Joyce Leeson is the widow of Zola Zembe who died last year in Tynemouth, aged 90. Zola was a South African freedom fighter and close colleague of Nelson Mandela with whom he was imprisoned. For many years he was a leading member of the ANC and the South African Trades Union movement. His wife, Dr Leeson, was an Anti-Apartheid activist on academic secondment from Manchester University when she met him in 1967. At that time he was a Commander in the uMkonto we Siswe, the ANC Liberation Army, on active service in Zambia. Their life together is the backdrop to Joyce Leeson’s talk. There will also be extracts read from Zola’s autobiography, Freedom in Our Lifetime. Ticket price includes a South African breakfast. Dr. Leeson will be in conversation with Ozzie Riley, artistic director of Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company.
Don’t Forget 10 till Midnight, the Festival Club at the Salt House.