Barbara Adair – Researcher and Writer

Published Novels and Short Stories

PHILLIP

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Published Novels and Short Stories

 

QUEER AFRICA 2

Ma Thokos Books, 2017: Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action Trust (GALA)

Phillip swivels his neck so that he can look over his shoulder; his neck is thick, a short pillar of saturated salt, it gleams with sweat. He looks for his father in the crowd. It is not a big crowd, a gathering of people, a social gathering. Phillip cannot find his father; he cannot see him by just turning his head, he is unable to turn his neck more than twenty degrees (he is not an owl, moreover he is fat), so he moves, or rather heaves, his whole body into another position. Phillip is fat (in a polite narrative the euphemisms overweight, chubby, rotund will be used, he will not be a fat label, fat is a brand, an unhealthy brand), and fat means no prospects. If Phillip was chubby, there may be hope that he could have prospects, the prospects that his father wants fulfilled. But sometimes there is no space for a gentle words; his face is fat, his legs are fat, his arse is fat (he never has a problem sitting on a hard bench, only on a narrow seat), his arms are fat, even his fingers are fat (he does not have long slim piano playing fingers), and if he takes off his shoes, which are a size 7, (this is the only part of him that is small), his toes on his small feet are fat.

Phillip is a fat homosexual (can there ever be any prospects?). (continue reading…)

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Walking the Tightrope – Lethe Press

by on May.18, 2016, under Published Novels and Short Stories

Walking the Tightrope: (Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa) Lethe Press. 2016

Mark feels ill; he knows this feeling well, it always happens to him. He stands outside the building and looks up at the unlighted windows. I must have eaten something that is causing this pain. He walks forward to get a better view of the steel gate that cars use to get in and out of the unit. To the right of the gate is a pedestrian gate, it too is made of steel. He turns his head to look at it. (continue reading…)

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A ROAD TRIP THROUGH NAMIBIA (SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA)

by on May.18, 2016, under Published Novels and Short Stories

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A ROAD TRIP THROUGH NAMIBIA (SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA)

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Text: Barbara Adair

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A BOY IS A BOY (MODJAJI BOOKS, APRIL 2013)

by on May.15, 2013, under Published Novels and Short Stories

Queer Africa – New and Collected Fiction (Modjaji Books – April 2013)

Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Awards- Anthology Category 2014

(A Boy is a Boy is a …)

It is 1985; the train is crammed, full, full of lithe brown clothed service men. He approaches
the ticket counter and buys a one way ticket to Johannesburg, then he walks up the single
lined platform. A sign hangs above the platform, it reads ‘Johannesburg: Departing 16h15’. It is four o’clock; a
train from somewhere has already arrived. It shudders on the platform, smoke rises
from beneath it, from silver steel manacled tracks. (continue reading…)

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DESPERATION

by on Aug.15, 2011, under Published Novels and Short Stories

New Contrast 156

South Africa Literary Journal (Vol 39, No 4, Summer 2011)

Harsh brilliant light in Khorix as gives birth to dust in sunbeams at the BP diesel pump.

Tropicana Bar in Khorixas gives birth to mercenaries and evil African and prostitutes and guerrillas.

Gravel roads in Khorixas gives birth to

a white pick up truck (continue reading…)

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