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Sisonke Msimang:
In exile, at home

Join this incredible storyteller for an exploration of culture, gender and politics.

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“Sisonke Msimang comes along and kindles a new fire on our store of memoir, transforming it into art.”

Njabulo S. Ndebele


Belonging and identity in a “post-colonial” world

Sisonke Msimang is a bold voice speaking to race, politics, feminism and activism.

An incisive cultural analyst, she has written articles about cultural touchstones like #blackgirlmagic, the racism she’s encountered in Australia, and contemporary South African politics. Her work is characterised by insight into complex political situations, and wisdom around human relationships.

Msimang's memoir, Always Another Country, tackles the slippery definition of home. Throughout her life she has been haunted by an imaginary homeland. With great poetry, Msimang uses her personal experiences to examine philosophical and existential questions about how race and gender can impact identity and belonging.

More about Sisonke Msimang...

Sisonke Msimang is a writer, columnist and activist who has worked for The Guardian, Daily Maverick and The New York Times on issues like politics, gender and race. Born in Swaziland to parents who were political exiles, she was raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, before going to the US as an undergraduate.

Sisonke has held fellowships at Yale University, the Aspen Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand. She now lives in Perth, Australia, where she is head of oral storytelling at the Centre for Stories.

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