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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.
Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum and Ekow Duker (Yellowbone) discuss the sorcery behind the creation of believable minds in imaginary characters with Mohale Mashigo.
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).
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): 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.
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.
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.
Noseweek editor Martin Welz chats with Tom Eaton as they dish the dirt on misinformation and misdeeds in the news world.
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.
Meaning well doesn’t always translate to doing good. Sipho Hlongwane talks privilege, patronage, and denial with Chike Frankie Edozien.
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.
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.
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.
Can you truly separate politics from morality? Should you? Barry Gilder (The List) and Greg Mills (Democracy Works) investigate with Jacques Rousseau.
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.
Hermann Lategan (Opstokers, fopdossers en tweegat-jakkalse) talks language, culture, people and anything else South African that amuses, bemuses or infuriates, with Hagen Engler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s so captivating about murder? John Maytham investigates this odd interest of ours with Irma Venter and Joanne Macgregor.
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).
With Bill Nasson in the chair, fiction author Clare Houston and biographer Sue Grant-Marshall discuss why we are so drawn to the past.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Lerato Mogoathle, Erns Grundling and Sihle Khumalo share travel tales with the happy wanderer that is Darrel Bristow-Bovey.
Ekow Duker leads Deon Meyer (The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Lauri Kubuitsile in conversation about that eureka moment that got them going.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Democracy Works asks how we can nurture and consolidate democracy in Africa. Greg Mills shares solutions with Dennis Davis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer (North) chat about the benefits and challenges of co-writing fiction and what it takes to become Frank Owen.
Dennis Davis (Guide to Democrats) and John Dugard (Business as Usual) unpack the power of the law in dismantling oppression.
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.
Ingrid Winterbach and Tony Peake (North Facing) delve into the trickier elements of bringing a story together.
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
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Ndlovu shares his informed insights into the current state - and future opportunities for - our most powerful neighbour, Zimbabwe, with Mike Wills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams and Wamuwi Mbao in a conversation about claiming victimhood to displace the burden of guilt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carsten Rasch (Between Rock & A Hard Place) and Hagen Engler swap stories of their South Africa then and now with Tom Eaton.
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.
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.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey talks about the intricacies and responsibilities of writing the lives of others, with Leon de Kock.
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.
Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora), Craig Higginson and Ivan Vladislavic open their hearts to us as they discuss writing about love with Lorraine Sithole.
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?
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.
Steven Boykey Sidley talks to truth seekers Harris Dousemetzis and Anton Harber (South African Muckraking) about the war against misinformation and lies.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Tom Eaton looks corruption in its ugly face with Leon Schreiber and Ralph Mathekga.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographers Paul Choy and Heinrich van den Berg (Moods of Nature) tell richly detailed tales without words. They discuss their art with John Maytham.
Exciting new event to be announced on 1 April.
Exciting new event to be announced on 1 April.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.