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2024 Saturday Events

 

Please note that this programme is subject to change without prior notice.

All sessions R100, unless otherwise specified.

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18 May, 2024

Are we witnessing a shift in global power? How will the outcome of elections in the US, UK and SA shape the future? Adriaan Basson (Who Will Rule South Africa?) interrogates Peter Hain (A Pretoria Boy), Justice Malala (The Plot to Save South Africa) and Lynsey Ebony Chutel (Coloured: How Classification Became Culture) on the global surge of populist politics in a time of war.

Tickets at R500 (Includes a buffet breakfast.)

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18 May, 2024

Somewhere inside the fog of hype, hysteria, hallucinations and warnings lies the true potential of AI. Is this robot revolution friend or foe to human creativity, prosperity and employment? Steven Boykey Sidley faces the future with Arthur Goldstuck (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to AI) and Kerushan Govender (Age of Agency: Rise with AI). 

Sponsored by News24

39
18 May, 2024

A supercharged, one-hour spectacular with one of Britain’s favourite storytellers. Hilarious performative book readings  – and a chance to have your questions answered live on stage. Laughter guaranteed! (The show is aimed at 8–12-year-olds, so only one parent please, to allow more seats for kids!)

Tickets at R150 (1 adult + 1 child)

R200 (1 adult + 2 children)

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18 May, 2024

Reclamations of lost history drive the novels of Pip Williams (The Dictionary of Lost Words), Kobby Ben Ben (No One Dies Yet) and Shubnum Khan (The Lost Love of Akbar Manzil). With their help, John Maytham opens the vault to fabulous hidden riches.

41
18 May, 2024

Tony Leon shoots the jet stream with Tim Marshall ( (The Future of Geography – How the Competition in Space Will Change Our World)). How will the unfolding battle for technological supremacy in space affect the future of geopolitics – and of life on the ground?

42
18 May, 2024

Mohale Mashigo spends an hour in the hot-but-hilarious world of British-Nigerian author Bolu Babalola, whose campus-romance blockbuster Honey & Spice exploded on BookTok. How does Babalola explain the spectacular success of her first novel? And what’s next for her heroine, Kiki Banjo?  

43
18 May, 2024

Sally Andrew (Recipes to Die Live For: A Tannie Maria Cookbook), Khanyisa Malabi (Khanyisa: A Culinary Storyteller) and Karen Dudley (Onwards) slice and dice the many emotional meanings of cooking with Ilse van der Merwe (Easy Al Fresco: The Magic of Simple Outdoors Feasts). The kitchen is a place of cultural identity and family – but it’s also well-stocked with romance, individualism and escapism. 

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18 May, 2024

Alexandria Procter founded Digsconnect.com in 2018, when she was 23. It is now Africa’s biggest student housing marketplace, and she is 29. Fast Company editor Wesley Diphoko asks her how she did it – and what’s in her brand new book, Upstart

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

45
18 May, 2024

Join bestselling publisher and author Melinda Ferguson for a 2-hour live-writing memoir workshop. Identify what makes your story distinctive and get tips on how to improve your personal writing. Also obtain invaluable insights into the publishing scene in South Africa. Bring a notebook and a pen. Space is limited.

Tickets at R250

46
18 May, 2024

Troy Onyango presents a crash course in the techniques of short fiction, touching on plot, character, theme and style. Based in London and hailing from Kisumu, Kenya, Onyango has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, and has won the inaugural Nyanza Literary Festival Prize. He is the founder of the literary journal Lolwe and his debut collection of short stories, For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings, was published in 2022.

Tickets at R250

47
18 May, 2024

Written by Lester Walbrugh (Elton Baatjies) and directed by Earl Kopeledi, this short film is a bold exploration of Cape Town’s class and race chasms – and the weight of personal histories. Three homeless people are tasked with retrieving a hard drive from a beachside bungalow. They stick around to luxuriate, but then it gets complicated … 

Watch trailer here 

Lester Walbrugh and Earl Kopeledi will give a short Q&A after the screening.

48
18 May, 2024

The ultimate book-club brunch with a very special guest: Cecelia Ahern, the beloved Irish writer of bestselling tearjerkers such as PS, I Love You and Where Rainbows End. Cecelia will speak to Danielle Weakley about her iconic characters and her body of work – including all the old favourites; her latest reads (Freckles, In a Thousand Different Ways); and the Apple TV adaptation of Roar. This event takes place in the exquisite setting of The Barn at La Cotte Farm.

Ticket price at R250 (Includes a delicious brunch.)

49
18 May, 2024

Africa Melane talks to Olympic track champion Caster Semenya about her powerful memoir, The Race to Be Myself. An inspirational account of her commitment to her gift, her defiance of institutional hostility, her gratitude and her unshakeable self-belief. 

Sponsored by News24

50
18 May, 2024

The persistence of land inequality remains an open wound in South Africa’s body politic. What is to be done? What does “land inequality” actually mean? Karl Kemp (Promised Land) brainstorms with Lebogang Seale (One Hundred Years of Dispossession), agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo (A Country of Two Agricultures) and Ruth Hall, land reform researcher at PLAAS.

51
18 May, 2024

Vivienne Lawack takes the pulse of SA’s varsities with former UCT vice-chancellor Max Price (Statues and Storms: Leading through Change) and Jonathan Jansen (Corrupted: A Story of Chronic Dysfunction in South African Universities). How well is our higher education system faring in terms of transformation, academic rigour, freedom of speech and ethical administration?  

52
18 May, 2024

Angela Makholwa (The Reed Dance Stalker), Fiona Snyckers (The Hidden) and Busisekile Khumalo (Sunshine and Shadows) measure the power and complexity of the female gaze in their writing. In conversation with Alma-Nalisha Cele.

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18 May, 2024

Andrew Brown speaks to Naledi Shange, author of Killer Cop: The Rosemary Ndlovu Story. How did a Tembisa policewoman arrange for or carry out the murders of her lover and at least five family members to claim life-insurance payouts? How rare, in fact, are such murders motivated by cold greed?

54
18 May, 2024

Romance novelist Jo Watson (Love at First Flight) talks shop with two other top-selling SA romance writers, Therese Beharrie (Single Dads Club) and Natasha Anders (The Unwanted Wife). SA’s romance queens often ride high on the Amazon charts, enchanting readers worldwide, but remain little known in their home market. 

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18 May, 2024

Jonathan Amid praat met Anoeschka von Meck (Vaselinetjie) oor haar langverwagte nuwe roman  Twa die Tydloper, ’n aangrypende storie gebaseer op ’n regte gesin wat in die woestyn woon.

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

56
18 May, 2024

Michele Magwood rolls back the decades with writer and FLF co-founder Jenny Hobbs. Her new memoir Through A Dragonfly Eye is a moving account of growing up and coming of age in mid-twentieth century South Africa, full of insight, humour, and tenderness for family and country.

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18 May, 2024

Calling all BookTok and Bookstagram content creators! Come and get to know BookTok-famous authors Bolu Babalola, Candice Carty-Williams and Jo Watson. Get your books signed and hear a little about what they’re writing next! Email marketing@jonathanball.co.za  at Jonathan Ball Publishers to secure your spot.

 

Note: Space is limited and bookings will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.

58
18 May, 2024

Adriaan Basson confronts our coalition-heavy future with Qaanitah Hunter (Who will Rule South Africa?), Greg Mills (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Scenarios for South Africa’s Uncertain Future) and Justice Malala (The Plot to Save South Africa). Might things get worse before they get better if the ANC loses its national majority? Could our leaders grow up enough to govern together effectively? What are the permutations and odds for a stable coalition government?

Sponsored by News24

59
18 May, 2024

Mike Nicol listens to the whispers of the dead with forensic pathologist Hestelle van Staden (Blood Has a Voice) and Nigerian crime novelist Femi Kayode (Gaslight). Forensic pathology is a science… but might it contain a spatter of art?  

60
18 May, 2024

Marc Lottering will stiek yt with Tessa Dooms and Lynsey Ebony Chutel, authors of Coloured: How Classification Became Culture. An irreverent discussion about reclaiming coloured identities and cultural legacies from racist stereotyping and ethno-nationalism.

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18 May, 2024

“No two people ever read the same book”, reckoned literary critic Edmund Wilson. Even so, a writer’s imaginary reader can become a singular presence — one that variously needs to be defied, satisfied, seduced or erased. 2023 Sunday Times Literary Awards winner, C.A. Davids (How to Be a Revolutionary) swaps notes on readers with Karen Jennings (Crooked Seeds), Ivan Vladislavić (The Near North) and Craig Higginson (The Ghost of Sam Webster).  

62
18 May, 2024

Speculative fiction is a weapon of social commentary, satire and catharsis, extrapolating emerging realities into surreal futures. Alma-Nalisha Cele dissects the power of the form with worldbuilders Alistair Mackay (It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way), Morabo Morojele (Three Egg Dilemma) and Sven Axelrad (God’s Pocket).

63
18 May, 2024

A multimedia presentation by internationally acclaimed botanist Sean Privett (Grootbos Florilegium: An Original Fynbos Botanical Collection), who will celebrate the biodiversity of the fynbos region and other South African botanical treasures. 

64
18 May, 2024

Thobeka Yose (In Silence My Heart Speaks) tells Sara-Jayne Makwala King about her experience of parenting a transgender child – and of understanding her child’s attempted suicide. How can parents of teenagers recognise a crisis, and fight the transphobia that inhibits teens from seeking help?

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

65
18 May, 2024

Angela Makholwa co-writes the Showmax Original adaptation of her bestselling novel, Red Ink. The eight-part thriller tells the story of journalist-turned-publicist, Lucy Khambule, who is approached by an imprisoned serial killer, Napoleon Dingiswayo, to tell his story. SAFTA nominee Nqobile Nunu Khumalo plays Lucy, while SAFTA winner Bonko Cosmo Khoza embodies “The Butcher of Soweto”.

66
18 May, 2024

Fancy adding “romance novelist” to your CV – and even writing a bestseller? Writing coach and author Sarah Bullen will teach you the must-know rules of romance writing: how to structure your plot and craft your love leads. Plus: How have blockbusting “romantasy” writers like Sarah J Maas changed the game of romance fiction? 

67
18 May, 2024

Join bestselling author Angela Makholwa and award-winning screenwriter Zoë Laband for a workshop on the art of adapting novels for the screen. Angela’s bestseller Red Ink, recently adapted by the duo for Showmax, will be the case study. Master the mechanics of character (arcs, bibles, wounds and wants vs needs) and the magic of turning points, and discover how the rules differ on screen.

Tickets at R250

68
18 May, 2024

Legendary political cartoonist Zapiro talks to Carlos Amato about his latest cartoon collection, RamApocalypse Now. Who will he be tipping to fly – and flop – in this year’s elections? How does he stay so sharp after drawing tens of thousands of cartoons? Can satire protect us from kakistocracy, or does laughter perhaps distance us from necessary citizen action?

Sponsored by News24

69
18 May, 2024

Zuraida Jardine is in conversation with bestselling Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern. How does she involve her readers so effortlessly in the journeys of her characters? What influences have shaped her life and career?

70
18 May, 2024

Nancy Richards gets up to speed with Conraad de Rosner (Called by the Wild) about the game-changing role of trained dogs in the ever-evolving fight against poachers; and with Peter Hain (The Lion Conspiracy) about the nexus between political corruption and the illicit wildlife trade.

71
18 May, 2024

Having good sex is apparently easier than writing good sex scenes. But that’s not rocket science, surely? Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane juggles the ins and outs of high-end lit smut with Busisekile Khumalo (Sunshine and Shadows), Joy Watson (The Other Me) and Kobby Ben Ben (No One Dies Yet). 

72
18 May, 2024

Adam Welz (The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown) and Julian Cobbing (Growth, Growth, Growth: Human History and the Planetary Catastrophe) sit down with News24 climate editor, Lameez Omarjee, to answer some tough questions. How did human activity create our planetary crisis? Will our ecosystems survive? Where will we be in 50 years’ time?  

73
18 May, 2024

Hodder & Stoughton CEO Katie Espiner and Candice Carty-Williams (whose debut bestseller Queenie was snapped up in a bidding war by Espiner) discuss the making of a compelling protagonist. How do you hear your own voice amid the racket of the digital era – and keep it separate from your character’s voice? Also: can authenticity be undermined in the quest for ‘relatability’?   

74
18 May, 2024

Charles Skinner, co-author of The Sculptures of Sydney Kumalo and Ezrom Legae: A Catalogue Raisonné, talks to Miriam Grech-Cumbo, daughter of the legendary Egon Guenther, who mentored these two giants of black modernism in South Africa. They will tell the story of the making of the book, which was based largely on Guenther’s archives as catalogued and preserved by Grech-Cumbo.

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

75
18 May, 2024

Mphuthumi Ntabeni talks to historian and Oxford PhD Khumisho Moguerane about her epic book Morafe, which follows generations of the Molema family across the borderlands between Bechuanaland and SA, between the 1880s and the 1950s, and between freedom and subjugation.   

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18 May, 2024

Sally Andrew, author of the much-loved Tannie Maria murder mystery series, meets Jenny Crwys-Williams to launch the official Tannia Maria cookbook: Recipes to Die Live ForThe book contains all the divine recipes created for the Klein Karoo Gazette by the beloved agony aunt. A highly anticipated event held at the beautiful La Cotte.

Tickets at R220 (Includes tea and delicious offerings from the cookbook.)

76
18 May, 2024

What can ordinary South Africans do to protect our future and our democracy? Bronwyn Williams (Rescuing Our Republic) swaps ideas with Justice Malala (The Plot to Save South Africa), Michelle Le Roux SC (Lawfare: Judging Politics in South Africa) and Ninety One’s chief sustainability officer, Nazmeera Moola

Sponsored by News24

77
18 May, 2024

A supercharged, one-hour spectacular with one of Britain’s favourite storytellers. Hilarious performative book readings  – and a chance to have your questions answered live on stage. Laughter guaranteed! (The show is aimed at 8–12-year-olds, so only one parent please, to allow more seats for kids!)

Tickets at R150 (1 adult + 1 child)

R200 (1 adult + 2 children)

78
18 May, 2024

The world isn’t impressed by the moral stature of its current politicians — yet aren’t all effective and driven leaders difficult people? Matthew Blackman weighs the complex legacies of Africa’s changemakers – past and present – with former Public Protector and Director of SU’s Centre for Social Justice , Thuli Madonsela, Adekeye Adebajo (Global Africa) and Nick Dall (Legends: People Who Changed South Africa for the Better).

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18 May, 2024

Erin Bates meets acclaimed underworld reporter Patrick Radden Keefe, whose Empire of Pain exposed the Sackler family’s role in America’s opioid epidemic. Why do untouchable mafias still defy state power, when the technologies to expose them have never been more advanced? 

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18 May, 2024

Angela Makholwa and actress Nqobile Nunu Khumalo talk to Mohale Mashigo about the TV adaptation by Showmax of Red Ink, Makholwa’s hit thriller about a writer’s entanglement with a serial killer. The sequel, The Reed Dance Stalker, resumes the terrifying story. Is Napoleon Dingiswayo really dead, as the C-Max prison authorities claim? And when the news imitates fiction, do writers and actors return the favour?

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18 May, 2024

What new visions are emerging in the world of LGBTQI+ literature? Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane reads the signs with S.J. Naudé (Of Fathers and Fugitives), Wisani Mushwana (A Soft Landing) and Troy Onyango (For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings).

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18 May, 2024

Nancy Richards talks to Carolyn Steyn (67 Blankets for Mandela Day) about the 67 Blankets movement she started after a challenge from Zelda La Grange; and about the capability of simple acts of collective engagement to drive social and personal change.  

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

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18 May, 2024

Nick Mulgrew (The Book of Unrest) hosts four of South Africa’s top poets, who will fly you to secret destinations from the stage of the Franschhoek theatre. 

 

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18 May, 2024

A performance of great poems, compiled by Finuala Downing and read by John Maytham. This array of classic and little-known reflections on the extremities of family life takes the listener from childbirth to death, marriage to divorce, and anger to enduring love. 

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18 May, 2024

Evita Bezuidenhout is now 88 (ten years older than her imposter, as always). She has been in the public domain since 1981 when she, as South African Ambassador to Bapetikosweti, caught the public’s ear and Pik Botha’s eye. Well-known for keeping her opinions carefully to herself since those heady days, she can no longer restrain herself in light of the looming general election. Pieter-Dirk Uys presents a 60-minute celebration of the state of our nation, laced with humour and optimism. 

Sponsored by News24

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18 May, 2024

Taken from her new empowering and uplifting collection of poems, groundbreaking and award-winning poet Koleka Putuma presents pieces from her brand-new collection, We Have Everything We Need to Start Again

Press both feet to the ground. Place your hand on your heart. You are brave and capable. It will always be your time.’ 

Only FLF 2024 Patrons can view

Members and public can view from 8 March 2024

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