There was a thing Zoë Wicomb said on Saturday. I believe it was in response to an audience question, but I don’t recall exactly what it was. A sort of how/why you write, I think.
The answer was along the lines of ‘because she’s here (UK), not there (South Africa)’. So she needs to write.
It resonated with me in a way that surprised me. I have little idea of how and why Zoë left her native country, but I can see how writing when you’re not ‘at home’ can help. In fact, it can be hard knowing where home really is when you have more than one.