Edinburgh World Writers' Conference 2012British Council
The Edinburgh International Book Festival and British Council have partnered to bring the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference to Cape Town in September.
1962 saw an iconic gathering of writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s World Writers’ Conference. Leading authors of the time, Rebecca West, Muriel Spark, Lawrence Durrell and Norman Mailer, amongst others, gathered to discuss issues around writing and society, in what became a defining moment in the history of international literary dialogue and debate.
Fifty years later, in August 2012, in an international partnership between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council, contemporary writers came together at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference, to revisit and explore the same themes discussed in 1962.
In September the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference begins to travel, over the next year, to fourteen participating countries, giving writers across the world the opportunity to add to the growing debate about writing and its relationship to contemporary life. It returns to Edinburgh for a plenary session at the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Open Book Cape Town, in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council South Africa, is the second destination for the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference. In a two-day event, keynote addresses by writers Anjali Joseph and Keith Gray from the UK, and South Africans Antjie Krog and Njabulo Ndebele, will set the context after which the discussions will open to an audience of local and international writers. Three themes will be explored; 'Censorship Today', 'Should Literature be Political?', and 'A National Literature?'. The conference sessions, open to the public, will take place on 20 and 21 September at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town
If you would like to participate, please do so online at www.edinburghworldwritersconference.org and via the Twitter hashtag #worldwritersconf.
For the full Open Book programme visit www.openbookfestival.co.za
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Open Book Cape Town Festival
Dates: Saturday, 7th September 2013 - Wednesday, 11th September 2013