IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019
IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019
Sisonke MSimang is a writer and anti-racism activist, though on her Twitter it states, writer, mama, and bear. Of South African whakapapa, her work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. Born and raised in exile as the daughter of freedom fighters working to bring down apartheid in South Africa, the government had labelled her father as a terrorist. Currently living in Perth Australia, Sisonke is in Tāmaki Makaurau this week for the Auckland Writers Festival speaking tomorrow at Aotea Center on her book Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. Lillian Hanly spoke with Sisonke about terrorism and freedom fighting, national identity, racism, privilege, the importance of stories and the concept of home. Sisonke starts by explaining her book and why she wrote it.