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Event – Unspoken Stories: Love in Apartheid South Africa
11 October 2015 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm£8
Feminist Naomi Wolf and biographer Elleke Boehmer discuss South African apartheid and forbidden love. Boehmer, writer and acclaimed biographer of Nelson Mandela, and Wolf, a leading third-wave feminist, activist and author, look at apartheid from the perspective of settler families and explore the forbidden loves that bloomed against a backdrop of segregation.
Boehmer’s new novel The Shouting in the Dark tells the story of Ella, the daughter of settlers from Holland, who falls in love with Phineas, their black gardner, and comes into conflict with the limits of life under apartheid.
Boehmer and Wolf look at the damage that was inflicted on the oppressed and the oppressor and how, against the odds, some relationships found ways to flourish.