Novelist shares life story at library event

South African born novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo will be giving a talk at Wadhurst Library on Thursday, April 11.

Ms Slovo’s early work was predominantly in the crime and thriller genres, including a series featuring detective Kate Baeier.

In 2004 her novel Red Dust, a courtroom drama that explores the meanings and effects of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was released as a film directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hilary Swank.

The writer also penned her memoirs in 1997. Entitled Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country, the memoirs give an account of her childhood in South Africa and her relationship with her parents Joe Slovo and Ruth First — both famous South Africans and major figures in the anti-apartheid struggle who lived in exile, armed resistance, and imprisonment, which culminated in her mother’s murder by South African forces in 1982.

Ms Slovo will be speaking at the library from 7pm. Tickets cost £3.50 and booking is essential.

For tickets or more information call 0345 60 80 196 and ask for Uckfield Library, or email