South African poets and writers call for freedom for imprisoned Chinese writer On Tuesday March 20, poets and writers […]
South African poets and writers call for freedom for imprisoned Chinese writer
On Tuesday March 20, poets and writers in 73 towns and cities, in 32 countries around the world will call for the freedom of Chinese writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. A total of 92 events are taking place, as part of the International Berlin Literature Festival’s WorldWideReading.
In Cape Town, poets Sandile Dikeni, Shabbir Banoobhai and Diana Ferrus will read Liu Xiaobo’s work at the event, Freedom for Liu Xiaobo on Tuesday March 20, at 7pm, at The African Centre in St George’s Mall. A short documentary about the writer will also be screened.
Dikeni, Banoobhai and Ferrus are renowned and acclaimed South African writers whose respective works explore and promote human rights, and freedom.
Dr. Liu Xiaobo, is a literary critic, politic commentator and human rights activist, the Honorary President of Independent Chinese PEN Center and its president in 2003-2007. He was held under residential surveillance by Beijing Public Security Bureau since December 8, 2008 and then formally arrested on June 23, 2009 and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment on “inciting subversion of the state power” for his participation in drafting Charter 08 and publishing 6 articles on December 25, 2009. He is also an honorary member of German and Sydney PEN Centers.
The event is free. For details, call Toni Stuart on 071 573 3597 or email email@example.com Thank you to Badilisha Poetry for hosting this event at their venue.
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