Date: Thursday, January 12 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Scout’s Headquarters, Galle Fort.
This session looks at journeys to Africa in fiction and travel writing, through the point of view of journalists, both real and fictional.
In the Catherine Bush novel ‘Accusation’, Sara Wheeler, a Toronto journalist, happens upon a touring Ethiopian children’s circus and meets its founder, Raymond Renaud. When she later learns disturbing tales of sexual and physical abuse of the circus children by Raymond, she travels to Ethiopia to try and unravel the truth behind this deadly accusation.
In ‘Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo’, Anjan Sundaram travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a “stringer” for the Associated Press. He becomes a chronicler for a country descending into anarchy, completely transporting us to the Congo.
This event explores important questions around accountability, accusation, guilt and innocence – issues that are very relevant to Sri Lanka today.
“…Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction.” – Montreal Gazette.
“Sundaram is a gifted young writer. He has an acute eye and writes beautifully.” – The Economist.
Catherine Bush’s visit is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.