Cape Town – Respected South African author Antjie Krog will be doing a reading from her epic Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse at an intimate event held in Cape Town.
Krog’s book, published in 1989, was the winner of the Hertzog Prize in 1990 and was also recently translated into English.
"In the 1980s, experiencing a writer’s block fostered by a political situation she felt she could not write about directly, Antjie Krog chose Lady Anne Barnard as the subject for an epic poem in which she intended to confront ‘white privilege and … frivolousness’.
"Instead, a much more complex relationship evolved between the bard and her Lady. Though sometimes at one another’s throats, the two writers from different centuries share much in common, not least 'the impossible possibility of writing honestly … about anything in this Country of Good Hope'," writes the UCT Summer School.
Antjie Krog has been a Professor of Literature and Philosophy at the University of the Western Cape since 2004.
She is a prolific author, poet and translator. Three award-winning anthologies of poetry preceded Lady Anne.