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Antjie Krog and the ‘magical power of literature’

South African poet and writer Antjie Krog recently gave a talk at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, republished in The (UK) Guardian this week. Krog spoke alongside Njabulo Ndebele, who is seminal to discussions on South African literature not only because of his call to include, in new South African narratives, the lives of women who quietly soldiered on, but also because of his beautifully crafted criticism reflecting on the need for his fellow writers to turn towards ‘ordinary’ subjects, after traumatic years of writing about the extraordinarily violent lives they led under apartheid.

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How 16 June ignited the nation’s creative imagination

Not only did the Soweto Uprising mark a radical shift in consciousness, it also sparked a renaissance in black South African cultural creativity, writes Mphutlane wa Bofelo.

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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Adiche, gave a talk at the TED conference about the importance of story telling. Adichie believes that without story telling, one can become ignorant to the world around them, and the many different cultures within it. See the video.

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