Doek Literary Festival 22

The guests for the Doek Literary Festival 2022, to run at the Goethe-Institut in Windhoek, Namibia from April 21-23, 2022 have been revealed.

The Doek Literary Festival, a celebration of Namibian and African literature that connects Namibian readers and writers with their counterparts in Africa and the African diaspora, will be the first of its kind in Namibia. It seeks to nurture and grow the country’s literary culture while providing a creative and immersive space for encountering the works of Namibian and other African writers. The festival’s principal sponsor for 2022 is the creative writing programme at the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

The Doek Literary Festival will be hosted every two years with each edition focusing on a different mode of literary creation. For 2022, it will focus on fiction in the novel and short form, and an exciting lineup of international and local writers are scheduled to take part in readings, panel discussions, and facilitate creative writing workshops for readers, writers, and lovers of literature.

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tsitsi Dangarembga

Headlining the festival is award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga and UEA’s inaugural Chair of International Creative Writing whose books Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not, and This Mournable Body have been the recipients of numerous literary awards including a shortlisting for the Booker Prize in 2020. She is also a recent recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, one of the world’s richest literary prizes.

Tsitsi is joined by South African editor, publisher, and award-winning author Zukiswa Wanner, the first African woman to be awarded the Goethe Medal, writers Femi Kayode (Lightseekers) and Jean McNeil (The Dhow House and Ice Diaries); and the Doek Collective. The collective consists of Namibian writers Charmaine //Gamxamus, Roxane Bayer, Kay-Leigh De Sousa, Ndawedwa Denga Hanghuwo, who won the inaugural fiction prize of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards in 2021, Katherine Hunter, Filemon Iiyambo, Dalene Kooper, and Ange Mucyo, and Rémy Ngamije. Ngamije is Doek’s founder and chairperson, editor-in-chief of Doek!, and the award-winning author of The Eternal Audience of One.

All of the writers’ biographies can be read on the festival’s website: https://festival2022.doek.africa/