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Zoë Wicomb’s Fiction Set for London Conference

The One That Got AwayIn the wake of the recent publication of her second collection of short stories, The One That Got Away, Zoë Wicomb – or more specifically the fiction of Zoë Wicomb – has become the subject of a colloquium planned for September 2008 in London.

The colloquium will feature well-known literary critics, many of whom are instantly recognisable in South African circles, including David Attwell and Dorothy Driver. It’s sponsored by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

An event of this size and scope bodes well both for Wicomb and South African writers generally. Onwards and upwards:

To coincide with the publication of Zoë Wicomb’s new book of short stories, The One That Got Away, the Africa Department at SOAS and the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York are jointly hosting a colloquium to address – for the first time – her cumulative contribution to South African literature and criticism.

Following on the success of her most recent novel, Playing in the Light (2006), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in 2007, her hugely ambitious and innovative David’s Story (2001), and her stunning debut, the collection of short stories You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town (1987), this latest work from Umuzi, Random House (July 2008) shows the author once again on home ground: straddling the two sites of her native Cape and Glasgow, where she has spent much of her working life as a professor at the University of Strathclyde.

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