South Africa From Afar: An Online Event
Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Dear Friends, Colleagues & Readers at Large,
You are all invited to a collective reading & conversation with a group of authors & commentators based in and around Vancouver, Canada who
have been writing about South Africa in different genres.
Their writings provide historical, socio-political, and personal lenses through which to view
the country and its peoples before, during, and after the apartheid era.
However, these writers are aware their voices represent only a fraction of South Africa’s
broad cultural and racial diversity and complexity. For this reason, they have decided to offer an artistic discussion and connect with others interested in sharing and hearing stories, experiences, and perspectives of South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA FROM AFAR:
STORIES OF LONGING & DISLOCATION
Th, 20 Jan 2022, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm (PST)
Online via Zoom RSVP and Zoom link on Eventbrite at this link
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS: Daniela Cohen immigrated from South Africa to Canada as a teenager and returned 14 years later to volunteer with a non-profit empowering rural African women to share their stories. Currently based in Vancouver, she is a freelance journalist and creative non-fiction writer with work published in New Canadian Media, ZEKE magazine, and others. Arianna Dagnino spent five years in South Africa working as an international reporter for the Italian press and has written the post-apartheid novel The Afrikaner (Guernica, Toronto), also translated into German (Die Afrikaanerin, PalmArt Press, Berlin) – www.ariannadagnino.com Lawrence Feuchtwanger was born and grew up in South Africa. His poetry collection, Refugee Song (Signature Editions, 2014) is a lyrical recounting of a return journey to his birthplace. His novel manuscript, Skin, is a story of cross-racial love, violence, and political drama in apartheid South Africa. www.lawrencefeuchtwanger .com Stefano Gulmanelli spent the crucial years of the 1990s reporting from southern Africa. Based in Jo’burg, he had the chance to witness the transition of power and meet people across the whole social and political spectrum, from former SADF members turned mercenaries to black anti-apartheid activists. Cecil Hershler immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1974. He has been an oral storyteller for 35 years. Many of these stories relate to his childhood in his birth country. More recently, he has begun to transform these stories into poetic prose. Dennis Kleinman is a South African voice actor based in Los Angeles. He narrated and co-produced the audiobook of Arianna Dagnino's novel The Afrikaner – www.aworldvoice.com Deborah Vieyra is a writer and performer from South Africa. Now based in Vancouver, she was Surrey Muse's featured poet for September 2021. Her play The Bluebottles was recently chosen for Jersey City Theatre Center's Voices festival. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MA in Applied Theatre.
I thank the Writers Union of Canada for their support in this event, https://www.writersunion.ca