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Feast, Famine & Potluck Cover Revealed

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.  – Friedrich Nietzsche

That Nietzsche quote has come to pretty much sum up the nature of Short Story Day Africa. In the three short years the project has been running, every element has been collaborative – and all its resources supplied by a community of writers, publishers, booksellers, readers and artists from all around the globe. The Feast, Famine & Potluck anthology is a physical representation of that spirit – a quick glance at the acknowledgements will tell you that.

The beautiful cover of our anthology is no different. It’s the result of two great creative minds, Nick Mulgrew and Candace di Talamo, putting their heads together. This is what they have to say about their creation.

We wanted a cover design that reflected the stories in the collection, something layered, verdant and crawling with symbolism; something that, like the stories, didn’t pander toward typical “African” narratives and established its own, inclusive aesthetic.

But really, great art speaks for itself. We love it, and hope you do to.


Nick Mulgrew is a writer and part-time creative director. His story “Ponta do Ouro” is included in the collection.

Candace di Talamo has loved art and illustration as long as she can remember. She has worked  for the Moving Picture Company as a 3D artist and technical director. Movies she has worked on include Alien vs Predator, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter. Illustration works have appeared in Destiny and Destiny Man, and  her inks have been exhibited in group shows in Salon 91, Cape Town. She lives in Hout Bay with her husband, two children, a dog, three cats and a tortoise. Other works can viewed on

Feast, Famine & Potluck is available on Smashword as an e-book, and soon from MegaBooks in print.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 2nd, 2013 @23:50 #

    Absolutely lovely, and congratulations to the team. You and Tiah deserve bouquets full of flowers like this one for what you've done for SSDA.


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