WANNER: Free at last in the Soweto that gave me spirit to write

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist currently living in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

  • But it is also in this same Soweto that the first draft of The Madams was written.
  • At that time, I was working as a publicist for the Alf Kumalo Museum in the Soweto neighbourhood of Diepkloof Extension.
  • The title was much more grandiose than the wages that got into my bank account at the end of the month.
  • What the job lacked for in salary, it more than made up for in giving me free time though.

I am in Soweto for the Abantu Book Festival. Founded by Thando Mgqolozana, it is the first book festival of its kind in this satellite town of Johannesburg that the apartheid machinery named South Western Townships. Being here reminds me that the writer in me was created here.


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