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Photography © Izzy Romilly 2018

Photography © Izzy Romilly 2018


Panashe Chigumadzi’s European Tour

Panel Discussion - The feeling of loss. Orientation and loss of orientation in literature - Das Kultursymposium in Weimar

Thursday 20 June | 10am - 11am

€ 50 | Book tickets for the three days, all events

Lichthaus Kino 3, Am Kirschberg 4, 99423 Weimar, Germany

More news, more possibilities, more duties – where can we find our own self in consideration of a growing mobility, plurality and openness of society, when the border of the me gets blurred and all at the same time as the need to self-stage and self-commercialize through social media grows? In literature, the quest for one’s own identity is an always-recurring theme. How do literary texts reflect this quest in the era of new technologies and of social freedom of action? Can literature provide the readers, through opening news perspectives, with the tools to lead to shaking hands?
Male and female authors from three continents in discussion.

Panel Discussion - Goal reached? Retrospection and prospect - Das Kultursymposium in Weimar

Friday 21 June | 3.30pm - 4.30pm

€ 50 | Book tickets for the three days, all events

E-Werk, Am Kirschberg 4, 99423 Weimar, Germany

For the closing of Die Kultursymposium 2019, all attendees meet to summarise the most important issues of the three days in Weimar and to cast together a look towards the future. Four experts from diverses fields and generations discuss which perspectives they personally take from Die Kultursymposium 2019 and what are the biggest challenges that are waiting for us in the coming years in the fields of ORIENT//IERUNG, AUTON//NOMIE, RE//GRESSION and DIGI//NOMICS.

Talk at the Bijlmer Parktheather in Amsterdam

Sunday 23 June | 7pm

€ 5 | Book tickets

Studiozaal 1, Bijlmer Parktheater, Anton de Komplein, 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam, The Netherlands

On Sunday, June 23, Panashe Chigumadzi, author of These Bones Will Rise Again will talk with moderator Tracian Meikle and the public about her novels and her most recent, frequently shared essay ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To Nigerians About Race’.

Reading: These Bones Will Rise Again at InterKontinental

Wednesday 26 June | 7pm - 9pm


InterKontinental Bookstore, Sonntagstr. 26, 10245 Berlin

In November 2017 the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in an unprecedented alliance with the military. Their goal, to restore the legacy of Chimurenga, the liberation struggle, and wrest their country back from over thirty years of Robert Mugabe’s rule. In an essay that combines bold reportage, memoir and critical analysis, Zimbabwean novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi reflects on the ‘coup that was not a coup’, the telling of history and manipulation of time and the ancestral spirts of two women – her own grandmother and Mbuya Nehanda, the grandmother of the nation.

Panashe Chigumadzi, born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books, 2015) won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. She is the founding editor of Vanguard magazine. A columnist for The New York Times, her work has featured in titles including The Guardian, Chimurenga, Washington Post and Die Zeit. Her second book, These Bones Will Rise Again, a reflection on Robert Mugabe’s ouster (Indigo Press, 2018). She is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies.

Talk: Freedom Here, Now, Then: Black Liberation across time and space at be’kech Anti-Café in Berlin

Thursday 27 June | 7pm - 10.30pm

Free event

be'kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar], Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin- Wedding, Germany

Drawing on her historical memoir These Bones Will Rise Again, a reflection on Robert Mugabe’s 2017 ouster and Zimbabwe’s liberation struggles through intercession with her the spirits of her late grandmother Mbuya Chigumadzi and the anti-colonial heroine Mbuya Nehanda, and her much circulated long form essay ‘Why I’m No Longer to Nigerians About Race: On writers, empathy and (black) solidarity politics’, Panashe Chigumadzi speaks to the various meanings and modes of freedom, struggle and liberation for black peoples across time and space.

Edinburgh International Book Festival - various

Parker Bilal & James Oswald - Creating a Detective Story

Saturday 10 August | Noon

£12 - £10 | Book tickets

The Spiegeltent, the Book Festival Village, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 4DR

New novels from Parker Bilal and James Oswald find investigators at different ends of crime-cracking careers. Following the success of his Makana Mystery series, Bilal’s The Divinities marks DS Calil Drake and Dr Rayhana Crane’s maiden voyage as they attempt to solve a brutal murder in Battersea. Oswald’s Cold As The Grave – complete with mummified bodies in Edinburgh – sees DCI Tony McLean in his ninth outing. The authors talk to Brian Taylor.

Sulaiman Addonia & Olga Grjasnowa - Flight Recorders

Thursday 22 August | 3.30pm - 4.30pm

£8 - £6 | Book tickets

Writer’s Retreat, the Book Festival Village, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 4DR

Sulaiman Addonia fled Eritrea in 1976 and spent his early life in a Sudanese refugee camp. Those days inform Silence Is My Mother Tongue, which also explores gender identity and a close sibling relationship. Azeri author Olga Grjasnowa moved to Germany in 1996 as a refugee and is married to a Syrian actor – her novel City of Jasmine offers an intimate picture of the inhumanity of war as three Damascenes flee. They discuss lives lived in exile.