19, 20, 21 May 2017
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ARCHIVE 2015 : AUDIO

[1] Wielding Words (16 MB)
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Wielding Words

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
[2] Beware: Social Media Ahead (17 MB)
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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
[3] Who Likes what Teens Read? (28 MB)
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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
[4] Trade Secrets (15 MB)
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Trade Secrets

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
[5] Just do it… (18 MB)
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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
[6] The Joy & Job of Literature (16 MB)
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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
[7] ‘A Hundred Books by the Age of Five’ (17.5 MB)
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‘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
[8] Poetry: Reading to Remember (30 MB)
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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
[10] A Story to Tell (35 MB)
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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
[11] Reporting Murder (34 MB)
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Reporting Murder

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
[13] The Gangs of South Africa (35 MB)
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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
[14] R100 on the Road to Hope (32 MB)
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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
[15] The Alchemy of Life and Literature (33 MB)
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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
[16] My Mother, Myself (40 MB)
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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
[17] Load-sharing (32 MB)
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Load-sharing

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
[19] We Won’t Get No Education (37 MB)
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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
[20] Fear and Loathing in SA (38 MB)
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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
[21] A History of Guilt (33 MB)
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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
[22] Going With the Flow (33 MB)
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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
[23] Writers’ Libraries (27 MB)
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Writers’ Libraries

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
[24] Flavours of the Month (37 MB)
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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
[25] You Write a Woman, You Write a Rock (36 MB)
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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
[26] Crime Watch (34 MB)
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Crime Watch

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
[27] War Triggers (36 MB)
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War Triggers

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
[28] The Politics of Bling (5 MB)
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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
[29] Here We Are (30 MB)
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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
[30] Coetzee by the Book (31 MB)
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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
[31] Words to Spare (35 MB)
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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
[32] Prizing African Writing (35 MB)
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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
[33] Poetry: New Work (35 MB)
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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
[36] What Makes One an African? (36 MB)
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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
[37] Is the SA Healthcare Service Running a Fever? (27 MB)
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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
[39] Building Character (28 MB)
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Building Character

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
[40] A Family Matter (29 MB)
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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
[41] When Poets Write Prose (27 MB)
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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
[42] Roads Less Travelled (36 MB)
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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
[43] Poetry: Poets and Their Day Jobs (30 MB)
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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
[45] 17:30 Chris van Wyk … in His Own Words: a special tribute (Tickets R120) (35 MB)
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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
[46] The Sounds of Music (26 MB)
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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
[47] This Land is Your Land, This Land is Mine (33 MB)
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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,
[48] Bad Men (90 MB)
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Bad Men

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
[49] The Age of Activism (35 MB)
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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
[50] Winging It (32 MB)
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Winging It

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
[51] Take Their Word for It (37 MB)
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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
[52] Writing on Writers (28 MB)
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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
[53] Poetry: Generation Why? (29 MB)
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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
[56] Gathering Evidence (35 MB)
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Gathering Evidence

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
[57] Is Freedom Just Another Word? (38 MB)
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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
[58] The Straight Gaze (85 MB)
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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
[59] When Less Is More (30 MB)
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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
[60] Inside out: Writing South Africa (30 MB)
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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
[61] In Conversation... (26 MB)
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In Conversation...

John Maytham talks to Finuala Dowling about her vivid new novel, The Fetch.

with: Finuala Dowling, John Maytham
[62] Accessing Memories (30 MB)
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Accessing Memories

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
[63] Poetry: Publishing Poems (16 mB)
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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
[65] Economic Imperatives (28 MB)
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Economic Imperatives

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
[66] How Intelligent (or not) Are Racists? (27 MB)
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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
[68] Wherever You Go, There You Are (27 MB)
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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
[69] Poetry: In Conversation… (29 MB)
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Poetry: In Conversation…

Antjie Krog tells Alexander Matthews about her new collection, Synapse, and reads poems from it.

with: Antje Krog, Alexander Matthews
[70] Telling Tales or Tub-thumping? (28 MB)
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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
[71] Hello World, Africa Here (30 MB)
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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
[74] Just Julius (29 MB)
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Just Julius

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
[75] When Twitter Bites (30 MB)
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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
[77] The Price We Paid (26 MB)
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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
[78] Writing in Tongues (28 MB)
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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
[79] The Strings to Their Bows (27 MB)
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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
[80] Living in the Public Eye (29 MB)
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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
[81] Poetry: It’s All Relative (30 MB)
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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
[83] Up Close and Personal (28 MB)
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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
[84] Bread Baskets or Basket Cases? (30 MB)
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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
[86] What a Plot I’ve Got! (27 MB)
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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
[87] In Conversation... (30 MB)
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In Conversation...

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
[88] Colouring in the Lines (32 MB)
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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
[89] What’s in a Title? (27 MB)
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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
[90] Poetry: On Page and On Stage (27 MB)
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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
[92] 17:30 A Weekend Special (30 MB)
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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
[93] 17:30 Crritic! (26 MB)
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17:30 Crritic!

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
[95] Can the ANC be Mended? (28 MB)
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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 [20] and Saturday [84].

with: Anthony Butler, Anthea Jeffery, Moeletsi Mbeki
[96] Is Anger Underrated? (30 MB)
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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
[97] Brothers in Crime (26 MB)
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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
[98] ‘The middle-class woman began to write’ (29 MB)
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‘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
[99] The Global Audience (29 MB)
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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
[100] Drawing Lines (30 MB)
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Drawing Lines

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
[101] Poetry: After Class (31 MB)
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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
[103] Race: Nature or Nurture? (28 MB)
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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
[104] Through a Fictional Prism (30 MB)
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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
[105] The Inaugural André Brink Memorial Lecture (86 MB)
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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
[106] The Tale Is in the Telling (30 MB)
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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
[107] Writing Head Space (30 MB)
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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
[108] Subverting Genre (30 MB)
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Subverting Genre

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
[109] Rattling Cages (33 MB)
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Rattling Cages

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
[110] Poetry: Ecological Urgency (32 MB)
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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
[112] A Sketch in Time (28 MB)
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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
[113] Throwing the Bones (30 MB)
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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
[114] Elephants in the Room (59 MB)
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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
[115] The Art of Crafting Commentary (28 MB)
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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
[116] War Stories (30 MB)
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War Stories

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
[117] Finding Your Voice (30 MB)
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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
[118] Cookbooks and Crook Books (13 MB)
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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
[119] Poetry: Focus on Jackie Kay (29 MB)
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Poetry: Focus on Jackie Kay

Finuala Dowling (Notes from the Dementia Ward) chats to the acclaimed Scottish poet and novelist Jackie Kay (Fiere) about the key themes of her poems, and asks her to share a few.

with: Finuala Dowling, Jackie Kay


ARCHIVE 2015 : PROGRAMME

New School Hall
[1] Wielding Words
with: John Boyne, Chris Bradford, Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[1] Wielding Words

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Superzero) discusses words and swords with John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and Chris Bradford (Bodyguard & Young Samurai series).

Old School Hall
[2] Beware: Social Media Ahead
with: Rebecca Davis, Emma Sadleir

[2] Beware: Social Media Ahead

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[3] Who Likes what Teens Read?
with: Edyth Bulbring, Mamle Kabu, Zimkhitha Mlanzeni, Samantha Page, SA Partridge

[3] Who Likes what Teens Read?

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[4] Trade Secrets
with: John Maytham, Andrew Brown, Franck Thilliez, Olivier Truc

[4] Trade Secrets

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

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).

Council Chamber
[5] Just do it…
with: Máire Fisher, Rosamund Haden, Palesa Morudu, Nkosinathi Sithole

[5] Just do it…

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

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).

Hospice Hall
[6] The Joy & Job of Literature
with: Ekow Duker, Futhi Ntshingila, Elaine Proctor, Karin Schimke

[6] The Joy & Job of Literature

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

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?

Protea Hotel 1
[7] ‘A Hundred Books by the Age of Five’
with: Arthur Attwell, Noshipo Mabaso, Smangele Mathebula, Nic Spaull

[7] ‘A Hundred Books by the Age of Five’

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[8] Poetry: Reading to Remember
with: Georgie Horrell, Alexander Matthews, Denise Newfield, Morag Styles, Celia van Druten

[8] Poetry: Reading to Remember

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

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).

Screening Room
[9] Documentary: Miners Shot Down (1) (Tickets: R100)
with: Terry Bell, Zivia Desai Keiper

[9] Documentary: Miners Shot Down (1) (Tickets: R100)

Friday, 15 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
Screening Room

Terry Bell (The Human Rights Media Trust) and Zivia Desai Keiper (Uhuru Productions) host screenings of the award-winning documentary of the story behind the Marikana killings. A discussion will follow each screening.

New School Hall
[10] A Story to Tell
with: Ruth Carneson, Pamela Nomvete, Maria Phalime, Redi Tlhabi

[10] A Story to Tell

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

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).

Old School Hall
[11] Reporting Murder
with: Jane Flanagan, David Klatzow, Emma Sadleir, John Webb

[11] Reporting Murder

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[12] Poetry for Life Competition Finals

[12] Poetry for Life Competition Finals

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Finuala Dowling (host) and judges Jackie Kay, John Maytham, Morag Styles, Nathan Trantraal, and Celia van Druten (accuracy), oversee the finals in this high school competition,  which was launched to encourage the learning of poetry by heart.

Congregational Church
[13] The Gangs of South Africa
with: Jonny Steinberg, Charles van Onselen

[13] The Gangs of South Africa

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[14] R100 on the Road to Hope
with: Sonja Kruse, Marianne Thamm

[14] R100 on the Road to Hope

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[15] The Alchemy of Life and Literature
with: Christopher Hope, Alison Lowry, Rehana Rossouw

[15] The Alchemy of Life and Literature

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[16] My Mother, Myself
with: Lyndall Gordon, Nancy Richards

[16] My Mother, Myself

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[17] Load-sharing
with: Diane Awerbuck, Ken Barris, Michael Cope

[17] Load-sharing

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 2

Diane Awerbuck (Home Remedies) in conversation with writing partnership Michael Cope & Ken Barris (Sunderland) about the challenges and rewards of writing a book together.

Screening Room
[18] NOTE: STARTS 12:30 Documentary: Miners Shot Down (2) (Tickets: R100) - Repeat
with: Terry Bell, Zivia Desai Keiper

[18] NOTE: STARTS 12:30 Documentary: Miners Shot Down (2) (Tickets: R100) - Repeat

Friday, 15 May
11:30:00
14:30:00
Screening Room

Terry Bell (The Human Rights Media Trust) and Zivia Desai Keiper (Uhuru Productions) host the award-winning documentary screenings of the story behind the Marikana killings. A discussion will follow each screening.

New School Hall
[19] We Won’t Get No Education
with: Arthur Attwell, Jonathan Jansen, Debbie Schäfer, Francis Wilson

[19] We Won’t Get No Education

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[20] Fear and Loathing in SA
with: Jane Duncan, Fiona Forde, Ray Hartley, Moeletsi Mbeki

[20] Fear and Loathing in SA

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

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).

Congregational Church
[21] A History of Guilt
with: John Boyne, Michele Magwood

[21] A History of Guilt

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[22] Going With the Flow
with: Elmari Rautenbach, Marita van der Vyver

[22] Going With the Flow

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Books editor Elmari Rautenbach in conversation with author Marita van der Vyver (A Fountain in France), about her magical life abroad.

Hospice Hall
[23] Writers’ Libraries
with: Belinda Bauer, Imraan Coovadia, Justin Fox, Ivan Vladislavić

[23] Writers’ Libraries

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[24] Flavours of the Month
with: Daisy Jones, Dianne Stewart, Donald Paul, Marlene van der Westhuizen

[24] Flavours of the Month

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[25] You Write a Woman, You Write a Rock
with: Carol Campbell, Sue Grant-Marshall, Mamle Kabu, Futhi Ntshingila

[25] You Write a Woman, You Write a Rock

Friday, 15 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.   

New School Hall
[26] Crime Watch
with: Andrew Brown, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Deon Meyer, Jeremy Vearey

[26] Crime Watch

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[27] War Triggers
with: Martin Bossenbroek, Tim Butcher, Mark Connelly, Nigel Fox

[27] War Triggers

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[28] The Politics of Bling
with: Anthea Jeffery, Mongani Madondo, Herman Mashaba, Songezo Zibi

[28] The Politics of Bling

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[29] Here We Are
with: PJ Powers, Marianne Thamm

[29] Here We Are

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

Journalist/author Marianne Thamm and music icon PJ Powers discuss the experience of writing a book together, PJ’s personal story – Here I Am.

Council Chamber
[30] Coetzee by the Book
with: David Attwell, Hedley Twidle, Hermann Wittenberg

[30] Coetzee by the Book

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

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).

Hospice Hall
[31] Words to Spare
with: Alison Lowry, Craig Higginson, Nthikeng Mohlele, SJ Naudé, Marguerite Poland

[31] Words to Spare

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

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.)

Protea Hotel 1
[32] Prizing African Writing
with: Diane Awerbuck, Helon Habila, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Ben Williams

[32] Prizing African Writing

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[33] Poetry: New Work
with: Louis Esterhuizen, Kerry Hammerton, Danie Marais, Alexander Matthews, Charl-Pierre Naude

[33] Poetry: New Work

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.

Franschhoek Library
[34] Life-writing Masterclass (tickets R120; 2 hours)
with: Lyndall Gordon

[34] Life-writing Masterclass (tickets R120; 2 hours)

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
16:30:00
Franschhoek Library

Intrigued by the possibilities and challenges of life writing? This masterclass, presented by literary biographer and memoirist Lyndall Gordon, will deliberate on the choice of subject, research and technique, and the different approaches to the subject. Space is limited.

Screening Room
[35] NOTE: STARTS 15:00 Documentary: Miners Shot Down (3) (tickets R100, 2 hours)
with: Terry Bell, Zivia Desai Keiper

[35] NOTE: STARTS 15:00 Documentary: Miners Shot Down (3) (tickets R100, 2 hours)

Friday, 15 May
14:30:00
17:00:00
Screening Room

Terry Bell (The Human Rights Media Trust) and Zivia Desai Keiper (Uhuru Productions) host the award-winning documentary screenings of the story behind the Marikana killings. A discussion will follow each screening.
 

New School Hall
[36] What Makes One an African?
with: GG Alcock, Jonathan Jansen, Moeletsi Mbeki, Richard Poplak

[36] What Makes One an African?

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

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).

Old School Hall
[37] Is the SA Healthcare Service Running a Fever?
with: Mark Heywood, Maria Phalime, Jonny Steinberg, Mike Wills

[37] Is the SA Healthcare Service Running a Fever?

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

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).

Church Hall
[38] Animals’ Lives Matter
with: Justin Fox, John Hanks, Gareth Patterson, Don Pinnock

[38] Animals’ Lives Matter

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Church Hall

Don Pinnock leads a discussion with Justin Fox (The Impossible Five), John Hanks (Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching) and Gareth Patterson (My Lion’s Heart) about why animals’ rights can’t be separated from human rights.

Congregational Church
[39] Building Character
with: Victor Dlamini, Romain Puértolas, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Sarah Waters

[39] Building Character

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[40] A Family Matter
with: Jackie Kay, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

[40] A Family Matter

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[41] When Poets Write Prose
with: Finuala Dowling, Beverly Rycroft

[41] When Poets Write Prose

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[42] Roads Less Travelled
with: Mandla Langa, Africa Melane, Eshkol Nevo, Nkosinathi Sithole

[42] Roads Less Travelled

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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).

Protea Hotel 2
[43] Poetry: Poets and Their Day Jobs
with: Isobel Dixon, Louis Esterhuizen, Karin Schimke, Dan Wylie

[43] Poetry: Poets and Their Day Jobs

Friday, 15 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.

Church Hall
[44] 17:30 Here I Am (Tickets R120)
with: PJ Powers

[44] 17:30 Here I Am (Tickets R120)

Friday, 15 May
17:30:00
18:40:00
Church Hall

PJ Powers brings her story, Here I Am, to life though anecdotes and songs sung in her inimitable way. The show will inspire you, make you laugh, and perhaps make you cry.

Congregational Church
[45] 17:30 Chris van Wyk … in His Own Words: a special tribute (Tickets R120)
with: Kurt Egelhof

[45] 17:30 Chris van Wyk … in His Own Words: a special tribute (Tickets R120)

Friday, 15 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Essence Restaurant
17:30 Poetry at Essence (free entry)
with: Festival poets and others

17:30 Poetry at Essence (free entry)

Friday, 15 May
17:30:00
19:30:00
Essence Restaurant

Poets appearing on the FLF poetry programme, as well as other featured voices, read from their work, at Essence Restaurant. Bar and dining menu available.

NG Church
19:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (1) Evening Recital for Violin and Piano (R100, pay at the door)
with: Christopher Duigan, Joanna Frankel

19:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (1) Evening Recital for Violin and Piano (R100, pay at the door)

Friday, 15 May
17:30:00
20:10:00
NG Church

International concert violinist Joanna Frankel plays a celebratory programme of music by Elgar, Gershwin, and Ravel, in an evening recital with Christopher Duigan (piano). (70 minutes)

(R100, pay at the door), or book directly through Webtickets (not on FLF booking page).

Allora Restaurant
19:30 Sunday Times Readers’ Dinner at Allora
with: John Boyne, Hugh Masekela, PJ Powers, Shado Twala, Sarah Waters

19:30 Sunday Times Readers’ Dinner at Allora

Friday, 15 May
17:30:00
00:00:00
Allora Restaurant

The Sunday Times hosts a literary evening with headline authors John Boyne, Sarah Waters, and special guests Hugh Masekela, PJ Powers and Shado Twala. Enjoy a four-course meal, accompanied by Porcupine Ridge wines. Cost R650 per head.

To book: email chemalyv@sundaytimes.co.za.

New School Hall
[46] The Sounds of Music
with: Bongani Madondo, Hugh Masekela, PJ Powers, Marianne Thamm

[46] The Sounds of Music

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[47] This Land is Your Land, This Land is Mine
with: Anthea Jeffery, Richard Poplak, Cherryl Walker,

[47] This Land is Your Land, This Land is Mine

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Richard Poplak quizzes two experts, Cherryl Walker (Land Divided, Land Restored) and Anthea Jeffery about the issues that are holding up land reform.

Church Hall
[48] Bad Men
with: Tim Butcher, Bill Nasson, Charles van Onselen

[48] Bad Men

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[49] The Age of Activism
with: Jonathan Jansen, Glenn Moss, Malaika wa Azania

[49] The Age of Activism

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[50] Winging It
with: Vernon Head, John Maytham, Ian Sinclair

[50] Winging It

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

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.   

Hospice Hall
[51] Take Their Word for It
with: Sue de Groot, Jenny Hobbs, Ben Williams

[51] Take Their Word for It

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[52] Writing on Writers
with: David Attwell, Lyndall Gordon, Karina Szczurek

[52] Writing on Writers

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[53] Poetry: Generation Why?
with: Kyle Allan, Genna Gardini, Thabo Jijana, Jolyn Philips

[53] Poetry: Generation Why?

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

Genna Gardini finds out from Jolyn Philips, Kyle Allan and Thabo Jijana the reasons millennials write poetry, and what they’re writing about.

Screening Room
[54] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (1) - 75 minutes
with: Chris Nicklin, Marion Edmunds

[54] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (1) - 75 minutes

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
11:15:00
Screening Room

Chris Nicklin and Marion Edmunds (Sabido Films) present a documentary about a quest to bring home the bones of more than 600 South Africans who drowned when their troopship sank during World War 1.

Franschhoek Library
[55] Food-writing Workshop (2 hours, R120)
with: Gwynne Conlyn

[55] Food-writing Workshop (2 hours, R120)

Saturday, 16 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
Franschhoek Library

The rise of TV celebrity chefs and cooking means more people are interested in food and food writing. Award-winning writer and broadcaster Gwynne Conlyn offers an entrée into the essential ingredients for writing blogs, cookbooks, and features, as well as getting published and promoting yourself.

New School Hall
[56] Gathering Evidence
with: Dennis Davis, David Klatzow, Deon Meyer

[56] Gathering Evidence

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[57] Is Freedom Just Another Word?
with: Eusebius McKaiser, Rehana Rossouw, Mike van Graan, Zapiro

[57] Is Freedom Just Another Word?

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

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).

Church Hall
[58] The Straight Gaze
with: John Boyne, Rebecca Davis, Damon Galgut, Sarah Waters

[58] The Straight Gaze

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[59] When Less Is More
with: Helon Habila, Jackie Kay, SJ Naudé, Ivan Vladislavić

[59] When Less Is More

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[60] Inside out: Writing South Africa
with: Craig Higginson, Christopher Hope, Michele Magwood

[60] Inside out: Writing South Africa

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[61] In Conversation...
with: Finuala Dowling, John Maytham

[61] In Conversation...

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

John Maytham talks to Finuala Dowling about her vivid new novel, The Fetch.

Protea Hotel 1
[62] Accessing Memories
with: Mark Gevisser, Thabo Jijana, Alison Lowry

[62] Accessing Memories

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[63] Poetry: Publishing Poems
with: Colleen Higgs, Linda Kaoma, Alexander Matthews, Nick Mulgrew

[63] Poetry: Publishing Poems

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 2

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).

Screening Room
[64] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (2) - repeat (75 minutes)
with: Chris Nicklin, Marion Edmunds

[64] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (2) - repeat (75 minutes)

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
12:45:00
Screening Room

Chris Nicklin and Marion Edmunds (Sabido Films) present a documentary about a quest to bring home the bones of more than 600 South Africans who drowned when their troopship sank during World War 1.   

NG Church
12:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (2) : For Piano (R100, pay at the door)
with: Christopher Duigan

12:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (2) : For Piano (R100, pay at the door)

Saturday, 16 May
11:30:00
13:10:00
NG Church

Steinway pianist Christopher Duigan plays a varied recital of solo piano music by FJ Haydn, Frederic Chopin, and ‘water themed’ music by Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. 

(R100, pay at the door), or book directly through Webtickets (not on FLF booking page).

New School Hall
[65] Economic Imperatives
with: Greg Mills, Moeletsi Mbeki, Francis Wilson, Songezo Zibi

[65] Economic Imperatives

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

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).

Old School Hall
[66] How Intelligent (or not) Are Racists?
with: Gavin Evans, Jonathan Jansen

[66] How Intelligent (or not) Are Racists?

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[67] Born Free
with: GG Alcock, Justin Fox, Gareth Patterson

[67] Born Free

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Justin Fox enters the wilderness with GG Alcock and Gareth Patterson to find out how growing up ‘wild’ forged their world view.

Congregational Church
[68] Wherever You Go, There You Are
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Victor Dlamini, Damon Galgut, Eshkol Nevo

[68] Wherever You Go, There You Are

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

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.)

Council Chamber
[69] Poetry: In Conversation…
with: Antje Krog, Alexander Matthews

[69] Poetry: In Conversation…

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Antjie Krog tells Alexander Matthews about her new collection, Synapse, and reads poems from it.

Hospice Hall
[70] Telling Tales or Tub-thumping?
with: Karin Brynard, Carol Campbell, Palesa Morudu, Olivier Truc

[70] Telling Tales or Tub-thumping?

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[71] Hello World, Africa Here
with: Ekow Duker, Harry Garuba, Masande Ntshanga, Henrietta Rose-Innes

[71] Hello World, Africa Here

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[72] Poetry: Poems with Power
with: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Isobel Dixon, Karin Schimke, Dan Wylie

[72] Poetry: Poems with Power

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

Karin Schimke (Bare & Breaking), Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (The Everyday Wife), Isobel Dixon, and Dan Wylie (Slow Fires) discuss and read the poems by other poets that had a powerful impact on them.

Screening Room
[73] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (3) - repeat (75 minutes)
with: Chris Nicklin, Marion Edmunds

[73] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (3) - repeat (75 minutes)

Saturday, 16 May
13:00:00
14:15:00
Screening Room

Chris Nicklin and Marion Edmunds (Sabido Films) present a documentary about a quest to bring home the bones of more than 600 South Africans who drowned when their troopship sank during World War 1.

New School Hall
[74] Just Julius
with: Dennis Davis, Fiona Forde, Kenny Kunene, Richard Poplak

[74] Just Julius

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[75] When Twitter Bites
with: Rebecca Davis, Tom Eaton, Emma Sadleir

[75] When Twitter Bites

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[76] Can Reading Compete with Generations?
with: Arthur Attwell, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Eusebius McKaiser, Redi Tlhabi

[76] Can Reading Compete with Generations?

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

Jenny Crwys-Williams asks Arthur Attwell, Eusebius McKaiser and Redi Tlhabi where the next generation of readers is coming from: If young South Africans aren’t reading books, why aren’t they?

Congregational Church
[77] The Price We Paid
with: Martin Bossenbroek, Tim Couzens, Trevor Emslie, Bill Nasson

[77] The Price We Paid

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[78] Writing in Tongues
with: SJ Naudé, Futhi Ntshingila, Hedley Twidle, Marita van der Vyver

[78] Writing in Tongues

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[79] The Strings to Their Bows
with: Craig Higginson, Nthikeng Mohlele, Nancy Richards, Jaco van Schalkwyk

[79] The Strings to Their Bows

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[80] Living in the Public Eye
with: Africa Melane, Pamela Nomvete, PJ Powers

[80] Living in the Public Eye

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[81] Poetry: It’s All Relative
with: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Joan Meterlerkamp, Beverly Rycroft, Nathan Trantraal

[81] Poetry: It’s All Relative

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.

Screening Room
[82] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (4) - repeat (75 minutes)
with: Chris Nicklin, Marion Edmunds

[82] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (4) - repeat (75 minutes)

Saturday, 16 May
14:30:00
15:45:00
Screening Room

Chris Nicklin and Marion Edmunds (Sabido Films) present a documentary about a quest to bring home the bones of more than 600 South Africans who drowned when their troopship sank during World War 1.

New School Hall
[83] Up Close and Personal
with: Tim Butcher, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Jonny Steinberg, Mike Wills

[83] Up Close and Personal

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[84] Bread Baskets or Basket Cases?
with: Jane Duncan, Ray Hartley, Greg Mills, Songezo Zibi

[84] Bread Baskets or Basket Cases?

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

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?

Church Hall
[85] Talking About Writing
with: Imraan Coovadia, Deon Meyer, Masande Ntshanga, Ivan Vladislavić

[85] Talking About Writing

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Church Hall

Deon Meyer chews the fat with Imraan Coovadia, Masande Ntshanga and Ivan Vladislavić.

Congregational Church
[86] What a Plot I’ve Got!
with: Belinda Bauer, Karin Brynard, Michele Magwood, Franck Thilliez

[86] What a Plot I’ve Got!

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

Michele Magwood asks Belinda Bauer, Karin Brynard and Franck Thilliez how they plot and plan the structure of their novels.

Council Chamber
[87] In Conversation...
with: Dorothy Driver, Lyndall Gordon

[87] In Conversation...

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[88] Colouring in the Lines
with: Victor Dlamini, Mamle Kabu, Jackie Kay, Thando Mgqolozana

[88] Colouring in the Lines

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

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’.

Protea Hotel 1
[89] What’s in a Title?
with: John Hunt, Sue Grant-Marshall, Romain Puértolas, Nkosinathi Sithole

[89] What’s in a Title?

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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).

Protea Hotel 2
[90] Poetry: On Page and On Stage
with: Genna Gardini, Alexander Matthews, Denise Newfield, Adrian 'Diff' van Wyk

[90] Poetry: On Page and On Stage

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.

Screening Room
[91] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (5) - repeat (75 minutes)
with: Chris Nicklin, Marion Edmunds

[91] Documentary: Troopship Tragedy: The Story of the SS Mendi (5) - repeat (75 minutes)

Saturday, 16 May
16:00:00
17:15:00
Screening Room

Chris Nicklin and Marion Edmunds (Sabido Films) present a documentary about a quest to bring home the bones of more than 600 South Africans who drowned when their troopship sank during World War 1.

New School Hall
[92] 17:30 A Weekend Special
with: Bongani Madondo, Shado Twala

[92] 17:30 A Weekend Special

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
New School Hall

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. 

Congregational Church
[93] 17:30 Crritic!
with: John Maytham

[93] 17:30 Crritic!

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Allora Restaurant
18:30 Sunday Times Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement (by invitation only)

18:30 Sunday Times Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement (by invitation only)

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
00:00:00
Allora Restaurant

The announcement of the shortlisted nominees for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. By invitation only.

Congregational Church
[94] NOTE: If you are checking this based on the article in the Cape Times on Friday 8 May, please note that this performance will actually be on Friday 15 May at 5.30pm. See event [45] for information.
with: Kurt Egelhof

[94] NOTE: If you are checking this based on the article in the Cape Times on Friday 8 May, please note that this performance will actually be on Friday 15 May at 5.30pm. See event [45] for information.

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
20:00:00
Congregational Church

NOTE: If you are checking this based on the article in the Cape Times on Friday 8 May, please note that this performance will actually be on Friday 15 May at 5.30pm. See event [45] for information.

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.

Café Bon Bon
19:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (3) : Grand Soirée
with: Violina Anguelov, Christopher Duigan, Lukhanyo Moyake

19:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (3) : Grand Soirée

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
00:00:00
Café Bon Bon

Grand Soirée (Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine) R450 includes a 3-course meal.

An opera evening with magnificent voices. SA’s top mezzo soprano Violina Anguelov introduces young tenor Lukhanyo Moyake, as they sing celebrated arias, duets and songs from Carmen, Samson and Delilah, La Traviata, Rigoletto, and more, with Christopher Duigan (piano).

Bookings: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936.

Pierneef à La Motte
19:00 for 19:30 Dinner with talk show host and author Jenny Crwys-Williams
with: Jenny Crwys-Williams

19:00 for 19:30 Dinner with talk show host and author Jenny Crwys-Williams

Saturday, 16 May
17:30:00
00:00:00
Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an FLF highlight: dinner Jenny Crwys-Williams and some of the cream of Festival authors in one of SA’s top restaurants, with Porcupine Ridge wines. Authors at all tables, party atmosphere, great winelands food.

Email bookings@jennyandco.co.za or phone Jade Horn on 076 780 6383.

New School Hall
[95] Can the ANC be Mended?
with: Anthony Butler, Anthea Jeffery, Moeletsi Mbeki

[95] Can the ANC be Mended?

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

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 [20] and Saturday [84].

Old School Hall
[96] Is Anger Underrated?
with: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Eusebius McKaiser, Thando Mgqolozana, Marianne Thamm

[96] Is Anger Underrated?

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

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?

Congregational Church
[97] Brothers in Crime
with: Jenny Crwys-Williams, Deon Meyer, Franck Thilliez, Olivier Truc

[97] Brothers in Crime

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Jenny Crwys-Williams scrutinises the lives and works of crime writers Deon Meyer, Franck Thilliez and Olivier Truc.

Council Chamber
[98] ‘The middle-class woman began to write’
with: Finuala Dowling, Dorothy Driver, Lyndall Gordon

[98] ‘The middle-class woman began to write’

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

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’.

Hospice Hall
[99] The Global Audience
with: Damon Galgut, SJ Naudé, Karina Szczurek, Ivan Vladislavić

[99] The Global Audience

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[100] Drawing Lines
with: Carol Campbell, Victor Dlamini, Helon Habila, Craig Higginson

[100] Drawing Lines

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[101] Poetry: After Class
with: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Joan Metelerkamp, Denise Newfield, Wendy Woodward

[101] Poetry: After Class

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

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.

Screening Room
[102] Documentary: Nelson Mandela: The myth and me - (Tickets R100, 2 hours)
with: Khalo Matabane

[102] Documentary: Nelson Mandela: The myth and me - (Tickets R100, 2 hours)

Sunday, 17 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
Screening Room

In this award-winning documentary, Khalo Matabane goes in search of Nelson Mandela – the fallible human being behind the media’s hagiographies, asking world leaders, activists and writers, among many, for their memories. Matabane will lead a discussion with the audience after the screening.

New School Hall
[103] Race: Nature or Nurture?
with: GG Alcock, Gavin Evans, Jonathan Jansen, Francis Wilson

[103] Race: Nature or Nurture?

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[104] Through a Fictional Prism
with: Tim Butcher, Mark Gevisser, Jonny Steinberg, Hedley Twidle

[104] Through a Fictional Prism

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[105] The Inaugural André Brink Memorial Lecture
with: Harry Garuba, Karina Szczurek

[105] The Inaugural André Brink Memorial Lecture

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[106] The Tale Is in the Telling
with: Bongani Madondo, Mandla Langa, Hugh Masekela

[106] The Tale Is in the Telling

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Mandla Langa muses about friendship, music, books and writing with his friends, the author and journalist Bongani Madondo and music maestro Hugh Masekela.

Council Chamber
[107] Writing Head Space
with: Michele Magwood, Rehana Rossouw, Beverly Rycroft, Jaco van Schalkwyk

[107] Writing Head Space

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

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.)

Hospice Hall
[108] Subverting Genre
with: Belinda Bauer, Tom Eaton, Romain Puértolas, Sarah Waters

[108] Subverting Genre

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

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?

Protea Hotel 1
[109] Rattling Cages
with: Rebecca Davis, Zethu Matebeni, Marianne Thamm, Malaika wa Azania

[109] Rattling Cages

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[110] Poetry: Ecological Urgency
with: Ian McCallum, Wendy Woodward, Dan Wylie

[110] Poetry: Ecological Urgency

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Protea Hotel 2

Wendy Woodward leads a discussion with Ian McCallum (Untamed) and Dan Wylie about using poetry to convey nature and its crises.

NG Church
NOTE: STARTS 12:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (4) : For Two Guitars - Tickets R100 at the door
with: James Grace, Chloe Murphy

NOTE: STARTS 12:00 An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (4) : For Two Guitars - Tickets R100 at the door

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
13:10:00
NG Church

South African classical guitarist James Grace joins young guitarist Chloe Murphy in a programme of music for two guitars. Music by John Dowland and Isaac Albéniz, with original duo works by Fernando Sor and Maximo Diego Pujol.

Tickets R100, pay at the door, or book directly on Webtickets (not on FLF booking page).

Screening Room
[111] NOTE: STARTS 12:30 Documentary: Nelson Mandela: The myth and me - (Tickets R100, 2 hours) - repeat
with: Khalo Matabane

[111] NOTE: STARTS 12:30 Documentary: Nelson Mandela: The myth and me - (Tickets R100, 2 hours) - repeat

Sunday, 17 May
11:30:00
14:30:00
Screening Room

Khalo Matabane goes in search of Nelson Mandela – the fallible human being behind the media’s hagiographies, asking world leaders, activists and writers, among many, for their memories. Matabane will lead a discussion with the audience after the screening. Produced by Born Free Media & Gebrueder-Beetz Film Productions.

New School Hall
[112] A Sketch in Time
with: Mike Wills, Zapiro

[112] A Sketch in Time

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[113] Throwing the Bones
with: Jane Duncan, Greg Mills, Redi Tlhabi

[113] Throwing the Bones

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[114] Elephants in the Room
with: John Boyne, Victor Dlamini, Mandla Langa, Eshkol Nevo

[114] Elephants in the Room

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[115] The Art of Crafting Commentary
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Rebecca Davis, Tom Eaton, Richard Poplak

[115] The Art of Crafting Commentary

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[116] War Stories
with: Dean Allen, Tim Couzens, Bill Nasson

[116] War Stories

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[117] Finding Your Voice
with: Imraan Coovadia, Thando Mgqolozana, Nthikeng Mohlele, Alexandra van Tonder

[117] Finding Your Voice

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Protea Hotel 1
[118] Cookbooks and Crook Books
with: Fourie Botha, Libby Doyle, Ron Irwin, Ingeborg Pelser

[118] Cookbooks and Crook Books

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 1

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.

Protea Hotel 2
[119] Poetry: Focus on Jackie Kay
with: Finuala Dowling, Jackie Kay

[119] Poetry: Focus on Jackie Kay

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Protea Hotel 2

Finuala Dowling (Notes from the Dementia Ward) chats to the acclaimed Scottish poet and novelist Jackie Kay (Fiere) about the key themes of her poems, and asks her to share a few.

Café Bon Bon
An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (5) Concert Finale, R450, includes a 3-course lunch
with: Christopher Duigan, Joanna Frankel

An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek (5) Concert Finale, R450, includes a 3-course lunch

Sunday, 17 May
13:00:00
00:00:00
Café Bon Bon

Concert Finale, R450, includes a 3-course lunch

Christopher Duigan (piano) and Joanna Frankel (violin) play music by Chopin and violin favourites for an entertaining lunch performance.

Bookings for lunch and concert: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936