Festival Internazionale
di Letteratura a Venezia
3 6 Aprile 2019

Essential bibliography

Lifelines, with Julia Skeen and Adrian Craig, University of KZN Press, 2006;

Heartlands, University of Natal Press, 2002;

The Horn of Plenty, with Julia Skeen, ISEA / Rhodes, 1997;

South Africans, University of Natal Press, 1996.


Incroci di poesia contemporanea 2

Friday, 5 April — 12.00 pm — Auditorium S. Margherita Ca' Foscari


Chris Mann was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1948. He taught English in rural schools and held seminars at Rhodes University (1977-80), in Grahamstown, where he also helps research groups create new jobs through The Valley Trust NGO. Religious counsellor, he is founder and singer-songwriter of the Zabalaza, an intercultural band using both Zulu and English. He graduated at Wits University and then obtained his MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, followed by a second MA in English in Oxford. He currently works at the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA), in Grahamstown, where he teaches poetry. He is founder and director of “Wordfest”, a multilingual national festival. He speaks Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa, all influencing his writing in different ways. He is the author of theatre plays and essays, and ten collections of poetry, some of which have been presented and translated in numerous languages.

Booking is now closed, but there are still some seats available. We advise you to come to the venue 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the event.

Chris Mann, Eugenijus Ališanka and Carl-Christian Elze will be presented by


Pietro U. Dini — Università di Pisa


Marco Fazzini — Università Ca' Foscari Venezia


The conversation will be multilingual (simultaneous translation from Italian to English available); free admission, booking required.

This event is sponsored by Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, L'Incaricata del Governo Federale di Germania per la Cultura e i Media, Lithuanian Culture Insitute and Poetry Vicenza

In collaboration with Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati