Nick Wood - Learning Monkey and Crocodile



If you've missed our evening with Nick Wood, you can still join us for a journey of discovery of Nick Wood's Learning Monkey and Crocodile (time stamps below), as we discuss story telling in the diaspora, apartheid, ableism, writing the others, writing with disabilities and being a social justice warriors. Cover art by John Cockshaw.


Nick’s stories have delighted readers across the world and have appeared in publications such as Interzone, Albedo One, Omenana, among others. His debut novel Azanian Bridges was shortlisted for the BSFA award. Embark on a journey where science meets African culture, through psychology, alternate history and disability.


“Nick Wood’s short stories are powerful, impassioned visions of worlds and worldviews remade by way of redemptive engagement with the spirits of the earth and the earth of the spirit. Joining ancestral wisdom and transformative technologies, combining searing self-scrutiny with joyous awareness of the Other, Learning Monkey and Crocodile is a book for Africa and for all of us.” Nick Gevers


"Coupled with the non-fiction, Learning Monkey and Crocodile offers a striking insight into how one might write genuinely good stories in a respectful way. It turns out that in the right hands ethics and fiction make excellent bedfellows." Maureen Kinkaid Speller for Interzone 283.


Introducing Nick Wood

The Harvester Series 01:48

The collection 02:35

On Azanian Bridges 05:16

Nick's favourite stories from the collection 06:36

Introducing the Bonus section of the book 08:52

Writing the Other and growing up during Apartheid 09:57

The role of Sensitivity Readers 13:10

Writing with disabilities and ableism 14:40

Writing for personal and socio-political change 20:16

Writing in the Diaspora 23:20


You can find the book in our store.