Dhaka Lit Fest: Literature in its diverse forms

Different genres of literature have branched out in many different directions and this has never been truer before. In the postmodern age, literary and poetic talents push the boundaries of the grand narratives and strive to seek newer modes of communication with their audience. So they combine poetry with performance, or prose with visual art, to name just a few.

It has always been a strong aspect of the Dhaka Lit Fest that the organisers and producers never lose sight of these innovative artists. It explains why talented artists like Vuyelwa Maluleke and Prabda Yoon, and writers like Eddin Khoo have been featured in this year’s lineup.

Vuyelwa Maluleke is a Johannesburg-based spoken word artist, scriptwriter and actor who describes herself as a storyteller – archiving through her writing, influenced by her personal experience of blackness and womanness – living in present day South Africa. With a BA in dramatic arts from the University of Witwatersrand, she came under the spotlight when she was shortlisted for the Brunel University African Poetry in 2014. Maluleke is also the author of a chapbook titled Things we Lost in the Fire. Her writing serves as evidence that the black female body in South Africa is consistently being broken into in various spaces, that it can love and affirm itself is evidence of its ability to survive. Read more