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JM Coetzee at Norwich Festival: Photos, Report

JM Coetzee

Alert! As earlier advertised, a bevy of South African writers made their way to Norwich, UK, this week, to attend the Writers’ Center Norwich Worlds Literature Festival.

(It occurs to Your Correspondent that world literature is like a whack-a-mole game, and South Africans are currently the species popping up.)

The Centre has a fine blog and associated social media up and running; here are the choice reports and photos from the event featuring Gabeba Baderoon, CJ Driver, Zoe Wicomb and, of course, JM Coetzee:

SummertimeElegy for a RevolutionaryA hundred silencesThe One That Got Away

Now suddenly it’s Wednesday and we are feeling pretty buzzy after last night’s event at Norwich Playhouse with Gabeba Baderoon, CJ Driver, Zoe Wicomb and of course JM Coetzee.

We started proceedings on a beautiful summer’s evening, with students and their families milling about for their art show down the road, and a sense of mounting excitement as the audience gathered and chatted outside as did we, waiting in the sunlight for Coetzee.

Then he walked up to the venue, smiled for the cameras, walked around people with last minute glasses of wine and went backstage to say hello to his fellow readers before taking his seat for the first half.

Facebook gallery: JM Coetzee in Norwich

Meanwhile, the festival was kicked off by none other than Henrietta Rose-Innes, along with Katharine Kilalea (lately seen around our part of the world) and the Indian writer Neel Mukherjee. Report:

Shark's EggOne Eye'd Leigh

As I write this, we’ve already enjoyed the talents of Neel Mukherjee, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Kate Kilalea (pictured above) at the Worlds International Readings event at the UEA Drama Studio, and there’s so much more to look forward to – see the event listings at the bottom of this post.

Flickr gallery featuring Henrietta Rose-Innes, Katharine Kilalea, JM Coetzee and Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee by Writers' Centre NorwichNeel Mukherjee by Writers' Centre NorwichKate Kilalea by Writers' Centre NorwichHenrietta Rose-Innes by Writers' Centre NorwichFrom left to right, Kate Kilalea, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Neel Mukherjee. by Writers' Centre NorwichHenrietta, Neel and Kate converse before their readings. by Writers' Centre NorwichJM Coetzee in conversation with Nicolas Jose. by Writers' Centre NorwichHenrietta Rose-Innes reads from her work in progress. by Writers' Centre NorwichHenrietta Rose-Innes offers a sneak preview from her latest novel. by Writers' Centre NorwichNeel Mukherjee reads from his novel, 'A Life Apart'. by Writers' Centre NorwichKate Kilalea reads from 'One Eye'd Leigh' by Writers' Centre Norwich

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