Swedish writer Athena Farrokhzad tours SA

Hear My Voice
08/27/2018 17:07:10

Swedish writer Athena Farrokhzad tours South Africa appearing at events in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town from 27 August to 10 September 2018.

Hear My Voice is proud to announce that highly acclaimed Swedish writer Athena Farrokhzad will be touring South Africa from 27 August to 10 September. She will be performing, forming part of panel discussions and conducting creative writing workshops at venues in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town including participating in the Jozi Book Fair and the Open Book Festival. A majority of the events are free.

Athena Farrokhzad's debut poetry collection, White Blight, which has been staged several times as a play and translated into English by Jennifer Hayashida, circles around the topics of language, desire and heritage within a context of revolution, war, migration and racism. The collection is being released for the first time in South Africa for a 250-copy print run by Uhlanga Press in association with Argos Books in the US. Copies will be available for sale at all the events and venues.

Athena Farrokhzad's South African tour forms part of the second phase of the Sweden-South Africa Poetry Exchange programme which aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, best practices and networks between Swedish and South African writers. Facilitated by Hear My Voice, the project is made possible by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria with additional support from the Swedish Arts Council. Programme partners include The Open Book Festival, The Jozi Book Fair, African Flavour Books, The American Corner and Uhlanga Press.

Tour Schedule
Wednesday 29 August 2018
18:30 - 20:00
Private Book Launch: White Blight
Venue: Swedish Embassy Residence
Details: Poetry and Jazz, also featuring Vangi Gantsho and Busisiwe Mahlangu
Entry: By Invitation Only

Thursday 30 August 2018
14:00 - 16:00
Last Thursdays Poetry Session
Venue: The American Corner, Es'kia Mphahlele Library, Tshwane
Details: Feature performance, Conversation and Open Mic Hosted by Torstyn "Clear" Rybka
Entry: Free | RSVP at

18:30 - 20:00
Hear My Voice Dialogue Series: The Impact Of Youth Voices Through Arts And Literature
Venue: African Flavour Books, 20 Melle Street, Braamfontein
Entry: Free Entry | RSVP at
Details: Moderator: Quaz Roodt(RSA)
Panelists: Athena Farrokhzad(Sweden), Jonathan Tucker (USA), Keamogetswe Moeketsane (South Africa), Dr Raphael D'Abdon (Italy)

Saturday 1 September 2018
11:00 - 11:50
Jozi Book Fair: Poetry Workshop
Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg | MFS Reception Tent
Entry: Free

13:15 - 14:00
Jozi Book Fair: Live Poetry Performances
Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg | MF. Reception Tent
Details: Performances by Swedish Poets Athena Farrokhzad, Emil Boss, Jenny Wrangborg and Magnus Gustafson
Entry: Free

Sunday 2 September 2018
11:00 -11:50
Jozi Book Fair: Discussion - Writing, struggles and the working class
Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg | MFS Discussion 1
Panel features: Sweden (Athena Farrokhzad and Magnus Gustaffson) and South Africa (Jolyn Phillips).
Entry: Free

12:30 - 13:20
Jozi Book Fair: "White Blight" Book Launch and Reading
Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg | MF. Reception Tent
Entry: Free

Wednesday 5 September 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Open Book Festival: Rioters in Session
Venue: Fugard Theatre, Corner of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street, District 6, Cape Town, 8001
Entry: R65

Thursday 6 September 2018
18:30 - 20:30
Open Book Festival: Grounding Sessions
Venue: Zer021, 46 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925
Entry: R40

20:00 - 21:00
Open Book Festival: Discussion - Who are You?
Venue: A4 Ground, 23 Buitenkant Street
Aminatta Forna, Athena Farrokhzad and Sue Nyathi talk about immigrants and the possibilities of transnational identities with Jen Malec
Entry: R40

Saturday 8 September 2018
12:00 - 13:00
Open Book Festival: Discussion - Poetry Matters
Venue: A4 Ground
Athena Farrokhzad and Vangile Gantsho speak to Toni Stuart about the ongoing relevance of performance and writing
Entry: R45

About Athena Farrokhzad
Athena Farrokhzad, born 1983, lives in Stockholm. Her debut collection of poetry titled "Vitsvit" (White Blight) was published in 2013 and circles around the topics of language, desire and heritage within a context of revolution, war, migration and racism. It has been translated into many languages and staged several times as a play. Her second book, Trado, published in 2016, is a collaboration with the Romanian poet Svetalana Cârstean. Farrokhzad is also a literary critic, playwright and teacher of creative writing. She has translated writers such at Marguerite Duras, Nicole Brossard, Jacqueline Woodson and Adrienne Rich to Swedish.

Hear My Voice is a non-profit organization based in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. Our focus is developing young spoken word artists as well as creating open and uncensored platforms for youth to express themselves through spoken word poetry. We achieve this through organizing local and international exchange programs, workshops, live spoken word shows, open mics and other literature programs for schools, private companies, government, libraries, festivals and other cultural institutions. Account:
Ishmael Sibiya
Hear My Voice
060 370 3649
Related Events:
Open Book Cape Town Festival
Dates: Wednesday, 4th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019
Jozi Book Fair
Dates: Thursday, 30th August 2018 - Monday, 3rd September 2018