SA crime writer Margie Orford

SA crime writer Margie Orford to talk in Cambridge and York

Margie Orford is an award-winning journalist and author of the Clare Hart series of crime novels set in South Africa and Namibia

SA crime writer Margie Orford

Margie OrfordThis week acclaimed South African crime writer Margie Orford will visit the United Kingdom, where she will give talks at Cambridge and York Universities.

Orford is an award-winning journalist and author of the Clare Hart series of crime novels set in South Africa and Namibia.  Her novels have been translated into nine languages.

She was born in London, grew up in Namibia, and lives in Cape Town.  A Fulbright Scholar, she was educated in South Africa and the United States. She is executive vice-president of South African PEN, a non-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free-expression and encouraging literature.

Water Music, the fifth novel in the Clare Hart series, will be published in August 2013.

Water Music Margie OrfordOn Tuesday 21 May at 5pm Orford will be talking on The Grammar of Violence: South African crime as fiction, Faculty of English, Cambridge University. RSVP to Chris Warnes (cgw26 [at]

On Thursday 23 May at 5pm Orford will give a reading and discuss justice and the creative process with York University Writer in Residence, Gillian Slovo, at York University.

RSVP to Claire Westall  or Michelle Kelly

Location: P/L/001, Physics Building, Heslington West Campus

Gillian Slovo is the John Tilney Writer in Residence at York this term.  Born in South Africa, she is the author of twelve novels and her best selling family memoir Every Secret Thing. Her novel, Red Dust, set around a fictional hearing of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, won the RFI Temoin du Monde prize in France, and was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ice Road was shortlisted for Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize.  She is a recipient of an Amnesty Media Award and co-compiler of the Tricycle production Guantanamo – Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which she assembled, from spoken evidence, and her play, The Riots, was put on in 2011 in the Tricycle and Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre.  Slovo has been President of English PEN since 2010. The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantanamo, which she wrote with Ahmed Errachidi, was published in 2013.