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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:The life and work of Bessie Head: a celebration of the seventieth anniversary of her birth
Editor:Lederer, Mary S.ISNI
City of publisher:Botswana
ISBN:9991248781; 9789991248783
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:women writers
conference papers (form)
About person:Bessie Amelia Head (1937-1986)ISNI
Abstract:The papers published in this book were given either at the Symposium held in Gaborone to mark the seventieth birthday of the Botswana writer Bessie Head (1937-1986) in July 2007 or at the international colloquium at the University of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, which followed almost immediately. At the Gaborone seminar papers were presented by Mary S. Lederer, Seatholo M. Tumedi, Leloba S. Molema, Maria Rytter, Gillian Stead Eilersen, Barulaganye Modongo, Nono Kgafela, Sonja Darlington, Charlotte Broad, Bruce Bennett, Grant Lilford, Ann Langwadt, Tom Holzinger, Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, Bobana Badisang, Sarah Mandow, Tiro Sebina, Fani-Kayode Omoregie, Linda-Susan Beard, Cecil Abrahams and Motsomi Marobela. The papers range from discussing various aspects of Bessie Head's work to literary criticism of particular books, from problems of translation to abstracting aspects of Tswana culture, from Botswana village tales to the struggle for liberation. The papers at the Pietermaritzburg colloquium, July 2007, were given by M.J. Daymond, Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane, Cheryl-Ann Michael, Modhumita Roy and V.M. Maqagi. The book concludes with an interview with Patrick van Rensburg, a friend of Bessie Head and founder of the Serowe Swaneng Hill School and the Brigade Movement in Botswana. [ASC Leiden abstract]