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The Almost Perfect Podcast

61 EpisodesProduced by Bob PerfectWebsite

This is a podcast that believes you can learn from experience, but that experience doesn’t have to be your own. Conversations with creative South Africans hosted by Bob Perfect.Winner of the 2019 Durban Creative Award for Best Radio Show/Podcast.


Episode 38 - Charl Blignaut

Charl Blignaut is one of the most important people in South African arts and culture but he'll tell you he's just doing his job. Charl is a prolific writer, producer, critic, teacher, mentor, and all around contributor to making art in South Africa, and someone who engages deeply with that art. Charl has written and produced countless important South African stories and feels it's his duty to pass on the skills he's learned to promising young writers from all backgrounds, with a focus on queer and black writers. 

Charl shares stories of growing up queer in Apartheid South Africa and how it instilled in him his spirit of rebellion that's guided him throughout his life. We venture into deep and dark topics, but I left with a renewed sense of duty and critical curiosity, and a reminder of how young I still am and how little I still know. This one is not for the feint of heart and will have you reconsidering your privileges and role to play in this world. 

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