The 6th International African Women Writers’ Symposium: Presented by the Department of Arts and Culture, Joburg Theatre, Hillbrow Theatre and Afro Arts SA. The Programme will include a Keynote Address, Panel discussions, Music, Poetry Performance and Workshops.Programme: 29th November – 6th December 2018. Admission is free. Booking in advance is essential for space and catering purposes, please send an email to afroartsurban@gmail.com or urbanart10@gmail.com
For more information on the programme or extensive master class workshop programme, please follow the following Facebook pages:

FB: African Women Writers Network
FB: Arts Alive, Joburg International Arts Festival

Panel Discussion 1: Thur 29TH Nov 2018, from 6.30 pm at the Fringe, Joburg Theatre

Topic: Racism and Marginalisation: Legacy of the Past or Failure of the Present?

Panellists: Ms Nosipho Mthembu (Teacher formerly employed at Rustenburg Girls School, Cape Town);Ms Malaika Mahlatsi (Author of Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflection on the Rainbow Nation);Willie Perdomo (USA, writer, publisher and educator)

Convenor : Ms Slyvia Vollenhoven ( Author of “Keeper of the Kumm’”)

Q&A will follow after the session

Panel Discussion 2: Fri 30th Nov 2018, from 6.30 pm at the Fringe, Joburg Theatre

Topic: Writing the Truth in Contested Times

Panellists: Redi Tlhabi (Author of Khwezi);Chris Steyn (Co-author of The Lost Boys of Bird Island): Convenor: Ms Nomboniso Gasa

Q&A will follow after the session

After the Panel Discussion there will be Poetry Performances and Live Music

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4th In Memoriam Lecture for Nadine Gordimer

Thursday 6th Dec 2018 from 6.30pm at Space.Com, Joburg Theatre

Keynote address: Leila Aboulela (Sudan/Egypt)

Leila Aboulela is the author of five novels: Bird Summons (due for publication in March 2019), The Kindness of Enemies, The Translator (a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year), Minaret and Lyrics Alley (Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards). She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story collection, Elsewhere, Home is currently short-listed for the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year. Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality.

Q&A will follow after the session