Madibaland World Literary Festival will bring together writers from around the world


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Cape Town – The Madibaland World Literary Festival will bring together 150 writers, including travel writers, foodies, novelists, poets, journalists and others from around the world to share their work and worldview.

The Madibaland World Literary Festival, a partnership between the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Book Town Richmond, pays homage to three of Nelson Mandela’s greatest passions: communication, education and connection.

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Local literary legends including Ashwin Desai, Fred Khumalo and Antjie Krog will join Nigerian blacksmith Chris Abani, Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker (Boven is het stil (The twin) / De omweg (The detour)) and best Irish -seller John Connell (The Cow Book) at the festival.

“In South Africa we are going through a difficult time right now,” said Darryl David, organizer of Madibaland and UWC Education speaker (and founder of Book Town Richmond).

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“We are a very divided country – and more than that, I think the world is a very divided place. I wanted to set up something that would have a unifying influence on people – something where, even just for ten days, we spread a different virus: a virus of love; of unity; of unity.

Travel writers will share the stage with political figures including Ronnie Kasrils, while foodies and historians will enjoy John T. Edge (The Potlikker Papers) discussing the Southern United States, examining a complex history through the distinctive foods of the region. Shilpa Raj (the elephant hunter’s daughter) will explore life as one of India’s untouchables, in a caste system older than apartheid.

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Diana Ferrus, from UWC, will explore the power of poetry to change the world.

There are also music sessions, poetry sessions, panels on politics and literature, and more.

The Madibaland World Literary Festival takes place from November 20 to 28, 2020.

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