"Dear Bullet" Book Launch (Part of UWC CREATES)
Clarke’s Bookshop and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of Sixolile’s Mbalo’s memoir Dear Bullet
Wednesday, 16 April
17:30 for 18:00
Clarke’s Bookshop, 199 Long Street, Cape Town
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 423 5739
Sixolile will be in conversation with Sindiwe Magona
ABOUT THE BOOK: The village of Mpandela lies in one of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Cape, amid soft flowing hills along which footpaths curl, cattle peacefully graze and children’s playful voices are heard.
This is not the village that Sixolile Mbalo remembers. Circumstances were less kind to her, but she thought that, with the love of her grandmother, she would be able to change her life. Then a young man arrived in the village and decided to make the spirited 13-year-old girl the focus of his most debasing desires.
After being subjected to almost unimaginable violence, Sixolile had to find a way back into life. Her story shines. Seldom does such an articulate voice, from the uncharted spaces of everyday South African rural life, manage not only to survive, but to talk in such an inspiring way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sixolile Mbalo was born in Mpandela in the Eastern Cape in 1986 where she lived until the age of 14. She moved to Cape Town in 2001. She fills her time writing and doing talks for Rape Crisis and NICRO and at prison care centres. She plans to study journalism in 2015.