Elleke’s latest critical work, Indian Arrivals 1870–1915: Networks of British Empire has been shortlisted for an ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award 2016. The winners will be announced at the ESSE General Assembly in Galway on 24 August.
Elleke will be presenting a paper, entitled ‘Eavesdropping or Broadcasting – how to tell stories in the dark,’ at Telling Tales, Writing Stories, an interdisciplinary colloquium at TORCH in Oxford.
Elleke will be interviewed by Nancy Jouwe at this year’s Tong Tong Fair about Op de veranda.
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.
Ingrid Glorie of Hartstaal has reviewed Op de veranda (The Shouting in the Dark) on her literary blog.
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.
Elleke will be reading from The Shouting in the Dark at Lancaster University on 14 March 2016, hosted by the Centre for Transcultural Writing & Research. The event will be chaired by Graham Mort.
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.
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 . . .