In the Society of Arts Lecture 2019 writer and poet Antjie Krog will talk on Siswana-sibomvana: Indigenous Texts, Rich Points and Pluriversal Sources of Beauty.

About Antjie Krog

Antjie Krog (born 1952) published her first volume of poetry, Dogter van Jefta, at the age of eighteen. She is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading poets. Her poetry is personal, sensual and engaged: she writes about motherhood and growing older, but also about her deep sense of connection with and struggle against inequality and racism in her country. She pulls out all the stops in her work, expressing rage and vulnerability, hope and desperation. She has received many awards for her work, including the prestigious Hertzog Prize and the Dutch Gouden Ganzenveer (2018). In addition to poetry, she writes prose, drama and non-fiction. She is currently an extraordinary professor of Literature and Philosophy at the University of the Western Cape.

About the lecture

In the Society of Arts Lecture 2019 writer and poet Antjie Krog will talk on Siswana-sibomvana: Indigenous Texts, Rich Points and Pluriversal Sources of Beauty. Funded by the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in South Africa (NIHSS), Antjie Krog coordinated eight texts to be published by Oxford University Press at the end of 2018. The texts have been identified and analysed by academics working in various indigenous languages. It will be the first time that these texts are available across languages to a broader public. What they have in common is that they were written by black authors specifically for black readers. The 2019 Society of Arts Lecturer Antjie Krog will briefly discuss the content of these texts and then read passages from the play Senkatana (based on Kgodumodumo, one of the oldest myths of southern Africa), from the magnificent novel Tears of the Brain, and from the thriller She's to Blame. Ms Krog will then explore the poetry anthology Stitching a whirlwind and read various poems in the original isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho and Sepedi and in translation, revealing their beauty and the powerful worldview that emanates from all these texts.

Date and Venue

  • 23 January 2019, 7 - 9 p.m.
  • OBA Oosterdok, Theaterzaal, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam

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Society of Arts Lecture

Each year, the Society of Arts invites a different guest speaker to reflect on a socially relevant topic related to the arts.