At the South African Book Fair (SABF) this year we’ll be looking at women in writing – fiction writing in particular – and at what can still be done to advance women authors. We’ll also examine whether and how existing literary prizes influence the progress of women writers here and on the rest of the continent.
We would like to investigate and understand how writing by women is received in our own country and elsewhere, and whether there are differences between places. How does the female writer fit into Africa? How does the African woman fit into the global imagination? What is colourism, and how does it impact our ideas about attractiveness? How does this translate into contemporary African design and beauty?
SABF 2017 presents a formidable phalanx of women to interrogate these questions; and also to celebrate the power, the splendour and the wonder of women.
Lola Shoneyin, Verashni Pillay, Barbara Boswell, Makhosazana Xaba, Athambile Masola, Koleka Putuma, Angela Makholwa, Lerato Mbangeni, Shubnum Khan, Ayobami Adebayo, Yewande Omotoso, Fiona Melrose, Kgomotso Moeketsi