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Hospice Hall
[46] A book walks into a bar
with: Steven Boykey Sidley

[46] A book walks into a bar

Friday, 17 May
17:30:00
18:15:00
Hospice Hall

17:30-18:15 International author Steven Boykey Sidley draws on his own experiences and those of other authors, to sing a praise song to the strange and volatile bedfellows of bars and books, alcohol and fiction. R100 through webtickets.co.za.

Church Hall
[66] A mind of their own
with: Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum, Ekow Duker, Mohale Mashigo

[66] A mind of their own

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum and Ekow Duker (Yellowbone) discuss the sorcery behind the creation of believable minds in imaginary characters with Mohale Mashigo.

Old School Hall
[12] An open book
with: Ingrid Winterbach, Sue, Nyathi, Carol Gibbs, Joanne Macgregor

[12] An open book

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

Writers both reveal and discover themselves in their writing. Sue Nyathi (The White Room), Ingrid Winterbach (The Troubled Times of Magrieta Prinsloo) and Carol Gibbs (All Things Bright and Broken) delve into the psychology of fiction with Joanne Macgregor (The First Time I Died). 

Council Chamber
[24] Another time. Another space
with: Imraan Coovadia, Mohale Mashigo, Sara-Jayne King

[24] Another time. Another space

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in Time) and Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) write of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They discuss how the fantastical often helps us face the darkly real, with Sara-Jayne King in the chair.

Bordeaux House Gallery
[101] Are South African’s ready to engage with African art?
with: Mary Corrigall, Patrick Bongoy, Emma Bedford

[101] Are South African’s ready to engage with African art?

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Bordeaux House Gallery

(Bordeaux House Gallery): There has been little interest in art produced by those beyond our borders. Democracy promised a more pan-african view. Are we able to appreciate art from countries from which we have been historically disconnected? Mary Corrigall of Corrigall & Co African Art Specialists, DRC artist Patrick Bongoy and Emma Bedford, of Aspire Art auction house discuss with Tamara LePine-Williams.

New School Hall
[38] At what cost?
with: Sipho Hlongwane, Harris Dousemetzis, Rob Rose

[38] At what cost?

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

Sipho Hlongwane asks Harris Dousemetzis (The Man Who Ended Apartheid) and Rob Rose (Steinheist) about the risks, rewards, and sheer volume of work that goes into writing an exposé.

Hospice Hall
[69] Authentic voices
with: Willem Anker, Heather Morris, Alison Lowry

[69] Authentic voices

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

Writing convincing dialogue can be a writer’s biggest challenge. Willem Anker (Red Dog) and Heather Morris share the tricks they’ve learned to get it right. Chaired by Alison Lowry.

NG Church
[47] Believe it or not
with: Martin Welz, Tom Eaton

[47] Believe it or not

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
NG Church

Noseweek editor Martin Welz chats with Tom Eaton as they dish the dirt on misinformation and misdeeds in the news world.

Hospice Hall
[106] Beware the critics
with: Gail Schimmel, Sue Grant-Marshall, Fiona Snyckers

[106] Beware the critics

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

Good story, great writing, excellent research? What do reviewers and social commentators look for in a book, and are they always 100 percent honest in their assessments? Sue Grant-Marshall leads the conversation with Gail Schimmel and Fiona Snyckers

Old School Hall
[74] Beyond good intentions
with: Sipho Hlongwane, Chike Frankie Edozien

[74] Beyond good intentions

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

Meaning well doesn’t always translate to doing good. Sipho Hlongwane talks privilege, patronage, and denial with Chike Frankie Edozien.

Council Chamber
[107] Beyond Mugabe – New Zim fiction
with: Sue Nyathi, Rutendo Tavengerwei, Ekow Duker

[107] Beyond Mugabe – New Zim fiction

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Sue Nyathi and Rutendo Tavengerwei share their insights into the wealth of new, creative and often insightful fiction writers and writing emerging from Zimbabwe. Chaired by Ekow Duker.

 

Council Chamber
[60] Books that changed me
with: Mark Winkler, Vincent Pienaar, Phehello Mofokeng

[60] Books that changed me

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

We all have those books that shifted our beliefs and behaviours, and which set us on a new course. Mark Winkler and Vincent Pienaar share theirs and invite you to share yours. Chaired by Phehello Mofokeng. 

New School Hall
[48] Bringing history to life
with: Bill Nasson, Vivian Bickford-Smith, John Laband, Linda Kaoma

[48] Bringing history to life

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Bill Nasson and Vivian Bickford-Smith (Illuminating Lives) and John Laband (The Eight Zulu Kings: From Shaka to Goodwill Zwelethini) bring their extensive knowledge to two books that will fascinate Africa history buffs and students alike. Linda Kaoma is in the chair.

NG Church
[19] Calibrating a brittle compass
with: Barry Gilder, Greg Mills, Jacques Rousseau

[19] Calibrating a brittle compass

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
NG Church

Can you truly separate politics from morality? Should you? Barry Gilder (The List) and Greg Mills (Democracy Works) investigate with Jacques Rousseau.

Council Chamber
[52] Choosing my words
with: Willem Anker, Botlhale Tema, Pippa Hudson

[52] Choosing my words

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

Sometimes it’s about the story; other times it’s about the words. If you’re lucky, it’s about both. Creators of fine prose, Willem Anker (Red Dog) and Botlhale Tema reflect on the art of beautiful writing with Pippa Hudson.

Congregational Church
[105] Close to home
with: Hermann Lategan, Hagen Engler.

[105] Close to home

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

Hermann Lategan (Opstokers, fopdossers en tweegat-jakkalse) talks language, culture, people and anything else South African that amuses, bemuses or infuriates, with Hagen Engler. 

NG Church
CONCERT 1
with: Charl Du Plessis

CONCERT 1

Friday, 17 May
19:00:00
20:10:00
NG Church

Charl Du Plessis (piano) plays a varied programme of music by Chopin, Piazzolla, Gershwin and his own improvisations. R100 through www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.

NG Church
CONCERT 2
with: Christopher Duigan

CONCERT 2

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
NG Church

Christopher Duigan (piano) plays ‘Mostly Mozart’ including the Sonata in F K. 332 and music by Greig and Debussy. R100 through www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.

NG Church
CONCERT 3
with: Albie van Schalkwyk, Daniel Pinoit

CONCERT 3

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:40:00
NG Church

Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) and Daniel Pinoit (cello) plays Beethoven's Cello Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 5. R100 through www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.

Old School Hall
[21] En route to the truth
with: Pieter van Zyl, Leon Schreiber, Victor Dlamini

[21] En route to the truth

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Whether in fact or fiction, the search for truth can be as exhausting as it is revelatory. Pieter van Zyl (Gert & Joey) and Leon Schreiber (Coalition Country) share some of the astonishing truths they uncovered while writing their books, with Victor Dlamini.

Congregational Church
[76] Fascinations most foul
with: John Maytham, Irma Venter, Joanne Macgregor

[76] Fascinations most foul

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

What’s so captivating about murder? John Maytham investigates this odd interest of ours with Irma Venter and Joanne Macgregor

NG Church
[10] Flogging the dead horse
with: Leon Schreiber, Adam Habib, Ralph Mathekga

[10] Flogging the dead horse

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
NG Church

Has politics become the enemy of society? Join Leon Schreiber (Coalition Country) and Adam Habib (Rebels & Rage) in conversation with Ralph Mathekga (Ramaphosa's Turn).

Council Chamber
[68] For the love of history
with: Bill Nasson, Claire Houston, Sue Grant-Marshall

[68] For the love of history

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

With Bill Nasson in the chair, fiction author Clare Houston and biographer Sue Grant-Marshall discuss why we are so drawn to the past.

Travellers Lodge
[8] For the thrill of it
with: Vanessa Raphaely, Louisa Treger, Mike Nicol, Lorraine Sithole

[8] For the thrill of it

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Vanessa Raphaely (Plus One), Louisa Treger (The Dragon Lady) and Mike Nicol (Sleeper) know how to keep readers on a knife’s edge. Lorraine Sithole (BookWormersGP) finds out how they do it.

Travellers Lodge
[35] Forgetting the present
with: Trevor Sacks, Willem Anker, Zanna Sloniowska, Dianne Stewart

[35] Forgetting the present

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Travellers Lodge

How do some writers move so seemingly seamlessly between the past and present in their storytelling? Trevor Sacks (Lucky Packet), Willem Anker (Red Dog) and Zanna Sloniowska (The House with the Stained-Glass Window) discuss the challenges of their own time travels with Dianne Stewart.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[27] From hobby to career
with: Wamuwi Mbao, Joanne Macgregor, Irma Venter

[27] From hobby to career

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

First book: tick! Second book: tick! At what point (if ever) is it time to give up your day job and start doing this full time? Wamuwi Mbao asks of Joanne Macgregor (The Time I Died) and Irma Venter (Circus).

Travellers Lodge
[70] Full time everything
with: Dominique Malherbem Gail Schimmel, Nancy Richards

[70] Full time everything

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

For anyone who wants to write but ‘can’t find the time’. Non-fiction writer Dominique Malherbe (Somewhere In Between) and novelist Gail Schimmel (The Accident) both juggle families, legal careers and writing. They share what works for them and what doesn’t with Nancy Richards.

New School Hall
[56] Getting personal about politcs
with: Ralph Mathekga, Judith February, Victor Dlamini

[56] Getting personal about politcs

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

Ralph Mathekga and Judith February (Turning and Turning) share their insights on political identity and why we are all political beings, with Victor Dlamini in the chair.

Old School Hall
[103] Going wild
with: Duncan Brown, Lorraine Sithole

[103] Going wild

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Climate change is destroying Earth as we know it. What can we do to change that? Duncan Brown explores how we can un-tame ourselves to stop the degradation of our home, with Lorraine Sithole.

Church Hall
[104] Have pen, will travel
with: Lerato Mogoathle, Sihle Khumalo, Erns Grundling, Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[104] Have pen, will travel

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Lerato Mogoathle, Erns Grundling and Sihle Khumalo share travel tales with the happy wanderer that is Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

NG Church
[28] How I found my first story
with: Ekow Duker, Deon Meyer, Lauri Kubuitsile

[28] How I found my first story

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
NG Church

Ekow Duker leads Deon Meyer (The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Lauri Kubuitsile in conversation about that eureka moment that got them going.

Old School Hall
[39] How to be
with: Wamuwi Mbao, Chike Frankie Edozien

[39] How to be

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

Wamuwi Mbao and acclaimed US-Nigerian author Chike Frankie Edozien discuss Lives of Great Men and what it means to have your very existence counter your culture and traditions. 

Leeu Estates
[45] I Write This For You
with: Iain Thomas, Nancy Richards

[45] I Write This For You

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Leeu Estates

Iain Thomas’s (aka ‘pleasefindthis’) blog I Wrote This For You is now an internationally bestselling book of great depth and beauty. He reads and shares thoughts with Nancy Richards at the beautiful Leeu Estate. This event includes a delicious high tea. which will be served from 14h30-15h45. R200 through webtickets.co.za. 

Hospice Hall
[94] I’m still here
with: Landa Mabenge, Desiree-Anne Martin, Amalia Rosenblum

[94] I’m still here

Sunday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

When the world crashes down on you, what is it that breaks? Landa Mabenge and Desiree-Anne Martin (We don't talk about it. Ever) have both been through trials of fire, but what does that actually mean, and how did they come back? Amalia Rosenblum finds out.

Old School Hall
[91] Imagining the inimaginable
with: Hlumelo Biko, Sue Nyathi, Phehello Mofokeng

[91] Imagining the inimaginable

Sunday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Hlumelo Biko (Re-imagine Africa), Peter Storey (I Beg to Differ) and Sue Nyathi offer a deep understanding of the human psyche and its ability to create visions of future hope and possibilities. Chaired by tbc.

Congregational Church
[51] In search of a democratic solution
with: Greg Mills, Dennis Davis

[51] In search of a democratic solution

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Democracy Works asks how we can nurture and consolidate democracy in Africa. Greg Mills shares solutions with Dennis Davis.

Hospice Hall
[16] In the beginning
with: Nancy Richards, Michelle Sacks, Lauri Kubuitsile

[16] In the beginning

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

Nancy Richards invites Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) and Lauri Kubuitsile (But Deliver Us From Evil) to reveal what it really takes to write that first book – and where they found motivation to write the next. 

New School Hall
[64] In two minds
with: Pippa Hudson, Mike Nicol, Louisa Treger, Deon Meyer

[64] In two minds

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

Pippa Hudson wants to know how three such nice authors get into the heads of murderous villains. Or is it the other way around? She asks Mike Nicol (Sleeper), Louisa Treger (The Dragon Lady) and Deon Meyer (Woman in the Blue Cloak) for enlightenment.

Congregational Church
[59] Is society beyond all hope?
with: Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane, Peter Hain, Africa Melane

[59] Is society beyond all hope?

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Has civil society become complacent, allowing lawlessness to be normalised on the streets, in parliament, in places of learning – or is it a sign of something deeper? Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane and Peter Hain discuss with Africa Melane.

New School Hall
[29] Know what I’m saying?
with: Melusi Tshabalala, Karin Cronje, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Michael le Cordeur.

[29] Know what I’m saying?

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

Melusi Tshabalala (Melusi’s Everyday Zulu), Karin Cronje (There Goes English Teacher), and Simon Sebag Montefiore (Letters That Changed The World) unpack the blight of miscommunication with Michael le Cordeur.

New School Hall
[73] Lawfare
with: Dennis Davis, Michelle le Roux, Ralph Mathekga

[73] Lawfare

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

What are we getting so wrong with politics that the law has to constantly intervene? And can the judiciary survive the deluge? Judge Dennis Davis and Michelle le Roux attempt to answer these questions, with Ralph Mathekga in the chair.

Hospice Hall
[43] Let’s talk about food
with: Ming-Cheau Lin, Lesego Semenya, Kate Sidley

[43] Let’s talk about food

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

For Ming-Cheau Lin (Just Add Rice) and Lesego Semenya (Dijo - My Food, My Journey). cooking is people, history, family and traditions. Join them in conversation about the dishes that are still essential to you and your family gatherings. Kate Sidley does the stirring.

Congregational Church
[32] Marketing your book
with: Barry Gilder, Eva Mazza, Vanessa Raphaely

[32] Marketing your book

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

What does – or should – it take for an author to market their book; and isn’t that the publisher’s job? Barry Gilder (The List) and Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch) discuss their diverse tactics with Vanessa Raphaely.

Library
[9] Masterclass: Written History
with: Simon Sebag Montefiore

[9] Masterclass: Written History

Friday, 17 May
11:00:00
12:00:00
Library

Historian and storyteller Simon Sebag Montefiore (Written in History, Jerusalem, Romanovs) found his richest stories while digging through the past. In this workshop, he shares his research experience with those who want to write their own histories. R150 through webtickets.co.za. 

The Franschhoek Theatre
[18] Moods of Nature
with: Heinrich van den Berg, Victor Dlamini

[18] Moods of Nature

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

Heinrich van den Berg’s Moods of Nature perfectly captures the fragility, magnificence and importance of our wildlife. He shares his journey through the lens with fellow photographer Victor Dlamini.

Hospice Hall
[61] More than just a meal
with: Lesego Semenya, Bertus Basson, Tamara LePine Williams

[61] More than just a meal

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

Super chefs Lesego Semenya and Bertus Basson (Being Bertus Basson, by Russel Wasserfall) talk to Tamara LePine Williams about food as sustenance, business, fashion and love.

Travellers Lodge
[54] Not just me
with: Charles Abrahams, Lerato Mogoathle, Francoise Malby-Anthony

[54] Not just me

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Charles Abrahams (Class Action), Lerato Mogoathle and Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) tell not only their stories, but the stories of their time and circumstances. What can we learn from their personal views of their world, asks Sue Grant-Marshall?

Hospice Hall
[87] Not young adults only
with: Rutendo Tavengerwei, Lauri Kubuitsile, Lauri Kubuitsile chat with writer, writing teacher and oral poet Primrose Mrwebi

[87] Not young adults only

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

Is YA only meant for the young, and what (if any) benefits can be gained from being a cross-generational reader? Rutendo Tavengerwei and Lauri Kubuitsile chat with writer, writing teacher and oral poet Primrose Mrwebi.

Old School Hall
[3] One-on-one with Heather Morris
with: Heather Morris, Kate Sidley

[3] One-on-one with Heather Morris

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

International best-selling author Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) chats to Kate Sidley about the extraordinary events that led to her remarkable and moving story of love.

Travellers Lodge
[62] One-on-one with Michelle Sacks
with: Michelle Sacks, Ann Donald

[62] One-on-one with Michelle Sacks

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

Born in Cape Town, based in Europe, Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) has seemingly seamlessly slipped into the role of thriller writer. She chats with Ann Donald about her journey.

Church Hall
[22] One-on-one with Peter Hain
with: Peter Hain, Kate Sidley

[22] One-on-one with Peter Hain

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Peter Hain (Mandela: The Essential Life) chats with fellow Madiba biographer Kate Sidley about writing the life of one of the most revered yet controversial men of our times.

Travellers Lodge
[44] One-on-one: Call us Frank
with: Diane Awerbuck, Alex Latimer

[44] One-on-one: Call us Frank

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer (North) chat about the benefits and challenges of co-writing fiction and what it takes to become Frank Owen.

NG Church
[37] One-on-one: Freedom and the law
with: John Dugard, Dennis Davis

[37] One-on-one: Freedom and the law

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
NG Church

Dennis Davis (Guide to Democrats) and John Dugard (Business as Usual) unpack the power of the law in dismantling oppression.

Old School Hall
[65] One-on-one: Letters That Changed the World
with: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Fred Khumalo

[65] One-on-one: Letters That Changed the World

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

In creating this rich anthology, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selected more than a hundred letters, of extraordinary delight and diversity, from ancient times to modern day. He chats with Fred Khumalo about what it took – and what he learned.

Council Chamber
[33] One-on-one: Research, fact checking and consistency
with: Ingrid Winterbach, Tony Peake

[33] One-on-one: Research, fact checking and consistency

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

Ingrid Winterbach and Tony Peake (North Facing) delve into the trickier elements of bringing a story together.

Travellers Lodge
[108] One-one-with Graham Viney
with: Graham Viney, John Maytham

[108] One-one-with Graham Viney

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

John Maytham talks to historical writer Graham Viney (The Last Hurrah, - South Africa and the Royal Tour 1947) about the fascinating and detailed story of a pivotal moment in South African history

 

NG Church
[82] Our only world
with: Tamara LePine-Williams, Duncan Brown

[82] Our only world

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
NG Church

Tamara LePine-Williams raises the question we’re all asking: what is our collective responsibility in halting the desecration of planet Earth? with Duncan Brown (Wilder Lives – Humans and our Environments). 

Pierneef, La Motte
Private function: Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams

Private function: Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams

Saturday, 18 May
18:30:00
00:00:00
Pierneef, La Motte

Enjoy dinner with some of the cream of festival authors in one of SA’s top restaurants; authors at all tables, party atmosphere, great winelands food. Enquiries and bookings: bookings@jennyandco.co.za

Church Hall
[97] Re-imagining a nation
with: Ray Ndlovu, MIke Wills

[97] Re-imagining a nation

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

Ray Ndlovu shares his informed insights into the current state - and future opportunities for - our most powerful neighbour, Zimbabwe, with Mike Wills.

Old School Hall
[30] Renovating the nation?
with: Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane, Kharnita Mohamed, Sihle Khumalo, Sipho Hlongwane,

[30] Renovating the nation?

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane (Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Kharnita Mohamed (Called to Song) and Sihle Khumalo (Rainbow Nation, My Zulu Arse) discuss what it will take to make the real changes that our society desperately needs to grow, with Sipho Hlongwane.

Church Hall
[31] Risky writers
with: Harris Dousemetzis, Wandile Ngcaweni, Zapiro, Tom Eaton

[31] Risky writers

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

What do Harris Dousemetzis (The Man Who Killed Apartheid), Wandile Ngcaweni (We Are No Longer at Ease) and Zapiro (WTF) have in common? They are all uneasy in comfort zones. Tom Eaton finds out just how far they’d dare to go.

NG Church
[63] Schools of thoughts
with: Adam Habib, Wandile Ngcaweni, Saskia Bailey, Jonathan Jansen

[63] Schools of thoughts

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
NG Church

Adam Habib, Wandile Ngcaweni and Saskia Bailey (Whatever) debate what it means to have an education. Jonathan Jansen (distinguished professor SU Faculty of Education) chairs.

Church Hall
[40] Sea Change
with: Craig Foster, Mike Wills

[40] Sea Change

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Church Hall

Craig Foster (Sea Change) takes us into the depths of his research and experience tracking the sea life and exploring the mysteries of our kelp forests. Chaired by Mike Wills.

Church Hall
[75] Self-othering
with: Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams, Wamuwi Mbao

[75] Self-othering

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

Join Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams and Wamuwi Mbao in a conversation about claiming victimhood to displace the burden of guilt.

Travellers Lodge
[17] Short tall tales
with: David Bristow, Fred Khumalo, Karabo Kgoleng

[17] Short tall tales

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

 David Bristow (The Game Ranger, The Knife, The Lion and The Sheep) and Fred Khumalo (Talk of the Town) chat with Karabo Kgoleng about the art of the short story.

Church Hall
[89] Silence is the sea
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[89] Silence is the sea

Saturday, 18 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
Church Hall

Darrel Bristow-Bovey journeys through Japan, outer space, inner space, horror movies and the monasteries of Mount Athos in pursuit of the quietest place on Earth, and one of the keys to creativity. R100 through webtickets.

NG Church
[1] State of the nation, state of the world
with: Peter Hain, RW Johnson, Fred Khumalo

[1] State of the nation, state of the world

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
NG Church

Does the state of international/global politics reflect the state of SA politics? Peter Hain (Mandela: His Essential Life) and RW Johnson (Fighting for the Dream) discuss. Chaired by Fred Khumalo

New School Hall
[11] Stirring the plot
with: Peter Church, Deon Meyer, Imraan Coovadia,

[11] Stirring the plot

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

Peter Church (Crackerjack), Deon Meyer (The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in Time) chat with Africa Melane about the intricacies of creating – and sticking to – their plots.

Hospice Hall
[7] Take one cup of…
with: Lesego Semenya, Karen Dudley, Tamara LePine Williams

[7] Take one cup of…

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

At a time when digital threatened to swallow print whole, foodie books survived and flourished. Lesego Semenya (Dijo – My Food Journey) and Karen Dudley (Set a Table) chat to Tamara LePine Williams about the delectable phenomenon that is a recipe book. 

Travellers Lodge
[80] Tales of the town
with: Eva Mazza, Zanna Sloniowska, Chase Rhys, Sara-Jane King

[80] Tales of the town

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Travellers Lodge

Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch), Zanna Sloniowska  and Chase Rhys (Kinnes) turn the familiar into fiction in three of the most unputdownable books. Sara-Jayne King asks them how they did it.

Council Chamber
[77] Tell it like it is
with: Carsten Rasch, Hagen Engler, Tom Eaton

[77] Tell it like it is

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

Carsten Rasch (Between Rock & A Hard Place) and Hagen Engler swap stories of their South Africa then and now with Tom Eaton

New School Hall
[2] The fine print on the ballot paper
with: Tendai Biti, Greg Mills, Jacques Rousseau

[2] The fine print on the ballot paper

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Human rights activist Greg Mills and former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti (Democracy Works) discuss the pitfalls and rewards of democracy in a state of inequality, with Jacques Rousseau in the chair.

Church Hall
[50] The last chance for elephants
with: Colin Bell, Don Pinnock, Dan Wylie, John Maytham

[50] The last chance for elephants

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

An elephant is poached somewhere in Africa every 15 minutes, every day. The Last Elephants might be their last hope. Compilers of this vitally important book, Colin Bell and Don Pinnock join Dan Wylie as they talk about why the survival of elephants matters with John Maytham.

Hospice Hall
[78] The lives of other people
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Leon de Kock

[78] The lives of other people

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

Darrel Bristow-Bovey talks about the intricacies and responsibilities of writing the lives of others, with Leon de Kock.

New School Hall
[95] The long shadow of apartheid
with: John Dugard, Harris Dousemetzis, Victor Dlamini

[95] The long shadow of apartheid

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

Apartheid officially ended in April 1994, but it still has an horrendous effect on human rights in South Africa. John Dugard and Harris Dousemetzis discuss the whys and the what-nows with Victor Dlamini.

Old School Hall
[84] The lover boys
with: Mark Winkler , Craig HIgginson, Ivan Vladislavic, Lorraine Sithole

[84] The lover boys

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora), Craig Higginson and Ivan Vladislavic open their hearts to us as they discuss writing about love with Lorraine Sithole.

 

New School Hall
[20] The lovers
with: Heather Morris, Rutendo Tavengerwei, Qarnita Loxton, Lorraine Sithole

[20] The lovers

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Rutendo Tavengerwei (The Colours that Blind) and Qarnita Loxton (Being Lily) tell stories of the heart. What does this do to their own hearts, asks Lorraine Sithole

Council Chamber
[99] The mind of the poacher
with: Kimon de Greef, Francoise Malby Anthony.

[99] The mind of the poacher

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

Conservation biologist, journalist and co-author Kimon de Greef (Poacher: Confessions from the Abalone Underworld) reveals the dark underbelly of environmental theft with extraordinary compassion, in what promises to be a riveting conversation with Francoise Malby Anthony.

Congregational Church
[85] The muckrakers
with: Steven Boykey Sidley, Harris Dousemetzis, Anton Harber

[85] The muckrakers

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

Steven Boykey Sidley talks to truth seekers Harris Dousemetzis and Anton Harber (South African Muckraking) about the war against misinformation and lies. 

New School Hall
[83] The power of one
with: John Dugard, Wandile Ngcaweni, Ray Ndlovu, Jacques Roussea

[83] The power of one

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

Everyone has it in them to create great change. John Dugard, Wandile Ngcaweni and Ray Ndlovu (In the Jaws of the Crocodile) discuss what it takes to be a change-maker with Jacques Rousseau.

Travellers Lodge
[88] The story behind the story
with: Clare Houston, Máire Fisher, Meg Vandermerwe, Dianne Stewart

[88] The story behind the story

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Clare Houston, Máire Fisher (The Enumerations) and Meg Vandermerwe (The Woman of the Stone Sea) tell us what brought them to the point of putting pen to paper. Chaired by Dianne Stewart.

Council Chamber
[15] The story of me
with: Sylvia Neame, Landa Mabenge, Phehello Mofokeng

[15] The story of me

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

What power lies in writing your deepest stories for all to read, and how does it impact on the writers’ lives? Sylvia Neame (Imprisoned) and Landa Mabenge (Becoming Him) share the stories of their stories with Phehello Mofokeng.

Congregational Church
[23] The truth in fiction
with: Vincent Pienaar, Fiona Snyckers, Gail Schimmel

[23] The truth in fiction

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

A good novel often works because we see ourselves in the characters. Vincent Pienaar (Too Many Tsunamis) and Fiona Snyckers (Lacuna) discuss the appeal of creating real people in imaginary situations with Gail Schimmel (The Accident).

Church Hall
[92] The whataboutism of corruption
with: Tom Eaton, Leon Schreiber, Ralph Mathekga

[92] The whataboutism of corruption

Sunday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Tom Eaton looks corruption in its ugly face with Leon Schreiber and Ralph Mathekga.

Hospice Hall
[53] The women left behind
with: Fiona Snyckers, Ena Jansen

[53] The women left behind

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

Who are feminists really fighting for? Fiona Snyckers and Ena Jansen (Like Family) discuss how good intentions can sometimes get in the way of impactful results in the pursuit of equality, with Sara-Jayne King.

Council Chamber
[86] The world is a source
with: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Sue Nyathi, Alison Lowry

[86] The world is a source

Saturday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

Whether history or current affairs, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Sue Nyathi (The Gold Diggers) use their areas of expertise to fuel their fiction. They talk of how they filter reality through their stories, with Alison Lowry.

Council Chamber
[6] The worlds we created
with: Tracey Farren, Masande Ntshanga

[6] The worlds we created

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

Speculative fiction writers Tracey Farren (The Book of Malachi) and Masande Ntshanga (Triangulum, The Reactive) use the imagined to help us breach the boundary between what is and what could be. Fellow fantasist Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) chairs.

 

Congregational Church
[5] Those who kill, those who protect
with: Mike Wills, Dan Wylie

[5] Those who kill, those who protect

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

In conversation with Mike Wills, Dan Wylie (Death and Compassion – The Elephant in South African Literature) explores the stories we have told ourselves about our relationship with animals, across three centuries of diverse literary genres.  

New School Hall
[90] Tipping points
with: Adam Habib, Peter Hain, Martin Welz

[90] Tipping points

Sunday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

At what point do systems cease to work, and why do governments, institutions and society allow this state to exist? Adam Habib and Peter Hain discuss this timely topic with Martin Welz.

Council Chamber
[42] To wit
with: Lerato Mogoathle, Khaya Dlanga

[42] To wit

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

Some writers can’t help seeing the funny side. How else do you get the message across? Lerato Mogoathle (Vagabond) and Khaya Dlanga give the matter serious thought.

Congregational Church
[14] Translating the classics
with: Nkosinathi Sithole, David wa Maahlamela, Antjie Krog

[14] Translating the classics

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Nkosinathi Sithole (No Matter When) and David wa Maahlamela (Stitching a Whirlwind: An anthology of southern African poems and translations) talk to Antjie Krog about the joys and challenges of the Africa Pulse project through which eight African literary works are now translated into English. 

Hospice Hall
[100] Unlocking the riches of a multilingual repertoire
with: Carolyn McKinney, Xolisa Guzula

[100] Unlocking the riches of a multilingual repertoire

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

The United Nations declared 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, but languages don't exist in isolation of each other. Could multilingualism be a path to turning young children into readers? Carolyn McKinney (Language and Power in Post-Colonial Schooling) and Babalwayashe Molate look at some exciting new approaches with Halala Winner! co-author Xolisa Guzula.

Congregational Church
[98] Visual storytelling
with: Paul Choy, Heinrich van den Berg, John Maytham

[98] Visual storytelling

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Photographers Paul Choy and Heinrich van den Berg (Moods of Nature) tell richly detailed tales without words. They discuss their art with John Maytham.

NG Church
[72] Watch this space!

[72] Watch this space!

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
NG Church

Exciting new event to be announced on 1 April.

 

New School Hall
[102] Watch this space!

[102] Watch this space!

Sunday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

Exciting new event to be announced on 1 April.

Church Hall
[58] What happened to the news?
with: Nancy Richards, Yves Vanderhaeghen, Rob Rose

[58] What happened to the news?

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

‘The News’ used to be relatively reliable and accessible, but now we don’t know where to find it or whether we can trust it. Nancy Richards asks Yves Vanderhaeghen (Afrikaner Identity: Dysfunction and Grief) and Rob Rose (Steinheist) how this came to be.

Old School Hall
[96] What is a man?
with: Landa Mabenge, Chike Frankie Edozien, Tony Peake, Africa Melane

[96] What is a man?

Sunday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

What is a man? (Old School Hall): Landa Mabenge, Chike Frankie Edozien and Tony Peake discuss the essence of manhood and how the term is being redefined with Africa Melane.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[81] What life has taught me
with: Erns Grundling, Khaya Dlanga

[81] What life has taught me

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

There’s nothing like learning from the pains and joys of others. Erns Grundling and Khaya Dlanga share their adventures and inspire us to remember our own.

Congregational Church
[41] What no one told me about being a writer
with: Amalia Rosenblum, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Sara-Jayne King

[41] What no one told me about being a writer

Friday, 17 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

Amalia Rosenblum (Israeli novelist, screenwriter and couples’ therapist) and Darrel Bristow-Bovey share some of the less glamorous aspects of writing with Sara-Jayne King.

Old School Hall
[49] When the heart speaks
with: Leon de Kock, Tony Peake, Samantha Smirin, Karabo Kgoleng

[49] When the heart speaks

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Leon de Kock (The Lovesong of Andre P Brink), Tony Peake and Samantha Smirin (A Life Interrupted) discuss the essence of friendship, love and identity, with Karabo Kgoleng.

Church Hall
[13] Who lives here anyway?
with: Tanya Pampalone, Loren Landau, Rachel Matteau Matsha, Paul Choy

[13] Who lives here anyway?

Friday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

Tanya Pampalone, Loren Landau (I Want to Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis) and Rachel Matteau Matsha (Real & Imagined Readers – Censorship, publishing and reading under apartheid) speak of othering, alienation and familial connections. Paul Choy (Somewhere. Anywhere) leads the conversation.

Hospice Hall
[25] Why the world needs dung beetles
with: Authors Helen Lunn, Marcus Byrne,Don Pinnock.

[25] Why the world needs dung beetles

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

Through the eras of alchemy and religion, to the days of science, the dung beetle has been a symbol of life and renewal. Authors Helen Lunn and Marcus Byrne (The Dance of the Dung Beetles) share the wonders of these charming – and seemingly charmed – little creatures with Don Pinnock.

Congregational Church
[67] Wild thoughts
with: Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn, Francoise Malby-Anthony, Karabo Kgoleng

[67] Wild thoughts

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

When we think of stories, we think of people, but animals have their own tales to tell. Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn and Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) speak for the animals with Karabo Kgoleng.

Library
[79] Workshop: Finding your short form
with: Gaiutra Bahadur

[79] Workshop: Finding your short form

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
16:30:00
Library

Acclaimed Guyanese-American author Gaiutra Bahadur will guide you through the art of saying it all in few words. This workshop is ideal for lovers of poetry, commentary and short story writing. R150 through webtickets.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[36] Workshop: Stories on camera
with: Paul Choy

[36] Workshop: Stories on camera

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
16:30:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

Mauritian photographer, TED talker and compulsive traveller Paul Choy is a self-made master of visual story telling. Bring your smart phone, your imagination and a receptive eye to this mind stretching workshop. R150 through webtickets.co.za.

Library
[55] Workshop: Writing memoir
with: Dianne Stewart

[55] Workshop: Writing memoir

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
Library

Back by popular demand, author and writing coach Dianne Stewart shares the skills specific to the writing of personal memories. R150 at webtickets.co.za.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[71] Write for the worlds
with: Athol Williams, Gaiutra Bahadur, Michael le Cordeur

[71] Write for the worlds

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

Athol Williams (Pushing Boulders) and Guyanese-American Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture) – both contributors to the new anthology We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture – discuss the value of telling personal truths to global audiences. With Michael Le Cordeur in the chair, supported by Commonwealth Writers.

Hospice Hall
[34] Write what you don't know
with: Amy Heydenrych, Michelle Sacks, Linda Kaoma

[34] Write what you don't know

Friday, 17 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

Amy Heydenrych (Shame on You) and Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) like to shift perspectives and stretch their understanding beyond relatability. Linda Kaoma finds out how they do it.

Council Chamber
[93] Writing to genre
with: ippa Hudson, Lauri Kubuitsile, Craig Higginson.

[93] Writing to genre

Sunday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

To make it as a commercial writer, is it better to stick to type or mix it up? Pippa Hudson asks Lauri Kubuitsile and Craig Higginson.

Old School Hall
[57] You just have to laugh
with: Zapiro, Hagen Engler, Mike Wills

[57] You just have to laugh

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

Just when you think times are tough, they get tougher. Thank goodness for the sharp wit of Zapiro (WTF) and Hagen Engler (Black Twitter, Blitz & A Boerie As Long As Your Leg). Mike Wills finds out how they keep going.

Travellers Lodge
[26] Young people's stories for change
with: Athenkosi Cetyana, Pamela Mali, Sicelo Kula, Ros Haden

[26] Young people's stories for change

Friday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Hero Within and Other Writing came out of FunDza Literacy Trust's Bridging Divides project, where young people explored how inequality manifested in their lives. These stories remind us that society remains unequal and violent, yet they envisage a different future - a space you are privileged to share with Athenkosi Cetyana, Pamela Mali and Sicelo Kula (Taking Chances). Ros Haden chairs.

 

Church Hall
[4] Yours sincerely
with: Zirk van den Berg, Clare Houston, Mark Winkler, Steven Boykey Sidley

[4] Yours sincerely

Friday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Historical fiction writers Zirk van den Berg (Parts Unknown), Clare Houston (An Unquiet Place), and Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora) discuss the allure of a good letter when mapping the past. Chaired by Steven Boykey Sidley.