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Kgositsile, Rampolokeng, Langa, Mgqolozana, Matlwa and More for the Edinburgh Book Festival

Alert! The SA Lit whack-a-mole game has seen its first installation in Scotland. Several South African authors are set to pop up at the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival this August, including BOOK SA members Kopano Matlwa, Thando Mgqolozana and Mandla Langa.

They’ll be joined by Lesego Rampolokeng, Pumla Dineo Gqola, Marlene van Niekerk, national poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile and possibly some others – BOOK SA will be darned if it can open the programme PDF; we’ve had to compile the list from various searches instead. Topics discussed will include “Men, Women and Power in South Africa” and “Contrasting Approaches to South African Poetry”.

David James Smith, author of Young Mandela, will also put in an appearance at the fest.

Here are notes on the jamboree from EdinburghGuide.com; as you’ll see, the SA Lit folks will be mixing with quite a lineup:

A Man Who is Not a ManThe Lost Colours of the ChameleonAgaatWhat is Slavery to Me?This Way I Salute You

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, poet Seamus Heaney, and Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau are among a varied and exciting line-up of authors coming to this August’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).

Debut director Nick Barley’s first programme re-affirms the Book Festival’s position as the intellectual heavyweight among Edinburgh’s Festivals. The programme, which was revealed yesterday with a breakfast of bucks fizz and bacon butties at the Signet Library, is also brimming with events for kids.

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Kopano, Thando, Mandla et al, Give BOOK SA’s regards to Edinburgh!

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