Literary Crossroads

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Literary Crossroads is a series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and themes prevalent in their literatures today. The series is curated by Indra Wussow and Sine Buthelezi.

Upcoming Programme

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Previous Events

GUESTS: Fred Khumalo (South Africa) & Panashe Chigumadzi
TOPIC: The course of history and its inflicted casualties - the struggle of the individual for autonomy and survival and its depiction in contemporary African literature.

GUEST: Chika Unigwe (Nigeria)
Abantu Book Festival, Soweto Theatre

GUESTS: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo (Kenya)  & Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (South Africa)
TOPIC: Writing the Human Condition

GUESTS: Martin Egblewogbe (Ghana) & Nick Mulgrew (South Africa)
TOPIC: Life is too short not to read short stories
Egblewogbe and Mulgrew explore everything that a collection of short stories should be.

GUESTS: Olajumoke Verissimo (Nigeria) & Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria, Barbados, South Africa)
TOPIC: Quo Vadis Africa: The Power of Words – The Words of Power?
Writers the world around them and use the various forms of literature to offer new insights into the changing landscapes around us.

GUESTS: Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe/South Africa) & Zukiswa Wanner (Kenya)
TOPIC: Quo Vadis Africa: The Power of Words - The Words of Power?
Poems to enter our fragile selves and its sensations of change, love and lost; prose to investigate the role of the self within the socio- intellectual as well as the economic space we inhabit.

GUESTS: Zakes Mda (South Africa) & Nakhane Touré (South Africa)
TOPIC: Rewriting South African landscapes
Two writers of two generations meet and revisit the landscape of the Eastern Cape that is so much part of their writing.

GUESTS: Nadia Davids (South Africa) and Han Lynn (Myanmar)
TOPIC: Negotiating the private and the public
How writers respond to change and transition

GUESTS: Literary Crossroads at the Frankfurt Book Fair
TOPIC: Literature in South Africa: Literature & Non-Fiction, International Dialogue
Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt, Germany

GUESTS: Nii Parkes (Ghana/GB), Charl Pierre Naudé and Guy Helminger (Luxemburg)
TOPIC: Language and identity in poetical writing
Three authors from different backgrounds explore the relationship of language in forming their writing identities.

GUESTS: Henrietta Rose Innes (South Africa) and Angela Makholwa (South Africa)
TOPIC: Of Nature and imagination
Presenting individual takes on the topic of nature and imagination – what perceptions of nature and the supernatural exist in literary text.

GUESTS: Muthoni Muhunyo (Worldreader), Mignon Hardie (Fundza Literary Trust) and Ingo Niermann (FIKTION)
TOPIC: Africa calling - about publishing and distributing literature
Two African publishers share their experiences on the book market on the African continent. A German publisher tells us about the success of African writers on the German book market.

GUESTS: Masande Ntshanga and SJ Naudé (both from South Africa)
TOPIC: Chronists of Change
Exploring insights into two different literary landscapes of Africa and two different approaches of how to respond to the world as a writer and intellectual.