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Talk London Literature Festival: Nelson Mandela - The Presidential Years

London Literature Festival: Nelson Mandela - The Presidential Years

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Genre: Event with live subtitles and captioning


An introduction from Rt Hon Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and a cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Lester, Ben Okri and Lemn Sissay bring the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom to life.

Watch as Mandela’s reflections on his time in power are performed in this exclusive London launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years. The evening includes a panel discussing Mandela’s legacy in a troubled world, featuring his co-author, South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, Lord Peter Hain and Bonnie Greer, chaired by Jon Snow.

This new book draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish), and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his vision for a liberated South Africa.

What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation?

The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: ‘I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’


Booking information
This event will have live subtitles. To join the Southbank Centre's free Access List email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk or call their Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200. Tickets range from £20-£45. Booking fee: £2.50 (Members: £0.

Event details

Sun 22 Oct 2017, 7:30pm

Live subtitling and captioning

Venue details

Royal Festival Hall (Mandela)
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council