Véronique Tadjo is a poet, novelist and writer of books for young people. She is also a painter and illustrator. Born in Paris, of an Ivorian father and a French mother, she was brought up in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). She has a doctorate in African American Studies from the Sorbonne Paris IV and has travelled extensively in West Africa, Europe, USA and Latin America. Her work has been translated in several languages. She has written L’ombre d’Imana (The Shadow of Imana, Heinemann AWS, 2000) on the genocide in Rwanda. Her novel Reine Pokou (Queen Pokou, Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2009) was awarded the prestigious literary prize “Le Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire” in 2005. As the Crow Flies, her ground-breaking novel was republished by Penguin South Africa in 2009. Her new book, Loin de mon Père (Away from My Father) in May 2010. She is Head of French Studies in the School of Literature & Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
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RSVPThe cultural performances on the evening of Wednesday 25 August at 8pm as well as the literary symposium on 25 and 26 August requires that both media and the public RSVP to Ms Roshnie Moonsammy on email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her on +27(0)11726 6916. Or Zodwa Shongwe on +27(0) 11 720 7009 or +27826106274 and email:email@example.com. Ms Moonsammy runs the Urban Voices Festival and has recently worked with women inmates on Serious Fun at Sun City 2010.