Tong Tong Fair

Tong Tong Fair

Elleke will be interviewed by Nancy Jouwe at this year’s Tong Tong Fair about Op de veranda.

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<em>The Shouting in the Dark</em> longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

The Shouting in the Dark longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

The 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards longlists

The Shouting in the Dark has been longlisted for this year’s Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. As Books Live note, the prize criteria stipulate that the winner should be “a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”.

The shortlist will be announced on Saturday 14 May at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

See the full list at Books Live.

Nederlands Dagblad review of Op de veranda

Nederlands Dagblad review of Op de veranda

Hans Ester of the Nederlands Dagblad posted the following review of Op de veranda (The Shouting in the Dark) in January.

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For those who don’t read Nederlands, the final line calls the book “a strong, hard-hitting novel that makes the reader long for more”.

Revisiting History: Cecil John Rhodes and Other African Stories with Professor Elleke Boehmer

Revisiting History: Cecil John Rhodes and Other African Stories with Professor Elleke Boehmer

Elleke will be participating in the Oundle Festival of Literature on 29 February 2016. Her talk and reading will explore how we re-tell and interpret history – take a particular angle, look from an alternative viewpoint, or consider oppositions. Elleke will look both at the dominant and recently contentious history of relatively well-known (though poorly understood), figures such as the imperial ‘colussus’ Cecil John Rhodes in South Africa, and will compare this to quieter, marginal, provincial histories, such as the story of the central character Ella in her novel, The Shouting in the Dark.

Is it possible that fiction is in certain ways more ‘true’ than history or biography? We will consider how we deal with the still widely prevalent legacies of empire that we find here in Britain today.

Writing Across Lines: History, Memory and the Imagination Elleke Boehmer

Writing Across Lines: History, Memory and the Imagination Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer, Professor or World Literature in English at Oxford University and biographer of Nelson Mandela, will give the Writers’ Centre at Norwich a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Shouting in the Dark. This interactive World Literature masterclass is a must for anyone interested in life writing, and will offer practical advice on the creative and technical issues of using fiction as a tool for exploring big ideas.

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The Witness review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

The Witness review of The Shouting in the Dark

The Witness‘s Moira Lovell has written this of The Shouting in the Dark:

While Boehmer is a skilful writer, she has created, in The Shouting in the Dark, an uncomfortable read . . .