La Bafana by Derek Newman-Stille

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Guardian, by Jen Desmarais. 

Today’s entry is called La Bafana, by Derek Newman-Stille.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Nathan Caro Fréchette!

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD at Trent University and teaches in Trent’s Department of English Literature. Derek researches representations of disability in Canadian speculative fiction. Derek is a 7 time Prix Aurora Award winner for his digital humanities project Speculating Canada ( ) and the Speculating Canada radio show on Trent Radio. Derek also runs two other digital humanities projects: Dis(Abled) Embodiment ([email protected] ) and Through the Twisted Woods ( www.[email protected] ), which he runs with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto.

Derek is currently editing Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins with Kelsi Morris, which is being published through Exile.

Derek has published in academic fora like  Mosaic, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Quill and Quire, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings and in fiction anthologies The Playground of Lost Toys and Accessing the Future.

Derek is Queer, Disabled, and he lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where he likes to blend academia, art, and activism.