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2024 Sunday Events

 

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

All sessions R100, unless otherwise specified.

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19 May, 2024

Africa Melane speaks to Alastair McAlpine about Prescription: Ice Cream – A Doctor’s Journey to Discover What Matters, which explores the peaks and troughs of a career in palliative paediatrics. The memoir is inspired by the viral post in which he shared his terminal patients’ answers to the question: “What gave your life meaning?” 

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19 May, 2024

Sewela Langeni gathers three writers who have grappled with personal trauma: memoirists Thobeka Yose (In Silence My Heart Speaks) and Margie Orford (Love and Fury); and Megan Choritz in Lost Property, a work of fiction. Does the ordeal of writing a painful history dispel the pain, and how?  

89
19 May, 2024

Pippa Hudson shoots the polar breeze with two Ernest Shackleton devotees – Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Finding Endurance) and storyteller Rob Caskie. What does the tale of survival surrounding the sinking of the ship Endurance – and other epic missions at the planet’s extremities – reveal about how we should live, think about ourselves and lead?

90
19 May, 2024

Join the Cheeky Natives podcasting duo (Alma-Nalisha Cele & Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane) as they shoot the breeze with British-Nigerian author Bolu Babalola (Honey & Spice) and Candice Carty-Williams (People Person) – about unlikeable characters, ill-advised relationships and other hot messes.

91
19 May, 2024

Troy Onyango (For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings) in conversation with multi-award-winning theatre practitioner, writer and poet Koleka Putuma on her new collection (We Have Everything We Need to Start Again). Is poetry, newly visible on bestseller charts, breaking out of the prison of literary obscurity? What are the creative risks of mass appeal?

92
19 May, 2024

Claustrophobic tensions drive the acclaimed new novels by Booker long-listed Karen Jennings (whose Crooked Seeds proceeds from the discovery of human remains on a family’s land) and Nick Mulgrew (whose Tunnel traps a random group of travellers in a Cape highway tunnel). Both of these taut literary thrillers conjure unnerving versions of South African reality. Karina Szczurek will ask them to dig deep.

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

93
19 May, 2024

David O’Sullivan, co-author of Rassie Erasmus’ biography, Rassie: Stories of Life and Rugby, in conversation with his old friend Kaya Malotana, the first African Springbok. How did the Boks, once a symbol of racism, become a symbol of transformation and diverse brilliance? How pivotal was Rassie’s epiphany as Malotana’s Cats teammate in the 1990s, when he saw what the powers that were couldn’t see?  

Sponsored by News24

94
19 May, 2024

The heroine of Cecelia Ahern’s new novel, In a Thousand Different Ways, is caregiver to her bipolar mother; while Wisani Mushwana‘s A Soft Landing also features a protagonist who is the child of a tormented mother. Mbali Sikakana asks the two authors how mental illness changes a family and shapes a novel – and about that moment when you start parenting a parent.

95
19 May, 2024

Diagnosed with HIV in 2013, Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba (Positively Me: Daring to Live and Love Beyond HIV) kept her secret from her staunch Christian family and faced rejection from her then partner. Seven years later, she decided she would no longer suffer in silence and wrote I Am Still Me. She tells Alma-Nalisha Cele about her mission to inspire and engage.

96
19 May, 2024

Being unputdownable is a delicious dream for most fiction writers, but a rare knack. Still, some of the narrative tricks that make for a one-sitting read can be acquired, as Danielle Weakley learns when speaking with Femi Kayode (Gaslight), Fiona Snyckers (The Hidden) and Nick Mulgrew (Tunnel). 

97
19 May, 2024

A literally unbelievable romp through South African history with Jonathan Ancer, author of Bullsh!t: 50 Fibs That Made South Africa. Ancer will be in conversation with News24’s Pieter du Toit and cartoonist Carlos Amato, who drew the illustrations.  

98
19 May, 2024

Gawk at the miracles of nature with Vernon Head (On That Wave of Gulls), as he engages in conversation with Nick Norman, whose book The Woodpecker Mystery explores the separate evolution of uncannily similar species in South America and Africa; and with Quinton Coetzee, who catalogues outrageous wildlife facts in The Buck That Buries Its Poo.  

99
19 May, 2024

A discussion about the rise of Kaaps as a literary language and its relationship with Afrikaans and coloured culture. Academic and critic Hein Willemse (The Arabic-Afrikaans Writing Tradition) speaks to the Paarl-born poet Gaireyah Fredericks (Een Voet Innie Kabr) and Charmaine Africa, whose Cape Flats memoir Amma is written entirely in Kaaps. This session will be bi-lingual.

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

100
19 May, 2024

Fiction is used to shape culture and shift history. Does it still? Is digital humanity now semiliterate, unable to read long texts or tackle complex ideas? Or are literary Luddites pathetically out of touch? Pip Williams (The Bookbinder of Jericho), Craig Higginson (The Ghost of Sam Webster) and Barbara Boswell (The Comrade’s Wife) weigh up the power of the written word. Batya Bricker of Exclusive Books asks the questions. 

Sponsored by News24

101
19 May, 2024

Don Pinnock talks to Adam Welz (The End of Eden) and Sandra Swart (The Lion’s Historian: Africa’s Animal Past) about the animal–human relationships that have profoundly shaped our history. How can we better share our landscapes with wild species – and recover/arrive at a deeper understanding of our place in the world?

102
19 May, 2024

Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Finding Endurance) and Justin Fox (Place) explore the pleasures, sorrows and absurdities of travel – and the art of travel writing. Sewela Langeni hops onto their tuk-tuk.

103
19 May, 2024

How are cult devotees seduced into submission? Where is the line between a religious sect and a cult? Nicole Engelbrecht (The Sizzlers Massacre) pulls back the curtain with Sam Human, author of Maria’s Keepers: One Woman’s Escape from the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Church in South Africa.

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19 May, 2024

Jenny Crwys-Williams engages with true stories birthed in wild places. As told by naturalist Quinton Coetzee (The Buck That Buries Its Poo); and pioneering conservationist Conraad de Rosner (Called by the Wild).

105
19 May, 2024

Alex Dodd talks to Ivan Vladislavić (The Near North) and Hedley Twidle (Show Me the Place) about their non-fictional strolls through dystopian cities and utopian dreams. What is actually going on around here? Is South Africa’s slow-burning crisis the only possible route to a better place?

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19 May, 2024

Sandile Ngidi, who judged the entries for the latest, 12th edition of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, explores South Africa’s rich poetic memory with contributors Mapule Ramaila Moswane and Vuyokazi Ngemntu. The unique series has gathered a chorus of poetic voices in all of SA’s official languages.

Sponsored by Pam Golding Properties

Only FLF 2024 Patrons can view

Members and public can view from 8 March 2024

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