Publications linked to research at the APC:

Alan Paton. A biography by Peter Alexander

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.  
ISBN: 0-19-811237-8.

In this biography, Peter Alexander explores both the public figure of Alan Paton, and his private life, about which far less was known.  Against a backdrop of profound political changes and harassment of the apartheid government, Paton dedicated his life to the struggle against apartheid, continued to write, and attempted to achieve harmony in his private life. Peter Alexander's interviews for this book are housed at the Alan Paton Centre, where he spent some time doing research.

Songs of Africa: Collected poems of Alan Paton edited by Peter Kohler.  

Durban: Gecko books, 1995.
ISBN: 1-875011-15-3; 1-875011-20-Z

Although Alan Paton is best known as a novelist, he regarded himself as a 'poet who wrote novels'.  In Songs of Africa, over 130 poems, songs and psalms, written over sixty years of Paton's life, have been collected together.  The manuscripts of most of these poems are housed at the Alan Paton Centre

Liberals against apartheid: a history of the Liberal Party of South Africa, 1953 - 1968 by Randolph Vigne.

Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997 and New York: St Martin's Press, 1997.
ISBN: 0-333-71355-9 and 0-312-17738-0

Randolph Vigne spent nearly a year researching this book at the Alan Paton Centre, where the archives of the Liberal Party of South Africa are held, and interviewing many former LPSA members in South Africa, and in the UK.  The book launch was held at the APC, where speeches were made by LPSA stalwarts, including Eddie Daniels, who had been imprisoned on Robben Island at the same time as Nelson Mandela, and who recorded Mandela's appreciation for the Liberal Party's contribution to the Anti-Apartheid struggle.  Vigne quoted an early prophecy of Alan Paton's, that "South Africa would eventually reject the Liberal  Party but accept its policies".

AFRA: 20 years in the land rights struggle, 1979 - 1999 by Anne Harley and Romy Fotheringham.

Pietermaritzburg: Association for Rural Advancement, 1999.
ISBN: 0-620-24257-4

The Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) is an NGO in Pietermaritzburg which works with black rural people in KwaZulu-Natal who have been dispossessed of land, who are subject to insecure tenure, or who are marginalised and do not have the resources to access land.  This book covers not only AFRA's work over the first twenty years of its existence, but goes back into the history of land issues from 1913.  Romy Fotheringham used Peter Brown's papers and the John Aitchison papers at the APC for part of her research.

A Literary Friendship: Alan Paton and Neville Nuttall by Jolyon Nuttall.

Cape Town: Valley Trust, 2001.
ISBN: 1-874976-30-9

Jolyon Nuttall annotated the first part of his father's diary, which was written over a sixty year period, from 1921 to 1982.  He extracted from the diary a record of the time that Paton and Neville Nuttall spent together as students at Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, and as young school teachers in the years thaty followed.  They belonged to a group of young men whom Paton later called "The Boy-men", centred around Railton "Joe" Dent, who was their role model. They were Alan Paton, Neville Nuttall, Cyril Armitage, Vic Harrison and Reg Pearse, all of whom became respected and well-known in their own spheres in later life.  The illustrations for this book were supplied from the Photograph Collection at the Alan Paton Centre.  A book launch was arranged by the APC.  It took place at the APC and in the Margaret Kirwood Room, University of Natal, on 25 October 2001.  One of the speakers was Bishop Michael Nuttall, the author's twin brother.


Concord is the annual newsletter of the Alan Paton Centre.  Its aim is to publicise the Centre, by reporting on the APC events which took place over the previous year, particularly the Alan Paton Lecture, which is often given front-page coverage, and the Heritage Day Seminar. Articles have also been written on book launches which have taken place at the APC; film festivals and essay competitions organised by the Centre.

The archival work of the Centre is also featured, through information on documents of interest which have been donated to the APC the previous year; recent publications which are linked to research at the APC; and conferences linked to the concerns of the Centre.  Articles have been written on the oral history projects linked to the Centre.

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