Acclaimed South African writer, poet, feminist and activist Makhosazana Xaba will be delivering a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on May 5, titled “Conjuring up her wholeness: How my life has influenced my writing”.
Xaba’s collection of short stories, “Running and Other Stories” (2013), won the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award (which forms part of the South African Literary Awards) in 2014, while “Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction” (2013), an anthology she co-edited with Karen Martin, won the 2014 LGBT Anthology (Fiction) Award at the Lambda Literary Awards.
Xaba has also published two collections of poetry, “These Hands” (2005) and “Tongues of their Mothers” (2008).
In all these works, Xaba writes about the political and the personal, love, women loving writing, women loving women, intimacy and the erotic.
The lecture has been arranged by the College of Saint Benedict and St John’s University (both in Minnesota, United States), in collaboration with NMMU’s Department of Arts and Culture and the University’s School of Language, Media and Culture.
Xaba’s talk will take place on May 5, from 5pm in NMMU’s South Campus Auditorium (Main Building) in Summestrand. Copies of Xaba’s books will be on sale at the lecture.