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Friday, November 8, 2013


Itch is the creative journal of the School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of the Witwatersrand which has announced the theme for Itch e.12: TABOOS.

taboo (also tabu) ● n. (pl. taboos or tabus) a social or religious custom placing prohibitions or restrictions on a particular thing or person. ● adj. prohibited or restricted by social custom. ► designated as sacred and prohibited. ● v. (taboos, tabooed or tabus, tabued) place under such prohibition. ORIGIN C18: from Tongan tabu ‘set apart, forbidden’. (South African Concise Oxford Dictionary, 2002)

What does the word TABOOS trigger in your head? Tell us … As usual, contributors should feel free to interpret this theme in any way that they wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.

Deadline for submissions November 10. More details on the submissions page at