Antjie Krog [South Africa, 1952]
Antjie Krog made her debut at the age of 18 with the poetry collection Dogter van Jefta (‘Daughter of Jefta’), and has since become one of South Africa’s foremost poets. Her poetry is personal, sensory and highly politically engaged. She writes about motherhood and getting older, but also about her deep connection with her country and its struggle with inequality and racism. She pulls out all the stops exploring these themes – her voice at turns furious, vulnerable, hopeful and despondent. Her work has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Hertzog Prize and the Gouden Ganzenveer (Golden Goose Feather). Krog’s poetry has drawn comparisons to Sylvia Plath and Wislawa Szymborska.
READING: Friday 14 June, 18:00 hrs