Swedish journalist and writer Elisabeth Asbrink will be touring South Africa from the 3rd to the 10th of September 2019. She will be featured at two of South Africa's notable Literary fairs, The Open Book Festival and The South African Book Fair.
Her visit to south Africa forms part of the ongoing literary exchange project, #SE_SA which sees literary practitioners from South Africa and Sweden tour each other's countries. Facilitated by Hear My Voice, the project is made possible by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through funds from The Swedish Institute and The Swedish Arts Council. Programming and strategic partners include The Open book Festival, The South African Book Fair and Jonathan Ball Publishers.
Cape Town: Open Book FestivalWednesday 4th September 2019
20:00 - 21:00
Debunking National Identity
Venue: Fugard Studio
Details: Elisabeth Asbrink, Djamila Ibrahim and Fred Khumalo speak to Efemia Chela about the consequences of arbitrary divisions
Thursday 5th September 2019
16:00 - 17:00
Venue: Book Lounge
Details: Elisabeth Asbrink, Patrick Flanery and Hedley Twidle speak to Efemia Chela about blurring boundaries in their books
Friday 6th September
18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Book Lounge
Details: Elisabeth Asbrink, Jonny Steinberg and Ivan Vladislavic speak to Mervyn Sloman about their presence and absences in their books.
Johannesburg: The South AFrican Book Fair
Sunday 8th September
14:30 - 15:30
When Now Begins
Venue: Session Space 3 - Constitution Hill
Details: Highly acclaimed Swedish writer and journalist Elisabeth Asbrink visits South Africa courtesy of the Swedish embassy. Her historical tome 1947: When Now Begins examines the complicated and interesting ways the events of that year affected the world as we know it today.
Monday 9th September 2019
18:30 - 21:00
#SE_SA Reception at the Swedish Residence
Venue: Swedish Residence
Entry: By Invite Only