The workshop ‘Writing Repression’ is part of the initiative ‘Literatures of Change: Culture and Politics in Southern Africa’ funded by the Nordic research councils. It will bring together researchers, authors and activists for a conversation about literary responses to repression in Zimbabwe.
Bringing together that project with researchers who work on expatriate writing and others who focus on the political context in Zimbabwe, this workshop will explore forms of writing in and against a repressive society. It will study the silencing of dissenting voices and strategies to circumvent censorship. Casting the net wider than the latest news reports, the workshop will place those practices in their context by considering how these strategies have evolved and depart from those of the UDI era when the white settler regime sought to repress dissent. Participants are invited to consider the ways in which various genres are deployed to overcome obstacles to expression. ‘Writing Repression’ thus aims to study repression both as a theme engaged with by writers and as a phenomenon which constrains literary voices and which is negotiated through choices of thematic focus, genre and publishing strategy.
Curated by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya), Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Germany) and Felwine Sarr (Senegal).
Hosted by The Stuttgart House of Literaturhaus, the Institut Francais and the Akademie Schloss Solitude
The Stuttgart Festival of Books and Ideas invites novelists, thinkers, journalists, global event hosts, scholars and sound and visual artists. Together, with a diverse audience, we hope to debate, reflect upon, explore, question, re-imagine and contemplate the notion, space and place of Africa in/and the world through the theme of ‘Membrane’ which evokes porosity, fluidity, transfer, transformation, toxicity, purification, among other evocations. What does it mean to be Africa and African in a world that is in flux, where contradictions and paradoxes have generated a general sense of uncertainty? Which other ‘Africas’ exist and how do they meet/interact/avoid each other? How does Africa assure its presence in the world? A multi-disciplinary approach is intended so that the imaginative, literary, technological, spiritual, aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, physical and liminal spaces can be invoked and engaged with. Can the “Membrane” festival itself propose new relationalities in addressing the Africa idea? What fresh Africa questions, ideas and imaginaries can an intense and engaged literature-focused event offer to participants and audiences alike?
At the second Hausgäste evening this year, three of our guests from Pohle, Houston and Leipzig will read from their works and talk about their current projects. Lisa Kreißler worked as an actress and journalist after studying drama, before concentrating on writing. In 2014, her debut novel »Blitzbirke« (Mairisch), »The Forgotten Feast« (Hanser Berlin) followed in 2018. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma won the 2019 Edward Stanford Award, and was nominated for this year's Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize as well as the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize with her novel »House of Stone«. In 2014, she received the Herman Charles Bosman Award for best literary work in English for her short story band »Shadows«. Sibylla Vričić Hausmann writes poetry, essays and prose.
Colonialism framed Africa as Europe's antithesis in a binary system that glorified Europe as a synonym for civilization, advancement and progress. Africa on the other hand was conceived as a continent without history and became a metaphor for everything dark and negative. This imposition of stereotypes and negativity confronts writers with critical choices about the repatriation of Africa's stolen histories , To what extent and in what way do writers engage with the continent's colonial heritage?
Ayesha Harruna Attah [Ghana / Senegal]
Thando Mgqolozana [South Africa]
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma [USA / Zimbabwe]
Moderation: Clementine Burnley
For more info, contact Maurine Ogbaa at email@example.com
(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond, a conference about African and African-American literature and film created by women, will be held March 28-30 at the University of Houston Student Center. Friday, March 29 will feature a keynote talk by Susan Andrade, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The noted Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker, Tsitsi Dangarembga will speak about literature at Texas Southern University’s University Museum at 4pm. Her novel, Nervous Conditions, was called “100 stories that shaped the world” by the BBC and it has been a mainstay of college literature and history courses for nearly 30 years. On Saturday, the discussion of scholarly papers, curated by writer and scholar Maurine Ogbaa will continue from 10 am to 3 pm. Novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma will moderate a Creative Writing Workshop that centres the aesthetic and craft practices of minority and peripheral writers. The workshop is free and open to all writers. Saturday will close with a film screening Tsitsi Dangarembga’s film, Nyami Nyami and the Evil Eggs at 5 pm in the UH Student Center Theatre.
On the anniversary of the military intervention that saw the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, the Harvard University Center for African Studies hosts a robust engagement between Zimbabwean writers of opposing views who interrogate the history that culminated in one of the biggest political shakeups in generations through books that cut across the genres of memoir, cultural and political analysis, reportage, and fiction.
Unbelongings: Across Continents
Anis Shivani and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma in conversation with Omar El Akkad
Saturday September 15 2.30PM-3.30PM
Two writers across continents and cultures speak of personal and political awakenings, and the stories of the lands they have left behind. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of House of Stone. Anis Shivani is the author of Karachi Raj. In conversation with Omar El Akkad, author of American War.
Kabafest remains the first and only literary fête of this magnitude in Northern Nigeria. It aims to change the way the world sees Northern Nigeria, boost access to literacy and reading, reignite a passion for arts and culture in the state and to create more safe spaces where cultural and literary enthusiasts can gather to dialogue about books, culture and ideas.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER , Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers' Series, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, black voices are still routinely dismissed and black and minority ethnic people are under-represented across many areas of society but over-represented in our prisons. Today we highlight black activist voices who are following in the footsteps of King. Authors reading include Paul Kenyon, Bruce Pascoe, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
JENNIFER NANSUBUGA MAKUMBI & NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s debut novel Kintu, an epic tale that reimagines Uganda’s history through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan, has been described as ‘the most important book to come out of Uganda for half a century’. House of Stone is Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s smart, inventive and brave retelling of the modern history of Zimbabwe that has been described as an "extraordinary achievement that manages to sum up not only Zimbabwean history, but all of African colonial history." The authors join Rosemary Burnett to discuss their impressive stories.
AFRICA UNBOUND, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
A celebration of contemporary voices from across the nations of Africa, journeying beyond stereotypes to interrogate history, politics, the imperial past, ancestors, and the future. Discover dazzling talents from the continent in a night of readings and performances from Zimbabwe’s Novuyo Tshuma, Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and S J Naudé from South Africa, plus Nigerian poet Donna Ogunnaike and Ghanaian percussionist Gameli Tordzro.
THE DISPLACED: REFUGEE WRITERS ON REFUGEE LIVES
PANEL AT BOOKCON
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, editor of the recently released collection The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers including Thi Bui, Porochista Khakpour, Joseph Azam and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma to explore and illuminate the refugee experience.
Gallery Talk: Salon Time artists Althea Murphy-Price and Nontsikelelo Mutiti w/ novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Wanda D. Ewing Gallery
Salon Time exhibiting artists Althea Murphy-Price and Nontsikelelo Mutiti and novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma will discuss the themes, influence, and history of their practices