TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track
The Africa Centre's African Visions 2004 book tour celebrates 10 years of democracy in South Africa with a British programme for seven South African writers during October, Black History Month. Catch Andre Brink and Susan Mann at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature on October 14; on the same day Wally Serote, Achmat Dangor (former director of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund) and Gcina Mhlope are at the Ilkley Festival, and the Birmingham Book Festival welcomes Elinor Sisulu and Zakes Mda. Everyone takes part in a day of events at the British Library on October 16, starting with a free but ticketed children's session at 10am with Gcina Mhlope, Beverley Naidoo and Elinor Sisulu (pictured), famous for her work for the African Children's Book Forum and her children's book The Day Gogo Went to Vote as well as for last year's biography of her parents, Walter and Albertine. Day ticket: pound;10 (pound;7.50 concessions). Bookings (including for the children's event) on 0207 412 7222. Full programme on www.africacentre. org.ukafricanvisions 2004.htm; plus South African Writers Symposium at the Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh, at 5pm on October 11 (0131 650 4396).