zethu Matebeni chairs a conversation with Venita Blackburn, Thenjiwe Mswane and Lindiwe Nkutha. They touch on depictions of girlhood, family life, bodies without compromise and intimacy in their work.
In our final episode of season four, Edward Webster chairs a conversation with Akira Drake Rodriguez and Trevor Ngwane about their books.
In our sixth episode of season four, Sindi-Leigh McBride interviews Sean Jacobs and Ben Williams.
In our fifth episode of season four, Barbara Boswell interviews Natalie Diaz and vangile gantsho about their poetry.
Hlonipha Mokoena chairs a conversation with Rebecca Hall and Richard Conyngham about their graphic novels.
Sikhumbuzo Mngadi and Aretha Phiri assess the South African legacy of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, 70 years after it was first published.
Our guests discuss South Africa’s and America’s foreign policy in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In our first episode of season four, Nadia Davids, the President of PEN South Africa, interviews Ciraj Rassool, Senior Professor of History at UWC.
In our final episode for season 3, Cape Town-based Masande Ntshanga interviews American writer and artist Renee Gladman.
Our sixth episode is devoted to community radio in South Africa and the USA.
In this episode, we explore the search for home, identity and a sense of belonging.
A conversation about the intersection of photography, history and black identity.
Welcome to the third episode of Season Three of The Empty Chair. Writing teacher, editor, freelance cultural writer and music industry researcher Gwen Ansell chairs a conversation with pianist, composer and songwriter Thandi Ntuli; saxophonist, improviser and composer Linda Sikhakhane and…
In this episode, Mandisa Haarhoff, chairs a wide-ranging conversation with C.A. Davids, and Prof Farah Jasmine Griffin.
In the first episode of Season Three of The Empty Chair, Mandisa Haarhoff, lecturer in English and Literary Studies at the University of Cape Town, interviews Jehan Jones-Radgowski, author and Acting Public Affairs Officer for the US Consulate General in…
Introducing Season Three of The Empty Chair, a podcast from PEN South Africa.
In the sixth and final episode of Season Two of The Empty Chair, PEN SA president Nadia Davids chairs a conversation about poetry and social justice with Esther G. Belin and Toni Giselle Stuart. Esther is a citizen of the…
In the fifth episode of Season Two of The Empty Chair, Yvette Hardie chairs a conversation about theatre and social justice with Mino Lora and Mandla Mbothwe. Yvette is a theatre director, producer, educator and advocate, focusing on theatre and…
`Thank you for visiting the PEN SOUTH AFRICA website. We are excited to announce Season Two of our podcast, The Empty Chair. This “Transatlantic Conversation” explores issues of social justice, freedom of expression in art and in life, moments of solidarity, difference, our difficult pasts, uncertain presents, and possible futures. Give it a listen.