Book Launch: ‘The Flight of the Bat’ by Dan Wylie

Join Dan Wylie for the launch of The Flight of the Bat.

It is 2071. The century-long Slow Apocalypse has left the southern African town of Rhini isolated and depleted but more or less functional. A more or less peaceful place. But young Kato Marnus – a bit of an outsider, bookish but ungovernable – has committed just one outrage too many. He is banished. A lonely journey, on foot across those all-but-deserted territories, begins – a journey of terrifying discovery and self-discovery, and of unexpected beauties …

The Flight of the Bat is a story running in parallel with The Wisdom of Adders.

This event is organised and run by AMAZWI.

View the Recorded Session.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Talk
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 22, 2021 16:00 - July 31, 2021 23:59



Author: Dan Wylie


Dan Wylie teaches English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He has published two books on the Zulu leader Shaka (Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka and Myth of Iron: Shaka in History, both UKZN Press); a memoir; Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War (UKZN Press); and several volumes of poetry. Most recently, he has concentrated on Zimbabwean literature and on ecological and animal concerns in literature. He founded the annual Literature & Ecology Colloquium in 2004, and edited the collection of essays, Toxic Belonging? Identity and Ecology in Southern Africa (Cambridge Scholars Press). Related publications are Elephant and Crocodile, both in the Reaktion Books Animals Series, and Slow Fires (poems with etchings by Roxandra Britz; Fourthwall Books). Most recently published are his collection Raven Games: New and Collected Poems”; a study of another South African poet, Intimate Lighting: Sydney Clouts, poet (UNISA Press); and Death & Compassion: The elephant in southern African literature (Wits UP). He writes a blog at http//