Listen to Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years

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In October 2017, to celebrate the launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years, Mandla Langa’s biography of Nelson Mandela, a host of famous names from the world of activism, politics and journalism gathered on our Royal Festival Hall stage to present readings from the book, and a discussion on Mandela's life and his remarkable impact.

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years by Southbank Centre


In this podcast from the event, introduced by UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and former British Prime Minister, Rt Hon Gordon Brown, a high profile panel, chaired by journalist Jon Snow, discuss the legacy of Nelson Mandela in a troubled world.

On the panel are Mandla Langa, the South African novelist, poet and biographer of Mandela; Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Lord Peter Hain, the former Labour MP and anti-apartheid campaigner; and the American-British playwright and broadcaster Bonnie Greer. And, framing the discussion, we hear actor Adrian Lester deliver readings from Langa's book.


Mandela represents what we lack, and what we’re fast losing. Humility defines itself at a time when we lack human solidarity; instead of building bridges we are looking for more options for walls
Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

This event took place at the Southbank Centre as part of the 2017 London Literature Festival.


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