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Dr Mongane Wally Serote: Quite Footsteps

Monday, June 21st 2010 at 5:30 PM

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21 June 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Dr Mongane Wally Serote: Quite Footsteps

We are delighted to be welcoming Dr Mongane Wally Serote to the Book Lounge, to read from and talk about his latest work.

Quite Footsteps explores moral themes relating to political and social change in South Africa. An obscene clamour that the poet sees as eviscerating our country’s humanity becomes the catalyst for an excoriating attack on a time that “renders everything as matters of abuse“, and a passionate demand that we find in ourselves the capacity for the humane. This major work by one of South Africa’s greatest poets will trouble every conscience, even as it revives our faltering hope for a healed nation.
Dr Mongane Wally Serote was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. He was arrested by the apartheid government under the Terrorism Act in June 1969 and spent nine months in solitary confinement, before being released without charge. After writing for various journals, he published his first anthology, Yakhal´inkomo, in 1972. This was followed by numerous other critically acclaimed works in various literary genres. He received the Ingrid Jonker Award for poetry, and the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa; one of his novels was shortlisted for the M-NET Awards and was also a finalist for the coveted Impac Award; and one of his long poems was in the anthology of the Top 100 African works of 20th century. Other accolades with which he has been honoured include Order of Ikhamanga: Silver, the Pablo Nerida Medal, the Medal for 30 Years of Loyal Service to Umkhonto We Sizwe, Statesman of the Year by Black Business Quarterly, English Academy Medal. Dr Mongane Wally Serote is a decorated poet, a revered essayist, an award-winning novelist, a dedicated activist and a renowned humanist.
Dr Serote will be in conversation with Sindiwe Magona.