ARCHIVE 2015 : AUDIO
Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Superzero) discusses words and swords with John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and Chris Bradford (Bodyguard & Young Samurai series).with: John Boyne, Chris Bradford, Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Beware: Social Media Ahead
Rebecca Davis (Best White and Other Anxious Delusions) finds out from lawyer Emma Sadleir (Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex) why being too open on social media platforms is a dangerous thing.with: Rebecca Davis, Emma Sadleir
Who Likes what Teens Read?
Samantha Page asks YA writers Edyth Bulbring (The Mark), Mamle Kabu (The Kaya Girl – written under the name Mamle Wolo), Zimkhitha Mlanzeni (Blood Ties - Harmony High series) and SA Partridge (Sharp Edges) who they write for, who is reading their books, and how they tailor their stories for their audience.with: Edyth Bulbring, Mamle Kabu, Zimkhitha Mlanzeni, Samantha Page, SA Partridge
John Maytham peers into the toolboxes of the crime writers’ trade. Telling him how they do it, are Andrew Brown (Solace), and French writers Franck Thilliez (Syndrome E) and Olivier Truc (Forty Days Without Shadow).with: John Maytham, Andrew Brown, Franck Thilliez, Olivier Truc
Just do it…
What does it take to write a book? asks Palesa Morudu of Máire Fisher (Birdseye), Rosamund Haden (Love Tastes Like Strawberries) and Nkosinathi Sithole (Hunger Eats a Man).with: Máire Fisher, Rosamund Haden, Palesa Morudu, Nkosinathi Sithole
The Joy & Job of Literature
Karin Schimke asks Ekow Duker (Dying in New York), Futhi Ntshingila (Do Not Go Gentle) and Elaine Proctor (The Savage Hour) when the joy of writing becomes the job of writing. Or does it?with: Ekow Duker, Futhi Ntshingila, Elaine Proctor, Karin Schimke
‘A Hundred Books by the Age of Five’
Arthur Attwell (Book Dash), Noshipo Mabaso (Shine Centre Manager), Smangele Mathebula (Nal’ibali) and Nic Spaull (education policy researcher) explore why it's important for all children to own and share books at home, and how we can make that happen.with: Arthur Attwell, Noshipo Mabaso, Smangele Mathebula, Nic Spaull
Poetry: Reading to Remember
Alexander Matthews (Aerodrome) explores why learning poetry by heart at school is important, and finds out about the Poetry for Life initiative from its coordinator, Celia van Druten (Somerset College), and academics Georgie Horrell and Morag Styles (ZAPP: The Southern African Poetry Project, Cambridge University), and Denise Newfield (Wits University).with: Georgie Horrell, Alexander Matthews, Denise Newfield, Morag Styles, Celia van Druten
A Story to Tell
Redi Tlhabi (CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702) asks three women to share the stories of their lives, each extraordinary in its own way. With Ruth Carneson (Girl on the Edge), Pamela Nomvete (Dancing to the Beat of the Drum) and Maria Phalime (Postmortem: The doctor who walked away).with: Ruth Carneson, Pamela Nomvete, Maria Phalime, Redi Tlhabi
Recent high profile murder trials have thrown the spotlight on how crime is reported in the media. Taking a closer look, under the interrogation of John Webb, are journalist Jane Flanagan (UK MailOnline), forensic scientist David Klatzow, and social media lawyer Emma Sadleir.with: Jane Flanagan, David Klatzow, Emma Sadleir, John Webb
The Gangs of South Africa
From 18th century goldfields to 21st century Cape prisons: Charles van Onselen (Showdown at the Red Lion, The Fox & The Flies) and Jonny Steinberg (The Number) talk about the compelling histories and stories of South Africa’s gangsters.with: Jonny Steinberg, Charles van Onselen
R100 on the Road to Hope
Marianne Thamm (Here I Am) follows the quest for understanding and hope undertaken by Sonja Kruse (The uBuntu Girl) when she hit the roads of South Africa with a backpack, R100, her thumb, and a deep belief in the goodness of people.with: Sonja Kruse, Marianne Thamm
The Alchemy of Life and Literature
From the real to the imagined: book editor and publishing consultant Alison Lowry speaks to Christopher Hope (Jimfish) and Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say?) about the challenges of writing true-to-life stories.with: Christopher Hope, Alison Lowry, Rehana Rossouw
My Mother, Myself
SAfm broadcaster Nancy Richards speaks to award-winning literary biographer Lyndall Gordon (Divided Lives) about her memoir of life with her mother, and about her other works.with: Lyndall Gordon, Nancy Richards
Diane Awerbuck (Home Remedies) in conversation with writing partnership Michael Cope & Ken Barris (Sunderland) about the challenges and rewards of writing a book together.with: Diane Awerbuck, Ken Barris, Michael Cope
We Won’t Get No Education
Government’s controversial proposal to limit textbooks to one per subject has raised alarms across disciplines. Francis Wilson asks Arthur Attwell (Book Dash), Jonathan Jansen (How to Fix South African Schools) and MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, what the implications are.
It is with regret that we received a message on 6 May, informing us that Minister Debbie Schäfer will not be able to participate in this event.with: Arthur Attwell, Jonathan Jansen, Debbie Schäfer, Francis Wilson
Fear and Loathing in SA
What is a police state, and is South Africa becoming one? Ray Hartley (Ragged Glory) asks Jane Duncan (The Rise of the Securocrats), political risk consultant and author Fiona Forde (Still An Inconvenient Youth) and Moeletsi Mbeki (Advocates for Change).with: Jane Duncan, Fiona Forde, Ray Hartley, Moeletsi Mbeki
A History of Guilt
Esteemed Irish writer John Boyne has at last written a book set in that country. He tells Michele Magwood why he homes straight in on the dark side of the Catholic Church in his novel, A History of Loneliness.with: John Boyne, Michele Magwood
Going With the Flow
Books editor Elmari Rautenbach in conversation with author Marita van der Vyver (A Fountain in France), about her magical life abroad.with: Elmari Rautenbach, Marita van der Vyver
Justin Fox (The Impossible Five) searches the shelves of Belinda Bauer (The Facts of Life and Death), Imraan Coovadia (Tales of the Metric System) and Ivan Vladislavić (101 Detectives), seeking the books that have accompanied them through their lives, and asks what influence this reading has had on their writing.with: Belinda Bauer, Imraan Coovadia, Justin Fox, Ivan Vladislavić
Flavours of the Month
Whether it’s sustainable food choices, flourishing food markets, or French cooking classes, Donald Paul speaks to food aficionados Daisy Jones (Star Fish), Dianne Stewart (Market Food) and Marlene van der Westhuizen (Secrets of a French Cooking Class) about these trends, and what’s coming next.with: Daisy Jones, Dianne Stewart, Donald Paul, Marlene van der Westhuizen
You Write a Woman, You Write a Rock
Sue Grant-Marshall speaks to Carol Campbell (Esther’s House), Mamle Kabu and Futhi Ntshingila about writing powerful women characters: their inspiration, their characterisation, and whether you have to be a woman to create ‘real’ women.with: Carol Campbell, Sue Grant-Marshall, Mamle Kabu, Futhi Ntshingila
Jenny Crwys-Williams grills Andrew Brown (Solace), Deon Meyer (Cobra) and SAPS Major-General Jeremy Vearey about real policing vs fictional policing, whether writers have a responsibility to get it right, and what each side can learn from the other.with: Andrew Brown, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Deon Meyer, Jeremy Vearey
Because of a bullet a battle was caused. Or was it? Professor of modern military history at Kent University, Mark Connelly explores the the circumstances that led to the Boer War and World War 1, with Martin Bossenbroek (The Boer War), Tim Butcher (The Trigger), and fiction writer Nigel Fox (A Bullet in the Back).
The publisher of Martin Bossenbroek's The Boer War has informed us today, 13 May, that he won't be able to travel to South Africa for the festival as planned. We regret any inconvenience caused.with: Martin Bossenbroek, Tim Butcher, Mark Connelly, Nigel Fox
The Politics of Bling
Songezo Zibi (Raising the Bar) asks Anthea Jeffery (BEE: Helping or hurting?), journalist and author Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special) and Herman Mashaba (Black Like You) about the impact of ‘new money’ on the people who have earned it, those who have been given it, or those who have been left behind without it.with: Anthea Jeffery, Mongani Madondo, Herman Mashaba, Songezo Zibi
Here We Are
Journalist/author Marianne Thamm and music icon PJ Powers discuss the experience of writing a book together, PJ’s personal story – Here I Am.with: PJ Powers, Marianne Thamm
Coetzee by the Book
Hedley Twidle considers the work of JM Coetzee with two Coetzee experts, David Attwell (JM Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time) and Hermann Wittenberg (JM Coetzee – Two Screenplays).with: David Attwell, Hedley Twidle, Hermann Wittenberg
Words to Spare
A book is only as good as the words a writer chooses to use — or to leave out. Alison Lowry speaks to three writers whose words sing, paint, and speak their stories in extraordinary ways: Craig Higginson (The Dream House), Nthikeng Mohlele (Rusty Bell) and SJ Naudé (The Alphabet of Birds).
(17 March: We regret that due to ill health, Marguerite Poland, who was originally to appear in this event, has had to withdraw from the Festival this year.)with: Alison Lowry, Craig Higginson, Nthikeng Mohlele, SJ Naudé, Marguerite Poland
Prizing African Writing
Sunday Times books editor Ben Williams asks prize-winning authors Diane Awerbuck (Cabin Fever, Home Remedies), Helon Habila (Oil on Water, Granta Book of the African Short Story 2013 – editor) and Henrietta Rose-Innes (Green Lion) what literary prizes mean for African writers both on this continent and internationally.with: Diane Awerbuck, Helon Habila, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Ben Williams
Poetry: New Work
Alexander Matthews asks Louis Esterhuizen (Die afwesigheid van berge), Kerry Hammerton (The Weather Report), Danie Marais (Solank verlange die sweep swaai), and Charl-Pierre Naudé (Al die lieflike dade) to discuss and read from their new collections.with: Louis Esterhuizen, Kerry Hammerton, Danie Marais, Alexander Matthews, Charl-Pierre Naude
What Makes One an African?
Is being an African a question of race, culture or attitude? Richard Poplak (Just Julius) thrashes out the knotty questions with GG Alcock (Third World Child), Jonathan Jansen (Racism and Intimacy) and Moeletsi Mbeki (Advocates for Change).with: GG Alcock, Jonathan Jansen, Moeletsi Mbeki, Richard Poplak
Is the SA Healthcare Service Running a Fever?
Alarming reports indicate that our hospitals and clinics need intensive care. Mike Wills discusses what needs to be done, with Mark Heywood (SECTION27), Maria Phalime and Jonny Steinberg (Three-Letter Plague).with: Mark Heywood, Maria Phalime, Jonny Steinberg, Mike Wills
Victor Dlamini asks French writer Romain Puértolas (The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe), Jaco van Schalkwyk (The Alibi Club) and British author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), about the process each follows in creating and developing their characters.with: Victor Dlamini, Romain Puértolas, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Sarah Waters
A Family Matter
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers in conversation with Scottish writer Jackie Kay about the search for her birth parents, and Red Dust Road, her remarkable memoir recounting this quest.with: Jackie Kay, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
When Poets Write Prose
Finuala Dowling (The Fetch) and Beverly Rycroft (A Slim Green Silence) discuss how choice of genre affects everything, from the moment of inspiration to the way a book is received by its readers.with: Finuala Dowling, Beverly Rycroft
Roads Less Travelled
Africa Melane explores the paths followed by the characters in the latest books by Mandla Langa (The Texture of Shadows), Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo (Neuland), and Nkosinathi Sithole (Hunger Eats a Man).with: Mandla Langa, Africa Melane, Eshkol Nevo, Nkosinathi Sithole
Poetry: Poets and Their Day Jobs
Literary agent Isobel Dixon chats with Louis Esterhuizen (Protea Boekwinkel manager), book reviewer and blogger Karin Schimke, and Dan Wylie (English professor), about the impact their day jobs have on their poetry.with: Isobel Dixon, Louis Esterhuizen, Karin Schimke, Dan Wylie
17:30 Chris van Wyk … in His Own Words: a special tribute (Tickets R120)
Actor Kurt Egelhof will read a selection of poems and passages from the memoirs of Chris van Wyk, the much-loved author of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, in celebration of his life and work.with: Kurt Egelhof
The Sounds of Music
Marianne Thamm speaks to Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special), Hugh Masekela (Still Grazing – OP) and PJ Powers (Here I Am), about life in the music world, writing about it, or for it, and the power of words and music to change lives.with: Bongani Madondo, Hugh Masekela, PJ Powers, Marianne Thamm
This Land is Your Land, This Land is Mine
Richard Poplak quizzes two experts, Cherryl Walker (Land Divided, Land Restored) and Anthea Jeffery about the issues that are holding up land reform.with: Anthea Jeffery, Richard Poplak, Cherryl Walker,
One renegade operated in the criminal underworld, the other changed history. Bill Nasson (WW1 and the People of South Africa) asks Charles van Onselen (Showdown at the Red Lion) and Tim Butcher (The Trigger) about the worlds occupied by ‘One-armed Jack’ McLoughlin and the elusive Gavrilo Princip.with: Tim Butcher, Bill Nasson, Charles van Onselen
The Age of Activism
Jonathan Jansen engages with Glenn Moss (The New Radicals, about the anti-apartheid movement in the 1960s and '70s) and one of today’s most vehement radicals, Malaika wa Azania (Memoirs of a Born Free), about the issues that motivate student activism, then and now.with: Jonathan Jansen, Glenn Moss, Malaika wa Azania
John Maytham talks to Vernon Head (The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World) and Ian Sinclair (Birds of Southern Africa), about the birds and the – well, the birds.with: Vernon Head, John Maytham, Ian Sinclair
Take Their Word for It
Ben Williams talks to Jenny Hobbs (A Quotionary) about her collection of writers’ quotes (now published by Times Media as an e-book) and to Sunday Times word fundi, Sue de Groot about her reading of writers’ missteps and peculiarities.with: Sue de Groot, Jenny Hobbs, Ben Williams
Writing on Writers
Karina Szczurek (Invisible Others) asks Lyndall Gordon – award-winning biographer of Charlotte Brontë, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and others, and David Attwell (Face to Face with Time: JM Coetzee and the life of writing) about their own writing lives, and the process of researching their subjects.with: David Attwell, Lyndall Gordon, Karina Szczurek
Poetry: Generation Why?
Genna Gardini finds out from Jolyn Philips, Kyle Allan and Thabo Jijana the reasons millennials write poetry, and what they’re writing about.with: Kyle Allan, Genna Gardini, Thabo Jijana, Jolyn Philips
Best-selling crime novelist Deon Meyer (Cobra) interrogates forensic scientist David Klatzow (Justice Denied) and Judge Dennis Davis about the role forensics play in building a criminal case that sticks.with: Dennis Davis, David Klatzow, Deon Meyer
Is Freedom Just Another Word?
Where does freedom start and end for journalists, cartoonists, artists (and novelists), and do they self-censor? Eusebius McKaiser puts these questions, and more, to journalist/novelist Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say?), Mike van Graan (African Arts Institute), and cartoonist Zapiro (Democrazy).with: Eusebius McKaiser, Rehana Rossouw, Mike van Graan, Zapiro
The Straight Gaze
A century ago, stringent laws and social mores restricted writers to writing for the ‘straight gaze’, reflecting the lives of gay characters obliquely, or not at all. Rebecca Davis asks John Boyne, Damon Galgut (Arctic Summer) and Sarah Waters what has changed.with: John Boyne, Rebecca Davis, Damon Galgut, Sarah Waters
When Less Is More
Four masters of the short story gather to talk about the art and craft of the form. Ivan Vladislavić leads the discussion with Helon Habila, Jackie Kay (Reality, Reality), and SJ Naudé.with: Helon Habila, Jackie Kay, SJ Naudé, Ivan Vladislavić
Inside out: Writing South Africa
Writing South African fiction, whether from inside the country or elsewhere, is fraught with literary and political sensitivities. Michele Magwood asks Craig Higginson (The Dream House) and Christopher Hope how carefully they tread without sacrificing story.with: Craig Higginson, Christopher Hope, Michele Magwood
John Maytham talks to Finuala Dowling about her vivid new novel, The Fetch.with: Finuala Dowling, John Maytham
Memoirs require authors to delve into their past in ways that may be difficult, illuminating, or comforting. Alison Lowry asks Mark Gevisser (Lost and Found in Johannesburg) and Thabo Jijana (Nobody’s Business) to recall how they went about it.
We regret to announce that Zelda la Grange has informed us she has to withdraw from her events at the FLF in May for personal reasons that prevent her from travelling at that time.with: Mark Gevisser, Thabo Jijana, Alison Lowry
Poetry: Publishing Poems
Alexander Matthews explores where and how poetry is being published in South Africa, with Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books), Linda Kaoma (Badalisha X-Change) and Nick Mulgrew (uHlanga/Prufrock).with: Colleen Higgs, Linda Kaoma, Alexander Matthews, Nick Mulgrew
What does South Africa need to do to weather the economic storms? Francis Wilson asks Moeletsi Mbeki (Gridlock), Greg Mills (Why States Recover) and Songezo Zibi (Raising the Bar: Hope and renewal in South Africa).with: Greg Mills, Moeletsi Mbeki, Francis Wilson, Songezo Zibi
How Intelligent (or not) Are Racists?
Gavin Evans (Black Brain, White Brain) and Jonathan Jansen (Racism and Intimacy) discuss the intriguing findings of their research into the science and sociology of racism.with: Gavin Evans, Jonathan Jansen
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Victor Dlamini asks Darrel Bristow-Bovey (One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo), Eshkol Nevo and Damon Galgut if memoir is more effective than fiction when it comes to making sense of oneself.
(17 March: We regret that due to ill health, Marguerite Poland, who was originally to appear in this event, has had to withdraw from the Festival this year.)with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Victor Dlamini, Damon Galgut, Eshkol Nevo
Poetry: In Conversation…
Antjie Krog tells Alexander Matthews about her new collection, Synapse, and reads poems from it.with: Antje Krog, Alexander Matthews
Telling Tales or Tub-thumping?
Palesa Morudu from Cover2Cover Books, considers whether social issues have a place in storytelling, and asks Karin Brynard (Weeping Waters), Carol Campbell and Olivier Truc how they avoid using their novels as soap boxes.with: Karin Brynard, Carol Campbell, Palesa Morudu, Olivier Truc
Hello World, Africa Here
How do African writers make their mark on the international market? Harry Garuba discusses the challenges faced by Ekow Duker, Masande Ntshanga (The Reactive) and Henrietta Rose-Innes.with: Ekow Duker, Harry Garuba, Masande Ntshanga, Henrietta Rose-Innes
Dennis Davis asks Fiona Forde, Richard Poplak and Juju’s former political buddy Kenny Kunene (whose book about his experiences in the EFF is imminent, we've heard), how we solve an enigma named Malema.with: Dennis Davis, Fiona Forde, Kenny Kunene, Richard Poplak
When Twitter Bites
Reputations can be ruined by one impulsive tweet. Tom Eaton (An Unauthorised History of South Africa) asks prolific tweeter Rebecca Davis and social media law expert Emma Sadleir how to avoid ignominy on social media.with: Rebecca Davis, Tom Eaton, Emma Sadleir
The Price We Paid
Bill Nasson considers how wars in the first quarter of the 20th century shaped South Africans, with Martin Bossenbroek (The Boer War), Tim Couzens (South African Battles, The Great Silence), and Trevor Emslie (The Great Boer Escape).
The publisher of Martin Bossenbroek's The Boer War has informed us today, 13 May, that he won't be able to travel to South Africa for the festival as planned. We regret any inconvenience caused.with: Martin Bossenbroek, Tim Couzens, Trevor Emslie, Bill Nasson
Writing in Tongues
For bi- or multilingual writers, choosing the language to write and publish in is influenced by many factors, from commercial considerations and political pressure, to emotional resonance. Hedley Twidle discusses the motivations behind the decisions of SJ Naudé, Futhi Ntshingila and Marita van der Vyver.with: SJ Naudé, Futhi Ntshingila, Hedley Twidle, Marita van der Vyver
The Strings to Their Bows
Apart from writing novels, Craig Higginson, Nthikeng Mohlele and Jaco van Schalkwyk are actively engaged in other arts activities. Nancy Richards finds out what they do in their ‘other’ time, and how this influences the books they write.with: Craig Higginson, Nthikeng Mohlele, Nancy Richards, Jaco van Schalkwyk
Living in the Public Eye
Staying on track when your life is lived in the limelight is an almost impossible task. Pamela Nomvete and PJ Powers tell Africa Melane how they have survived the scrutiny.
We regret to announce that Zelda la Grange has informed us she has to withdraw from her events at the FLF in May for personal reasons that prevent her from travelling at that time.with: Africa Melane, Pamela Nomvete, PJ Powers
Poetry: It’s All Relative
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, along with Joan Metelerkamp (Now the World Takes These Breaths), Beverly Rycroft (missing) and Nathan Trantraal (Chokers en survivors) chat about rendering their family in poetry.with: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Joan Meterlerkamp, Beverly Rycroft, Nathan Trantraal
Up Close and Personal
It takes great skill, sensitivity, and insight to get close to the heart of a human subject. Mike Wills speaks to three extraordinary writers, Tim Butcher (The Trigger), Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (A Human Being Died that Night) and Jonny Steinberg (A Man of Good Hope) about how they achieved this for these books.with: Tim Butcher, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Jonny Steinberg, Mike Wills
Bread Baskets or Basket Cases?
Ray Hartley asks Jane Duncan, Greg Mills and Songezo Zibi whether the majority of African states can fairly be dismissed as lost causes. And, if not, what has saved them?with: Jane Duncan, Ray Hartley, Greg Mills, Songezo Zibi
What a Plot I’ve Got!
Michele Magwood asks Belinda Bauer, Karin Brynard and Franck Thilliez how they plot and plan the structure of their novels.with: Belinda Bauer, Karin Brynard, Michele Magwood, Franck Thilliez
Dorothy Driver (From Man to Man, Or Perhaps Only) and Lyndall Gordon talk about their mutual interest in Olive Schreiner, and about their own past, current and future works.with: Dorothy Driver, Lyndall Gordon
Colouring in the Lines
Victor Dlamini asks Mamle Kabu, Jackie Kay and Thando Mgqolozana whether, as black writers, it’s possible to ‘just write’, or if they can’t escape the politics and language of writing for what Toni Morrison has described as the ‘white gaze’.with: Victor Dlamini, Mamle Kabu, Jackie Kay, Thando Mgqolozana
What’s in a Title?
An entire story can be encapsulated in a title. Sue Grant-Marshall finds out more from John Hunt (The Space Between the Space Between), Romain Puértolas (The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe) and Nkosinathi Sithole (Hunger Eats a Man).with: John Hunt, Sue Grant-Marshall, Romain Puértolas, Nkosinathi Sithole
Poetry: On Page and On Stage
Alexander Matthews explores the contrasts, divisions, and connections between performed and published poetry in South Africa, with Adrian 'Diff' van Wyk, Denise Newfield and Genna Gardini.with: Genna Gardini, Alexander Matthews, Denise Newfield, Adrian 'Diff' van Wyk
17:30 A Weekend Special
Inimitable broadcaster Shado Twala, using words, music, images and videos, takes author Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special editor) on a rock ’n roll biographical journey through the life and music of Brenda Fassie.with: Bongani Madondo, Shado Twala
John Maytham presents an evening of literary critical bloopers, spats and miscarriages of justice – the books that reviewers and judges got hopelessly wrong; sour reviews; internecine fights between authors and between authors and critics; literary depictions of authors in despair... Collated by Finuala Dowling.with: John Maytham
Can the ANC be Mended?
After a tumultuous year for the governing party, Anthony Butler (Remaking the ANC) will lead, and be part of, a discussion with Anthea Jeffery and Moeletsi Mbeki on whether the ANC is permanently damaged.
Please note: Ray Hartley, who was to chair this panel, has had to withdraw. He will still chair the other events scheduled for him on Friday  and Saturday .with: Anthony Butler, Anthea Jeffery, Moeletsi Mbeki
Is Anger Underrated?
Eusebius McKaiser, with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Thando Mgqolozana and Marianne Thamm, considers the role of anger in our social lives and literature. Does anger have moral purpose? Are we an irredeemably angry nation? Or should we just stop being so pissed off all the time?with: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Eusebius McKaiser, Thando Mgqolozana, Marianne Thamm
Brothers in Crime
Jenny Crwys-Williams scrutinises the lives and works of crime writers Deon Meyer, Franck Thilliez and Olivier Truc.with: Jenny Crwys-Williams, Deon Meyer, Franck Thilliez, Olivier Truc
‘The middle-class woman began to write’
Finuala Dowling, Dorothy Driver and Lyndall Gordon discuss what Virginia Woolf meant when she declared that the emergence of women writers in the 18th century was ‘of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses’.with: Finuala Dowling, Dorothy Driver, Lyndall Gordon
The Global Audience
When authors look for international readers, adapting how and what they write is inevitable. Or is it? asks Karina Szczurek of Damon Galgut, SJ Naudé, and Ivan Vladislavić.with: Damon Galgut, SJ Naudé, Karina Szczurek, Ivan Vladislavić
How easy is it to write from the point of view of the ‘other’ – be they of another gender, race or class? Victor Dlamini looks for the lines in the sand that are crossed, or respected, by Carol Campbell, Helon Habila and Craig Higginson.with: Carol Campbell, Victor Dlamini, Helon Habila, Craig Higginson
Poetry: After Class
Denise Newfield chats to Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Joan Metelerkamp and Wendy Woodward (A Saving Bannister) about the ways teaching, or being taught, creative writing has influenced their poetry.with: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Joan Metelerkamp, Denise Newfield, Wendy Woodward
Race: Nature or Nurture?
As South Africans continue to grapple with the issue of race 20 years into our democracy, Francis Wilson asks GG Alcock, Gavin Evans and Jonathan Jansen to share their knowledge and understanding of exactly what race is.with: GG Alcock, Gavin Evans, Jonathan Jansen, Francis Wilson
Through a Fictional Prism
Narrative non fiction writers enjoy special status on South African bestseller lists. Hedley Twidle considers the chosen forms of Tim Butcher, Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg, and asks them how they have honed their craft.with: Tim Butcher, Mark Gevisser, Jonny Steinberg, Hedley Twidle
The Inaugural André Brink Memorial Lecture
Karina Szczurek welcomes you to the first in an annual series of lectures in honour of her late husband, André Brink, and will introduce Harry Garuba (UCT Centre for African Studies and English Department). He will consider the ways in which the so-called 'minor' literatures get onto the world literary stage, and how they are read, appropriated, and canonised: in short, the ways they become world literature.with: Harry Garuba, Karina Szczurek
The Tale Is in the Telling
Mandla Langa muses about friendship, music, books and writing with his friends, the author and journalist Bongani Madondo and music maestro Hugh Masekela.with: Bongani Madondo, Mandla Langa, Hugh Masekela
Writing Head Space
Does writing require a special space, be it in the head or the home, for creativity to flourish? Michele Magwood peeks into the minds of Rehana Rossouw, Beverly Rycroft and Jaco van Schalkwyk to find out where and how they work best.
(17 March: We regret that due to ill health, Marguerite Poland, who was originally to appear in this event, has had to withdraw from the Festival this year.)with: Michele Magwood, Rehana Rossouw, Beverly Rycroft, Jaco van Schalkwyk
Tom Eaton asks Belinda Bauer, Romain Puértolas and Sarah Waters about the problems of writing to expectations in their chosen genres – whether of their readers or publishers. Do they cut their cloth to suit requirements, or go their own ways, regardless?with: Belinda Bauer, Tom Eaton, Romain Puértolas, Sarah Waters
Refusing to temper their tongues, Rebecca Davis, Zethu Matebeni (Reclaiming Afrikan) and Malaika wa Azania tell Marianne Thamm why they will not back down when it comes to expressing their opinions.with: Rebecca Davis, Zethu Matebeni, Marianne Thamm, Malaika wa Azania
Poetry: Ecological Urgency
Wendy Woodward leads a discussion with Ian McCallum (Untamed) and Dan Wylie about using poetry to convey nature and its crises.with: Ian McCallum, Wendy Woodward, Dan Wylie
A Sketch in Time
In this illustrated talk, writer Mike Wills and cartoonist Zapiro look back on two decades of life and politics in South Africa, as recorded in Democrazy.with: Mike Wills, Zapiro
Throwing the Bones
What does the future hold for our troubled country, politically, economically and creatively? Redi Tlhabi asks Jane Duncan, Valmont Layne (Arterial Network South Africa) and Greg Mills to speculate.
Mike van Graan, who was to appear on this panel, is no longer able to be present on Sunday.with: Jane Duncan, Greg Mills, Redi Tlhabi
Elephants in the Room
When contentious issues are made the subject of fiction, must writers tread sensitively? Victor Dlamini asks John Boyne, Mandla Langa and Eshkol Nevo about the considerations they made before embarking on their latest books.with: John Boyne, Victor Dlamini, Mandla Langa, Eshkol Nevo
The Art of Crafting Commentary
Political opinions are ten a penny in SA media, but writing commentary that is original, insightful and a delight to read is not so easy. Four of the best, Rebecca Davis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Tom Eaton and Richard Poplak, chat about what it takes to do what they do.with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Rebecca Davis, Tom Eaton, Richard Poplak
Peculiar circumstances elicit peculiar tales, and war is the most peculiar of circumstances. Tim Couzens asks Dean Allen (Empire, War & Cricket) and Bill Nasson about the stories they have gleaned, and contributes some of his own.with: Dean Allen, Tim Couzens, Bill Nasson
Finding Your Voice
The director of the UCT Creative Writing Programme, Imraan Coovadia, speaks to Thando Mgqolozana, Nthikeng Mohlele and Alexandra van Tonder (This One Time) about their decision to start writing, how they found their voices (or deliberately resist writing in only one voice), and what it took to get published.with: Imraan Coovadia, Thando Mgqolozana, Nthikeng Mohlele, Alexandra van Tonder
Cookbooks and Crook Books
Recipe books and true crime stories have dominated book sales in recent years. Author Ron Irwin (Flat Water Tuesday) quizzes publishers Fourie Botha (Penguin Random House), Libby Doyle (Quivertree) and Ingeborg Pelser (Jonathan Ball Publishers) about upcoming trends in fiction and non fiction publishing.with: Fourie Botha, Libby Doyle, Ron Irwin, Ingeborg Pelser