Fred Strydom (The Raft), Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters) and Scarlett Thomas (The End of Mr Y, and other works) consider the line between speculation and realism, and why some of the most exciting literature can often be found between the covers of sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian fiction books. Chaired by Joe Vaz (editor, Something Wicked).
Chaired by Dr Wamuwi Mbao (Lecturer, SU), Prof. Anwar Mall (Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, UCT), Prof. Beverley Thaver (former Deputy Dean Postgraduate Studies and Research UWC), and Ian Currie (Wits Master's student and student activist) explore what a transformed university would look like.
Join multi-million selling illustrator Korky Paul with Winnie the Witch & Wilbur for this family friendly event full of energy, wit, enthusiasm and lots of audience participation – plus BIG prizes to be won! Korky shows how reading, and drawing are fun. ''A Korky Paul visit is better than playtime!' Overheard remark from a pupil at a school in England...
Samantha Page chats to storytellers Kapilolo Mahongo (Manyeka Arts Trust), Nancy Richards (Being a Woman in Cape Town), and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle) about how writing and sharing our own stories reveals our true selves and brings us closer to others. An event that will inspire young storytellers.
Palesa Morudu (Cover2Cover) discusses how providing books in mother-tongue and other languages helps to encourage multilingualism, with Arabella Koopman (Nal’ibali), Elinor Sisulu (Puku Children’s Literature Foundation) and Margie Cunnama (FLF Library Fund). Early childhood educators’ interest.
With literary journalist Karabo Kgoleng in the chair, Bontle Senne (The Powers of the Knife), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Rosie Rowell (Almost Grace) share how imagination frees the mind and lets in empathy, creativity and vision.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham, with theatre director Fred Abrahamse, and Linda Shwana and Mpolise Kanase (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy learners) discuss the purpose of setwork books and the relevance of Shakespeare and other European literature in our schools today. What should South African pupils actually be reading and why?
Poetry was not written to be dull. Finuala Dowling (Notes from the Dementia Ward) leads the discussion on the ways that poetry can be brought to life, for maximum insight and pleasure, with fellow poets Linda Kaomo (Badilisha Poetry X-change), Isobel Dixon (Bearings) and Wendy Woodward (A Saving Bannister).
Christopher Hope shares a video recording from the Carnegie Hall performance of A Distant Drum (libretto Christopher Hope, music/score Daniel Hope and Ralf Schmid, director Jerry Mofokeng). He will also talk about the extraordinay life of Nat Nakasa, read some of his essays and share why they told his story and why he still matters so much.
‘Intimacy does not guarantee respect, it does not guarantee dignity. We need nearness.’ What does this mean and how do we achieve it? Redi Tlhabi (Endings & Beginnings) asks Professor Jonathan Jansen (Leading for Change).
Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle), started work as a home help; now she one of Africa's most prolific authors, with multiple degrees and awards under her belt. Elinor Sisulu (The Puku Children’s Literature Foundation) shares this remarkable woman’s inspiring story.
Finuala Dowling (host) and judges Isobel Dixon, Leon de Kock and Quentin Williams and Celia van Druten (accuracy), oversee the finals in this high school competition established to encourage the learning of poetry by heart.
Revel in the growing art of telling stories with graphic novels, comics and game development – with Geoff Burrows (Zero Degrees Games, gaming developer and designer of Among the Innocent, his first game, due for release in late 2016), Lauren Beukes (The Witching Hour, Hidden Kingdom) and Raffaella Delle Donne (Triggerfish Animation Studios). Chaired by writer/director Sam Wilson.
Bontle Senne, Helen Brain (Jamie and the Magic Whistle, Jamie and the Horse Show) and Marlene Winburg (Manyeka Arts Trust) share the secrets of writing, illustrating and translating for young readers. Chaired by Dianne Stewart (Folktales from Africa).
Acclaimed food security writer Leonie Joubert interrogates the real issues of children, food and development, with Peninsula School Feeding Association representative Amelia Koeries and dieticians Bridget Surtees (Raising Superheroes) and Kath Megaw (Real Food: Healthy, Happy Children).
Shelagh Foster, co-author of Your First Year of Varsity, shares 10 ways to take the giant leap from high school to tertiary education, and to integrate, thrive, learn and live as an independent first-year student.
Reading sends you to distant lands, makes you smarter and lets you escape. Samantha Page asks children's and young adults' authors Dianne Case (The Rules), Kgauhelo Dube (LongStorySHORT) and Sicelo Kula (Taking Chances) when they started reading, why they love it and how it has directed their careers.
Scriptwriter and director Akin Omotoso introduces his box office hit, a romantic comedy set in a bookshop in Johannesburg, and answers questions from the audience afterwards.
City Press editor Ferial Haffajee (What If There Were No Whites in South Africa?) discusses the subtleties of identity politics in the current South African context, with philosopher Jacques Rousseau (Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience) and essayist and cultural critic Wamuwi Mbao.
7 May update: Justice Malala has regretfully had to withdraw from the festival for personal reasons. Ferial Haffajee will chair this three-way conversation, and Wamuwi Mbao will join the panel.
Chaired by Mike Wills, three very different authors, novelist Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower), journalist Alex Eliseev (Cold Case Confession) and historian Nigel Penn (Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers), tell us how they each made historic characters live again in their compelling stories.
Labour columnist and journalist Terry Bell in conversation with union organiser-turned-businessman Johnny Copelyn about his memoir, The Maverick Insider.
With John Maytham in the chair, Bernard Minier (Frozen Dead) and Mike Nicol (Power Play) reveal what entices French publishers to invest in South African books.
27 April update: With regret, Marie-Caroline Aubert has had to withdraw from the festival.
Sunday Times Contributing Books Editor Michele Magwood and Jenny Hobbs (True Blue Superglue) talk about Jenny’s latest book, her writing life, and her time as founding member and then Director of the FLF.
SAfm’s Nancy Richards asks Nthikeng Mohlele (Pleasure), Patrick Flanery (I Am No One) and Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say?) how their work is influenced by the real world, and what challenges they face in writing realistic fiction.
Karen Schimke speaks to poets Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Jumoke Verissimo and Safia Elhillo about mining the riches of multilingualism and translation in poetry.
Writer and comedian Khaya Dlanga (To Quote Myself) and media communications specialist and columnist Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (Let’s Talk Frankly) mull over the topics that grab their attention, how they write about them and the books they’ve published.
Children’s book and Young Adult writer and creative writing teacher Helen Brain makes writing exciting – and accessible to all – in this 2½-hour hands-on workshop for high school learners and adults wanting to explore these genres.
Redi Tlhabi leads a discussion with Anemari Jansen (Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State) and If We Must Die author Stanley Manong (a former Commander of uMkhonto we Sizwe) about their books that deal with transgressions made by individuals in the name of politics.
Richard Poplak (co-author with Kevin Bloom of Continental Shift) asks Moeletsi Mbeki about his latest book (co-written with Nobantu Mbeki), Manifesto for Social Change: How to Save South Africa.
7 May update: Justice Malala has regretfully had to withdraw from the festival for personal reasons. Richard Poplak will take his place in this event.
Best-selling crime writer Deon Meyer (Icarus) will be producing the film version of Jacques Steenkamp's The Griekwastad Murders. They talk about the process of getting a book about a true crime to the big screen.
Michele Magwood asks Finuala Dowling (The Fetch), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Anne Landsman (The Rowing Lesson) about the books that have formed them as writers; the ones they keep going back to for inspiration, comfort and challenge.
27 April update: With regret, Sara Baume has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons. Anne Landsman will take her place on this panel.
History professor Bill Nasson (The War Comes Home) in conversation with Robert Eales about his new biography of Emily Hobhouse – The Compassionate Englishwoman.
Independent publishing consultant, editor and writer Alison Lowry speaks to Steven Robins about his extraordinary determination to find out what happened to the women in an old photograph on his family's dining room table; an obsession which culminated in the unforgettable Letters of Stone.
Jenny Crwys-Williams grills Charlotte Otter (Karkloof Blues — amateur detective), Liad Shoham (Asylum City — cop procedural) and Mark Winkler (Wasted — psycho thriller) about how they decided which approach to take, and what challenges were presented by their decision.
UCT scholar Hedley Twidle discusses the themes of nature in the poetry of the late Stephen Watson (A Writer’s Diary) with Isobel Dixon and her new collection, Bearings.
Blood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. Ian Michler will introduce the screening and answer questions afterwards.
Wamuwi Mbao and Leon de Kock in conversation about the state of fiction in post-apartheid South Africa.
Victor Kgomoeswana (Africa is Open for Business) interrogates the challenges of development, foreign investment and entrepreneurship across the continent, with Greg Mills (How South Africa Works) and Tom Burgis (The Looting Machine).
FLF founding director Christopher Hope (Jimfish) in discussion with former Rand Daily Mail editor Allister Sparks (The Sword and the Pen) and former editor-in-chief of The Star Richard Steyn (Jan Smuts: Unafraid of greatness) about the historic events they covered during their tenures, at the height of apartheid and the Struggle.
Victor Dlamini opens the pages of the books of Claire Robertson, Fred Strydom (The Raft) and Scarlett Thomas and asks them to share how they settle on their opening and ending words, how they allow their stories to develop, and to reveal their favourite first and last lines from other writers.
Marianne Thamm shares an interlude with jazz legend Hugh Masekela (Still Grazing) and Pulitzer Prize-winning American critic Margo Jefferson (Negroland) as they discuss the fusion of jazz, life and memoirs.
27 April update: With regret, Margo has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons.
Arthur Attwell asks Bridget Impey (Jacana) and Terry Morris (Pan Macmillan) about the business challenges faced by contemporary publishers, and the mid- to long-term prospects of the book industry.
27 April update: With regret, Marie-Caroline Aubert has had to withdraw from the festival.
Karina Szczurek chats to Mark Winkler (Ink), Nick Mulgrew (Stations) and Niq Mhlongo (Affluenza) about the art of keeping it short while ensuring impact.
Karabo Kgoleng explores the writing process of three first-time novelists, Beverly Rycroft (A Slim, Green Silence), Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees) and Nadia Davids (An Imperfect Blessing).
Karin Schimke (chair), Dr Quentin Williams and Prof. Adam Haupt (UCT) will unpack hip-hop's racial and gender politics and how hip-hop activists have used hip-hop in order to engage young people critically with their contexts.
Humans tend to find humour in the bleakest and craziest situations. Darrel Bristow-Bovey (The Big Read columns) and Rebecca Davis (Best White and Other Anxious Delusions) explore and celebrate the phenomenon of finding and writing the ridiculous, the moving, the funny stories and experiences that keep us sane.
Hosted by Fesitval poetry consultant Karin Schimke, various poets appearing on the FLF poetry programme, as well as other featured voices, read from and perform their work at Essence restaurant. Bar and dining menu available — book a table at the restaurant if you plan to have dinner as space is limited (021) 876-4135.
The Sunday Times and Penguin Random House invite you to a relaxed evening of readings by top authors, accompanied by Porcupine Ridge wines and light food.
To book, email: Lucy Johnson, email@example.com, or call her on (011) 280 5504