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FREEDOM SPRING (article first published : 2005-04-4)

Adams Campus Bookshop will launch the South African anthology Freedom Spring, Ten years on: a celebration and commemoration of ten years of freedom in S.A during the Time of the Writer Festival on April 5 at 18h30 on the deck of The Wellington Tavern at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Edited by Suhayl Saadi and Catherine McInerney, the 192 page publication was published in March 2005 by the Glasgow City/Scottish Arts Council.

Freedom Spring, ten years on grew out of a desire to leave behind a lasting Glasgow legacy of the ten years of freedom in South Africa and the many years of struggle against apartheid. What began as an idea for a commemorative programme became this inspirational, robust and original volume of prose and poetry by a broad range of Scottish and South African writers with a preface by distinguished South African writer Andre Brink.

Most of the writers were commissioned. Some were prize winners of the Freedom Poetry Competition run by the Glasgow City Council in 2004. Among the local contributors are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Beverley Naidoo, Elleke Boehmer, Kole Omotoso, Sindiwe Magona, Zakes Mda, Lindiwe Mabuza, Deela Khan, Gus Ferguson, Ingrid de Kock, Mzi Mahola, Susan Mann, Ashraf Johaardien, Shereen Pandit and Gcina Mhlope.

Suhayl Saadi is an award-winning Glasgow novelist and stage and radio dramatist . His novels include The Snake (1997), The White Cliffs (2004) and Psychoraag (2005) short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His short story collection, The Burning Mirror (2001) was short-listed for the Saltire First Book Prize.

Catherine McInerney is Glasgow’s Literature Development Officer within the Glasgow City Council’s Arts Development team. Her post supports writers and literature activities across Glasgow. She was the editor of Glasgow Kiss, an anthology of new writing from Glasgow and the co-ordinator of Back to the Light: New Glasgow Poems. Previously she was Managing Editor of New Writing Scotland. She is a former member of the Scottish Arts Council Literature Committee and currently serves on the board of the Scottish Poetry Library.




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