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Madibaland World Literary Festival: Irene Fischer


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Irene Fischer is an award winning author and motivational speaker who lives in South Africa. She is a former radio personality whose debut, I Am Still Here (a nonfiction memoir) won two SA Independent Publisher Awards, including the Miriam Tlali prize for best autobiography/memoir.

After a life-altering accident that permanently changed the ebb and flow of her brain, Irene quickly realized that there exists an enormous information gap regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which often causes to awful preconceived ideas and rather ignorant remarks.

She decided to do something about it and wrote her memoir in order to inspire change in the lives of those living with the repercussions of a TBI as well as their loved ones.  To educate the general public and to shed some light on the often heavy topic of brain damage in order to diffuse the distasteful stigma that so often clings to it.

"I strive to cultivate understanding in each person I meet which will hopefully lead to compassion, respect and much needed consideration to anyone living with a disability."

Her book is available in English, I am Still Here, and Afrikaans Ek is Nog Hier.

Visit her website for more information on how to order her book or how to book her for an educational talk: click here