Elleke Boehmer talks about how the South-African writer Olive Schreiner has inspired her. Around the turn of the 19th century, Schreiner wrote about many issues that we still see as topical today, such as gender and race, and inspired many of her contemporaries. Not very confident in her own writing, she does not have a long list of book-length publications, perhaps because she kept on re-working her texts.
Elleke closes her presentation by reading some extracts from Schreiner’s work, beautifully showing how the author managed to find English words to illustrate an African existence.
At the Be Inspired! event on December 14, 2011, a group of Oxford academics presented a series of short inspirational talks around various writers that inspire. The talks were all recorded and will be published as podcasts as part of the Great Writers Inspire project.