In order to shorten the wait until the African Book Festival in August, our literature ambassador Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, hosts a monthly digital talk called ALEXANDRA SPEAKS with our festival guests. It’s a brilliant way to get to know some of the participants from South Africa before they will join us in Berlin in August.

Our literature Ambassador Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako will speak with Maneo Refiloe Mohale on April 30th at 11am Berlin time (CET).

Maneo Refiloe Mohale is a South African editor, feminist writer and poet. Their work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian,, and others. They’ve served as a contributing editor for The New York Times and i-D, among others. They were Bitch Media’s first Global Feminism Writing Fellow in their inaugural 2016 class, where they wrote on race, media, sexuality and survivorship.

They have been long-listed twice for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Award, and their debut collection of poetry, Everything is a Deathly Flower was published with uHlangaPress in September 2019. In 2020, they were shortlisted for the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize, the youngest finalist of that year. In 2021, Everything is a Deathly Flower won the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

Join us for ALEXANDRA SPEAKS on Zoom. Registration required. To receive the Zoom invitation, send an e-mail to

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Rewatch ALEXANDRA SPEAKS with Dr. Athambile Masola & Bongani Kona on YouTube

Rewatch ALEXANDRA SPEAKS with Maneo Mohale on Youtube.