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ARCHIVE 2016 : AUDIO

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

Fred Strydom (The Raft), Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters) and Scarlett Thomas (The End of Mr Y, and other works) consider the line between speculation and realism, and why some of the most exciting literature can often be found between the covers of sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian fiction books. Chaired by Joe Vaz (editor, Something Wicked).

with: Fred Strydom, Joe Vaz (chair), Lauren Beukes, Scarlett Thomas
[2] Dream varsity SA
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Dream varsity SA

Chaired by Dr Wamuwi Mbao (Lecturer, SU), Prof. Anwar Mall (Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, UCT), Prof. Beverley Thaver (former Deputy Dean Postgraduate Studies and Research UWC), and Ian Currie (Wits Master's student and student activist) explore what a transformed university would look like.

with: Anwar Mall, Beverley Thaver, Ian Currie, Wamuwi Mbao (chair)
[3] Read and draw with Korky Paul
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Read and draw with Korky Paul

Join multi-million selling illustrator Korky Paul with Winnie the Witch & Wilbur for this family friendly event full of energy, wit, enthusiasm and lots of audience participation – plus BIG prizes to be won! Korky shows how reading, and drawing are fun. ''A Korky Paul visit is better than playtime!' Overheard remark from a pupil at  a school in England...

 

 

 

 

with: Korky Paul
[4] The magic of story
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The magic of story

Samantha Page chats to storytellers Kapilolo Mahongo (Manyeka Arts Trust), Nancy Richards (Being a Woman in Cape Town), and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle) about how writing and sharing our own stories reveals our true selves and brings us closer to others. An event that will inspire young storytellers.

with: Kapilolo Mahongo, Nancy Richards, Samantha Page (chair), Sindiwe Magona
[5] Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan.: how books encourage multilingualism
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Ndiyaqonda. I understand. Ek verstaan.: how books encourage multilingualism

Palesa Morudu (Cover2Cover) discusses how providing books in mother-tongue and other languages helps to encourage multilingualism, with Arabella Koopman (Nal’ibali), Elinor Sisulu (Puku Children’s Literature Foundation) and Margie Cunnama (FLF Library Fund). Early childhood educators’ interest.

with: Arabella Koopman, Elinor Sisulu, Margie Cunnama, Palesa Morudu (chair)
[6] Just imagine!
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Just imagine!

With literary journalist Karabo Kgoleng in the chair, Bontle Senne (The Powers of the Knife), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Rosie Rowell (Almost Grace) share how imagination frees the mind and lets in empathy, creativity and vision.

with: Bontle Senne, Karabo Kgoleng (chair), Nakhane Touré, Rosie Rowell
[11] South Africans entangled
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South Africans entangled

‘Intimacy does not guarantee respect, it does not guarantee dignity. We need nearness.’ What does this mean and how do we achieve it? Redi Tlhabi (Endings & Beginnings) asks Professor Jonathan Jansen (Leading for Change).

with: Jonathan Jansen, Redi Tlhabi (chair)
[12] Paying tribute to Sindiwe Magona (Free entry, but booking required)
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Paying tribute to Sindiwe Magona (Free entry, but booking required)

Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle), started work as a home help; now she one of Africa's most prolific authors, with multiple degrees and awards under her belt. Elinor Sisulu (The Puku Children’s Literature Foundation) shares this remarkable woman’s inspiring story.

 

 

 

with: Elinor Sisulu (chair), Sindiwe Magona
[13] Poetry for Life Competition Finals (Tickets: R20)
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Poetry for Life Competition Finals (Tickets: R20)

Finuala Dowling (host) and judges Isobel Dixon, Leon de Kock and Quentin Williams and Celia van Druten (accuracy), oversee the finals in this high school competition established to encourage the learning of poetry by heart.

with: Celia van Druten, Finuala Dowling (host), Isobel Dixon, Leon de Kock, Quentin Williams
[14] Pictures worth a thousand words
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Pictures worth a thousand words

Revel in the growing art of telling stories with graphic novels, comics and game development – with Geoff Burrows (Zero Degrees Games, gaming developer and designer of Among the Innocent, his first game, due for release in late 2016), Lauren Beukes (The Witching Hour, Hidden Kingdom) and Raffaella Delle Donne (Triggerfish Animation Studios). Chaired by writer/director Sam Wilson.

with: Geoff Burrows, Lauren Beukes, Raffaella Delle Donne, Sam Wilson (chair)
[16] Food for thought
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Food for thought

Acclaimed food security writer Leonie Joubert interrogates the real issues of children, food and development, with Peninsula School Feeding Association representative Amelia Koeries and dieticians Bridget Surtees (Raising Superheroes) and Kath Megaw (Real Food: Healthy, Happy Children).

 

with: Amelia Koeries, Bridget Surtees, Kath Megaw, Leonie Joubert (chair)
[17] Finding your feet at varsity
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Finding your feet at varsity

Shelagh Foster, co-author of Your First Year of Varsity, shares 10 ways to take the giant leap from high school to tertiary education, and to integrate, thrive, learn and live as an independent first-year student.

with: Shelagh Foster
[21] A matter of identity
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A matter of identity

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee (What If There Were No Whites in South Africa?) discusses the subtleties of identity politics in the current South African context, with philosopher Jacques Rousseau (Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience) and essayist and cultural critic Wamuwi Mbao.

7 May update: Justice Malala has regretfully had to withdraw from the festival for personal reasons. Ferial Haffajee will chair this three-way conversation, and Wamuwi Mbao will join the panel.

 

with: Ferial Haffajee (chair), Jacques Rousseau, Wamuwi Mbao
[22] Breathing life into history
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Breathing life into history

Chaired by Mike Wills, three very different authors, novelist Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower), journalist Alex Eliseev (Cold Case Confession) and historian Nigel Penn (Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers), tell us how they each made historic characters live again in their compelling stories.

with: Alex Eliseev, Claire Robertson, Mike Wills (chair), Nigel Penn
[23] Union men
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Union men

Labour columnist and journalist Terry Bell in conversation with union organiser-turned-businessman Johnny Copelyn about his memoir, The Maverick Insider.

with: Johnny Copelyn, Terry Bell (chair)
[24] The French connection
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The French connection

With John Maytham in the chair, Bernard Minier (Frozen Dead) and Mike Nicol (Power Play) reveal what entices French publishers to invest in South African books.

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

 

with: Bernard Minier, John Maytham (chair), Mike Nicol
[25] True Blue and other stories
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True Blue and other stories

Sunday Times Contributing Books Editor Michele Magwood and Jenny Hobbs (True Blue Superglue) talk about Jenny’s latest book, her writing life, and her time as founding member and then Director of the FLF.

with: Jenny Hobbs, Michele Magwood (chair)
[26] Contemporary issues in fiction
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Contemporary issues in fiction

SAfm’s Nancy Richards asks Nthikeng Mohlele (Pleasure), Patrick Flanery (I Am No One) and Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say?) how their work is influenced by the real world, and what challenges they face in writing realistic fiction.

with: Nancy Richards (chair), Nthikeng Mohlele, Patrick Flanery, Rehana Rossouw
[27] The language of poetry
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The language of poetry

Karen Schimke speaks to poets Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Jumoke Verissimo and Safia Elhillo about mining the riches of multilingualism and translation in poetry.

with: Karen Schimke (chair), Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Jumoke Verissimo, Safia Elhillo
[28] Things we talk about
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Things we talk about

Writer and comedian Khaya Dlanga (To Quote Myself) and media communications specialist and columnist Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (Let’s Talk Frankly) mull over the topics that grab their attention, how they write about them and the books they’ve published.

with: Khaya Dlanga (chair), Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
[28] Things we talk about
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Things we talk about

Writer and comedian Khaya Dlanga (To Quote Myself) and media communications specialist and columnist Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (Let’s Talk Frankly) mull over the topics that grab their attention, how they write about them and the books they’ve published.

with: Khaya Dlanga (chair), Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
[30] Crossing boundaries
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Crossing boundaries

Redi Tlhabi leads a discussion with Anemari Jansen (Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State) and If We Must Die author Stanley Manong (a former Commander of uMkhonto we Sizwe) about their books that deal with transgressions made by individuals in the name of politics.

with: Anemari Jansen, Redi Tlhabi (chair), Stanley Manong
[31] How to Save South Africa
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How to Save South Africa

Richard Poplak  (co-author with Kevin Bloom of Continental Shift) asks Moeletsi Mbeki about his latest book (co-written with Nobantu Mbeki), Manifesto for Social Change: How to Save South Africa.

7 May update: Justice Malala has regretfully had to withdraw from the festival for personal reasons. Richard Poplak will take his place in this event.

with: Moeletsi Mbeki, Richard Poplak
[32] From book to big screen
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From book to big screen

Best-selling crime writer Deon Meyer (Icarus) will be producing the film version of Jacques Steenkamp's The Griekwastad Murders. They talk about the process of getting a book about a true crime to the big screen.

 

with: Deon Meyer (chair), Jacques Steenkamp
[33] The reader within
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The reader within

Michele Magwood asks Finuala Dowling (The Fetch), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Anne Landsman (The Rowing Lesson) about the books that have formed them as writers; the ones they keep going back to for inspiration, comfort and challenge.

 27 April update: With regret, Sara Baume has had to withdraw from the festival for family reasons. Anne Landsman will take her place on this panel.

 

with: Anne Landsman, Finuala Dowling, Michele Magwood (chair), Nakhane Touré
[34] Emily Hobhouse and the Boer War
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Emily Hobhouse and the Boer War

History professor Bill Nasson (The War Comes Home) in conversation with Robert Eales about his new biography of Emily Hobhouse – The Compassionate Englishwoman.

with: Bill Nasson (chair), Robert Eales
[35] Following the story
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Following the story

Independent publishing consultant, editor and writer Alison Lowry speaks to Steven Robins about his extraordinary determination to find out what happened to the women in an old photograph on his family's dining room table; an obsession which culminated in the unforgettable Letters of Stone.

with: Alison Lowry (chair), Steven Robins
[36] Crime procedural
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Crime procedural

Jenny Crwys-Williams grills Charlotte Otter (Karkloof Blues — amateur detective), Liad Shoham (Asylum City — cop procedural) and Mark Winkler (Wasted — psycho thriller) about how they decided which approach to take, and what challenges were presented by their decision.

with: Charlotte Otter, Jenny Crwys-Williams (chair), Liad Shoham, Mark Winkler
[37] The nature of poetry
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The nature of poetry

UCT scholar Hedley Twidle discusses the themes of nature in the poetry of the late Stephen Watson (A Writer’s Diary) with Isobel Dixon and her new collection, Bearings.

with: Hedley Twidle (chair), Isobel Dixon
[39] Has post-apartheid literature lost the plot?
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Has post-apartheid literature lost the plot?

Wamuwi Mbao and Leon de Kock in conversation about the state of fiction in post-apartheid South Africa.

with: Leon de Kock, Wamuwi Mbao (chair)
[29] 13h30-16h00 Writing for children workshop (Tickets: R120)
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13h30-16h00 Writing for children workshop (Tickets: R120)

Children’s book and Young Adult writer and creative writing teacher Helen Brain makes writing exciting – and accessible to all – in this -hour hands-on workshop for high school learners and adults wanting to explore these genres.

with: Helen Brain
[40] What is business as usual in Africa?
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What is business as usual in Africa?

Victor Kgomoeswana (Africa is Open for Business) interrogates the challenges of development, foreign investment and entrepreneurship across the continent, with Greg Mills (How South Africa Works) and Tom Burgis (The Looting Machine).

with: Greg Mills, Tom Burgis, Victor Kgomoeswana (chair)
[41] Witnessing history
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Witnessing history

FLF founding director Christopher Hope (Jimfish) in discussion with former Rand Daily Mail editor Allister Sparks (The Sword and the Pen) and former editor-in-chief of The Star Richard Steyn (Jan Smuts: Unafraid of greatness) about the historic events they covered during their tenures, at the height of apartheid and the Struggle.

with: Allister Sparks, Christopher Hope (chair), Richard Steyn
[42] From first lines to last
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From first lines to last

Victor Dlamini opens the pages of the books of Claire Robertson, Fred Strydom (The Raft) and Scarlett Thomas and asks them to share how they settle on their opening and ending words, how they allow their stories to develop, and to reveal their favourite first and last lines from other writers.

with: Claire Robertson, Fred Strydom, Scarlett Thomas, Victor Dlamini (chair)
[43] Writing, hearing, playing – and all that jazz
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Writing, hearing, playing – and all that jazz

Marianne Thamm shares an interlude with jazz legend Hugh Masekela (Still Grazing) and Pulitzer Prize-winning American critic Margo Jefferson (Negroland) as they discuss the fusion of jazz, life and memoirs.

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

with: Hugh Masekela, Margo Jefferson, Marianne Thamm (chair)
[44] Traditional publishing in the spotlight
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Traditional publishing in the spotlight

Arthur Attwell asks Bridget Impey (Jacana) and Terry Morris (Pan Macmillan) about the business challenges faced by contemporary publishers, and the mid- to long-term prospects of the book industry.

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

 

with: Arthur Attwell (chair), Bridget Impey, Terry Morris
[45] Writers of few(er) words
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Writers of few(er) words

Karina Szczurek chats to Mark Winkler (Ink), Nick Mulgrew (Stations) and Niq Mhlongo (Affluenza) about the art of keeping it short while ensuring impact.

with: Karina Szczurek (chair), Mark Winkler, Nick Mulgrew, Niq Mhlongo
[46] Finding your first story
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Finding your first story

Karabo Kgoleng explores the writing process of three first-time novelists, Beverly Rycroft (A Slim, Green Silence), Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees) and Nadia Davids (An Imperfect Blessing).

with: Beverly Rycroft, Chinelo Okparanta, Karabo Kgoleng (chair) and Nadia Davids
[48] If you don't laugh…
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If you don't laugh…

Humans tend to find humour in the bleakest and craziest situations. Darrel Bristow-Bovey (The Big Read columns) and Rebecca Davis (Best White and Other Anxious Delusions) explore and celebrate the phenomenon of finding and writing the ridiculous, the moving, the funny stories and experiences that keep us sane.    

with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey (chair), Rebecca Davis
[49] 18h30-19h30 What was that?!
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18h30-19h30 What was that?!

It's Friday the 13th and haunting stories are created as Amabookabooka scaremaster Jonathan Ancer stirs the imaginations of his victims, Fred Strydom, Lauren Beukes and Louis Greenberg, through creepy sounds that inspire chilling storylines – on the fly. Heavy breathing, eerie footsteps, blood curdling screams, brewing storms... Be afraid. Be very afraid.

with: Fred Strydom, Jonathan Ancer (scaremaster), Lauren Beukes, Louis Greenberg
[52] Closing cases
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Closing cases

Judge Dennis Davis asks Alex Eliseev (Cold Case Confession), Anemari Jansen (Eugene de Kock) and Jacques Steenkamp (The Griekwastad Murders) about the challenges facing investigators when piecing a case together, the quality of the evidence, and what happens when no progress is made.


with: Alex Eliseev, Anemari Jansen, Dennis Davis (chair), Jacques Steenkamp
[54] 'This is how it was…'
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'This is how it was…'

Victor Dlamini is joined by Javier Perez (Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement) and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle) in exploring the rich traditions and the global origins of fiction in oral storytelling.

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

 

with: Sara Baume, Sindiwe Magona, Victor Dlamini (chair), Javier Perez
[55] Getting South Africans excited about reading
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Getting South Africans excited about reading

Nancy Richards (print and radio journalist) chairs Kgauhelo Dube (LongStorySHORT), Mignon Hardie (FunDza) and Roscoe Williams (Read to Rise) in a discussion on the state of reading culture in SA; why and how reading enriches lives; and what they are doing to encourage children and adults alike to fall in love with reading.

with: Kgauhelo Dube, Mignon Hardie, Nancy Richards (chair), Roscoe Williams
[56] Women's journeys in fiction
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Women's journeys in fiction

Palesa Morudu (Cover2Cover) takes Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning), Nadia Davids (An Imperfect Blessing) and Bridgett Pitt (Notes from the Lost Property Department) through the personal journeys of their protagonists and secondary characters, focusing on how the authors created these compelling and credible women.

with: Bridgett Pitt, Mohale Mashigo, Nadia Davids and Palesa Morudu (chair)
[57] Criminal boundaries
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Criminal boundaries

From farm attacks to evil plots and bungling cops, Deon Meyer (Icarus) asks Karin Brynard (Weeping Waters), French author Bernard Minier (The Frozen Dead) and Israeli author Liad Shoham (Asylum City) about crossing national or international, moral or political boundaries in sourcing and developing their plots.

with: Bernard Minier, Deon Meyer (chair), Karin Brynard, Liad Shoham
[58] Food in fiction
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Food in fiction

Just as language is a barometer of our times, so is what we eat — and how it ends up on the pages of our fiction, whether as a plot device, a symbol or as a way to laugh at ourselves. Kathryn White (Anna Peters' Year of Cooking Dangerously), Paige Nick (Death by Carbs) and Sally Andrew (Recipes for Love and Murder) sit down with Michele Magwood to share some titbits.

with: Kathryn White, Michele Magwood (chair), Paige Nick, Sally Andrew
[59] 'Summarising life'
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'Summarising life'

Starting with the title of a poem by Finuala Dowling (Notes from the Dementia Ward), Karin Schimke asks Finuala and Sudanese/American poet Safia Elhillo about writing poetry that reflects on life and home.

with: Finuala Dowling, Karin Schimke (chair), Safia Elhillo
[61] Stealing the World Cup
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Stealing the World Cup

Mike Wills uncovers the story behind how South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup as told in a new book by Ray Hartley, The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the World Cup.

with: Mike Wills (chair), Ray Hartley
[61] Stealing the World Cup
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Stealing the World Cup

Mike Wills uncovers the story behind how South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup as told in a new book by Ray Hartley, The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the World Cup.

with: Mike Wills (chair), Ray Hartley
[62] What is China doing in Africa?
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What is China doing in Africa?

Richard Poplak (co-author with Kevin Bloom Continental Shift – A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes) explores the implications of China's growing presence on the continent, with Kevin Bloom, Moeletsi Mbeki (Manifesto for Social Change: How to Save South Africa) and Tom Burgis (The Looting Machine).

with: Kevin Bloom, Moeletsi Mbeki, Richard Poplak (chair), Tom Burgis
[63] Can entrepreneurs be made?
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Can entrepreneurs be made?