Antjie Krog, poet, in conversation with Finuala Dowling, author
In the 1980s, experiencing a writer’s block fostered by a political situation she felt she could not write about directly, Antjie Krog chose Lady Anne Barnard as the subject for an epic poem in which she intended to confront ‘white privilege and … frivolousness’. Instead, a much more complex relationship evolved between the bard and her Lady. Though sometimes at one another’s throats, the two writers from different centuries share much in common, not least ‘the impossible possibility of writing honestly … about anything in this Country of Good Hope’. In this lunchtime session, Finuala Dowling interviews Antjie Krog about the recently published English translation of her prize-winning 1989 volume, Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse. Antjie Krog will read from the chronicle.