Writer in Residence Programme 2007

Marlene van Niekerk as WiR in Amsterdam

1 November 2007 - 1 March 2008

The board of the University of Utrecht has invited South-African author Marlene van Niekerk to hold the Africa chair this winter. This chair is the result of the cooperation between the University of Utrecht and five partner universities in South-Africa.

Her teaching assignment is the position of the novel and the novelist in post-apartheid South-Africa. Van Niekerk will deliver an opening speech about this subject and is giving a master class. Her visit to the Netherlands is supported by the Writer-in-Residence programme. The programme has made living space available in Amsterdam. Being a writer-in-residence Marlene van Niekerk is asked to deliver a speech on the occasion of the November symposium that celebrates the five year anniversary of the South-African literature chair at the University of Amsterdam.

Her prize winning novel Agaat was published by Querido in 2006 and the translation of Memorandum: ‘n verhaal met skilderye (translated by Riet de Jong-Goossens) is expected late 2007.

The title of the Symposium is Families in Zuid-Afrika – hun verhalen in feit en fictie. Date : November 30, 2007 & Location: Het Tropentheater.

For more information on the programme:

Fleur van Koppen


Fleur van Koppen

Programme officer

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