Goethe-Institut’s Virtually Yours Literary Festival

The Virtually Yours Literary Festival, bringing together African and German authors in conversation, is set to run from November 11-14, 2021. It is curated jointly by Zukiswa Wanner and Zoë Beck.

Virtually Yours is a series that brings you to the centre of contemporary African literature with discussions between leading African authors curated by Zukiswa Wanner and hosted by Goethe-Namibia. Since it started in 2020, it has hosted some of the leading names in African letters including Nadifa Mohamed, Niq Mhlongo, Rémy Ngamije, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Ondjaki, Ishmael Beah, and Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu.

The Virtually Yours Literary Festival grew from this initiative and brings you African and German authors in conversation about their works. Curated jointly by Zukiswa Wanner and Zoë Beck, the festival highlights common topics in both African and German literature through intimate conversations with different authors.

Here is the program for the festival which will run in both English and French;

Thursday, November 11,

18:00hrs GMT,

Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Iman Ayata

moderated by Anke Dörsam

Theme: Sounds of Music

(English with French translation)

Friday, November 12,

18:00hrs GMT,

Maaza Mengiste and Sharon Dodua Otoo

Moderated by Rémy Ngamije

Theme: Unforgotten Herstories

(English with French translation)

Saturday, November 13,

13:00hrs GMT

(Regular monthly discussion)

Guest author: Nozizwe Cynthia Jele
Moderator: Zukiswa Wanner

(English with French translation)

18:00hrs GMT

Angela Makholwa and Melanie Raabe

moderated by Pippa Goldschmidt

Theme: Crime Pays

(English with French translation)

Sunday, November 14


Anne Weber and Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

moderated by Merdi Mukore

Theme: Lost and found in translation

(French, with English translation)

To register for the festival please click here.