Interview with Novelist Bhekuzulu Khumalo (WOES OF HUMANITY)

 July 2018 NOVEL Winner.

Matthew Toffolo: What is Your Novel About?

Bhekuzulu Khumalo: The novel is about a future where people who are concerned about the fate of mankind from various backgrounds talk and discuss the fate of humanity from their view point. It is set in the future, it could be set now, but just set in the future after some global event against fascism, and other forms of totalitarianism.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Adult entertainment philosophy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Use Mind

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Some James Bond movie, perhaps the first or third godfather, or Star wars the first trilogy from late 70’s, no, Coming to America, or Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, recently over watched Timberlake’s Just in time

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Good music with a good rhythm from several but not all genres. Prince, Motown, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones especially you can’t always get what you want and pleased to meet you can’t decide, Maskanda stuff, Majaivana,, voodoo ray, difficult to answer.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

What motivated you to write this story?

Another attempt to get people thinking about and appreciating what liberty is. Hopefully drawing upon their own conclusions from the various arguments.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? In South Africa, in the East there are the remains of what many believe to be a 200 000-year-old settlement, fairly large. It would be interesting to talk to the last festival organizer and ask what happened. He will tell us the fall of the first civilization, before there was race, before this great genetic variety, where did everybody leave to and why was it abandoned, why couldn’t the rulers stem the decline?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Trying to understand how it works, an impossible task, takes every generation to contribute something. Yapping my mouth about liberty, stuff like that. I mean for example, when we understand that every relationship possible in existence leads to a loss of freedom from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy, that is a very strong argument for liberty, you should have some sort of rights to choose your own relationships.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

That’s the best feedback one can really get, perhaps many characters. Something that will be different on next novel, I mean this is the first one. At the end of the day however, one must remember what a novel is for, it is to take the strain out of formality, which I believe I attempted to do here.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Get somebody to read it to you, let it get performed, you will know what needs to be fixed.

Performed by Val Cole

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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