Book Launch | David Mann
Literature / Amazwi

Once Removed is a collection of short, subtly interlinked stories inspired by the South African art world. With their unique views into high-end galleries, crumbling museums, immanent art fairs and out-of-work critics, the stories in this collection explore the idea of having one’s life changed, in ways both profound and banal, through novel encounters with art and performance.

About the Artists

David Mann is an award-winning writer, editor and arts journalist from Johannesburg, South Africa. His reviews and essays on art, as well as his short fiction, have appeared in journals and publications including Springerin (EU), Portside Review (AU) and Contemporary Lynx (UK). He currently works as the writer for The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Once Removed is his debut collection of short fiction.


Robyn Perros is a South African writer and multidisciplinary artist. Her writing has appeared in South Africa’s Short.Sharp.Stories Anthology (Fluid 2023), New Contrast Literary Journal, and Isele Magazine, among others. Her novella manuscript, Choosing an Outfit for the End of the World, was longlisted for the 2023 Island Prize for Debut African Fiction. Her photography has been exhibited in multiple spaces, including the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate and occasional instructor at the Rhodes University School of Journalism & Media Studies. She lives in Makhanda.

  • Venue: Amazwi
  • Location: Amazwi South African Museuem of Literature
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Literature
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: ALL AGES

There are no performances for this show.