12 October | Saturday | 15:00 | Rivertown Beerhall

My Tonuge is a Rainbow by MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi

My Tongue is a Rainbow is MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi debut anthology of poems, chosen from her artistic journey, spanning twenty years, as a poet, storyteller and just breathing. In this highly anticipated collection, she highlights the marginalisation of languages, which are dying out, race, equality & inequality and explores the abuse of women and children.

Surviving Loss by Busisiwe Mahlangu

Busisiwe Mahlangu is a writer and poet from Mamelodi, Pretoria. She is the winner of the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition (2016/2017) and founder of the Lwazilubanzi Project, an NPO aimed at using literature as a tool for learning, resistance and healing. Her poetry is a raw conversation around poverty, mental health, education, violence, healing and staying alive.

Mahlangu’s debut collection, written between 2015 and 2018, is undoing a house of silence. Her writing is too lived in to be naïve and somehow manages to remain untainted by the cynicism of growing up. If it is true that the artist is the child who survives, then this is the book that journey spat out. Surviving Loss is a gentle-urgent fight for breath and voice.

This is How We Disappear by Titilope Sonuga

On the night of April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terrorist organization, Boko Haram. Before the global outrage, the viral movement Bring Back Our Girls that pled for their return, there was a deafening silence. This is How We Disappear is Titilope Sonuga’s reckoning with this quiet vanishing while living in Lagos, Nigeria, at the time of the abductions.

With powerful grace, she reaches from this physical disappearance, into deeper questions and into a larger truth about the many ways a woman can disappear; into her body, into her mind, into the earth, uncovering a culture of silence that spans generations.

From Nigeria to Canada and back again, Sonuga charts her own migration patterns across the globe, negotiating loss, grief, the fevered journey from girlhood into womanhood and the politics of women’s bodies in the world.

With the distinctive music of Sonuga’s poetry and the rhythm of the oral traditions from which she emerges, This is How We Disappear is at once an exploration of the terror of vanishing and a celebration of the legacy of womanhood and magic making, their shapeshifting as daring acts of survival.