19, 20, 21 May 2017
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Fred Abrahamse

Fred Abrahamse

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 MAY:

[7] 10h00 Schools: Setworks that work

FRED ABRAHAMSE graduated from UCT Drama School and started his career at The People’s Space, as a founding member of Troupe Theatre Company. He was Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre and is also a well-respected producer and designer. His theatre involvement spans some 30 years and over 100 productions including dramas, operas, musicals, cabaret and several community theatre projects. Along with Marcel Meyer, Fred runs a company called Abrahamse and Meyer Productions. Part of their mission is to keep the classics alive and they have staged various Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and O'Neil plays both locally and internationally and for learners at schools’ festivals countrywide.

Antony Altbeker

Antony Altbeker

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[90] 16h00 The Forensics Face-off

 

Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan Ancer

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[49] 18h00 What was that?!

JONATHAN ANCER is a journalist, who has held various positions on a variety of publications — reporter at The Star, features writer at Directions magazine, crossword columnist for the Cape Times, deputy editor of Bicycling Magazine and, from 2005 to 2007 was the youngest editor of the country's oldest newspaper, Grocott's Mail. He has won awards for hard news journalism, feature writing and creative writing. Jonathan was appointed training editor at Independent Newspapers in 2010 and relaunched the company's Cadet School. He left Independent Newspapers in 2014 to freelance, solve crossword puzzles and build a podcast empire.

 

 

Sally Andrew
Picture: Andy Nixon

Sally Andrew

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[58] 10h00 Food in fiction

SUNDAY 15 May:

[118] 11h30 Murder, she wrote

SALLY ANDREW lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo, South Africa, with her partner, artist Bowen Boshier and other wildlife (including a giant eland and a secretive leopard). She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg. Sally has a Masters in Adult Education (University of Cape Town). For some decades she was a social and environmental activist, after which she became the manager of Bowen's art business, before settling down to write full-time. Recipes for Love and Murder is her first novel (Umuzi, 2015). It will be published in at least 12 languages, across five continents.

Paul Ash

Paul Ash

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[51] 09h00 Travel writing workshop 

PAUL ASH was once called ‘an inveterate traveller’ by an irritated newspaper editor. That lightbulb moment sparked a career in itinerant journalism which has taken him around the world, sometimes to places that normal people would have no wish to visit. He joined the Sunday Times in 2004 and has worked on the newspaper's travel section for the past 11 years. He is currently the Editor of Sunday Times Travel.

Zahira Asmal

Zahira Asmal

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[114] 11h30 Tales of the cities 22 March update: With regret, Zahira Asmal is no longer able to be part of this event.

ZAHIRA ASMAL is the managing director of The City and the founder of DESIGNING_SOUTHAFRICA. As an editor, curator and publisher, her projects address design, democracy and inclusive city making. In doing so she has collaborated with governments, designers, architects, academics and the media globally. Her first book, Reflections & Opportunities was published in English and Portuguese and was presented in 17 cities in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, the UK, Germany and Italy. Asmal has recently published two anthologies on Movement for Cape Town and Johannesburg. Having worked with renowned architect David Adjaye OBE on his book African Metropolitan Architecture, and exhibition Urban Africa, the pair are once again working together — this time on an architectural pavilion at Johannesburg's prominent Park Station.

Arthur Attwell

Arthur Attwell

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May: 

[44] 16h00 Traditional publishing in the spotlight

SATURDAY 14 May:

[87] 14h30 Translation challenges

ARTHUR ATTWELL is a serial adventurer in publishing and innovation. He is co-founder and director at Fire and Lion. His ventures include the Electric Book Works publishing lab; healthcare publisher Bettercare; Book Dash children’s books; and Paperight, an award-winning experiment in distributed print-on-demand. He is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. He is the author of Designing for Digital, the EBW Knowledge Base, Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s ‘ebook‘ entry, and Killing Time, a collection of poetry.

Marie-Caroline Aubert

Marie-Caroline Aubert

27 April update: With regret, Marie-Caroline has had to withdraw from the festival.

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[24] 13h00 The French connection

[44] 16h00 Traditional publishing in the spotlight

SUNDAY 15 May:

[127] 13h00 Breaking the barrier

MARIE-CAROLINE AUBERT was born in Paris. She did Law (Paris II) and English Literature (Paris VII) studies before she started translating (Ruth Rendell, Donald Westlake, Stephen McCauley, Arthur Miller, Erskine Caldwell...) and writing book reviews (crime lit. and general lit.) for ELLE, Marie-Claire, Le Monde des Livres paperback supplement and Le Nouvel Economiste. She became editor at Le Masque (Ian Rankin, Philip Kerr, Ron Rash, Don Winslow...) in 2002 before she joined Le Seuil in 2011, where she publishes Deon Meyer, Mike Nicol, Karin Brynard (in May 2016), William Gay, Ron Rash, Tim Gautreaux, Thomas H. Cook, Dror Mishani and Don Winslow. She specialised in genre literature, specially 'noir' and Southern gothic.

Brigalia Ntombemhlophe Bam

Brigalia Ntombemhlophe Bam

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[81] 14h30 The freedoms that matter

SUNDAY 15 May:

[126] 13h00 In conversation

BRIGALIA NTOMBEMHLOPHE BAM was born in the village of Qogwana, in the former Transkei. As a qualified social worker, she holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Chicago. Brigalia is the founder member of the World Council of Churches’ programme to combat racism. She later became director of the council’s women’s programme. Thereafter she worked at the World Young Women’s Christian Association and for the Women’s Workers Programme that was part of the UIF in Geneva. After 21 years she returned to South Africa and was appointed deputy general secretary of the South African Council of Churches and later its general secretary. In 1999 she was appointed chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa. She left the IEC in 2011. Brigalia currently serves on the boards of numerous private companies and non-governmental organisations in South Africa and abroad and is Chairperson of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. Her memoir, Democracy: More than just elections was published by KMMR Publishing in 2015.

Sara Baume

Sara Baume

27 April update: With regret, Sara has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons.

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[33] 14h30 The reader within

SATURDAY 14 May:

[54] 10h00 'This is how it was...'

[95] 16h00 Creative writing techniques

SUNDAY 15 May:

[104] 10h00 First books

SARA BAUME won the 2014 Davy Byrne's Short Story Award, and in 2015, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (William Heinemann, 2015) was longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Guardian First Book Award, and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. In autumn 2015, she was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa and received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives on the south west coast of Ireland.

Sara Baume's presence at the FLF was made possible with the generous support of Culture Ireland.

Terry Bell

Terry Bell

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[23] 13h00 Union men

TERRY BELL is an award winning journalist, author, social activist and former political prisoner and exile. The founding principal and co-author of the curriculum of the  primary division of the ANC school in exile, Somafco, he lives and works in Cape Town and has been actively involved in the campaign around Marikana.

Lauren Beukes
Picture: Ulrich Knoblauch, 2013

Lauren Beukes

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[1] 10h00 Schools: What's so great about speculative fiction?

[14] 11h30 Schools: Pictures worth a thousand words

[49] 18h30 What was that?!

SATURDAY 14 May:

[89] 14h30 The horror, the horror

SUNDAY 15 May:

[111] 10h00 'Kinking Reality and Twisty Fiction'

[127] 13h00 Breaking the barrier

LAUREN BEUKES is the author of The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters, Zoo City and Moxyland, hybrid literary thrillers with a social conscience that mash up genres, as well as Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past. She has won major literary, science fiction, horror and crime awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Strand Magazine Critics Choice Award and the Mbokondo Award from the Department of Arts and Culture. Her books have been published in 26 countries and optioned for film and TV.  

Vivian Bickford-Smith

Vivian Bickford-Smith

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[114] 11h30 Tales of the cities

VIVIAN BICKFORD-SMITH is Extraordinary Professor in the History Department at Stellenbosch; Emeritus at the University of Cape Town, and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He received his PhD from Cambridge University and specialises in modern history with a South African regional focus. The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in Twentieth Century South Africa focuses on Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and explores how insiders and outsiders viewed these cities and how attitudes to the city or part of it informed the identity of its inhabitants. It is published by Cambridge University Press. Other publications include three books on Cape Town and Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen

Claire Bisseker

Claire Bisseker

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[91] 16h00 The reporting business

CLAIRE BISSEKER is the Economics Editor of the Financial Mail magazine – a position she has held for the past 11 years. During this period she has won the coveted Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award for the last two years in a row. She has won the economics category of the awards numerous times. Last year (2015) she also won the national economics/financial category of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, having previously won this award in 2009.

She has worked at various times as a current affairs, science and technology, education, and health writer, having started out as a cub reporter in the Cape Times newsroom. 

These days Claire works from a cottage in the garden of her Franschhoek house, exclusively for the Financial Mail. She loves the fact that apart from being able to devote herself to covering SA’s macro economy, her job also allows her to be a hands-on mother to her three young daughters. She is a keen hiker, runner and horse rider.

Kevin Bloom
Picture: Marc Shoul

Kevin Bloom

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[62] 11h30 What is China doing in Africa?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[106] 10h00 A nine-year journey

KEVIN BLOOM is a South African author, editor and investigative journalist. He is the co-author of Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes, published locally by Jonathan Ball Publishers and abroad in 2016. His first book, Ways of Staying, won the 2010 South African Literary Award for literary journalism and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He is an Honorary Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa (IWP 2011), and a recipient of the WISER Writing Fellowship (2008/9). His byline has appeared in Granta, The Guardian and The Daily Beast, among others, and he is a correspondent-at-large for South Africa’s The Daily Maverick.

Helen Brain

Helen Brain

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[15] 11h30 Creating captivating children's books

[29] 13h30 Writing workshop - So, you want to be a writer?

HELEN BRAIN has published over 50 books for children and young adults, including the award winning Fly Cemetery and Other Juicy Tales. Her memoir Here Be Lions was nominated for a Women of Courage White Feather award in 2005. She teaches creative writing online through SA Writer’s College. Her two latest books are Jamie and the Magic Whistle and Jamie and the Horse Show. Her new YA trilogy Elevation will be published by Human and Rousseau in 2016 and 2017. 

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[48] 16h00 If you don't laugh...

SATURDAY 14 May:

[83] 14h30 Seeds of the imagination

SUNDAY 15 May:

[124] 13h00 Writers' secret lives

DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY was born on the Bluff in Durban in the shade of a frangipani tree, in a backyard with a red wheelbarrow and white chickens. He is a columnist and travel-writer and briefly a professional kick-boxer, in which capacity he was unsuccessfully investigated for match-fixing, a story covered in his forthcoming memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Bleeding. He wrote the bestselling I Moved Your Cheese in 2001, Darrel Bristow-Bovey The Naked Bachelor in 2002 and his collection of columns, But I Digress, is completely unavailable at all good bookstores everywhere. His novel for young readers, SuperZero, was awarded the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for fiction and he was a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006. He is also the winner of PICA Columnist of the Year Award in the customer category for 2013.

He has written three feature-films and head-written four drama series and one sit-com for SABC television, winning two SAFTA awards for screen-writing, and is a key creative for Rhythm City, a soap opera on e-tv. Nearly four million people a day watch Rhythm City, and he has yet to meet a single one of them.

Darrel's memoir, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, was published in 2014.

He lurks on Facebook and his twitter handle is @dbbovey

Peter Bruce

Peter Bruce

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[53] 10h00 Conversations at the white dinner table

[70] 11h30 South Africa's sports quota wars

SUNDAY 15 May:

[103] 10h00 The road ahead, together

PETER BRUCE was born in Umtata in November 1952. He studied Architecture at the University of Natal in Durban (dropped out after three years) and Journalism at Rhodes. Bruce worked for the Natal Mercury, the Rand Daily Mail and the Daily Dispatch before leaving South Africa in 1978. He worked for the Financial Times from 1979 until 1995 on the commodites and foreign desks. He was the industrial writer in London, Bonn Correspondent, Tokyo correspondent and Madrid Bureau chief. He has also worked in the Phillippines, India, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, US and Hong Kong as the European News Editor andUK News Editor. In 1996 he was appointed as Editor of Business Report, Johannesburg, and from 1997 to 2000 was the Editor of the Financial Mail, Johannesburg. From 2001 to 2013 he was the Editor of Business Day, and from 2013 to present he has been Editor-in-Chief of Business Day and the Financial Mail. He is a columnist, editorial writer and host of a weekly debate on Business Day TV.

Married. Two children. Sharks supporter, rugby fanatic…

Karin Brynard

Karin Brynard

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[57] 10h00 Criminal boundaries

SUNDAY 15 May:

[118] 11h30 Murder, she wrote

KARIN BRYNARD's first novel, Weeping Waters, was published by Penguin RandomHouse in 2014. It  is a whodunnit involving a farm killing in the Northern Cape. Her second novel, Our Fathers, involves a family murder in Stellenbosch and a hi-jacking in Johannesburg. The book will be available in 2016. Journalist turned-crime writer, Karin grew up in the small dorps of the Central Karoo and Northern Cape. Spending her whole working life as a political journalist for various newspapers and magazines, she began writing crime in her early fifties. Her third novel will be published in Afrikaans by Penguin RandomHouse as Tuisland in the autumn of 2016 and as Homeland early in 2017. 

Tom Burgis

Tom Burgis

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[40] 16h00 What is business as usual in Africa?

SATURDAY 14 May:

[62] 11h30 What is China doing in Africa?

[91] 16h00 The reporting business

TOM BURGIS is an investigations correspondent at the Financial Times, based in London. Previously, he was the paper's Lagos and Johannesburg correspondent. His book The Looting Machine: Warlords, tycoons, smugglers and the systematic theft of Africa's wealth was published in 2015. The New York Times called it a 'brave, defiant book'. In 2015 Burgis won top prize for investigative reporting at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards and was short-listed for the European Press Prize. Before joining the FT, he did a stint in Chile and travelled the world covering globalisation and its discontents. 

Geoff Burrows

Geoff Burrows

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[14] 11h30 Schools: Pictures worth a thousand words

GEOFF BURROWS lives for video games. Before he set off on his current, probably insane, journey into the world of game development, Geoff was editor of NAG Magazine — SA's (now defunct) only dedicated video games magazine. Before that, he just played games. A lot. Some would say too much; they're wrong. When he's not buried under mountains of buggy code and 3D art, Geoff enjoys playing guitar, reading comics and books, practising yoga, and pushing insistent cats off his keyboard for the tenth time today. He wishes that last part was an exaggeration.

Amin Cajee

Amin Cajee

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[82] 14h30 Life in exile 

AMIN CAJEE was the youngest of nine children born into a relatively poor family of Indian immigrants. At age five, his father was stranded in India by the new apartheid laws and he and his siblings were raised by their mother, with part of his childhood spent in an institution for indigent Muslim children. He attended the radical Central Indian High School in Fordsburg and became politically active in the Congress Movement. An early recruit into the armed Umkhonto weSizwe resistance he and his friend, Omar Bhamjee, were probably the first 'Indians' sent from South Africa for military training abroad. What was supposed to be a six-month exercise turned into a fraught seven-year odyssey before, disillusioned, Amin left the ANC camps to become a refugee in Kenya and Belgium then managing to get to Britain where he worked in social diversity and anti-racist campaigns in local councils. Now retired and living in London, he and his wife of 44 years, Pat, have two sons and five grandchildren. 

Dianne Case

Dianne Case

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[18] 11h30 Schools: Have you got a reading habit?  

DIANNE CASE primarily writes children’s picture books and youth novels. Her books are used extensively in South Africa’s schools and have been translated into all 11 official languages as well as German. She has won numerous local and international awards for her writing. Dianne is committed to helping others tell their stories: she volunteered as a writing facilitator at Pollsmoor Prison for more than 10 years and continues to mentor new writers. The Rules, her latest novel (Cover2Cover Books) is set in Manenberg, Cape Town and will be published in 2016. 

Johnny Copelyn

Johnny Copelyn

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[23] 13h00 Union men 

JOHNNY COPELYN was the General Secretary of SACTWU on and off for the period 1974-1994. He was banned from 1976-1980 during which time he qualified as an attorney. When the banning was lifted he returned to the union movement until 1994. He was a member of the executive committee and CEC of Cosatu from its formation in 1985. He became one of the twenty unionists nominated by Cosatu to serve as an ANC MP and Member of the Constitutional Assembly in 1994. 

After the country's new constitution was adopted in 1996 he left Parliament to run HCI, a JSE listed company which is SACTWU's investment vehicle, which he continues to do. He lives with his life partner, Corinne, in Cape Town. They have six children who have so far produced one grandchild. (No complaints!)

David Cornwell

David Cornwell

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[67] 11h30 Writing relationships

SUNDAY 15 May:

[104] 10h00 First books 

DAVID CORNWELL is a writer and musician. Born in Grahamstown, he currently lives in Cape Town, where he writes fiction, films and songs for his rock band KRAAL. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the Mail & Gaurdian, Prufrock, Aerodrome, Jungle Jim, New Contrast, the Chiron Review and Quiddity International Literary Journal. Like It Matters, his first novel, is published by Umuzi.

Jenny Crwys-Williams

Jenny Crwys-Williams

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[36] 14h30 Crime procedural

SUNDAY 15 May:

[123] 13h00 Sex on the page

JENNY CRWYS-WILLIAMS has been a talk show host with Talk Radio 702 for 20 wonderfully hectic years; she is now contributing to the station with her book show and as a freelance. Her book show is known countrywide as is her bookclub, Jenny&Co, which entertains some of the world’s great authors. She is the founder of Africa’s only crime book festival, The Bloody Book Week, and in between books and writers she has a busy life dabbling in 1001 things which interest her. Oh. Now that she is freelancing, the world is her oyster.

Margie Cunnama

Margie Cunnama

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[5] 10h00 Schools (early childhood educators' interest): Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan

MARGIE CUNNAMA is a qualified librarian who has worked in libraries since 1975. Her first library post was in the Children's Library of the Durban Public Library and most of her subsequent career has been spent in the education sector. Margie moved from KZN to Franschhoek in 2011. She volunteered with The Kusasa Project, working in the libraries of some under-resourced local schools, and this lead to full-time employment with the Franschhoek Literary Festival Library Project to manage their Schools Project.

Now in its fourth year, this project has made a big impact on the reading culture of the children of the valley by providing well-resourced school libraries, training staff to manage them, and introducing a read-aloud programme which brings the books to life for the children. Margie believes passionately that teaching children to love books and reading gives them an excellent foundation for future success.

Simone Cupido

Simone Cupido

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[72] 13h00 Can we claim to be intersectional?

SIMONE CUPIDO is a History Honours student who is currently working on writing the oral history of Kayamandi through documentary. She is an active member and spokesperson for Open Stellenbosch, a movement aimed at challenging the remnants of apartheid as well as the exclusionary cultures of Stellenbosch University and she is also an organiser and member of #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing. She believes she is a feminist and she believes she is intersectional. She also advocates for feminism within movements and the destruction of patriarchy within these spaces.

Ian Currie

Ian Currie

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[2] 10h00 Dream varsity SA

SATURDAY 14 May:

[53] 10h00 Conversations at the white dinner table

[72] 13h00 Can we claim to be intersectional?

IAN CURRIE is a Master’s Student in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Professor Pumla Gqola. An avid consumer of tea, he is a student activist who was part of the #FeesMustFall movement that began at Wits. Ian has worked for various student media institutions both in South Africa and abroad. He graduated with distinction from Rhodes University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Journalism and Media Studies. He then went on to complete a Joint Honours with distinction in African Literature and English Literature at Wits. His honours thesis focused on the potential for silence as resistance to oppression in the works of J.M. Coetzee. He has presented research at the AUETSA conference and placed in the top 15 for the English Olympiad in matric, for which the theme was morals and ethics. 

Nadia Davids

Nadia Davids

Scheduled events:

Friday 13 May

[46] 16h00 Finding your first story 

Saturday 14 May

[56] 10h00 Women's journeys in fiction

NADIA DAVIDS is a South Africa writer who works across a range of forms: short-stories, plays, novels and screenplays. Her plays – At Her Feet, Cissie and What Remains – have been staged throughout Southern Africa, in the UK and Europe, at the Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Southbank Centre (London), Fracsati Theatre (Amsterdam), the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and Afrovibes. She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and, as an A.W. Mellon Fellow, has been a visiting scholar/artist at the University of California Berkley and at New York University. She lectures at Queen Mary University of London and is a 2013 recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Her 2014 debut novel An Imperfect Blessing was long-listed for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Award and shortlisted for the UJ Prize and the Pan African Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[48] 16h00 If you don't laugh...

SATURDAY 14 May:

[92] 16h00 Plain speaking

SUNDAY 15 May:

[117] 11h30 Journos writing books

REBECCA DAVIS is an award-winning journalist whose writing appears in a wide range of South African publications, including a weekly column on TV for the Sunday Times. Her first book, a collection of humorous essays titled Best White and other anxious delusions, was published in 2015 by Pan Macmillan.

Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[52] 10h00 Closing cases

[81] 14h30 The freedoms that matter

JUDGE DENNIS DAVIS was educated at Herzlia School and the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. Presently, he is a judge of the High Court, Cape Town (since 1998) and Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court (since 2000). Judge Davis is the author of 10 books, the latest being Precedent and  Possibility: The use and(ab)use of law in South Africa (2008, with Michelle Leroux), and some 150 academic articles on legal theory, constitutional law, taxation, labour law, competition law, administrative law and South African history. A book on constitutional values, coedited with Cheryl Saunders and Allan Richter, was published in 2014. He is a concerned Manchester United supporter, and is married to Claudette with two children, Liat and Joshua.

Margaret Daymond

Margaret Daymond

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[66] 11h30 In conversation...

SUNDAY 15 May:

[116] 11h30 Literary letters

MARGARET DAYMOND is a Professor Emeritus of English Studies and a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. She has published books and articles mostly on African women writers and has edited works of fiction by writers such as Bessie Head, Lauretta Ngcobo, Frances Colenso and Goretti Kyomuhendo. Her most recent book is Everyday Matters: Selected Letters of Dora Taylor, Bessie Head and Lilian Ngoyi (Jacana Media, 2014). Margaret was stimulated to investigate the lives and work of these women by memories of working collaboratively on the pioneering anthology Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region (New York: Feminist Press, 2003). She has also published on Southern African writers such as Zoë Wicomb, Doris Lessing, Ellen Kuzwayo, Sindiwe Magona, Yvonne Vera, Nadine Gordimer, Hilda Bernstein, Agnes Lottering, Ellen MacLeod and Eliza Fielden, as well as editing a volume of feminist criticism, South African Feminisms (New York: Garland Press, 1996).

Leon de Kock

Leon de Kock

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[13] 11h30 Schools: Poetry for Life finals judge

[39] 14h30 Has post-apartheid literature lost the plot?

SATURDAY 14 May:

[94] 16h00 Translating lives

LEON DE KOCK's books include Bad Sex (a novel), Bodyhood, Gone to the edges, and Bloodsong (poetry), several works of literary translation (including works by Marlene van Niekerk, Etienne van Heerden, and Ingrid Winterbach), and scholarly works. His new book, Losing the Plot: Crime, Reality, and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing, is due at Witwatersrand University Press in 2016. 

Anastasia de Vries

Anastasia de Vries

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[75] 13h00 Distinctly Afrikaaps

ANASTASIA de VRIES is teaching in the Department of Afrikaans & Nederlands at the University of Western Cape and is pursuing a D.Phil on the topic of Afrikaans in the Catholic Church. Before that she worked in the media — at Rapport from 2004 to 2013 and Die Burger from 2000 to 2003. Her interests are, among others, variation linguistics, reading, especially translated works and skills training and empowerment.

Isobel Dixon
Picture: Jo Kearney

Isobel Dixon

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[8] 10h00 Schools: Poetry - Write, read, hear

[13] 11h30 Schools: Poetry for Life finals judge

[37] 14h30 The nature of poetry

SATURDAY 14 May:

[69] 11h30 Speaking up or writing down

SUNDAY 15 May:

[109] 10h00 'The ears of my ears awake'

[127] 13h00 Breaking the barrier

ISOBEL DIXON grew up in South Africa, where her debut poetry collection, Weather Eye, won the Olive Schreiner prize. She is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency where she represents prize-winning writers from around the world, among them many prominent South Africans. She co-wrote and performed in the multi-media show The Debris Field, about RMS Titanic, and is working on a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson, inspired by DH Lawrence’s Birds, Beasts and Flowers. Her new collection Bearings is published by Modjadji Books in South Africa and Nine Arches in the UK (who will also re-issue A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator) and Mariscat will publish a pamphlet, The Leonids, in August 2016.

 
She co-wrote and performed in the multi-media show The Debris Field, about RMS Titanic, and is working on a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson, inspired by DH Lawrence’s Birds, Beasts and Flowers. She is completing a new collection and Mariscat will publish a pamphlet, The Leonids, in 2016.

Victor Dlamini

Victor Dlamini

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[42] 16h00 From first lines to last

SATURDAY 14 May:

[54] 10h00 'This is how it was...'

[73] 13h00 In conversation...

[94] 16h00 Translating lives

VICTOR DLAMINI is a columnist, writer, photographer, traveler, art collector and marketer who lives in Johannesburg.

Khaya Dlanga

Khaya Dlanga

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[28] 13h00 Things we talk about

SATURDAY 14 May:

[80] 13h00 Tall tales

KHAYA DLANGA has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In To Quote Myself (Pan Macmillan, 2015), Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life. Khaya is a highly regarded author, blogger and Senior Communications Manager for Content Excellence at Coca-Cola. He has been awarded many advertising awards, including several Loeries, a Loerie Grand Prix, multiple Gold Cannes Lions, a Black Eagle and honorary membership in the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter's Golden Key Award. 

Raffaella Delle Donne

Raffaella Delle Donne

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[14] 11h30 Schools: Pictures worth a thousand words

RAFFAELLA DELLE DONNE lectured at the University of Cape Town for a number of years and completed her PhD before pursuing a full-time writing career. Her articles have been published in both national and international publications and she has written several children's books. She co-wrote the award winning, animated films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba and is currently the TV Development Executive for Triggerfish Animation Studios. Raffaella also works independently on her own projects, and is collaborating on an animated feature with Ree Treweek (Tulips and Chimneys) and has an animated series in development with Adorable Media (UK) and Framestore (UK). When she's not channeling her five-year-old self, Raffaella is spending her nights and the wee hours writing a thriller for acclaimed SA director, Ian Gabriel. 

Finuala Dowling

Finuala Dowling

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[8] 10h00 Schools: Poetry - Write, read, hear

[13] 11h30 Schools: Poetry for Life finals host

[33] 14h30 The reader within

SATURDAY 14 May:

[59] 10h00 'Summarising life'

[78] 13h00 Is poetry an 'ingenious nonsense'?

[86] 14h30 Language and character in literature

[100] 17h30 Literary madness with John Maytham, compiled by Finuala Dowling

SUNDAY 15 May:

[116] 11h30 Literary letters

FINUALA DOWLING is a poet and novelist. Her poetry collections have won the Ingrid Jonker Prize; the Sanlam Prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize. Her novel Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart won the 2012 MNet Literary Award for English Fiction. Her fourth novel The Fetch was published in 2015. Dowling is currently Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at UCT.  

Catherine du Toit

Catherine du Toit

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[87] 14h30 Translation challenges

SUNDAY 15 May:

[118] 11h30 Murder, she wrote

CATHERINE DU TOIT is Associate Professor of French at the University of Stellenbosch. She teaches French and comparative literature as well as translation and French as a foreign language. Her research interests include the life and times of Henri Pierre Roché, the author of Jules et Jim, crime fiction, wine and literature and translation. Catherine has published translations in French, Afrikaans and English of texts by Marlene van Niekerk, Michel Houellebecq and Bitterkomix authors, Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes. She has been honoured by France as Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and lives in the Drakenstein valley with her wild book-loving family.

Kgauhelo Dube

Kgauhelo Dube

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[18] 11h30 Schools: Have you got a reading habit?

SATURDAY 14 May:

[55] 10h00 Getting South Africans excited about reading

KGAUHELO DUBE is the Executive Producer and Founder of Kajeno Media. 'It is my life’s passion and work to bring artistic and creative products to the demographic that represents South Africa’s majority. Commercial brands, through existing brand affinity with this market, have a unique opportunity to demystify art (and the creative industries) and make it a part of every South African’s reality.' 

Dube combines her experience and knowledge of the traditional advertising into the work she does within the arts sector for projects on an ecclectic mix of projects including her own brainchild, #longstorySHORT. 

#longstorySHORT was launched in March 2015, to promote African literature through interactive events featuring the work of African writers, discussions about important topics affecting literacy in Africa and buying African literature through a strategic partnership with African Flavour Books. Based on feedback from the readings, #longstorySHORT will be expanding to incorporate intensive writing workshops under the banner of Youth Lit Clubs. This will take the shape of prestigious self-development writing masterclasses within township and rural libraries with the aim of futher encouraging the culture of reading and writing amongst African youth. 

Kgauhelo has been part of a wide array of projects from festival management, filming the repatriation of the human remains at the Mapungubwe ancestral grounds to acting as strategic and content consultant to varied artists, cultural foundations and corporations. 

She studied Integrated Marketing Communications and started her career in Public Relations where she harnessed long-standing relationships with the media. She then moved into brand management and strategy. She been part of dynamic teams that worked on varied brands such as Levi’s®, SANTA, MTN, Tiffindell Ski Resort, Kellogg’s, IEC, Cell C, MTN and Unda G. 

She was 2015 nominee for Mbokodo Women in Arts award in the category of 'Promotion of Arts and Culture in the Media'.

Ekow Duker

Ekow Duker

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[68] 11h30 Knowing when to stop

SUNDAY 15 May:

[128] 13h00 Writing from the outside

EKOW DUKER, a former oil field engineer turned banker turned writer, was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France, and now lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. His time in the oil industry took him to the harsh expanses of the Sahara desert and the fetid swamps of the Niger delta, with lengthy stopovers in several countries in-between. Since leaving the oil field, Ekow has worked mainly as a corporate strategist and in analytics; roles which, at their core, are really all about story-telling. His first two novels, White Wahala and Dying in New York, were both published by Picador Africa in 2014. He is currently working on a third manuscript titled, The God Who Made Mistakes. Ekow gave up trying to bring down a stubborn golfing handicap long ago and now devotes his spare time to writing.

Robert Eales

Robert Eales

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[34] 14h30 Emily Hobhouse and the Boer War

ROBERT EALES was born in Hopetown in the Northern Cape. Via Grey College in Bloemfontein, and Wits and Oxford universities, he went on to a corporate career in Johannesburg, London, San Francisco and now Sydney. Robert's long-standing interest in the Anglo-Boer War has led to numerous talks and papers delivered at history conferences. He has also been published in history journals. His book The Compassionate Englishwoman: Emily Hobhouse in the Anglo-Boer War was first published in Australia, to high acclaim. In late 2015, UCT Press published the South African edition. Australians had never heard of Hobhouse and they barely recall that their nation once participated in that war. Their reaction to the book shows that this is a story for all of humanity. 

Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[27] 13h00 The language of poetry

SATURDAY 14 May:

[59] 10h00 'Summarising life'

[78] 13h00 Is poetry an 'ingenious nonsense'?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[129] 13h00 Young voices from around the world

SAFIA ELHILLO is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC; a Cave Canem fellow, and poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression. She received an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Her work appears in several journals and in the anthologies The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Again I Wait for This to Pull Apart.

Alex Eliseev

Alex Eliseev

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[22] 13h00 Breathing life into history

SATURDAY 14 May:

[52] 10h00 Closing cases

ALEX ELISEEV is an award-winning journalist who has reported from countries like Haiti, Japan and Libya. He is currently an Eyewitness News editor and senior reporter. He's worked for South Africa's top newspapers, including The Star and The Sunday Times. Alex also writes for magazines, online publications (The Daily Maverick) and is a contributing author to two books: Go Home or Die Here and Troublemakers. His current book, Cold Case Confession, published by Pan Macmillan will be available in early 2016. 

Patrick Flanery

Patrick Flanery

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[26] 13h00 Contemporary issues in fiction

SUNDAY 15 May:

[128] 13h00 Writing from the outside

PATRICK FLANERY is the author of the novels Absolution (2012), Fallen Land (2013), and the newly released I Am No One (Atlantic Books, 2016). Absolution won the Spear’s/Laurent Perrier Best First Book Award and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the Author's Club Best First Novel Award, and the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger in France; it was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize and has been translated into 11 languages. Patrick has written for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Daily Telegraph.

Shelagh Foster

Shelagh Foster

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[17] 11h30 Schools: Finding your feet at varsity

SHELAGH FOSTER is the author of Your First Year of Work — A Survival Guide (Bookstorm, 2013) and co-author of Your First Year of Varsity (Boookstorm, 2016) with Lehlohonolo Mofokeng. She holds an Associate Degree in Speech and Drama (Teachers) from Trinity College London. Shelagh divides her time between writing, writing coaching, holding workshops and seminars country wide, reading up a storm, helping organise the FLF, feeding friends and family and trying to get to grips with yoga. She has four adored children, two spoiled dogs and a rambling old house in Johannesburg. Her motto is 'Pay it forward' and her mission is to leave the world a better place than she found it.

Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[104] 10h00 First books

Playwright and novelist DAMON GALGUT is the author of A Sinless Season, Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room. His work has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize. He lives and works in Cape Town. His new novel, Arctic Summer, follows the life and loves of one of English literature’s most famous authors: E.M. Forster. 

Genna Gardini
Picture: Paris Brummer

Genna Gardini

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[78] 13h00 Is poetry an 'ingenious nonsense'?

GENNA GARDINI is a writer based in Cape Town. She holds an MA in Playwriting from UCT and is currently a drama lecturer at CityVarsity. Gardini was named one of the Mail & Guardian's 2013 Top 200 Young South Africans, won the DALRO New Coin Poetry prize, and was nominated by PEN SA for the 2015 PEN International New Voices award. Two of her plays have won Standard Bank Ovation awards. She co-founded Horses' Heads Productions and is a member of PlayRiot, a South African playwriting collective. Gardini's debut poetry collection, Matric Rage, was published in 2015 by uHlanga Press.

Harry Garuba

Harry Garuba

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[66] 11h30 In conversation... 

[86] 14h30 Language and character in literature

HARRY GARUBA teaches at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, with a joint appointment in the English Department. He has also taught at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the University of Zululand, South Africa and is a member of the editorial boards of several leading academic journals in literary and cultural studies. He has published widely in the area of African literature and has held fellowships at the WEB Dubois Center, Harvard University, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and more recently at Emory University, Atlanta. He was, at various points in the 1990s, the editor and managing editor of ANA Review (the official journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors).

Harry Garuba writes poetry and has published a volume of poetry, Shadow and Dream and Other Poems, edited the anthology Voices from the Fringe and was also the editor of the Africa section of Poetry International’s special issue on English language poetry from across the world.

Nomboniso Gasa
Picture: Marta Garrich

Nomboniso Gasa

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[72] 13h00 Can we claim to be intersectional?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[113] 11h30 As I recall

10 May update: We regrat that Nomboniso Gasa has had to withdraw from the festival.

 

NOMBONISO GASA is a researcher and analyst on gender, politics and cultural issues. Her work spans more than two decades, weaving academic, lived experience and constant engagement with contemporary and historical issues. She has written as an art critic, publishing essays in catalogues and in mainstream media. This includes: ‘Manhood and Identity Carved on the Body’ – Ulwaluko/Koma, essay on the art exhibition of two South African artists on male initiation, April 2011; ‘Identity, Religion and the Environment in Zwelethu Mthethwa’ photography, essay on the young male members of the Shembe Nazareth Apostolic Church, June 2011. Her current work, ‘The Land Remembers, inter and intra boundaries’, looks at violence and reprieve offered by identity politics.

Louis Greenberg

Louis Greenberg

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[49] 18h30 What was that?!

SATURDAY 14 May:

[89] 14h30 The horror, the horror

[99] 16h00 Page, stage, screen

LOUIS GREENBERG is a Johannesburg-bred fiction writer and editor. He was a bookseller for several years, and has a Master's degree in vampire fiction and a doctorate in post-religious apocalyptic fiction. His first novel , The Beggars' Signwriters, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and he's also the author of Dark Windows. As S.L. Grey, he co-writes internationally published horror fiction with Sarah Lotz. Under Ground is their latest, and their fifth novel, The Apartment, will be published in July 2016.

Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[21] 13h00 A matter of identity

SATURDAY 14 May:

[81] 14h30 The freedoms that matter

SUNDAY 15 May:

[103] 10h00 The road ahead, together

FERIAL HAFFAJEE is Editor-in-Chief of City Press. Previously she held the same position at the Mail & Guardian.  She is also an alumni of the Africa Leadership Initiative, a project of the Aspen Institute. Haffajee sits on the board of Gender Links which is geared to improving the media’s coverage of development and gender empowerment.  She is a previous winner of the Shoprite-Checkers Woman of the Year Award, The Media magazine’s Women in Media Award, a Sanlam Financial Journalism Award and the Naspers group's most prestigious internal prize, the Phil Weber Award. In 2008, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is also the winner of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2014 International Press Freedom Awards. Ferial has also worked at Financial Mail and at the SABC in both radio and television. Haffajee sits on the boards of the International Press Institute and the World Editors Forum, and she chairs the SA National Editors Forum’s ethics and diversity committee. What If There Were No Whites in South Africa?, her first book, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2015. 

Mignon Hardie

Mignon Hardie

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[55] 10h00 Getting South Africans excited about reading

MIGNON HARDIE is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the FunDza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation dedicated to growing new generations of readers and writers in South Africa. FunDza's innovative outreach programmes harness the power and reach of technology to distribute top quality local content designed to get young people excited about reading and writing. FunDza supports more than 250 reading groups nationwide with books, while its 'library on a phone' — an interactive online space to read, like and share content — reaches thousands on a daily basis. In addition, FunDza provides aspirant writers with a platform to showcase their creative work and opportunities to develop their writing skills. Mignon is also a director of Cover2Cover Books, an independent publisher specialising in South African YA and children's fiction, as well as South African memoir under its imprint Face2Face.

Ray Hartley

Ray Hartley

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[61] 10h00 Stealing the World Cup

[64] 11h30 The men behind the headlines

SUNDAY 15 May:

[125] 13h00 The past is never past 24 March update: With regret, Ray Hartley is no longer able to be part of this event.

RAY HARTLEY is editor of the Rand Daily Mail online (www.rdm.co.za) and Times Media Editor-at-Large. He studied journalism at Rhodes University. He worked as an administrator at the Codesa negotiations before joining Business Day as a reporter. He was the founding editor of The Times and was editor of the Sunday Times. He is the author of Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White and the recently released The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the World Cup.

Chris Hartnady

Chris Hartnady

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[71] 13h00 Dearth Day?

Dr CHRIS HARTNADY graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT — MSc 1969; PhD 1978). He joined its Precambrian Research Unit in 1974 and was Associate Professor of Geological Sciences from 1987 to 2000. His geotectonic research focused on the quantitative understanding of Gondwanaland break-up and the kinematics of the African lithospheric plates. His background in mathematical geology and computer-based modelling led to work in geospatial information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, including space-geodetic methods in plate tectonics and crustal-deformation studies, leading into work on seismotectonics and geohazards in Africa. Since joining Umvoto in 2000, he has applied knowledge of geomechanics to fractured-rock hydrogeology in the Table Mountain Group and developed new methods for the exploration and space-based monitoring of its deep confined aquifers. He also studies the problem of earthquakes induced by waste-water injection in Oklahoma USA.  

Adam Haupt

Adam Haupt

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[47] 16h00 Hip-hop's political edge

ADAM HAUPT is Associate Professor in the Centre for Film & Media Studies (UCT). Prof Haupt is the author of Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film (HSRC Press, 2012) and Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion (HSRC Press, 2008), which are available under open content licenses at www.hsrcpress.co.za. Prof. Haupt runs a youth culture project named Staticphlow. It aims to bridge the gap between scholars, artists and activists who are working on aspects of youth culture, and he welcomes submissions to this project (for videos of the project's public lectures, features and panel discussions, see his YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/colony1652) . He occasionally writes for Mail & Guardian, ThoughtLeader, The Con The Guardian UK, Africa is a Country and City Press.

Khadija Heeger

Khadija Heeger

Scheduled events:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[109] 10h00 'The ears of my ears awake'

[129] 13h00 Young voices from around the world

KHADIJA TRACEY HEEGER has been writing and performing poetry for most of her life. In 2008 she was chosen for an arts exchange programme to the US and commissioned to write a theatrical, multi-media poetry performance piece for the Spier Contemporary festival. In 2013 she was invited to France to perform in the France/South Africa arts festival in Paris. Her debut poetry anthology, Beyond the Delivery Room, was published by Modjaji books in August 2013. The launch was one the most well attended for poetry in Cape Town. In 2013 ESP Africa commissioned Khadija to write a poem for the Economic Forum on Africa. The Africa Centre organisers of Infecting the City 2015 commissioned her to write and perform a poem on Land/Ownership.

Khadija currently works for the Scalabrini Centre as facilitator and materials developer on the Unite As One project and also has strong ties and continues to work with organisations such as the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the District Six Museum. Her work has been characterised as powerful and unapologetic. The latter has strong heritage and social justice tones which plays a profound role in her work as facilitator.  

Given Hlongwani

Given Hlongwani

Scheduled event:

Saturday 14 May

[87] 14h30 Lots in translation

GIVEN HLONGWANI studied BA degree in Translation in Linguistics at the University of Limpopo, BA Honours and Masters in African Languages and Applied Linguistics at UCT. In his first year studying for a Masters degree he was employed in the Parliament of the Republic of RSA as a Language Practitioner. Now, as a Senior Language Practitioner, this is his sixth year of service. Apart from his daily job of working on member’s speeches, submissions, motions etc. Given also provides translation and editing services to publishing companies such as Cambridge University Press, PRAESA, David Phillips Publishers and, more regularly, edit publications for Government Communications and Information Systems.

Jenny Hobbs
Picture: Christine Fourie

Jenny Hobbs

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[25] 13h00 True Blue and other stories

SATURDAY 14 May:

[76] 13h00 Ten years of the FLF (free event, booking required)

JENNY HOBBS, author and journalist, is one of the founders and a previous Director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival. She has published 12 books, including seven novels and A Quotionary, an extensive collection of quotations about writing and writers (Times Media digital), with all royalties going to the FLF Library Fund. Her recent novel True Blue Superglue, published by Umuzi in 2015, is now available.

www.jennyhobbs.co.za  

Christopher Hope

Christopher Hope

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[9] 10h00 A Distant Drum (1)

[41] 16h00 Witnessing history

SATURDAY 14 May:

[76] 13h00 Ten years of th FLF (free event, booking required)

[98] 16h00 A Distant Drum (2)

SUNDAY 15 May:

[110] 10h00 A Distant Drum (3)

[127] 13h00 Breaking the barrier

CHRISTOPHER HOPE was a founder, and the first director, of the Franschhoek Literary Festival. His books include Kruger's Alp and White Boy Running. His libretto about the life of Nat Nakasa, A Distant Drum, was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2014, and his most recent novel is Jimfish, published by Penguin in 2015). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in France.

Karen Horn

Karen Horn

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[84] 14h30 South Africa at war

KAREN HORN is an historian and senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. Her research interest lies within war history, more specifically the experiences of rank-and-file servicemen and prisoners-of-war. Changing relationships, the impact of war on individuals and their societies, as well as their day-to-day existence during times of conflict are some of the matters that form the focus of her work. She is the author of In Enemy Hands: South Africa’s POWs in WWII (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2015). Horn's current research project involves the Italian prisoners-of-war who came to South Africa during World War II. Karen lives in Somerset West and is married to André Olivier.

Bridget Impey

Bridget Impey

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[44] 16h00 Traditional publishing in the spotlight

BRIDGET IMPEY began her publishing career at the independent oppositional publishing house of David Philip Publishers. This was followed by an opportunity to launch a general publishing list at the legal and academic publishers, Juta & Co.  In 2007 she moved to Jacana Media, publishers who delight in shaking up the establishment.  Bridget now heads up the company whose authors have won numerous awards, including on a couple of occasions the prestigious Sunday Times Alan Paton award. She also lectures in the Publishing Honours and Masters programme at Wits University.

 

Anemari Jansen

Anemari Jansen

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[30] 14h30 Crossing boundaries

SATURDAY 14 May:

[52] 10h00 Closing cases

SUNDAY 15 May:

[125] 13h00 The past is never past

ANEMARI JANSEN's debut novel, Glipstroom, was published by Tafelberg in 2014. She has an MA in Afrikaans from the former RAU and a BA (HOD) from the University of Pretoria. She has written articles for the online police magazine eNongqai since 2012. In 2011 Anemari unexpectedly had an opportunity to meet Eugene de Kock in jail. She won his trust and for the next three years went on a journey to find out more about the man behind the persona and the era in which he committed his crimes: she visited Vlakplaas, did countless interviews with his former Koevoet and Vlakplaas colleagues and Sunday after Sunday visited De Kock in the old Pretoria Central prison. Reviewed by Marianne Thamm on Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State as 'an endeavour to come to terms with what it means to be an Afrikaner in post-Apartheid South Africa ... a compelling, disturbing, brave and timeous voyage of discovery and recovery.'

Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen

Scheduled event:

Friday 13 May

[11] 11h30 New School Hall South Africans entangled

JONATHAN JANSEN is Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State and President of the SA Institute of Race Relations. He holds a PhD from Stanford, the MS degree from Cornell, and honorary doctorates of education from the Universities of Edinburgh, Cleveland State and Vermont. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World.  In 2013 he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California. His book Knowledge in the Blood (2009) was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association and won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for Social Science and Humanities. His book Schools That Work, includes video-documentaries of disadvantaged schools producing excellent results. His other books include Great South African Teachers (with two students), We Need to Talk, and We Need to Act. He is a columnist for The Times and Die Burger. His new book, Leading for Change: Race, intimacy and leadership on divided university campuses, was published by Routledge in 2015.

Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson

27 April update: With regret, Margo has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons.

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[43] 16h00 Writing, hearing, playing - and all that jazz

SATURDAY 14 May:

[77] 13h00 Are cultural journalists an endangered species?

[93] 16h00 In conversation

SUNDAY 15 May:

[113] 11h30 As I recall

MARGO JEFFERSON is the author of Negroland: A Memoir and On Michael Jackson. From 1993 to 2005 she was a book, theatre and culture critic for The New York Times; she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. She has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants, and her essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including: New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Guernica, The Believer, The Nation, O, Antiques, Vogue; The Best American Essays, 2015; Best African American Essays, 2010; The Mrs. Dalloway Reader and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. She teaches in the writing programme at Columbia University.

Leonie Joubert

Leonie Joubert

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[16] 11h30 Food for thought

SATURDAY 14 May:

[71] 13h00 Dearth Day?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[130] 13h00 Back to the future

LEONIE JOUBERT, a science writer, has spent the past decade telling stories around climate change, energy policy, environmental pressures and now food. In fact, she’s preoccupied with food: specifically that we're surrounded by food that is often produced by Big Food, and yet there is still so much hunger and food-related sickness around us. Her books include Scorched, Boiling Point, Invaded and The Hungry Season. She also contributed to Max du Preez’s Opinion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders. Joubert was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow, was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take To Lunch (2008), and was named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category).

Mpolise Kanase

Mpolise Kanase

Scheduled event:

Friday 13 May:

[7] 10am Schools: Does Africa need Shakespeare?

My name is MPOLISE KANASE — a proud Xhosa girl who was raised in the Eastern Cape. I have attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls for the past five years (since 2011, from Grade 7). I am an avid reader who values the lessons and experiences one gets exposed to in the vast and amazingly complicated worlds created by literature. I believe that "whenever one reads a book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light". I believe that books are a portal that transports one to worlds otherwise deemed impossible to reach. Therefore I pride myself on my love for books, a love I’ve had from a young age — often describing them as my ‘best friends’. Along with my schooling career at OWLAG (and many other things, of course), books have shaped the open-minded and knowledgeable young girl that I have grown to be.  

Linda Kaoma

Linda Kaoma

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[8] 10h00 Schools: Poetry – Write, read, hear 

LINDA KAOMA has been with Art Africa Centre for five years where she is currently the project manager of Badilisha Poetry X-change (www.badilishapoetry.com). Badilisha Poetry is the largest online collective of African poets. She is a writer and a poet; she uses poetry as an investigative and meditative process. In 2013 she performed in Amsterdam at the Afro Vibes Festival alongside Dutch poet Babs Gons in a poetic production entitled Becoming Another, Becoming you.

Roxy Kawitzky

Roxy Kawitzky

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[96] 16h00 What a LARP 

ROXY KAWITZKY is an artist and writer working in performative, relational and text-based formats. They have written and run Live Action Role Plays, conversational games, writers' workshops and other fictional exchanges as part of their practice. Their work experiments with language, games, and collective storytelling as a way of facilitating imaginative communication. Roxy graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012, and went on to complete a Masters in Theatre Making (Performance Art) at UCT in 2015. They have exhibited in various spaces, including A-MAZE Interact (2012) the Sanlam Permanent Collection (2013), the AVA (2013), No Man's Art (2014), and the New Church Museum (2015), and attended interdisciplinary residency OPENLab in 2014. 

Eliza Kentridge

Eliza Kentridge

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[97] 16h00 Writers on the couch

SUNDAY 15 May:

[119] 11h30 The personal journey of poetry

ELIZA KENTRIDGE was born in Johannesburg in 1962. She has an Honours degree in English Literature from Wits University. She worked at SACHED before moving to England in 1988, where she has lived in a small riverside town in East Anglia for the past quarter century. She is an artist who makes appliqué flags, drawings on fabric, and found-paper collages. Her first book of poetry, Signs for An Exhibition, was published by Modjaji Books in 2015. 

Mark Keohane

Mark Keohane

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[70] 11h30 South Africa's sports quota wars

MARK KEOHANE is a rugby specialist and has covered South African and Springbok rugby since its international return in 1992. He currently consults as a print and digital multi-media content specialist at Highbury Safika Media. Mark also writes a weekly rugby column for Business Day and a monthly columns for SA Rugby Magazine and Business Day Sport Monthly. 

 

Thotyelwa Monica Kewana

Thotyelwa Monica Kewana

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

THOTYELWA MONICA KEWANA is the Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor. She has more than 10 years' teaching experience, working with both community centres and Montessori Schools. Thotyelwa studied Early Childhood Development at Cape Collage before putting her practical skills to use at Nal’ibali. Her love for children and community development is what drives her everyday.

Karabo Kgoleng

Karabo Kgoleng

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[6] 10h00 Schools: Just imagine!

[46] 16h00 Finding your first story

SATURDAY 14 May:

[80] 13h00 Tall tales

[95] 16h00 Creative writing techniques

KARABO KGOLENG has flogged literature on radio (SAfm, garnering the South African Literary Journalism award and getting on that Mail & Guardian list that everyone under 35 covets, as well as a stint as Books Editor at City Press. She has also adjudicated prestigious literary awards. Nowadays she writes in unlikely places and has a day job because she can't afford school fees on an arts journalist's invoice.

Victor Kgomoeswana

Victor Kgomoeswana

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[40] 16h00 What is business as usual in Africa?

SATURDAY 14 May:

[63] 11h30 Can entrepreneurs be made?

12 May update: We regrat that Victor Kgomoeswana has had to withdraw from the festival.

VICTOR KGOMOESWANA is a freelance conference speaker, programme director, workshop facilitator and consultant on African business development. Victor is the author of Africa is Open for Business (Pan Macmillan, 2015), and a CNBC Africa and Power FM presenter. Victor has facilitated various conferences and events including the annual Black Management Forum, the Annual Audit Committee Conference by Nkonki Inc, the National Treasury's Financial Management Improvement III workshop, as well as the congratulatory dinners held by the ABSIP. He organised and led a trade conference on regional economic integration in East Africa with the Rwanda Development Board and the South African High Commission in Kigali. Until September 2013, he was Business Development Executive for PPC Ltd, and his role was to seek for investment opportunities across the African continent. In addition, Victor originated mergers and acquisitions transactions through discussions with governments, investors, company owners to establish good relations. 

He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of PPC Ntsika Fund (Pty) Ltd until January 2014, the enterprise development initiative of PPC Ltd, set up to support black, small and medium enterprises with finance, mentoring, coaching and other forms of support. Before PPC, he was Associate Director at Ernst & Young's Africa Business Centre, a position he held since October 2009. He led the team that put together the database behind the firm's Africa Interactive and Growing Beyond Borders — both tools are industry firsts among the big four firms globally. He founded and presented the weekly Africa Business Report on Talk Radio 702's Money Show since July 2007 and on SAFM since October 2012; and has featured regularly on many other radio and TV stations locally and internationally, for example, CNN, CNBC Africa, SABC TV, eTV, East Coast Radio and Lesedi FM.

Amelia Koeries

Amelia Koeries

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[16] 11h30 Food for thought

AMELIA KOERIES worked in home sales and eventually to general administration, doing procurement for six housing offices and four housing maintenance depots. She has worked for the Housing Department for a total of 18 years. When her daughter was pronounced deaf in 2003 she resigned to become a stay-at-home mum. She didn't stay home for too long and found herself working for a NGO called Hope Africa as a Donor Administrator. In 2008 she was offered a job at Peninsula School Feeding Association as the Operations Administrator. She worked in this position for seven years and in April 2014 was promoted to Operations Manager. She loves what she does. She even started her own feeding scheme in different informal settlements like Blikkiesdorp in Delft and Tafelsig once every month.

Arabella Koopman

Arabella Koopman

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[5] 10h00 Schools (early childhood educators' interest): Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan 

ARABELLA KOOPMAN is a multilingual materials development specialist at PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), co-founder of, and content provider to the Nal’ibali campaign. Arabella is responsible for conceptualising, developing and managing the reading and literacy-support materials of the campaign, including the bilingual Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplement. She is also a freelance writer and publisher with more than 20 years writing and commissioning experience in the publishing industry. She holds particular expertise in textbook development, children’s literature and, the development and suitability assessment of books for multilingual settings. Arabella has a special interest in developing and researching materials that support and extend children’s literacy. 

Sicelo Kula

Sicelo Kula

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[18] 11h30 Schools: Have you got a reading habit?  

SICELO KULA, a law graduate, poet and author of the latest book in the Cover2Cover Harmony High Series, Taking Chances, has been called a unique voice, the new kid on the block. These sentiments were echoed at the launch of the book, not only by the acclaimed Deon Meyer, but by everyone else in attendance. Both author and novel received so much praise that the message became clear: the sky is the limit for this debut novelist. The novel was said to be stacked with believable characters, well-paced and hard-to-put-down... Watch out, South Africa, a new writer has arrived! 

Jacqui L'Ange

Jacqui L'Ange

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[83] 14h30 Seeds of the imagination 

JACQUI L'ANGE is a Cape Town-based author, editor, and scriptwriter. She left journalism to run amok in multimedia during the dotcom boom, before becoming books editor for Psychologies Magazine and O — the Oprah Magazine. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from UCT, and her debut novel, The Seed Thief, was published by Umuzi in 2015. Jacqui's nomadic childhood (on five different continents) left her with a nagging sense of dislocation — a sensibility she explores in The Seed Thief — as well as a love for the portable company of books. She works from a glasshouse in her fynbos garden in Kommetije, which she shares with her family and a menagerie of other animals.

 

Anne Landsman

Anne Landsman

Scheduled event:

Friday 13 May

14h30 [33] The reader within

ANNE LANDSMAN is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels, The Rowing Lesson and The Devil’s Chimney. The Rowing Lesson was awarded the Sunday Times Fiction Prize as well as the M-Net Literary Award for English fiction and was shortlisted for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Harold U Ribalow Prize in the US. Award nominations for The Devil’s Chimney include the M-Net Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has contributed essays to the anthologies Touch, An Uncertain Inheritance and The Honeymoon’s Over and has written for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The American Poetry Review, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Tablet.

Michael le Cordeur

Michael le Cordeur

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[75] 13h00 Distinctly Afrikaaps 

DR MICHAEL le CORDEUR chairs the Department of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. He is a former high school principal and Circuit Manager of Education in Stellenbosch. He obtained a doctorate (PhD) at Stellenbosch University and also holds qualifications form UWC, UNISA and SU’s Graduate Business School. His research and publications deal with reading skills, language in education, and language identity. He is the author or co-author of various books and accredited articles and has read papers at various international and national conferences. As chair of the Western Cape Language Committee he played a pivotal role in drawing up the Western Cape Language Policy. He is a board member of Het Jan Marais Trust, the ATKV, the South African Academy for Science and Arts (SAASA) and the SBA. A member of the South African Education Research Association (SAERA), the International Association for Research in First Language Education (ARLE) and a regular columnist on language issues. Dr Le Cordeur received various accolades for his work: he was awarded the Elisabeth Steijn-medal for his contribution to education by SAASA and the Ministerial Award for Multilingualism. He also received the Rector’s Award for five consecutive years and Stellenbosch University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Award in 2014.

Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[35] 14h30 Following the story

SATURDAY 14 May:

[76] 13h00 Ten years of the FLF (free event, booking required)

SUNDAY 15 May:

[128] 13h00 Writing from the outside 

ALISON LOWRY is an independent publishing consultant, editor, and writer. She spent the biggest part of her publishing career in trade publishing as publisher and then CEO of Penguin Books South Africa. Now she divides her time between working with individual authors and with local and international publishers on specific book projects, teaching creative writing, and working as a writing coach. She is the author of two novels, Natural Rhythm and Wishing on Trains, and ghost wrote Steve Hamilton’s memoir of addiction, I Want My Life Back

Bongani Madondo
Picture: Victor Dlamini

Bongani Madondo

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[77] 13h00 Are cultural journalists an endangered species?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[108] 10h00 In conversation

[122] 13h00 'I can't find us...' 

BONGANI MADONDO is a writer, curator, amateur filmmaker, a non fiction and futurist fantasty author, cultural critic, editor and journalist. A former contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and a rock & roll historian, Madondo commutes between Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Eastern Cape and Berlin, Germany. His books include Hot Type: Artists, Icons & God-Figurines, and I’m Not Your Weekend Special: The Art, Life+ Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie. His essay collection, Sigh, the Beloved Country will be published in 2016 by Pan Macmillan. He has contributed visual arts monographs and performance lectures to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in Warsaw, and the Haus Kunst der Welt (HKW) in Berlin on cultural representation, rock & roll, indieGenius rituals and style. His latest essay Diggin’: A Response to the late Transition Magazine’s founder Rajat Neogy’s 'Do Magazines Culture?' essay published 50 years ago, is included in Geographies of Collaboration (Duke University Press) 2015. He has worked and contributed journalism work, narrative journalism, opinion, columns and profiles to publications including The New York Times, Transition, the Sunday Times Lifestyle where he was a senior staffer for five years, Mail &Guardian, True Love, Elle and Marie Claire, among others.

For twenty years, he’s been a contributing editor at First of The Month: A Website of the Radical Imagination dubbed by Time Out New York as: “The only leftist publication I could imagine being read at both Columbia University and Rikers Prison.” Madondo has written for stage, record liner notes, co-wrote, presented and associate-produced an SABC TV commissioned documentary on Shangaan Roots music, adapted from one of his essays. In 2010 he was awarded a fellowship at the prestigious Katzen Centre for the Arts, at the American University. When not working on a collection of short fiction, Madondo directs the Talks Programme at MoMo Gallery in Johannesburg under his public deliberations platform, Giant Steps.

Sindiwe Magona

Sindiwe Magona

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[4] 10h00 Schools: The magic of story

[12] 11h30 Paying tribute to Sindiwe Magona

SATURDAY 14 May:

[54] 10h00 'This is how it was...'

[74] 13h00 Andre Brink Memorial Lecture

SUNDAY 15 May:

[113] 11h30 As I recall 

DR SINDIWE MAGONA: Writer-in-Residence — University of the Western Cape, is an award-winning author, storyteller, motivational speaker, actor, Xhosa teacher and translator. She has written over 120 children's books, including the first true series in isiXhosa [48 books] and 12 folktales — old and new, four stage plays; two books of short stories, including Living, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night (one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century); autobiography and biography; novels; radio plays; and a screenplay. Mother to Mother, the novel, was prescribed for Grade 10, English First Language [2016-2020] and is required reading for high school diploma in the Hesse Region in Germany. Magona's latest novel, Chasing the Tails of My Father's Cattle! was published by Seriti sa Sechaba in 2015. Magona writes in both English and Xhosa; translates for various media, including film. She was awarded the Order of iKhamanga by the President of the Republic of South Africa — 2011.

Michele Magwood

Michele Magwood

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[25] 13h00 True Blue and other stories

[33] 14h30 The reader within

SATURDAY 14 May:

[58] 10h00 Food in fiction

[77] 13h00 Are cultural journalists an endangered species?

MICHELE MAGWOOD is an award-winning journalist and Contributing Books Editor at the Sunday Times. She has served as a judge on both the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She is the host of the Magwood on Books podcast.

Thabiso Mahlape

Thabiso Mahlape

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[107] 10h00 The transformers 

THABISO MAHLAPE is a publisher and head of BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media. After qualifying with an Information Science degree from the University of Pretoria, with publishing as her major, she was given an internship through the Publishers’ Association of South Africa and has been at Jacana Media for the past five years. 

Mahlape has traversed the South African literary landscape with a determination and skill that is admirable. Her accomplishments as a publisher thus far are unparalleled, what with a triumphant collection of bestsellers to her name, including the award-winning Endings & Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi and the inspiring My Father, My Monster by McIntosh Polela.

Kapilolo Mahongo

Kapilolo Mahongo

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[4] 10h00 Schools: The magic of story 

KAPILOLO MARIO MAHONGO is the traditional leader of the South African !Xun community, chair of the !Xun Council of Elders, Chair of the South African San Institute and vice-chair of the S.A. San Council. He is a renowned storyteller and co-founder of the Manyeka Arts Trust.

Justice Malala

Justice Malala

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[21] 13h00 A matter of identity

[31] 14h30 How to Save South Africa

SATURDAY 14 May:

[82] 14h30 Life in Exile

SUNDAY 15 May:

[103] 10h00 The road ahead, together 

9 May update: We regret that Justice Malala has had to withdraw from the festival.

JUSTICE MALALA is a renowned political commentator, newspaper columnist and best-selling author. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and a monthly column for DestinyMan magazine. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor on eNCA, Mondays at 9.30pm). His latest book, We Have Now Begun Our Descent, reached number one on the South African best-seller lists in late 2015/2016 and was nominated as one of the top five non-fiction books of 2015 by the Jenny Crwys-Williams Book Club. 

 

Anwar Mall

Anwar Mall

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[2] 10h00 Dream varsity SA

ANWAR MALL is currently the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation and Student Affairs at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Academically, he is a medical biochemist in the Faculty of Health Sciences, in the area of surgical research where he has worked on mucus in health and disease, largely in cancer, TB and HIV-AIDS. He has taught undergraduate medical students for many years in the academic support programme and has trained postgraduate students at BSc Honours, Masters and PhD levels. He holds the Distinguished Teacher Award, has been very involved in Student support and mentoring activities in his Faculty and is the longest-standing warden of one or other UCT residence, currently Varietas Residence.  

His other interests include literature, history, philosophy, the natural sciences and religion. Mall is married to Shaida and they have two daughters, Sumaya and Raissa.

Stanley Manong

Stanley Manong

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[30] 14h30 Crossing boundaries

SATURDAY 14 MAY:

[82] 14h30 Life in Exile 

STANLEY MANONG was born in Victoria West, a small Karoo town in the Northern Cape, where he attended primary school. From 1968 to 1970, he attended the then Bantu Secondary School in Cradock in the Eastern Cape where Matthew Goniwe was his Maths and Science teacher. It was during his stay in Cradock, in 1968, when he heard about the death of four of Cradock’s sons, who were fighting as MK soldiers in Rhodesia as part of the Wankie/Sipolilo campaigns. One of the four, Jamani Goniwe, was the elder brother of Matthew Goniwe. From 1971 to 1972, Stanley attended Thembalabantu High School in Zwelitsha near King William’s Town where he completed his matric. In 1973 he briefly worked as a clerk for the Ciskei Bantustan before proceeding in 1974 to study at Mmadikoti Technikon for a Diploma in Civil Engineering where he was sponsored by the Ciskei. His stay in King William’s Town coincided with the rise of the Black Consciousness Philosophy in the region and throughout the country.

In 1976, Stanley briefly worked for the ANC underground before leaving the country in December of that year to undergo military training in Angola as an MK soldier. After he completed his military training, he was deployed in Botswana as the Regional Chief of Operations of MK. In 1981, he was recalled to Angola where he remained until 1986 when he received a scholarship to study Civil Engineering in Hungary. It was during his stay in Angola where he witnessed the turmoil and turbulence in the camps that eventually led to the mutinies of 1984. He also attended the Kabwe Conference as a delegate representing Angola. He stayed in Budapest, Hungary from 1986 to 1993 where he attended the Technical University of Budapest from which he graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He returned to Cape Town where he established his own consulting civil engineering company. In 2013, he resigned from the company and decided to concentrate on writing books about his varied life experiences. His first book: If We Must Die: An autobiography of a former commander of uMkhonto we Sizwe, was published in 2015 by Nkululeko Publishers.  

In July 2015, Stanley joined the Gauteng Province Department of Infrastructure Development (GPDID) where he is currently employed as a Chief Engineer.

Hugh Masekela
(Picture: Brett Rubin)

Hugh Masekela

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[43] 16h00 Writing, hearing, playing - and all that jazz

SATURDAY 14 May:

[73] 13h00 In conversation

SUNDAY 15 May:

[122] 13h00 'I can't find us...' 

HUGH MASEKELA is a world-renowned flugelhornist, singer, composer, defiant political voice and international cultural icon. Born in Witbank in 1939, he first picked up a horn at the age of 14. In his life he has released over 40 studio recordings (and featured on countless more) and collaborated with such diverse artists as The Byrds, Paul Simon, U2, Dave Matthews, Ziggy Marley, Oliver Mtukudzi and Miriam Makeba. Among his innumerable awards are a Lifetime Achievement Award at WOMEX 2011, and having 18 March proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in the US Virgin Islands. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from York University in England.

His musical style is an eclectic mix of mbaqanga, township jive, US jazz and Brazilian samba, with touches of reggae, salsa, rock and roll and funk. Combined with ‘from the gut’ vocal delivery, his blistering tone, dynamic stage presence and ever-present concern for his home and the African continent, Masekela is a musical genre unto himself. His memoir, Still Grazing, was re-released by Jacana in 2015.

Mohale Mashigo

Mohale Mashigo

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[56] 10h00 Women's journeys in fiction 

MOHALE MASHIGO is the pen name of Carol Mashigo, also known by her stage name, Black Porcelain. She is a radio moderator, storyteller, award-winning singer and songwriter. With her music now play-listed in over 36 countries, Black Porcelain's debut album, Invincible Summer, won Best Creative album at the Wawela Music Awards in 2013. The Yearning is her debut novel.

John Matisonn

John Matisonn

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[64] 11h30 The men behind the headlines

SUNDAY 15 May:

[112] 11h30 Do you understand the South African economy?

[125] 13h00 The past is never past

JOHN MATISONN began political reporting at the Rand Daily Mail in 1974, and received a prison sentence for refusing to divulge his source in a report about the South African Watergate scandal, 'Muldergate'. He served as foreign correspondent in Washington for the Rand Daily Mail and back in Johannesburg for National Public Radio, and has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post and The Observer. After four years as a broadcast regulator in the Mandela administration, and two as editorial director of the short-lived THIS DAY newspaper, he became the United Nations' Chairperson of the Electoral Media Commission in Afghanistan. He returned from a second tour in Afghanistan to write God, Spies and Lies (Missing Ink, 2016) in Franschhoek, Western Cape, and now lives in Cape Town.

Thulisa Mayekiso

Thulisa Mayekiso

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme 

THULISA MAYEKISO is the Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor. Born in Johannesburg and bred in Mdantsane, East London, she previously worked as a library volunteer and was a peer educator with OIL, a programme in partnership with GOLD. Thulisa studied at The University of The Western Cape (BA), majoring In Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology. She is also an actress and in 2011 she performed at the Grahamstown Arts festival in a Xhosa play written by Wiseman Gwabavana, and directed by Akhona Baba.

John Maytham

John Maytham

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[7] 10h00 Schools: Setworks that work

[24] 13h00 The French connection

SATURDAY 14 May:

[89] 14h30 The horror, the horror

[100] 17h30 Literary madness with John Maytham, compiled by Finuala Dowling

SUNDAY 15 May:

[105] 10h00 Brains trust

[114] 11h30 Tales of the cities

JOHN MAYTHAM hosts the Afternoon Drive Show on 567 CapeTalk. Reading enables him both to prepare for his show and escape from it afterwards. He cannot write for toffee, and doesn’t mind, because there are more than enough who can, and do.

Wamuwi Mbao

Wamuwi Mbao

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[2] 10h00 Dream varsity SA

[39] 14h30 Has post-apartheid literature lost the plot?

WAMUWI MBAO is an essayist and cultural critic. He writes on literature, pop culture, and politics and is a contributor to The Sunday Times, SLiP, Africa Is A Country and other writerly spaces. He lectures post-1994 South African literature at Stellenbosch University, and is part of the InZync Collective, a poetry outreach programme. He also writes short stories which have been included in various anthologies. His short story 'The Bath', published in 2013, was named as one of the 20 best short stories written during the two decades of South Africa’s democracy.

Moeletsi Mbeki

Moeletsi Mbeki

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[31] 14h30 How to Save South Africa

SATURDAY 14 May:

[62] 11h30 What is China doing in Africa?

[81] 14h30 The Freedoms that matter

SUNDAY 15 May:

[112] 11h30 Do you understand the South African economy?

MOELETSI MBEKI is a journalist, private business entrepreneur and political commentator, as well as editor of Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges (2011) and author of Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing (2009), both translated into Chinese. He gained an MA in Sociology from Warwick University in 1982, worked in the UK and Tanzania during the 1970s, and began his journalism career in London in 1979 as a contributor to Africa, New African, Africa Now magazines and the BBC Africa Service. During the 1980s he was a senior journalist in Zimbabwe, awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University for 1988 – 1989. After returning to SA from exile in 1990, he was appointed Head of Communications for the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions and Media Consultant to the ANC. He is Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs, an independent think tank based at Wits, and a member of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. His latest book, A Manifesto for Social Change: How to Save South Africa, will be published by Pan Macmillan in 2016.

Kath Megaw

Kath Megaw

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[16] 11h30 Food for thought

KATH MEGAW is a paediatric dietician who has been in private practice for the past 18 years. After qualifying as a dietician, Kath studied further and gained specialist experience in paediatric and special needs dietetics. However what qualifies Kath more than all her years of study are her three children who constantly challenge her theoretical paradigms and help her put her theory into practice. Kath is passionate about helping families navigate through a wealth of nutritional information that is available to them. Kath's private practice is not only built on assisting her little patients with their nutritional needs but also offers support to moms and dads. Kath speaks at various baby and toddler seminars around the country and runs workshops on infant and childhood nutrition. She is a regular guest on the eTV's Great Expectations show and a variety of other media.

Kath has written articles for many leading magazines co-authored the book Feeding sense (Metz Publishers, 2010) and recently wrote Real Food, Healthy Happy Children and The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics ( Quivertree). 

Africa Melane

Africa Melane

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[77] 13h00 Are cultural journalists an endangered species?

[99] 16h00 Page, stage, screen

AFRICA MELANE is the co-host of the Weekend Breakfast Show on CapeTalk and 702, interviewing leading personalities from both South Africa and abroad. His real joy is derived from engaging with fellow South Africans on matters that are important to them. Africa studied accounting at UCT and after doing his articles, went on to teach a professional development course to first year students at UCT. He is an ambassador for LeadSA and the chairperson of MODILA, a trust that offers educational programmes that raise awareness, trains and inspires the public in areas of design, entrepreneurship and art studies. He also serves on the board of Cape Town Opera and is on the panel of judges for the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards which reward excellence in professional theatres performed in Cape Town.

Vincent Meyburgh

Vincent Meyburgh

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

VINCENT MEYBURGH, originally from Pretoria, has a Performer's Diploma from the University of Cape Town. He founded Jungle Theatre Company in 2004 and is the Artistic Director. He has written, directed and performed in numerous JTC productions over the years focusing on environmental, social and cultural education. His passion for local cultures and nature have driven the organisation to be a leader in the South African children’s theatre scene.

Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[32] 14h30 From book to big screen

SATURDAY 14 May:

[57] 10h00 Criminal boundaries

SUNDAY 15 May:

[124] 13h00 Writers' secret lives

DEON MEYER is a South African crime fiction author, born in 1958. He studied at the Universities of Northwest, Free State and Stellenbosch, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing. A former journalist, advertising copywriter, internet manager and brand strategist, he has published 12 novels and two short story collections in Afrikaans. His books have been translated into 27 languages and more than 40 countries world-wide. He has written two TV series, screenplays for three movies, and as a founding member of The Karoo Film Company, has executive produced eight feature films. Numerous accolades for his books include Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, Le prix Mystère de la critique, the Deutsche Krimi Preis, the Swedish Martin Beck Award, the ATKV Prose Prize, the ATKV Suspense Fiction Prize, the M-Net Award for Most Filmic Novel, and the Barry Award for Best Thriller in the USA. He lives in Stellenbosch, and is passionate about South Africa, Mozart, motorcycles, cooking, the Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.

More details at www.deonmeyer.com

Niq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[45] 16h00 Writers of the few(er) words

SATURDAY 14 May:

[68] 11h30 Knowing when to stop

SUNDAY 15 May:

[127] 13h00 Breaking the barrier 

NIQ MHLONGO is a Sowetan-born writer and journalist known and loved for the piercing way in which he tackles current affairs and the madness of post-apartheid South Africa. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004) was translated into Spanish under the title Perro Come Perro in 2006 and awarded the Mar des Lettras prize. Besides writing novels and short stories, Niq has written for comic magazines, television and various other media platforms. His first collection of short stories, Affluenza, was published by Kwela this year and grapples with issues such as crime, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, the new black elite, and land redistribution.

Ian Michler

Ian Michler

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[38] 14h30 Blood Lions – documentary screening (1)

SATURDAY 14 May:

[60] 10h00 Blood Lions – documentary screening (2)

[71] 13h00 Dearth Day?

IAN MICHLER has spent the last 26 years working as a safari operator, specialist guide, environmental photo-journalist and ecotourism consultant across Africa. During this period (1990–2003) he spent 13 years living in the Okavango Delta, Botswana where he was co-owner of a successful lodge. 

His writing has appeared in a broad range of local and international publications, and for 15 years he was a feature writer, columnist and blogger for Africa Geographic (www.africageographic.com) covering all the significant conservation, wildlife management and ecotourism issues of the day. He is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and guide books on Africa, and is a past winner of the bird category in the Agfa Wildlife photographic competition (1997).

 Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers (www.ilcwriters.org) and is a Director of Eden to Addo (www.edentoaddo.co.za), a South African conservation NGO. He is also a trustee of the Conservation Action Trust (www.conservationaction.co.za), and the Lead Character and Consultant to the feature documentary Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org). 

Prior to his life in the wilderness, Ian spent eight years practising as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He left the world of finance in 1989. He is presently based along the Garden Route in South Africa where he is co-owner and manager of Invent Africa (www.inventafrica.com), a specialist safari company that runs trips to 15 countries across Africa.

Greg Mills

Greg Mills

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[40] 16h00 What is business as usual in Africa?

SATURDAY 14 May:

[63] 11h30 Can entrepreneurs be made?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[112] 11h30 Do you understand the South African economy?

GREG MILLS directs the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation, and is the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (Penguin: 2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst Africa’s Third Liberation (Penguin: 2012). In 2008 he was deployed as Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda, and has directed strategic advisory groups in Malawi, Mozambique, and Afghanistan, and worked for heads of government additionally in Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University and an Honours degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town. A member of the Institutional Institute for Strategic Studies and Chatham House, and of the Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute, in 2013 he was appointed to the African Development Bank's High-Level Panel on Fragile States. His most recent books are Why States Recover (Picador), and How South Africa Works (Pan Macmillan) launched in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Bernard Minier
Picture: Laura Munoz

Bernard Minier

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[24] 13h00 The French connection

SATURDAY 14 May:

[57] 10h00 Criminal boundaries

[89] 14h30 The horror, the horror

BERNARD MINIER was born in Béziers and grew up in southwestern France. He now lives near Paris and writes full-time. The Frozen Dead was his first novel and became a rapid success. Bernard Minier has now written four novels, all very successful in France, Germany and other countries. Three of them introduce Martin Servaz, a detective officer with the Toulouse Police Department. He was the first and only author to win twice the Cognac crime novel prize, in 2011 and 2015. 

His works are translated in 17 countries, including USA.

Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe

Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

NTOMBIFUTHI MKHASIBE, originally from Durban, has a National Diploma in Drama Studies from the Durban University of Technology. She’s been involved in many Jungle Theatre Company plays since 2010 and facilitated youth drama groups teaching Zulu Dances called Iziqonqwane. She is a song writer, composer, choreographer, a singer and an actress who is most passionate about art and drama because that is where she finds true meaning of life.

Thanduxolo Mkoyi

Thanduxolo Mkoyi

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:  

Nal'ibali schools programme

THANDUXOLO MKOYI is the Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor. He holds a certificate in Project Management, community development and Leadership with Activate change drivers. He initially joined Nal’ibali as a volunteer and has worked his way up to realise his goal of becoming a literacy change-maker. Thandu’s love for stories and his commitment to bettering communities is what inspires him.

Nthikeng Mohlele

Nthikeng Mohlele

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[26] 13h00 Contemporary issues in fiction

SATURDAY 14 May:  

[67] 11h30 Writing relationships

NTHIKENG MOHLELE was born in 1977 and grew up in Limpopo and Tembisa township, South Africa. He attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied BA Dramatic Art and African Literature. Small Things (2013) has been translated into Swedish as Joburg Blues (Weyler förlag, 2014). He was listed by Bloomsbury Publishing, Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club among the 39 most promising authors under the age of 40 from sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. His  novel, Rusty Bell, came out in 2014. His new book, Pleasure, will be published in 2016 by Pan Macmillan.

Thomas Mollett

Thomas Mollett

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[90] 16h00 The Forensics face-off 

THOMAS MOLLETT is an amateur forensic investigator and co-author of Bloody Lies – Citizens reopen the Inge Lotz murder case (Penguin 2014) and Bloody Lies Too – More lies exposed in the Inge Lotz murder case (Piquet 2015).

Terry Morris

Terry Morris

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[44] 16h00 Traditional publishing in the spotlight

TERRY MORRIS is based in Johannesburg, a city that never fails to excite. After a year in Germany as an exchange student she studied language and literature towards a BA degree. While studying she was drawn into the world of bookselling, working on the night staff of Exclusive Books. In 1996 she began working at Pan Macmillan and has not looked back since, having now been with the company for 20 years. The growth of the company’s local publishing lists has been a passionate focus of hers alongside the Pan team. Somehow among the financial spreadsheets, other admin and raising two children she still finds time to devour books, including to her delight a whole new world of children’s books. 

Palesa Morudu

Palesa Morudu

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[5] 10h00 Schools (early childhood educators' interest): Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan

SATURDAY 14 May:

[56] 10h00 Women's journeys in fiction

[77] 14h30 Chair Life in exile

SUNDAY 15 May:  

[107] 10h00 The transformers

PALESA MORUDU is managing director at Cover2Cover Books, publisher of South African teen fiction, and director at Clarity Editorial, a writing and editorial services company based in Cape Town. She writes a regular column for Business Day newspaper exploring topical issues on current affairs. 

Primrose Mrwebi

Primrose Mrwebi

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[69] 11h30 Speaking up or writing down

[88] 14h30 Poets in performance

SUNDAY 15 May:

[109] 10h00 'The ears of my ears awake'

PRIMROSE MRWEBI has written and edited for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Fairlady, Bona, Abafazi, Student Life and many others; directed and performed in poetry productions; facilitated writing workshops at different festivals; mentored and coached young writers; served as guest teacher at writing centres; written children's stories and worked as an MC for literary related events. She was a featured poet for the opening of Parliament 2004; the 2004 Women's Parliament (Old, Assembly Hall, Parliament, CT); Tongues of Fire poetry production, incorporating acclaimed SA visual artist Bernie Searle's video projection Vapour (produced 2004). She also performed at the launch of Eric Miller's book Discovering Cape Town at the Centre for the Book in 2005. She is currently working on a children's book for Xhosa and English learners and runs a literacy program in Khayelitsha. 

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Scheduled event:

Sunday 15 May

[103] 10h00 The road ahead, together

SISONKE MSIMANG writes about race, gender and democracy. She contributes to a range of local media outlets including a column for the Daily Maverick. She has written regular pieces in The Con and Africa As A Country, where she serves as a contributing editor. Msimang has also written for the New York Times, The Guardian UK, Newsweek, the Huffington Post and a range of other international outlets. In 2012 she was a World Fellow at Yale University; in 2014 she was an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow and in 2015 she was a Ruth First Fellow. She has just completed her first book, a memoir about belonging, identity and is searching for yet another fellowship.

Nick Mulgrew

Nick Mulgrew

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[45] 16h00 Writers of few(er) words

SATURDAY 14 May:

[78] 13h00 Is poetry an 'ingenious nonsense'?

SUNDAY 15 May:  

[119] 11h30 The personal journey of poetry

NICK MULGREW was born in Durban in 1990. He is the founding associate editor of Prufrock, the Deputy Chair of Short Story Day Africa and the publisher of uHlanga, a poetry press. Among other accolades, he is the 2014 winner of the National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award, and a 2015 shortlistee for the White Review Prize in the UK and Ireland. Nick is the author of two books: the poetry collection, The myth of this is that we're all in this together (2015, uHlanga); and Stations (2016, David Philip), a collection of short fiction.

Bill Nasson

Bill Nasson

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[34] 14h30 Emily Hobhouse and the Boer War

SATURDAY 14 May:

[84] 14h30 South Africa at war

SUNDAY 15 May:  

[115] 11h30 Lecture: Marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland

BILL NASSON lectured in economic history and history at the University of Cape Town for many years before moving to the University of Stellenbosch, where he is presently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History. His recent books include South Africa at War 1939-1945 (2012) and The War Comes Home: Women and Families in the Anglo-Boer War (2013) (co-editor) — its Afrikaans edition, Die Oorlog Kom Huistoe, was awarded the 2014 KYKNET-Rapport Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is a general editor of 1914-1918 Online, the leading global encyclopaedia of the First World War. His latest book is WW1 and the People of South Africa (2014). He is a life member of the Peter Cook Appreciation Society.  

Paige Nick

Paige Nick

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[58] 10h00 Food in fiction

[80] 13h00 Tall tales

SUNDAY 15 May:  

[125] 13h00 Sex on the page

PAIGE NICK is an author, Sunday Times columnist and advertising copywriter. She has published novels, a book of columns (Pens Behaving Badly, Kwela 2015), and a series of choose-your-own-adventure erotic novels as Helena S. Paige, with co-authors Sarah Lotz and Helen Moffett. In 2015 she launched Death by Carbs (Bookstorm), a Banting comedy: someone murders Prof Tim Noakes and Detective September has so many suspects he doesn't know where to start. In 2016 Paige launches her new novel, Dutch Courage (PenguinRandom House)/Like A Virgin (Harper Collins UK). It's set in a strip club in Amsterdam, where all the strippers are celebrity impersonators. 

Mike Nicol
Picture: Kelly Walsh

Mike Nicol

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[24] 13h00 The French connection 

MIKE NICOL is an author, journalist and editor and more latterly the teacher of two online writing courses: one on novel writing and the other on non-fiction narrative. He has published two volumes of poetry, four literary novels and a number of works of non-fiction, including a biography of Nelson Mandela. Since 2008 he has brought out five crime novels: the Revenge Trilogy, Of Cops & Robbers and Power Play. His next novel, Agents of the State, will appear in August 2016 from Umuzi.

Mbongeni Nomkonwana

Mbongeni Nomkonwana

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[27] 13h00 The language of poetry 

MBONGENI NOMKONWANA is an actor, playwright, theatre director, poet, aspiring film-maker and sometimes stand-up comedian who has performed at the former Vodacom Funny Festival (2007) now Jive Funny Festival. He is a creative whose gold is where his hands, mind, soul and body can reach and dig. He is co-founder, director and resident poet of Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, one of Cape Town's premier poetry collectives, with a unique fusion of spoken word and authentically South African music.

Malusi Ntoyapi

Malusi Ntoyapi

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme 

MALUSI NTOYAPI is the Nal’ibali Programmes Support Officer and Early Literacy Community Trainer. He is an initiator and core facilitator of the KwaFaku-Vulindlela reading club with youth from the community of Lower Crossroads, and a mentor to community volunteers. He has a Degree in Social Science and Linguistics from The University of the Western Cape and a certificate in Community Storytelling from The International School for Storytelling. Malusi is passionate about the use of stories in social development.

Julie Nxadi

Julie Nxadi

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[72] 13h00 Can we claim to be intersectional? 

JULIE NXADI is an English Master's student currently registered at UWC and fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research. She is conducting her research under the rubric of migrating violence. She was formerly at the university currently known as Rhodes where she participated in student activism. Her interests are located in the ideas around storytelling and the manner in which we locate ourselves in our own stories. She says she is, unfortunately, wildly uninteresting but has opinions on stuff. 

Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[70] 11h30 South Africa's sports quota wars

SUNDAY 15 May:

[121] 11h30 But is it cricket?

MTUTUZELI NYOKA served as the President of Cricket South Africa from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practises as an ear, nose and throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent (UKZN Press), was published in 2004 to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel, A Hill of Fools (Picador Africa) was published in 2013. Deliberate Concealment (2015) is his first work of non-fiction.

André Odendaal

André Odendaal

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[121] 11h30 But is it cricket? 

ANDRÉ ODENDAAL is Honorary Professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape and consultant Project Manager and Writer for the Albie Sachs Trust for Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law. He was Chief Executive of the Western Province Cricket and the Cape Cobras professional team for 10 years from 2004 to 2015. He received the President's Award for Sport (Silver Class) in 2002 for his contribution to the struggle for non-racial sport. His books include Vukani Bantu! (1984), The Story of an African Game (2003) and The Founders, on the origins of the ANC and the struggle for democracy (2012). 

Chinelo Okparanta

Chinelo Okparanta

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[46] 16h00 Finding your first story

SATURDAY 14 May:

[67] 11h30 Writing relationships

SUNDAY 15 May:

[128] 13h00 Writing from the outside 

CHINELO OKPARANTA is the author of Under the Udala Trees (2015) and a short story collection, Happiness, Like Water (2013). She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. One of Granta's six New Voices for 2012, she was a finalist for the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was short-listed for the 2013 Caine Prize in African Writing. She is a 2014 O. Henry Award winner as well as a 2014 Lambda Literary Award winner. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, among others.

Akin Omotoso

Akin Omotoso

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[19] 11h30 Tell Me Sweet Something – film screening (1)

[50] 19h00 Tell Me Sweet Something – film screening (2)

SATURDAY 14 May:

[79] 13h00 Tell Me Sweet Something – film screening (3)

[99] 16h00 Page, stage, screen

[102] 19h00 Tell Me Sweet Something – film screening (4)

AKIN OMOTOSO studied drama at The University of Cape Town. He won The Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year in 2007. His television work includes directing on A Place Called Home (for which he won Best Director at The South African Film and Television Awards). Akin has produced and directed four feature films — God Is African and the award winning Man On Ground (official selection to Toronto and Berlin and AMVCA Best Director). His new film is the box office hit romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something. He is currently in post production on his next film, Vaya.

Charlotte Otter

Charlotte Otter

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[36] 14h30 Crime procedural

SATURDAY 14 May: 

[83] 14h30 Seeds of the imagination

CHARLOTTE OTTER is a South African writer living and working in Germany. A former crime reporter, she now works in IT communications and writes books. Charlotte's first novel, Balthasar's Gift, was published in Germany by Ariadne Verlag in 2013 and in South Africa by Modjaji Books in 2014. Her second, Karkloof Blue, which features headstrong, motorbike-riding crime reporter Maggie Cloete, was published by Ariadne in 2015 and will be available in South Africa in 2016. Charlotte lives in Heidelberg with her husband, three children and a ton of books.

Samantha Page

Samantha Page

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[4] 10h00 Schools: The magic of story

[18] 11h30 Schools: Have you got a reading habit?

SAMANTHA PAGE is the former editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, South Africa — a position she held for six years. She has been a content creator, provider and manager in the publishing industry for more than 14 years, and during that time, she has established herself as a much-respected member of the publishing community due to her keen work ethic, attention to detail and extreme diligence to every task attempted. Samantha is an avid reader and writer, and in 2012 compiled and edited From Me to Me: Letters to My 16 1/2-year-old Self, published by Jacana. In the same year she attended Yale University and completed a course in Leadership Strategies in Magazine and Digital Publishing. She currently works as a media consultant, writer, editor and content producer across a variety of media channels. She spends much of her spare time reading, writing and drinking Earl Grey. 

Sally Partridge

Sally Partridge

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[96] 16h00 What a LARP 

SALLY PARTRIDGE is an author of award-winning young-adult fiction novels and short stories. She was named one of Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans in 2011 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story prize in 2013. 

Korky Paul

Korky Paul

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[3] 10h00 Schools: Learn to draw like Korky Paul

KORKY PAUL was born in Zimbabwe. He studied Fine Art at the Durban Art School, South Africa and Film Animation at CalArts, California. The multi-million selling series Winnie The Witch (OUP) won the Children's Book Award. Korky has illustrated other books for Oxford, Penguin RandomHouse and Frances Lincoln. He has sold more than 7 million books world-wide in over 30 languages.

Known only to himself as the 'World's Greatest Portrait Artist', he regularly holds drawing workshops at libraries, schools and museums to promote and encourage his passion for drawing. Korky works in Oxford, and lives it up in Greece. 

 

 

Blaq Pearl

Blaq Pearl

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[69] 11h30 Speaking up or writing down

[88] 14h30 Poets in performance 

BLAQ PEARL (also known as Janine Van Rooy-Overmeyer) hails from Cape Town. She began writing poetry and songs at the age of 12. Her musical genre is a fusion of Afro, Soul, Hiphop, Jazz and R&B. Towards the end of 2011 Blaq Pearl finally released her debut album titled Against All Odds. Blaq Pearl also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape. She is proudly vocal about social issues and loves doing development work with the youth. 2015 marked the release of her first self-published book titled Karadaaa!!! — a collection of poetry, stories and songs, written in both English and Afrikaans. Her services as a professional artist includes live music, poetry, storytelling and motivational speaking.

Richard Peirce

Richard Peirce

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[65] 11h30 Remembering the elephants

RICHARD PEIRCE is the author of The Poacher's Moon, Sharks in British Seas, Pirates of Devon & Cornwall, Shark Attack Britain, Sharks off Cornwall & Devon, Execution Sites of Devon & Cornwall and Giant Steps published by Struik Nature in 2016. Soon to be published are Witches of Devon & Cornwall and The Long Swim.

Nigel Penn

Nigel Penn

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[22] 13h00 Breathing life into history

NIGEL PENN is a professor in the Historical Studies Department at UCT who specialises in early Cape colonial history. His books include Rogues, Rebels and Runaways, The Forgotten Frontier and, most recently, Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers. He has won the UCT Book Award three times and an American Libraries Association Choice Award in 2006.

Javier Perez

Javier Perez

Scheduled event:

Saturday 14 May:

[54] 10h00 'This is how it was...'

JAVIER PEREZ is a Salvadoran-American poet, scholar and teaching artist. His work spans myriad topics such as race, Latino identity, masculinity, heritage, and mass incarceration. Javier's career in spoken-word poetry began at Swarthmore College, where he co-founded the school's spoken-word collective, OASIS (Our Art Spoken in Soul), and competed at the 2012 CUPSI Slam tournament. After graduating from Swarthmore, he received the Thomas J Watson Fellowship to research spoken-word internationally, travelling to Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Salvador (Bahia), Guatemala, Kingston, and Perth. In 2014, Javier competed at the National Poetry Slam (NPS) in Oakland, California. Upon returning to Cape Town, he co-ordinated the 2015 Cape Town-Washington D.C. Youth Poetry Exchange. Javier has since been the project manager and resident poet for the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement. He co-founded and co-ordinates The CYPHER (Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression & Rhythm), Lingua Franca’s youth poetry programme.

 

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[124] 13h00 Writers' secret lives

JOLYN PHILLIPS was born in Gansbaai, Blompark and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Language Education at the University of the Western Cape. In 2015, she won the Sindiwe Magona Prize for Afrikaans prose. In 2014 she won the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. In 2013 she completed a Master's in Creative Writing at the university, her thesis was titled Let's Go Home. Since 2012 Jolyn has been participating in both the Open Book and the Franschoek Literary Festival for poetry and prose. She has also been included on Aerodrome and anthologies like This Land I Call Home (UWC Creates) and Ghost Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi). She also participates in UWC Wind Orchestra and the UWC Jazz Combo. In 2016, Modjaji Books are publishing her debut collection of short stories titled Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories.

Don Pinnock

Don Pinnock

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[65] 11h30 Remembering the elephants

[85] 14h30 Cape of Gangs

SUNDAY 15 May: 

[130] 13h00 Back to the future

DON PINNOCK is an associate of Southern Write, a group of top travel and natural history writers and photographers in Africa. He is a former editor of Getaway magazine. He has been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, consultant to the Mandela government, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar. His present passions are the impact of humans on planetary processes and the effects of poverty on young people.

His books include: The Brotherhoods: Street Gangs and State Control, Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage, Natural Selections, African Journeys, Love letters to Africa, Writing Left (a biography of Ruth First), They Fought for Freedom, Voices of Liberation: Ruth First, Blue Ice: Travels in Antarctica, The Woman who Lived in a Tree and Other Perfect Strangers. Rainmaker, a novel, was written out of a need to empower young people labeled coloured. It was shortlisted for the 2009 European Union Literary Award. 

His new book, Gang Town, about youths and crime in post-apartheid Cape Town, was published in 2016 by Tafelberg. 

Bridget Pitt

Bridget Pitt

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[56] 10h00 Women's journeys in fiction

BRIDGET PITT is a Zimbabwe-born South African writer, living in Cape Town. She started her writing career as a journalist on Grassroots, a community paper championing the anti-apartheid struggles during the 1980's; she produced media for various organisations and ran workshops in media skills. She later wrote material for NGO's, school textbooks, poetry and fiction. She has published children's stories, short fiction, and three novels: Notes from the Lost Property Department (2015), The Unseen Leopard (2010), and Unbroken Wing (1998). Her second novel was shortlisted for the Commonwealth book prize (2011), and the Wole Soyinka African Literature Award (2012). Her short fiction has received a Commonwealth nomination (2012), and runner-up placement in the Short.Sharp.Stories Award (2015). Her children's story was awarded first place for the Maskew Miller Pearson Literature Prize (2015). She has written on environmental issues and is involved in various initiatives to involve communities in nature conservation. 

Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[62] 11h30 What is China doing in Africa?

[92] 16h00 Plain speaking

SUNDAY 15 May:

[106] 10h00 A nine-year journey

RICHARD POPLAK is an award-winning author, journalist, graphic novelist and a senior correspondent at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. He has spent the last five years travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the idea of a rising Africa, entitled Continental Shift: A Journey Through Africa’s Changing Fortunes (Jonathan Ball, 2016). A Rockefeller Fellow, Poplak has worked in over 30 countries in the developing world, and his next project will concern the notion of the city after 9/11. He is a member of the international journalist collective Deca.

Christine Qunta

Christine Qunta

Scheduled events:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[107] 10h00 The transformers

[122] 13h00 'I can't find us...'

CHRISTINE QUNTA is an attorney and author. She was an activist in the Black Consciousness Movement during the 1970s and spent 17 years in exile returning in 1993. She obtained a BA LLB from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia in 1981. She has served on several public and private boards and was a member of the Competition Tribunal in its early years. She has been a columnist for various newspapers. Her first literary works were published during her years in exile, a poetry collection Hoyi Na! Azania: Poems of an African Struggle in 1979. She edited and contributed to the prose anthology Women in Southern Africa on the legal and socio- political status of women in 1987. Her volume, Heroes & Other Treasures: A Collection of Poems followed in 1990. Her book Who’s Afraid Of Affirmative Action: A Survival Guide For Black Professionals was published in 1995 by Kwela Books. Her latest work, Why We are not a Nation, a book of essays is to be published in April 2016. 

She set up Seriti Sa Sechaba Publishers NPC in 2014, dedicated to publishing fiction and non-fiction in English and indigenous languages by Black writers.  

Kamohelo Ramaipato

Kamohelo Ramaipato

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

Nal'ibali schools programme

SATURDAY 14 May: 

Nal'ibali schools programme

KAMOHELO RAMAIPATO is the Nal’ibali Support Coordinator. He is a Social Science graduate from the University of the Western Cape, where he majored in Anthropology and Sociology. He has a keen interest in the socio-cultural and socio-economic development of communities through literacy and artistic development. He is the co-founder and co-owner of the new up-and-coming Motswako (zine), a magazine of youth writing and visual art. Kamohelo is also a mentor to many young aspiring writers, spoken-word and visual artists, and an events organiser and manager.

Simon Ratcliffe

Simon Ratcliffe

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[96] 16h00 What a LARP 

SIMON RATCLIFFE is a sound engineer specialising in feature films and music scores, with a background in theatre and music. After attending Cape Town's first Live Action Roleplaying event in 1993, he started collaborating and writing stories in 1998 with UCT group CLAWS and his own group ALTERED STATES, with around 12 LARPS written to date — ranging from vampires in the crypt of St George's Cathedral to a WW2 internment camp.

Nancy Richards

Nancy Richards

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[4] 10h00 Schools: The magic of story

[26] 13h00 Contemporary issues in fiction

SATURDAY 14 May:

[55] 10h00 Getting South Africans excited about reading

NANCY RICHARDS is a freelance print and radio journalist,  speaker and media trainer. She writes for a number of publications on a variety of subjects: health, environment, travel, women and lifestyle, as well as the monthly ‘green’ pages, for Pick n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine. She presents The Enviro-Show and SAfm Literature on SAfm National Public Broadcaster, and gives media training to individuals or groups. Nancy is also the founder of Woman Zone, an initiative bringing women of Cape Town together www.womanzonect.com.

Previously she was an Associate and Lifestyle editor at Fairlady magazine. She is also the author of Beautiful Homes as featured in Fairlady (Human & Rousseau); Woman Today: A Celebration, Fifty Years of South African Women (Kwela). And most recently Being a Woman in Cape Town: Telling your story (Face2Face). She’s based in Cape Town. 

Daniel Mpilo Richards

Daniel Mpilo Richards

Scheduled event:

Friday 13 May

[50b] 19h00 Church Hall Pay Back the Curry!

DANIEL MPILO RICHARDS is a professional creative who prides himself on his versatility. He is an actor, writer, dancer, singer and musician. He has performed in festivals in Grahamstown, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic and the USA. His most re-cent local performances include a one-man show called Born Free written by Mike van Graan as well as playing the role of Lodovico in Shakespeare's Othello and the role of Chino in the Fugard’s musical theatre production of West Side Story. Daniel returned from the USA in October 2015 having performed in two shows at the Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival in Provincetown. He owns a business called DMR Productions (Pty) Ltd, which is currently working in collaboration with the Ruben Richards Foundation. He is the co-writer, alongside Gantane Kusch, of Die Glas Ennie Draad, which debuted at the Artscape Arena Theatre in March 2015 and has been performed at the KalfieFees in Hermanus and in Pollsmoor Prison.

Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[22] 13h00 Breathing life into history

[42] 16h00 From first lines to last

SATURDAY 14 May:

[86] 14h30 Language and character in literature

[95] 16h00 Creative writing techniques

SUNDAY 15 May:

[117] 11h30 Journos writing books

CLAIRE ROBERTSON is the author of The Spiral House, winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and a South African Literary Award. Her second novel, The Magistrate of Gower, was published by Umuzi in 2015. She lives in Simon’s Town.

Steven Robins
Picture: Stephen Symons

Steven Robins

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[35] 14h30 Following the story

STEVEN ROBINS is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. He has written on a wide range of topics, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the politics of land and identity, and social movements and popular politics in South Africa. Apart from his academic writings, Steven also is a regular newspaper op-ed contributor on issues of public concern. Inspired by the discovery an old photograph of three unknown women, Letters of Stone tracks Steven’s journey of discovery about the lives and fates of the Robinski family, in southern Africa, Berlin, Riga and Auschwitz. 

Rehana Rossouw

Rehana Rossouw

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[26] 13h00 Contemporary issues in fiction

SATURDAY 14 May:

[86] 14h30 Language and character in literature

SUNDAY 15 May: 

[117] 11h30 Journos writing books

REHANA ROSSOUW was born and rooted in Cape Town, but is currently in self-imposed exile in Johannesburg. She has been a journalist for three decades and is currently a commissioning editor at Business Day. She has also taught journalism and creative writing. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, What Will People Say?, was published by Jacana in 2015.

Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[21] 13h00 A matter of identity

SATURDAY 14 May:

[53] 10h00 Conversations at the white dinner table

SUNDAY 15 May:  

[105] 10h00 Brains trust

JACQUES ROUSSEAU lectures on critical thinking and business ethics at the University of Cape Town, and is the founder and chairperson of the Free Society Institute, established in 2009 to promote secular humanism and scientific reasoning in South Africa. He and Dr Caleb Lack are the co-authors of Critical Thinking, Science, and Pseudoscience: Why We Can't Trust Our Brains (Springer Publishing Company, 2016). His writing can be found on Synapses – http://synapses.co.za, and he is active on Twitter as @JacquesR.

Michéle Rowe

Michéle Rowe

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[118] 11h30 Murder, she wrote 

MICHÉLE ROWE is an author, scriptwriter, and story originator for television and film. Projects she has worked on that have been nominated for, or won, various awards, include Oscar documentary and International Emmy nominations, a Special Jury Award at Skip City International (Japan), a Banff World TVAward, (Canada), a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award), and the Andrew Murray — Desmond Tutu Prize. Her first crime novel What Hidden Lies (Penguin), won the Debut Dagger Award. Hour of Darkness, the follow up, was recently published in 2015. She is currently writing the third book in the series. 

Rosie Rowell

Rosie Rowell

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[6] 10h00 Schools: Just imagine!

ROSIE ROWELL was born and grew up in Cape Town. She now lives in in West Sussex, UK with her husband and three children, but returns to South Africa as often as the bank balance will allow. Her first novel, Leopold Blue, won the Branford Boase Award in 2015. Her second novel, Almost Grace, was published in June 2015.

She is currently writing her third novel as part of a PhD at Goldsmiths College, London.

Beverly Rycroft

Beverly Rycroft

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[46] 16h00 Finding your first story

SUNDAY 15 May: 

[119] 11h30 The personal journey of poetry

BEVERLY RYCROFT won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award for her poetry collection Missing, and  the 2013 Thomas Pringle Award for best poem in a journal. Her debut novel A Slim, Green Silence, was published by Umuzi in 2015. 

Tracey Saunders

Tracey Saunders

Scheduled event:

Saturday 14 May

[77] 13h00 Are cultural journalists an endangered species?

TRACEY SAUNDERS is a logophile: she worships words from the page to the stage and everywhere in between. When she isn’t attending theatre she is writing about it and is a firm believer in the ability of the arts to change the world – or at the very least make people a whole lot happier in it. She subscribes to the belief that everyone has a story to tell and is passionate about discovering and sharing these stories. A cultural activist, writer, journalist, member of the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards Judges Panel and, currently, the chair of the Standard Bank Ovation Awards Panel at the National Arts Festival, Tracey is an aspiring surfer and is determined to acquire a library large enough to have a hell of a good time when the Zombie Apocalypse comes.

Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[27] 13h00 The language of poetry

[47] 16h00 Hip-hop's political edge

SATURDAY 14 May:

[59] 10h00 'Summarising life'

SUNDAY 15 May:

[109] 10h00 'The ears of my ears awake'

[116] 11h30 Literary letters 

KARIN SCHIMKE is a former newspaper journalist who now works as a freelance writer, columnist and book reviewer. She has written and edited a variety of non-fiction, education books and short story collections, and acts as a writing coach, tutor and mentor to writers. She translated the love letters of the poet Ingrid Jonker to Andre Brink from Afrikaans into English. These were published Umuzi under the title Flame in the Snow in 2015. 

Schimke's debut poetry collection Bare & Breaking was nominated for the Poetry Award at the South African Literary Awards and won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2014. She has performed at a variety of poetry events both in South Africa and abroad. She is an active member of the South African poetry scene and curates and writes scripts for Badilisha Poetry X-change, the largest archive of modern African poetry.

Bontle Senne

Bontle Senne

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[6] 10h00 Schools: Just imagine!

[15] 11h30 Creating captivating children's books

BONTLE SENNE is a South African writer, literacy and literary advocate. As a writer of fiction for children and teenagers, she was shortlisted for the 2014 Golden Baobab Children's Literature Prize — Africa's largest children's literature award. Senne was also the prize's inaugural Media Fellow in the same year. She is currently a Board member at READ Educational Trust, one of South Africa's oldest and largest education NGOs, and the innovative Puku Children's Literature Foundation, working to bridge the digital and literary divide throughout Africa. Bontle is also part-owner and board member of feminist trade publishing house Modjaji Books. She regularly speaks on African children's literature at international literary festivals including the Frankfurt International Book Fair, the South African Book Fair, Salon du Livre (Paris Book Fair) and Étonnants Voyageurs — Brazzaville, Congo and Saint Malo, France. 

Liad Shoham

Liad Shoham

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[36] 14h30 Crime procedural

SATURDAY 14 May: 

[57] 10h00 Criminal boundaries

LIAD SHOHAM is an Israeli writer and attorney. His LLB is from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and he did his LLM in International Commercial Law at the London School of Economics. He has been a member of the Israeli Bar since 1997. Liad, who still works as an attorney, writes legal thrillers, and is considered Israel's leading crime writer. All his crime novels (eight to date) have been critically acclaimed bestsellers and have been translated to seven languages. His books are realistic depictions of Israel's society, criminal justice system, as the police and the courts themselves are reflections of the country's society. Line Up deals with the Israeli judicial systems, Asylum City with African immigrants to Israel, Blood Oranges with corruption in the municipal government and his latest book Oversight with settlement in the West Bank.  

Shoham's protagonists are flesh-and-blood, everyday Israelis. The books are not part of a series but independent works of fiction. Liad lives in Tel Aviv; he is married with two children.

Katleho Shoro

Katleho Shoro

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[88] 14h30 Poets in performance

SUNDAY 15 May: 

[129] 13h00 Young voices from around the world

KATLEHO KANO SHORO is a performance poet, MA graduate (Social Anthropology) and an African literature and film enthusiast. She's been involved in various literary projects, from coordinating literary initiatives for AFAI and Langaa RPCIG (Cameroon) to co-editing The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling Through Africa. Shoro has performed in spaces such as YFM, Verses, HOLAAfrica and the National Arts Festival (2009). More recently, she featured at the Open Book Festival (2015), Grounding Sessions and is currently participating in Current State of Poetry's Open Slam programme. Her poems have been published in Killens Review of Arts and Letters Journal and the Badilisha Poetry website.

Linda Shwana

Linda Shwana

Scheduled event:

Friday 13 May:

[7] 10am Schools: Does Africa need Shakespeare?

LINDA SHWANA is a bubbly, passionate and opinionated 18-year-old. She is from Gugulethu in the Western Cape, where she lives with her family of seven. She is currently doing her final year at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Gauteng where she has been attending school for the past five-and-a-half years. She considers herself to be a very optimistic person who tries to see the good in every situation. She enjoys being in positions of leadership, and her leadership roles have included being the president of a student run club on campus — Girl Up and being the chairperson of the newly established Wellness Committee in OWLAG. She enjoys singing, acting in school musicals, and although she is not very good at it, she enjoys drawing very much. She takes part in Model United Nations debating because she believes that young people are the ones who can change tomorrow. 

Steven Boykey Sidley

Steven Boykey Sidley

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[68] 11h30 Knowing when to stop

[99] 16h00 Page, stage, screen

STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY is the author of three novels (Entanglement, Stepping Out and Imperfect Solo) and is the co-writer (with wife Kate Sidley) of the stageplay Shape, which premiered at Theatre-on-the-Square in March 2015. He has won the UJ Debut Fiction Award and been shortlisted for Sunday Times Fiction Prize, M-Net Literary award and UJ Main Fiction Award, and his screenplay of Stepping Out is currently on option. Sidley is published internationally, with Imperfect Solo currently on shelves in France and launching in the UK in October. Sidley has recently been signed to the prestigious NY literary-agency Carol Mann and Associates for his fourth novel, Microphone. When not writing, he can be found playing saxophone around Johannesburg, and meddling in high-technology technology start-ups. 

Elinor Sisulu

Elinor Sisulu

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[5] 10h00 Schools (early childhood educators' interest): Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan

[12] 11h30 Paying tribute to Sindiwe Magona

SUNDAY 15 May:

[107] 10h00 The transformers

[126] 13h00 In conversation 

ELINOR SISULU is a Zimbabwean-born South African writer and human rights activist. She combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands, and is the author of the award-winning children's book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa. 

Elinor's involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children's Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer's Competition. 

Mark Solms

Mark Solms

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[97] 16h00 Writers on the couch

PROFESSOR MARK SOLMS is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, where he is Director of Neuropsychology. He is the President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association and a member of the American Pychoanalytic Association and the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has won many awards, including the Sigourney Prize, and has published more than 300 articles and six books. He is editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

Allister Sparks

Allister Sparks

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[41] 16h00 Witnessing history

SATURDAY 14 May: 

[64] 11h30 The men behind the headlines

ALLISTER SPARKS, a fifth-generation South African, was born in 1933 at Cathcart in the Eastern Cape. He began work as a reporter in 1951 and rose to become editor of the Rand Daily Mail in 1977. In 1962-63 he was awarded a Neiman Fellowship to Harvard University. He has been a South Africa correspondent for The Washington Post, The Observer, NRC Handelsblad and The Economist. In 1992 he founded the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), dedicated to raising the standards of the profession. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Louis M Lyons Award for conscience and integrity in journalism, he is the author of The Mind of South Africa, Tomorrow is Another Country, Beyond the Miracle, First Drafts and Tutu: The Authorised Biography (with Mpho Tutu). He lives in Johannesburg.

Jacques Steenkamp

Jacques Steenkamp

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[32] 14h30 From book to big screen

SATURDAY 14 May:

[52] 10h00 Closing cases 

JACQUES STEENKAMP is an investigative reporter for the SABC who lives with his wife and two children in Johannesburg. His bestselling first book, The Griekwastad Murders, is currently being adapted into a feature film by Deon Meyer's The Karoo Film Company, and Kyknet Films. Steenkamp's next two novels will cover the Van Breda murders and the alleged Sasolburg paedophile who molested 19 children, including his two daughters. 

Dianne Stewart

Dianne Stewart

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[15] 11h30 Creating captivating children's books

DIANNE STEWART has published over 30 books, many of them for children. She has an Honours degree in African Languages and Masters degrees in South African Literature and Creative Writing. Her children’s book, The Gift of the Sun (Frances Lincoln) has been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish,French, isiXhosa, isiZulu and South Korean. Illustrator Jude Daly won the Katrine Harries award for her illustrations for this book. Dianne has also written a YA novel, Chasing the Wind (Oxford University Press). In 2015 she collaborated with daughters, Jessica Cairns and Lissa Stewart to produce Market Food, published by Bookstorm in 2015. Dudu’s Basket (Jacana, 2016) is her latest children’s book.  

 

Richard Steyn

Richard Steyn

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[41] 16h00 Witnessing history

SATURDAY 14 May:

[84] 14h30 South Africa at war

SUNDAY 15 May:

[125] 13h00 The past is never the past

RICHARD STEYN is a former lawyer, educated at Stellenbosch, who made a switch to journalism in 1974. He edited the Natal Witness for 15 years, interrupted by a year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow, and was editor in chief of The Star newspapers from 1990-95. He has written Hoisting the Standard, a history of the 150-year old Standard Bank, and more recently, Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness, a new assessment of General Jan C Smuts.

Fred Strydom

Fred Strydom

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[1] 10h00 Schools: What's so great about speculative fiction?

[42] 16h00 From first lines to last

[49] 19h00 What was that?!

SATURDAY 14 May:

[68] 11h30 Knowing when to stop

FRED STRYDOM studied Film and Media at the University of Cape Town. He spent three years teaching English in South Korea and has published a number of short stories. His acclaimed speculative fiction novel, The Raft, was published by Umuzi of Penguin RandomHouse in 2015 and is scheduled for release in the US with Talos Press in May, 2016. He has just completed his second novel, The Inside Out Man, and currently works as a television writer and producer in Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife, three dogs, cat and two horses. 

James-Brent Styan

James-Brent Styan

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[71] 13h00 Dearth Day? 

JAMES-BRENT STYAN is the media liaison officer for the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He was a senior financial journalist in Johannesburg, where he specialised as a writer on State-Owned Entities in South Africa. He followed this up with a three-year period as a senior political correspondent for Media24 in the National Parliament of South Africa. He writes extensively in his personal capacity for various financial publications on matters relating to state-owned entities. His bestselling book Blackout – The Eskom Crisis (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2015) is a blow-by-blow account of South Africa’s power challenges.

Bridget Surtees

Bridget Surtees

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[16] 11h30 Food for thought 

BRIDGET SURTEES is a mother of two, a registered dietician, a member of the Health Professions Council of SA and a member of The Association of Dietetics of SA. Bridget has 18 years of experience as a dietician. After graduating from UCT in 1996 with a B.Sc Medical Honours in Nutrition & Dietetics, Bridget worked in the United Kingdom for six years. She specialised as a paediatric dietician through the Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital. In 2003 Bridget moved to Australia, where she worked as a paediatric dietitian at the Sydney Children's Hospital for 7 years. Bridget now runs a private practice in Cape Town seeing both children — nutrition4kids, and adults — Realfood dietitians.  Bridget is a co-author on the book Raising Superheroes along with Prof Tim Noakes and Jonno Proudfoot. This book advocates a low sugar, low refined carbohydrates and a real food lifestyle for children.

Karina Szczurek

Karina Szczurek

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[45] 16h00 Writers of few(er) words

SATURDAY 14 May:

[67] 11h30 Writing relationships

[74] 13h00 Andre Brink Memorial Lecture

SUNDAY 15 May:

[116] 11h30 Literary letters

KARINA M. SZCZUREK is the author of Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa. She is also the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact, Encounters with André Brink; Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger), and the 2015 SSDA anthology, Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew). She also writes short stories, essays and literary criticism. Her debut novel Invisible Others was published in 2014.

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[28] 13h00 Things we talk about

SATURDAY 14 May:

[92] 16h00 Plain speaking

ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE is one of South Africa's leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. He is currently the Executive Director of Oresego Holdings, an international advisory company as well as the CEO of EnviroWorld Productions, specialising in environmental programming for community TV and radio. He is a director of Pholosang BEE Resolutions Services, a company he co-founded to contribute to the advancement of Black Economic Empowerment. He is a founder and host of Frank Dialogue as well as media and communications colloquia. Tabane holds three degrees and is a PhD candidate in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a member of the council of the University of the Western Cape and a regular columnist for The Daily Maverick and the Sunday Independent.

Marianne Thamm

Marianne Thamm

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[43] 16h00 Writing, hearing, playing - and all that jazz

SATURDAY 14 May:

[53] 10h00 Conversations at the white dinner table

[90] 16h00 The Forensics face-off

SUNDAY 15 May:

[108] 10h00 In conversation

MARIANNE THAMM is a best-selling and award-winning author, editor, columnist, journalist and occasional stand-up performer whose work has appeared in a variety of local and international publications in her 30-year career in journalism and the media. She has most recently co-authored Here I Am, with PJ Powers, the story of PJ's life and music.

Beverley Thaver

Beverley Thaver

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[2] 10h00 Dream varsity SA

Prof. BEVERLEY THAVER holds a BA degree from UCT, a MA from the University of York (UK) and a PhD in Education from the University of the Western Cape. A former Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, her research interest and publications are on the democratic transformation dynamic of higher education institutions at both the institutional and systems' levels. She has a special interest in the transformation of the academic profession and the phenomenon of institutional culture. She is a National Research Foundation-rated social scientist and a Ministerial appointee to the Council on Higher Education, serving a second four-year term. She is also Chairperson of the National Evaluation and Monitoring committee at the Council on Higher Education.

Scarlett Thomas
Picture: Ed Thompson

Scarlett Thomas

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[1] 10h00 Schools: What's so great about speculative fiction?

[42] 16h00 From first lines to last

SATURDAY 15 May:

[83] 14h30 Seeds of the imagination

SUNDAY 15 May:

[125] 13h00 Sex on the page

SCARLETT THOMAS is the author of The Seed Collectors (Canongate, 2015). She was born in London in 1972. Her previous novels include Bright Young Things, PopCo, The End of Mr. Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and Our Tragic Universe. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.

Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[11] 11h30 South Africans entangled

[30] 14h30 Crossing boundaries

SATURDAY 14 May: 

[93] 16h00 in conversation

REDI TLHABI is a broadcast journalist and has worked in both television and radio for more than a decade. She is currently the presenter of the Redi Tlhabi Show on Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk. She is also  the author of the memoir Endings & Beginnings, which won the Alan Paton Award in 2013.

Nakhane Touré

Nakhane Touré

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[6] 10h00 Schools: Just imagine!

[33] 14h30 The reader within

SATURDAY 14 May:

[73] 13h00 In conversation...

[95] 16h00 Creative writing techniques

NAKHANE TOURÉ is a multimedia artist born in a small town called Alice in the Eastern Cape. He was raised predominantly in Port Elizabeth and is now based in Johannesburg. After beginning his studies in literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, he embarked on a music career, resulting in an album, Brave Confusion, which went on to win a South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album. His first novel, Piggy Boy's Blues (BlackBird Books) was published in 2015.

Hedley Twidle

Hedley Twidle

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[37] 14h30 The nature of poetry

HEDLEY TWIDLE is a writer, teacher and scholar based in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. At the moment he is thinking about life-writing, essays and literary non-fiction in Africa. More of his work can be found at www.seapointcontact.wordpress.com.

Sheenagh Tyler

Sheenagh Tyler

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[76] 13h00 Ten years of the FLF (free event, booking required)

SHEENAGH TYLER is a founding member of the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and is the General Manager of the Festival.

Elrena van der Spuy

Elrena van der Spuy

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[85] 14h30 Cape of Gangs

ELRENA VAN DER SPUY is a member of the Centre of Criminology in the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (UCT), where she holds a PhD. She has always been interested in the social history of police and policing in South Africa. Areas of inquiry have included the structural evolution of the police in modern South Africa; the impact of transitional politics on the form and function of the police, and the history of public inquiries into police, 1910-2015. Elrena has been involved in various policy networks: the South-South Co-operation for Determining Best Practices for Crime Prevention in the Developing World; the Crime Prevention Alliance Research Network in South Africa, and the African Security Dialogue Research Network (ASSN). She is Board member of the Institute for Security Studies; the Centre for Social Science Research at UCT; the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention and is a Trustee of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum. 

Ian van der Waag

Ian van der Waag

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[84] 14h30 South Africa at war

IAN VAN DER WAAG is a professor of military history at Stellenbosch University and a fellow of the USMA West Point Summer Programme. He completed an MA at the University of Pretoria, and a PhD at the University of Cape Town. His passion for military history and fine food was ignited at a young age. Temporal constraints permitting, when not with his family, he is happiest when on manoeuvre in some new land or is entrenched in the company of fellow historians in an archives repository or wine cellar. His book, A Military History of Modern South Africa, was published in 2015 by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Celia van Druten

Celia van Druten

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[13] 11h30 Schools: Poetry for Life finals, accuracy judge

CELIA VAN DRUTEN is the organiser and coordinator for Poetry for Life, South Africa and based in Somerset West. She grew up in Johannesburg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Law, from WITS. She went on to read English Honours at UCT, then completed her post-graduate law degree. She started practising law in Cape Town, then followed a short stint in England, and is now based in Somerset West.

Poetry for Life is a national high school poetry-speaking competition introduced in South Africa in 2015. Its launch follows successes with similar projects in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland & the Caribbean.

Gareth van Onselen

Gareth van Onselen

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[92] 16h00 Plain speaking

GARETH VAN ONSELEN obtained a Masters degree in sociology at Wits University before moving to Cape Town in 2001 and, for the next ten years, worked for the Democratic Alliance in South Africa’s parliament. Among other things, he oversaw the party’s research and communications as an executive director. At the beginning of 2013 he left the party and moved into journalism. He now writes a column for the Business Day and works as a Senior Reporter for the Sunday Times. He has published two books. The first, Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla: The real Jacob Zuma in his own words (2014), was a collection of controversial quotes from South African President Jacob Zuma, that reveal is private convictions and beliefs. His second book, Holy Cows: The Ambiguities of Being South African, was released by Tafelberg earlier in 2015.

Joe Vaz

Joe Vaz

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[1] 10h00 What's so great about speculative fiction?

JOE VAZ is an actor full-time, except when he isn’t. In one of those gaps of ‘enforced vacation’ Joe founded Something Wicked SF & Horror Magazine, the first, and only, paying market for genre fiction in South Africa. Although now defunct, Something Wicked had the privilege of publishing stories by most of the (at the time) up and coming great SA spec-fic writers, including, Lauren Beukes, Sam Wilson, Cat Hellisen and Sarah Lotz, to name a few. As a writer Joe has worked primarily in children’s television having written several dozen scripts for shows such as Cool Catz, Learn Like Lerato and Squiggle Majig. Most recently Joe has a short story, ‘After The Rain’, published in Fox Spirit’s African Monsters anthology, published in December of 2015. Joe has also written and directed three short films.

Jumoke Verissimo

Jumoke Verissimo

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[27] 13h00 The language of poetry

SATURDAY 14 May:

[69] 11h30 Speaking up or writing down

SUNDAY 15 May:

[129] 13h00 Young voices from around the world

JUMOKE VERISSIMO is the author of two books of poetry: I am memory (Dada Books, 2008), winner of Carlos Idzia Ahmad Prize, First Prize for a first book of Poetry (2009), Anthony Agbo Prize for Poetry, Second Prize for a first book of Poetry (2009), and Mother Drum Golden Award for Excellence, for poetry, and The Birth of Illusion (Fullpoint 2015). She is a 2012 recipient of the Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship. The manuscript of her novel was longlisted for the Kwani Prize in 2012. Verissimo has performed her poetry at major world festivals, sharing the stage with poets like Jan Erik Vold, (the late) Tomaû äalamun, Niyi Osundare, Wole Soyinka, Niels Hav, Nikola Madzirov, among several others. Among her peers, she is highly regarded, and older poets view her as a poet with enormous promise. She works as a writer, researcher and editor. She is the Creative Director of Ibadan Poetry Foundation (IBPF).

Jumoke Verissimo's attendance at the FLF this year is thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Goethe Institut.

Kathryn White

Kathryn White

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[58] 10h00 Food in fiction

SUNDAY 15 May:

[123] 13h00 Sex on the page

KATHRYN WHITE is the author of Emily Green and Me (2007), Things I Thought I Knew (2011) and Anna Peters' Year of Cooking Dangerously (2015). She likes food, jokes, horses, flowers, cooking and love. She is politically minded, but only if provoked. She works in advertising as an old-fashioned freelance copywriter, writes lifestyle and opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines and is a certified non-practising historian. Kathryn White lives in Cape Town and is enjoying it. 

Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[63] 11h30 Can entrepreneurs be made?

SUNDAY 15 May:

[130] 13h00 Back to the future

SARAH WILD is a multi-award-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn’t work and she now writes about particle physics, cosmology and everything in-between. She has worked as science editor at Business Day and the Mail & Guardian. In 2012, she published her first full-length non-fiction book Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars, and in 2013 she was named the best science journalist in Africa by Siemens in their 2013 Pan-African Profiles Awards. In 2015, she published her second book Innovation: Shaping South African through Science, and won the CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Award, category: Innovation. She was also part of the Mail & Guardian team that in 2015 won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year, category: Sustainability.

Wild contributes to the Mail & Guardian, AfricaCheck, the Financial Mail and Independent Newspaper titles, among others.

Roscoe Williams

Roscoe Williams

Scheduled event:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[55] 10h00 Getting South Africans excited about reading

ROSCOE WILLIAMS was raised in Westridge, Mitchells Plain and his previous work includes serving as Business Development Manager at Taurus School Solutions, an NGO, where they conducted whole school evaluations at schools in Cape Town, including Mitchells Plain. He has also held various managerial positions throughout his career. Roscoe now devotes all his time working for Read to Rise as Programme Manager; he personally visits every Grade 2 and Grade 3 class of the 45 schools throughout Mitchells Plain to inspire learners. Roscoe and Read to Rise are welcomed by principals and teachers throughout Mitchells Plain, making Read to Rise the only NGO that has worked in every school in the area. Roscoe was awarded the Lead SA Hero in September 2015.

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[13] 11h30 Schools: Poetry for Life finals, judge

[47] 16h00 Hip-hop's political edge

SATURDAY 14 May:

[88] 14h30 Poets in performance

QUENTIN WILLIAMS is a hip-hop sociolinguist in the Linguistics Department and Research Fellow in the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) at the University of Western Cape. He has published research on the multilingualism, marginality of voice, linguistic citizenship, and the performance of hip-hop, rap and spoken word. He has recently completed a monograph, entitled, Remix Multilingualism (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Press) and is currently co-editing a volume, entitled, Ventilate My Mental State: Sampling Cape Hip-Hop Activism (forthcoming, HSRC Press) with Adam Haupt (UCT), H Samy Alim (Stanford), and legendary hip-hop artists Emile YX? (Black Noise, Heal the Hood).

Mike Wills

Mike Wills

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[22] 13h00 Breathing life into history

SATURDAY 14 May:

[61] 10h00 Stealing the World Cup

[91] 16h00 The reporting business

SUNDAY 15 May:

[106] 10h00 A nine-year journey

MIKE WILLS is a freelance Cape Town radio talk show host and writer who by day crosses to the dark side to work in advertising and PR. He writes a weekly current affairs column for the Cape Argus, is the author of The Cycle Tour and has worked with Zapiro on Democrazy and VuvuzelaNation. He has facilitated events at the FLF for the past seven years.

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[14] 11h30 Schools: Pictures worth a thousand words

SAM WILSON is a writer and director living in Cape Town. He has written stories for comics, computer games, cell-phone novellas, TV movies, cartoons and reality shows. His novel Zodiac is being published by Penguin UK and will be out in July.

Marlene Winburg

Marlene Winburg

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[15] 11h30 Creating captivating children's books

MARLENE WINBURG is a storyteller and holds a Master of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town. She is co-founder of the Manyeka Arts Trust and author of a number of books, including !nanni's Sketchbook — the !kun children's part of the Bleek and Lloyd collection (1879-1881).

Mark Winkler
Picture: Simone Scholtz

Mark Winkler

Scheduled events:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[36] 14h30 Crime procedural

[45] 16h00 Writers of few(er) words

MARK WINKLER is an internationally-awarded creative director and the author of An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Absolutely Everything (2013) and Wasted (2015). Wasted sets out to answer why antagonist Nathan Lucius sleeps with the light on. Reviewers had this to say about the novel: 

“Precise and brilliant writing…. Read it.” (Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times). 

“One of the best novels I have read this year… tense, darkly humorous, unpredictable and thought-provoking throughout.” (Karina Szczurek, karinamagdalena.com). 

“One of the year’s most ambitious, tightly-controlled and expertly executed novels.” (Jonathan Amid, LitNet). 

“Meticulously crafted.” (Tarah Childes, Aerodrome) 

Wendy Woodward

Wendy Woodward

Scheduled event:

FRIDAY 13 May:

[8] 10h00 Schools: Poetry - Write, read, hear

WENDY WOODWARD's poetry has appeared in The English Academy Review, New Letters, Carapace, New Contrast, The Australian Animal Studies Journal and a number of anthologies. She has given numerous readings, most recently at the McGregor Poetry Festival. She has published Séance for the Body (Snailpress, 1994); Love, Hades and other Animals (Protea, 2008) and A Saving Bannister (Modjadji Books, 2015). Wendy taught for 20 years in the flourishing postgraduate Creative Writing Programme in the English Department of the University of the Western Cape. Now Emeritus Professor, she recently facilitated 'Writing the Moment', a short course in poetry writing, at UCT Summer School.

Rahla Xenopoulos

Rahla Xenopoulos

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[124] 13h00 Writers' secret lives

RAHLA XENOPOULOS is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness and the novels Bubbles and Tribe. Many of her short stories have been published in magazines and in Women Flashing, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. Her recent publication, Tribe (2015) was published by Penguin RandomHouse. She lives in Cape Town.

Bruce Young

Bruce Young

Scheduled event:

SUNDAY 15 May:

[120] 11h30 Blood Lions – documentary screening (3)

BRUCE YOUNG's directorial debut is called Blood Lions. Drawn by the plight of the lions and a deep interest in our relationship with wild animals, this is the perfect project for Bruce to bring his storytelling skills to the fore. Prior to this, Bruce spent 10 years working as an actor in SA and the USA, appearing in Lethal Weapon 2 opposite Mel Gibson before returning to SA to co-start AFDA, SA’s biggest film and drama school. During this time he also established himself as a local screenwriter and has written scripts for a broad range of film genres and styles including feature films, television dramas, sitcoms and natural history documentaries. He has won a number of awards for his work. Bruce lives in Cape Town with his wife and their two sons.

Songezo Zibi

Songezo Zibi

Scheduled events:

SATURDAY 14 May:

[63] 11h30 Can entrepreneurs be made?

[91] 16h00 The reporting business

SONGEZO ZIBI is the former editor of the Business Day. He spent the first 14 years of his career in corporate communications at multinational companies, Volkswagen South Africa (1998–2006) and then at Xstrata South Africa (2006–2013) where he served in its executive structures. He has written extensively on politics, society and the economy for various national publications before taking up his current position. Raising the Bar: Hope and renewal in South Africa, published by Picador Africa in 2014, is his first book.