Leading African writers gather in Johannesburg

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17 Nov 2011

The Department of Arts and Culture will host the 2nd African Women Writers Symposium and a Tribute to Nadine Gordimer in Johannesburg from the 18th to the 20th November. The symposium is organised under the theme “Dream, Speak, Read, Reclaim”. The event will provide a space for African writers to engage in a dialogue about African writing and its contribution to “being African in the world”, focusing especially on writing by women.

In honour of Nadine Gordimer’s contributions to literature, African writers, both men and women, will also look at the role of writers’ organisations on the African continent and intellectual interventions that can be made. Organizers say that this “will strengthen the struggle of Africans to assert their worldview in continental and international fora on their own terms”.

The opening on Friday 18th November will be held at the Sci-Bono Centre in Newtown. The second day’s activities will be held at Windybrow Theatre, while the concluding discussions will take place at WITS University’s New Science Building, on Sunday, the 20th November,.

Additional information on participants can be found on the Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Women-Writers-Network

For a full programme, visit the website www.awwn.co.za

Media Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck 082 821 4886/012 441 3144 and Mack Lewele 082 450 5076/012 441 3083. For attendance, please email: bookings@awwn.co.za