Catch Ivan Vladislavic on a rare visit to the UK!

Photo copyright: Minky Schlesinger

Photo copyright: Minky Schlesinger

Acclaimed South African author Ivan Vladislavic will be in the UK for the next fortnight so be sure to catch him at one of his events.

During the week of 16 June Ivan will be taking part in the Norwich Worlds Festival. On Thursday 19 June he will join JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo and Julia Franck for an evening devoted to the very best in world literature. The event takes place at 7.30 at the Norwich Playhouse and is organised by the Writers’ Centre Norwich. Tickets are available here.

On Saturday 21 June, Ivan will be Guest of Honour at Lunch with And Other Stories, a lunch event for And Other Stories subscribers at Hardy’s Brasserie in London. To book, contact

He’ll be reading at the Peckham Pelican on Sunday 22 June at 12.30 p.m. as part of the Literary Kitchen Festival. This is a free event.

Ivan’s work is studied on various university courses and he will be visiting a couple of universities on this trip. On Monday 23 June at 3.30 p.m. he’ll be at the University of Sussex, where, in honour of his retired proofreader, Aubrey Tearle, from THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET, they are holding their own ‘Proofreader’s Derby’. There is still time to enter! It’s a free event, more details here.

Described on the Africa in Words blog as ‘one of the great prose stylists in the world today’, Ivan will be reading from DOUBLE NEGATIVE and THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET and will be in conversation about the subtleties of balancing editing and creativity, and the mechanics and the artistry of creating written work.

On Tuesday 24 June, 5:00pm - 6.30pm, the Faculty of English at University of Cambridge will host Ivan for a reading from THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET and discussion after. This is a free event, open to the public and there is no need to book. Details here.

On Wednesday 25 June, Ivan will be appearing alongside Patrick Flanery and Neel Mukherjee at Camera Obscura: A View of South Africa.  Each author will be bringing their own work and experiences to the table and you can expect readings alongside stimulating conversation. The event is at Diorama Arts Studios at 7pm and tickets cost £5 – to book contact Charlotte at Slightly Foxed Tel: 0207 370 3503

Ivan Vladislavic’s hilarious and poignant novel THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET was published by And Other Stories in April 2014. Neel Mukherjee gave it a stunning review in the Independent: ‘A work of such immense imaginativeness, of such extraordinarily serious playfulness, comes along very rarely. Let us celebrate it.’  

A multiple prize-winner in South Africa, DOUBLE NEGATIVE was published in the UK in 2013, also to wide acclaim, and has been chosen by Writers’ Centre Norwich as part of their Summer Reads programme.

See more on Ivan’s website here.

Praise for Ivan Vladislavic:

‘Vladislavic is internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s most significant living writers.’ – Kenyon Review

'One of South Africa's most finely tuned observers' - Ted Hodgkinson, The Times Literary Supplement

'Ivan Vladislavic is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years.'  - Jan Steyn, The White Review