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Albert Verwey Lecture by Antjie Krog: ‘Tempting to write what should/could not be written’

  • Antjie Krog
Thursday 18 November 2021
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Groot Auditorium

This year, Antjie Krog will give the annual Albert Verwey lecture.

"Tempting to write what should/could not be written"

Antjie Krog (1952) lives and works in South Africa, where she wrote about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the non-fiction book Country of My Skull. But the history and polyphony of her country also play a major role in her many collections of poetry. Her award-winning work is astonishing: political and personal at the same time, lyrical, witty and also serious. Without simply appropriating anything, she explores how to articulate Africa in her poems and impressive performances.

Antjie Krog's lecture is entitled 'Tempting to write what should/could not be written'. This lecture is in English.


17.45-17.50 Introduction by Dr. Esther Op de Beek
17.50-18.35 Albert Verweylezing byAntjie Krog
18.35-18.55 Short interview with Antjie Krog by Annemarié van Niekerk
18.55-19.45 Drinks

Watch the livestream

You can watch the livestream on November 18 via this page.

Antjie Krog, Photo: Antonia Steyn
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