Glowfly Dance Reading and Q&A


In support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and to help raise awareness about this important and ever-relevant cause, Alliance Française du Cap is organising a literary event on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 6pm.
Cape Town-based author Dr Jade Gibson, PhD will join us for an intimate reading from her novel, Glowfly Dance (Penguin Random House Umuzi, 2015), followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Glowfly Dance is based on true events from Jade’s own childhood. A few copies will be available for purchase, and a book signing will be organised.

While the event itself is free, kindly RSVP by Tuesday 21 November to Valériane at



Based on a true story of intimate partner femicide, Glowfly Dance depicts how society fails to shield women from violence while protecting the perpetrators. With intriguing characters, exotic landscapes and lush descriptions, it highlights the complexity of domestic violence and its devastating impact on the entire family by focusing on the survival and resilience of a child who learns that freedom comes at a bitter price.
Told from Mai's perspective, a young girl of mixed heritage, the story spans three continents and deals with issues of migration, identity, women refuges, abuse of women and children, law courts and violence. It exposes flaws in the ability of the authorities – legal, social, psychological – to protect the vulnerable, and thereby raises questions on policy and social responsibility.
Formally certified by the South African Department of Education as useful for education on domestic violence, the novel aims to stimulate debate and ultimately bring about awareness and positive change. Glowfly Dance has been short- and long-listed in three international literary prizes, and reviewers have described the book as both harrowing and beautiful.


Dr Jade Gibson, PhD is a British academic, writer and visual artist who has lived in the United Kingdom, Africa, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. She holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Cape Town, with an academic background in biomedical science and fine art. She was a resident artist at Greatmore Art Studios for five years, and is also a co-organiser of the Cape Town Writer’s Network meetup. She has often featured at Off the Wall Poetry in Cape Town, and was part of the McGregor Poetry Festival 2017. Glowfly Dance is her debut novel.


Free entrance || Cash bar || 18h for 18h30 || In English || Facebook event
RSVP by Tuesday 21 November to
Venue: Alliance Française du Cap - 155 Loop St, Cape Town