20 – South Africa Spotlight

Burgage Hall

stuart-baderoon-dixonToni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Most recently she collaborated with the flamenco company dotdotdot dance as part of the Sadler’s Wells Wild Card Nights. She will be reading work from Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a collection she is currently working on, which tells the largely unknown story of the 17th century Khoi woman Krotoa-Eva who played a significant role in South Africa’s history during the time of the first Dutch settlers.

Gabeba Baderoon is an award-winning poet and scholar and the author of the poetry collections, The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences, and the monograph Regarding Muslims: from slavery to post-apartheid. She says, “I have been working on a new collection of poems, tentatively titled Axis and Revolution. They feel still tender, with new skin, and I will share some of them with the audience at Ledbury. The poems in the collection speak of losing love and memory and the fragile apparatus of identity on which we hang so much”.

Isobel Dixon’s A Fold in the Map and her new collection Bearings have poems which relate to South Africa, the history of patients and political prisoners on Robben Island, poems about the damage of apartheid, the horror of state sanctioned assassination by police and a short poem about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Common themes for discussion at this fascinating event are politics and apartheid history, parents and love, of course!

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