkroon Interviews 2020-06-08

"Omdat Paterswolde ’n dorpie onder die rook van die groot stad Groningen is, dink ek die mense hier is minder angstig, want baie mense ken mekaar en die dinamika in ’n dorp met 11 000 siele is ’n bietjie kalmer as in ’n stad van 200 000 inwoners." 

"Numerous books have left their mark on me"

Cliffordene Norton, ML Kejera Literatuur 2020-06-04

"I want to be in a position to help writers from other underrepresented groups. Most of the chances I received were primarily from more established writers taking me under their wing." ML Kejera’s short story has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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