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Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears Her Life and Writing

Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears Her Life and Writing (Paperback)

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In July 2007, the acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues and literary critics will honour her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, re-namings, tree-plantings, writing prizes, new music inspired by one of her novels, "Maru", and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to guarantee the future of her house and literary papers. Events will take place in Serowe, Gaborone, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and other cities around the world with meetings, readings, and exhibitions.Wits University Press takes this opportunity to repackage and republish this excellent biography by Gillian Stead Eilersen, first published in 1995 by David Philip and James Currey. It will appear with new, never before published photographs of Bessie Head's life in Botswana.

Gillian Stead Eilersen studied at the former University of Natal, South Africa, and Odense University, Denmark, where she now lectures in the Department of English. Exploring South African literature from Denmark, she was drawn to the writings of Bessie Head and discovered that she and Bessie had both grown up in Pietermaritzburg at the same time but in very different circumstances. Thereafter she worked on the research that has led to this full-length biography. In 1989 Eilersen edited the posthumous collection of writigns by Bessie Head, Tales of Tenderness and Power.

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