As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents award-winning novelist, Imraan Coovadia.

Coovadia will present Nelson Mandela and the Arts in which he asks: What do politicians learn from the arts? What do they see reflected in the novel? Why was Nelson Mandela interested in the novel and how did he show himself in his choice of stage roles? What is the nature of Mandela’s famous high-mindedness and grace and how do we understand his identification with Tolstoy’s character Kutuzov from War and Peace?

Imraan Coovadia is a renowned novelist, essayist, and academic. Born in Durban, Coovadia has lived in London, Melbourne and New York. He is currently based in Cape Town where he is professor in the English Department at UCT, and Director of the Creative Writing Programme. Coovadia is the author of several novels, including High Low In-between (Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2010, and the University of Johannesburg Prize) as well as a collection of essays, Transformations (2012). His latest novel, Tales of the Metric System, was published in 2014.

The event will take place from 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

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Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Address: UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa