As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents legendary South African author, Sindiwe Magona.

Magona will present The Writer and Her Times, in which she asks: Who is the writer and what is she to the nation? What determines the writer’s themes? What is the role of her community, and her role in that community? What is her role in the life of the nation?

Sindiwe Magona is a prolific writer, poet, dramatist, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker. She has published a number of internationally acclaimed works, including Beauty’s GiftLiving, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night and To My Children’s Children. Her latest novel, Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle was published in November 2015. Magona was awarded the Presidential Order of Ikhamanga (2011) in recognition of her literary and humanitarian contribution, and the 2016 English Academy of Southern Africa gold medal award for distinguished service to English over a lifetime. Her play, OoMasisulu will be showing at Artscape from 3 – 13 August after a successful run at this year’s Grahamstown Arts Festival. 

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the ICA office: +27 21 650 7156 or

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Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

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