Bessie Amelia Emery was born on July 6th, 1937 ...
In 2007 we gave her four great parties!
On Sunday 17 June 2007 at the Cape Town Book Fair, panellists and audience discussed "The Legacy of Bessie Head".
BessieFest then moved to Gaborone, Botswana, where an elaborate two-day party was hosted on 5-6 July 2007 at the University of Botswana.
On 12 July 2007 Pietermaritzburg held a day-long seminar in her honour and unveiled the new name of its main library: the Bessie Head Library.
Serowe, Botswana acclaimed her most famous daughter during a three-day bash, 14-15-16 July 2007. Writer Unity Dow offered a stirring opening address, followed by a great diversity of cultural activities.
A Trust is born too ...
At the beginning of June, 2007, the Bessie Head Heritage Trust was formally registered by the government of Botswana and began its work a few weeks later. In time, much of the work of preserving and promoting Bessie's legacy will be carried out by the new organisation.
... and Botswana memories published
In the same month, a collection of reminiscences and criticism from people living in Botswana was published. Writing Bessie Head from Botswana: An Anthology of Remembrance and Criticism was released by Pentagon Publishers of Gaborone, Botswana. Co-editors are Seatholo Tumedi and Mary Lederer. The book was launched on 12 June 2007 in Gaborone.