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Sisonke Msimang

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The Gifts of Reading with Tristan Bancks, Sisonke Msimang, Jennie Orchard and Alice Pung

Byron Writers Festival

Tristan Bancks, longtime Byron Writers Festival supporter and Room to Read ambassador, chairs a discussion with Sisonke Msimang, Jennie Orchard and Alice Pung about their contributions to the anthology The Gifts of Reading, including the books they all love to give.The Gifts of Reading is an anthology of essays about the joys of reading and of giving books, from some of the world's most beloved writers, inspired by Robert Macfarlane, curated by Jennie Orchard, and published on the 20th anniversary of the global literacy non-profit Room to Read.


16 Sep 2021

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Writer Sisonke Msimang speaks to us

Radio New Frame

As an African living in Australia but with deep roots in South Africa, writer Sisonke Msimang is an insider-outsider. She tells us how she felt from afar as South Africa was burning. Guests: Sisonke Msimang Song: Wathint' Abafazi, Wathint' Imbokotho – Nothembi Mkhwebane Production: The Good People at Between Productions Editor: Charles Leonard


6 Aug 2021

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Grief is Another Word For Love by Sisonke Msimang

The Home Reader

Ultimately we don't want to love only the dead. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/a2709/message


22 Jun 2021

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Zubeida Jaffer and Sisonke Msimang in Conversation

The Empty Chair by PEN SA

In the fifth and final episode of this season of The Empty Chair, PEN SA board member Sisonke Msimang interviews celebrated author and journalist Zubeida Jaffer. Zubeida talks about her books, writing in difficult and joyous circumstances, her certainty during the struggle against apartheid as well as her hopes for future generations. In this episode we stand in solidarity with Dr Stella Nyanzi, a medical anthropologist, feminist, poet and human rights activist.


10 Jun 2021

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253. Summer Series Takeover 2021 #2: Ashley Kalagian Blunt & Sisonke Msimang

Words and Nerds: Authors, books and literature.

The Summer Series Takeover 2021 where friends of the podcast interview an author of their choice.


14 Jan 2021

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Sisonke Msimang: Winnie Mandela — An Intimate Accountability

The WISER Podcast

Sisonke Msimang discusses the life, politics and legacy of Winnie Mandela. Sisonke Msimang is the author of  Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018) and is a Writing Fellow at WISER.


25 Sep 2020

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Episode 3.1 - Interview with Sisonke Msimang

LitFest - Australia

Our latest interview is live and could it get much better than the delightful, the brilliant and absolutely necessary Sisonke Msimang, Curator of the Literature and Ideas Program for the Perth Festival?' Their big weekend is across 21-23 February and not much will get you closer than an intimate conversation in your ears, talking all things Festival and literature. And Perth. 


17 Feb 2020

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Sisonke Msimang: The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela

The Cheeky Natives

‘With razor-sharp insight, Msimang writes in a reflective tone that contains both heartbreak and humour, as she navigates some often-overlooked complexities surrounding race, womanhood and class.’ – Cher Tan, Books and PublishingJust some of the words that come to mind when thinking of Sisonke Msimang’s second book ‘The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela’Written in response to her passing of Winnie Mandela, Sisonke’s book is haunting and inspiring. In answering the question of redemption as it comes to iconic, powerful Black womxn, Sisonke is also asking the reader questions on our morality.The book written in the second person contextualises Winnie Mandela’s life from before she was born to when she died. Sisonke skillfully and poetically converses with Winnie by reclaiming her and celebrating her. She writes about how Winnie encounter powerful womxn upon arriving in Joburg dispelling the myth that Winnie became political because of Nelson. She writes about the moment Winnie saw Nelson, their love - showing us that theirs was a deep, profound love.Further, in the book, she writes about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how Winnie was treated at this Commission, this allows us to question the true nature of the TRC and whether it was about truth. In the same breath, she holds Winnie to account by writing about the deaths of the 18 boys that Winnie may have been involved in. In this, she demands of us to hold Winnie to account for these deaths and to take some ownership in the passing of these boys. She writes about the mothers of these children and how they came head to head with Winnie demanding the truth. In this book, Sisonke encourages us to use Winnie’s life to think about nation-building and Blackwomxnhood. It’s a powerful conversation about reclaiming our heroes.

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12 Aug 2019

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Of Exile And Home: Sisonke Msimang (2019)

Auckland Writers Festival

The daughter of a South African freedom fighter and an accountant, the writer Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, and has lived on three continents. She has called the dream of freedom a kind of home for her, an idea beautifully expanded upon in her memoir Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. Now based in Perth and working as an oral storyteller, Msimang has also published The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, which charts the not-always-ascendant trajectory of one of South Africa’s most famous women. She speaks with Dan Salmon.Supported by Platinum Patrons Carol & Gerard Curry.


7 Aug 2019

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Episode 1 - Sisonke Msimang talks about amplifying your voice and speaking out

Change Voices

Change Voices is a weekly podcast exploring the challenges, successes and lessons of leadership through the experiences of diverse women leaders across Africa and beyond. Hosted by frayintermedia CEO Paula Fray, we want the Change Voices podcast to contribute to changing and challenging the perceptions about who leads and who speaks about leadership.Our inaugural guest is writer Sisonke Msimang, who is an acclaimed columnist and author of the autobiographical “Always Another Country” as well as the recently published “The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela”. She speaks about her struggles of a life in exile - transporting the reader to her childhood in Zambia and Kenya, her studies in North America and her return to contemporary South Africa with all its complexities and contradictions. A bold voice focused on race, gender and democracy, she has written for a range of international publications.For this reason, she’s the ideal person to talk to us today about amplifying our voices, and the power and importance of speaking out, and speaking up.You can find more information about the work we do and the @changevoices podcast on our website, frayintermedia.com or on our social media platforms @frayintermedia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, where our frayintermedia teams involved in the production of this podcast will be posting regular updates and sharing the lessons as we go along. If you have any specific women in mind that you’d like to hear from or if you want to support our endeavour, please contact Paula directly at pfray@frayintermedia.com or direct message her on social media.


30 Apr 2019