ARCHIVE 2017 : AUDIO
 An appetite for success
Tamara LePine-Williams (ClassicFM) peels back the layers of Groendal's own Reuben Riffel (Reuben at Home) and his author Sam Woulidge to reveal this remarkable 'local to legend' story.with: Tamara LePine-Williams; Reuben Riffel; Sam Woulidge
 Finding the plot
Paige Nick (Dutch Courage) is on a quest to find a plot, with Francois Bloemhof (Double Echo), Mike Nicol (Agents of the State) and Martin Steyn (Dark Traces).with: Paige Nick; Francois Bloemhof; Mike Nicol; Martin Steyn
 Writers in 140 characters
Victor Dlamini meets up with Joanne Harris (A Different Class), Joanne Macgregor (Recoil Trilogy) and Pamela Power (Delilah Now Trending) to ask about using social media to connect with readers.with: Victor Dlamini; Joanne Harris; Joanne Macgregor; Pamela Power
 A colonial legacy
Rustum Kozain in conversation with Antjie Krog about one of her most acclaimed poetry collections, recently re-released, Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse.with: Rustum Kozain; Antjie Krog
 Authors in conversation
Michiel Heyns (I Am Pandarus) and SJ Naude (The Third Reel) discuss their writing, their new books and what it means to be a professional author.with: Michiel Heyns; SJ Naude
 Worlds apart
Speculative fiction authors Helen Brain, Marcus Low, Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer use their genre to explore the modern crises of isolation and social disparity.with: Helen Brain; Marcus Low; Diane Awerbuck; Alex Latimer
 History on trial
Judge Dennis Davis hears the stories of two extraordinary writers, Deborah Lipstadt (Denial: Holocaust History on Trial) and Philippe Sands (East West Street), whose works chronicle the fight to establish and defend international laws for human rights and justice.with: Dennis Davis; Deborah Lipstadt; Philippe Sands
 Hawk’s eye view
General Johan Booysen and author Jessica Pitchford (Blood on Their Hands) share his side of the story in this shocking true tale power and politics, deceit and betrayal, with BDFM Editor-in-chief Peter Bruce asking the questions.with: Johan Booysen, Jessica Pitchford, Peter Bruce
 Love reading, love writing
Joanne Hichens (Die Laughing) speaks to Nandipha Tshabane, Ndibulele Sotondoshe and Zimkhitha Mlanzeli about how their writing came to be published in Love Reading, an anthology of poetry, prose and nonfiction, published by the FundZa Literacy Trust and Cover-to-Cover.
with: Joanne Hichens; Nandipha Tshabane, Ndibulele Sotondoshe; Zimkhitha Mlanzeli
 Writing the past; imagining the future
Thandeka Gqubule (No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela) speaks to Mamphela Ramphele (Dreams, Betrayal and Hope), Mary Ingouville Burton (The Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and Rafique Gangat (Bending the Rules) about how their experiences influence their thoughts on South Africa’s future.with: Thandeka Gqubule; Mamphela Ramphele; Mary Ingouville Burton; Rafique Gangat
 Is there a shortage of black fiction authors?
This is the question publisher Melinda Ferguson (MFBooks) asks of fellow publishers Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Publishing), Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books) and short story writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (2016 Caine Prize Winner).
with: Melinda Ferguson; Phehello Mofokeng; Thabiso Mahlape; Lidudumalingani Mqombothi
 The stories of history
How do we understand our human past? Historian Bill Nasson (History Matters) asks researcher Christa Kuljian (Darwin's Hunch), Francis Wilson (Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy) and novelist Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg) about the search for truth through science and fiction.with: Bill Nasson; Christa Kuljian; Francis Wilson; Harry Kalmer
 A fabric of society
isiShweshwe The History and Indigenisation of Blueprint in Southern Africa, as presented by the author Juliette Leeb-Du Toit.with: Juliette Leeb-Du Toit
 Spy vs spy
With SAfm’s Nancy Richards in the chair, Jonathan Ancer (Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson) and Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy) talk about what it takes to research, remember and write about some of the villains and heroes of South Africa’s recent history.with: Jonathan Ancer; Bridget Hilton-Barber; Nancy Richards
 Why are we still talking genre?
Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man) leads the conversation with Steven Boykey Sidley (Free Association), Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) as they discuss labels, boxes and literature, and the books they have chosen to write.with: Fred Strydom; Steven Boykey Sidley; Lesley Pearse; Richard Mason
 Eating Africa
From what we eat, to whether, one day, we’ll have anything left to eat, author Tracy Ledger (An Empty Plate) opens the discussion with Leonie Joubert (The Hungry Season) and Anna Trapido and Mpho Tshukudu (Eat Ting) to consider the place food has in our lives and wellbeing.with: Tracy Ledger; Leonie Joubert; Anna Trapido; Mpho Tshukudu
 Are writers born or made?
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) considers the ways writers find to practice their craft, with Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes), Miranda Sherry (Bone Meal for Roses) and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father's Cattle, and translator of Dinosaurs, Diamonds, and Democracy).with: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen; Ekow Duker; Miranda Sherry; Sindiwe Magona
 Harry Potter on the couch
Prolific author and psychologist Joanne Macgregor (Recoil Trilogy), delves into the mind of one the world's most beloved fictional heroes.with: Joanne Macgregor
 The power to move us
Ishara Maharaj (Namaste Life) and Dennis Cruywagen (The Spiritual Mandela) discuss the joys and challenges of writing of spiritual matters in a contemporary world.with: Ishara Maharaj; Dennis Cruywagen
 I write short stories because...
Are they easier than long fiction, more lucrative than nonfiction, more popular than Harry Potter? Jolyn Philips (Tjieng Tjang Tjerrie) asks fellow writers Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg), Ken Barris (The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions) and Marita van der Vyver (You Lost Me) what it is about this form that appeals to them as they discuss the challenges of writing in the short form.with: Jolyn Philips; Harry Kalmer; Ken Barris; Marita van der Vyver
 The making of a judge
Justice Malala explores the people and places that helped define one of the country’s top legal minds, Judge Dikgang Moseneke (My Own Liberator).with: Justice Malala; Dikgang Moseneke
 Writing their continent
Darrel Bristow-Bovey invites Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Season of Crimson Blossoms) to share how they reveal their love and knowledge of Africa through fact and fiction.with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey; Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
 Killer women
Joanne Hichens asks crime writers Irna van Zyl (Dead in the Water), Karin Brynard (Our Fathers) and Sally Andrew (Tannie Maria & the Satanic Mechanic) about the role of women in detective and crime fiction, which fictional crime characters they love or hate, and how their own characters fit into this history.with: Joanne Hichens; Irna van Zyl; Karin Brynard; Sally Andrew
 Researching history
With historian Bill Nasson (History Matters) in the chair, biographer Elsabe Brits (Emily Hobhouse: Beloved Traitor), Mary Ingouville Burton (The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace) and Oscar van Heerden (Consistent or Confused) share how they go about researching the history of their stories of the past.with: Bill Nasson; Elsabe Brits; Mary Ingouville Burton; Oscar van Heerden
 I read what I like
Sue de Groot (Sunday Times Lifestyle editor) considers the trends in fiction and poetry and asks Antjie Krog (Lady Anne) and South African-Filipino poet Jim Pascual Agustin (Wings of Smoke) how these influence their reading and writing.with: Sue de Groot; Antjie Krog; Jim Pascual Agustin
 Agents of change
Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia) leads the conversation with Sean Christie (Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard) and Sylvia Vollenhoven (The Keeper of the Kumm) about their experiences in writing their own stories.with: Anastacia Tomson; Sean Christie; Sylvia Vollenhoven
 Through my eyes
Obie Oberholzer (Obie - A Photographic Story Book) finds the words to tell you about his life in pictures.with: Obie Oberholzer
 Science in Africa
Palesa Morudu contemplates the impact of science on the broader issues of race, space, identity and colonialism, with philosopher Jacques Rousseau and researcher Christa Kuljian (Darwin's Hunch).with: Palesa Morudu; Jacques Rousseau; Christa Kuljian
 Double Lives
Most writers can’t survive on writing alone. Mario Cesare (Heart of a Game Ranger) leads the conversation with lawyer Andrew Brown (Good Cop, Bad Cop), advertising executive Mark Winkler (The Safest Place You Know) and banker Tuelo Gabonewe (Sarcophagus) talk about how they survive as writers, and why they keep writing.with: Mario Cesare; Andrew Brown; Mark Winkler; Tuelo Gabonewe
 Heroes at the end of the world
For every dystopian horror, there is a hero. Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man) asks fellow writers Diane Awerbuck, Helen Brain and Sam Wilson (Zodiac) about their favourite heroes and the role their own lead characters play in their latest works.with: Fred Strydom; Diane Awerbuck; Helen Brain; Sam Wilson
 Writing millenials
Africa Melane asks authors JT Lawrence (Grey Magic), Kiprop Kimutai (The Water Spirits) and Miranda Sherry (Bone Meal for Roses) how they speak to and through this generation, and the challenges they face in doing so.with: Africa Melane, JT Lawrence; Kiprop Kimutai; Miranda Sherry
 The André Brink Memorial Lecture
Karina Szczurek welcomes you to the third annual lecture in honour of her late husband. Victor Dlamini will deliver the lecture on: “André Brink, dissident, lover, dreamer had this to say: 'A country can't love you. At most it may need you. It's much the same as people.'”
with: Karina Szczurek; Victor Dlamini
 Stories in words and pictures
Journalist/illustrator/cartoonist Carlos Amato leads the conversion with writer/illustrator Alex Latimer (South), Dale Halvorsen (graphic novelist Joey Hi-fi) and Mieke van der Merwe (Beautiful South Africa) on how pictures create stories, and words create pictures in the mind of the reader.with: Carlos Amato; Alex Latimer; Dale Halvorsen; Mieke van der Merwe
 World building
Where do writers start when creating a fictional world? Pamela Power exchanges ideas about the creative impetus, the lifeblood of storytelling, with Marcus Low and Qarnita Loxton (Being Kari).with: Pamela Power; Qarnita Loxton; Marcus Low
 The Sudden Shark
Journeying lightly through psychology, palaeontology, popular culture and the movie Jaws, Darrel Bristow-Bovey discusses fear, creativity, risk-taking and the artistic imperative of vulnerability, as well as his travels around the world to find and confront the shark that is pre-destined to eat him. R100 through Webtickets.with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey
 Poetry: Grounding Sessions
Cape Town poet Roché Kester brings Sipho Ndebele, Vusumuzi Mpofu and Chrystal Williams to her unique Grounding Sessions show. All poets and lovers of the spoken word are invited to join in the open-mic session, or just sit back and enjoy the magic. (To participate in the open mic, email Roche at email@example.com.) R50 through Webtickets.with: Roché Kester; Sipho Ndebele; Vusumuzi Mpofu; Chrystal Williams
 On being a 'bookclub' writer
The publishers’ term ‘a bookclub book’ is commonly used when promoting books to booksellers. But what defines it, and do authors benefit from the distinction? Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning) puts the questions to Joanne Harris (A Different Class), Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) and Sophie Hannah (The Narrow Bed).with: Mohale Mashigo, Joanne Harris, Lesley Pearse, Sophie Hannah
 The media, bound and gagged
For years, the threat of gagging the South African media has hovered. Rebecca Davis discusses the implications of such a move and whether the public appreciates the importance of a free media with Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Thandeka Gqubule and Zapiro (Dead President Walking).with: Rebecca Davis; Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Thandeka Gqubule; Zapiro
 Crime in the beloved country
Andrew Brown asks Anine Kriegler (A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa), Hennie van Vuuren (Apartheid, Guns and Money) and Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) how deep the criminal genes flow in the South African body politic.with: Andrew Brown; Anine Kriegler; Hennie van Vuuren; Ralph Mathekga
 Can we make Africa great?
Victor Dlamini asks former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and author Greg Mills (How to Make Africa Great) for their answers.with: Victor Dlamini; Olusegun Obasanjo; Greg Mills
 The transformative power of reading
Jacques Rousseau discusses the intellectual, social and personal impact of reading, with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song).with: Jacques Rousseau; Bronwyn Law-Viljoen; Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
 Straddling worlds
Wamuwi Mbao delves into stories of families with feet in the present and past, as told by Ekow Duker and Sindiwe Magona.with: Wamuwi Mbao; Ekow Duker; Sindiwe Magona
 My translator and me
In a global world, authors whose books are translated into many languages rely on the skill and sensitivity of another to do justice to their work. Ann Donald asks Ingrid Winterbach (The Shallows) and her translator Michiel Heyns (whose own work has been translated by others) about this critical relationship.with: Ann Donald; Ingrid Winterbach; Michiel Heyns
 A series of extraordinary coincidences
Practising barrister, human rights activist and 2016 winner of the UK Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, Philippe Sands (East West Street) shares how he came to write this gripping part historical detective story, part family history and part legal thriller set around the Nuremberg Trials.with: Philippe Sands
 I started writing when...
Tamara LePine-Williams takes novelists Neil Sonnekus (Son), Marita van der Vyver (You Lost Me) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) back to the beginning.
with: Tamara LePine-Williams; Neil Sonnekus; Marita van der Vyver; Richard Mason
 Movement of objects
Movement Cape Town editor Zahira Asmal leads Albie Sachs, Bonita Bennett, Wandile Kasibe and Chumani Maxwele in conversation about the impact of forced removals, repatriation, human remains and colonial statues, and why history must be represented and remembered equally for justice to be served and for society to progress.with: Zahira Asmal; Albie Sachs; Bonita Bennett; Wandile Kasibe; Chumani Maxwele
 The columnist party #1
Michele Magwood leads the conversation with Justice Malala, Tom Eaton and Marianne Thamm as they discuss the power and responsibilities of opinion pieces – and why readers should always keep an open mind.with: Michele Magwood; Justice Malala; Tom Eaton; Marianne Thamm
 Whose right to write?
Cultural appropriation is the subject of controversy across the world. Hagen Engler (In the Maid’s Room) considers the issues with Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia) and Lerato Tshabalala (The Way I See It).with: Hagen Engler; Anastacia Tomson; Lerato Tshabalala
 One voice, two authors
Sue de Groot asks co-writers Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer (Frank Owen, South), and Michael Sears (one half of Michael Stanley, Detective Kubu), how they make it work.with: Sue de Groot; Diane Awerbuck; Alex Latimer; Michael Sears
 Writing through the ages
The burgeoning Young Adult genre has drawn an older readership too. Joanne Macgregor asks authors Helen Brain, Kiprop Kimutai and JT Lawrence who they have in mind when writing, how this influences their work, and what they make of the collateral readers.with: Joanne Macgregor; Helen Brain; Kiprop Kimutai; JT Lawrence
 Leadership in times of conflict
Victor Dlamini asks Khulu Mbatha (Unmasked: Why the ANC Failed to Govern), Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) and Thandeka Gqubule (No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela) what characteristics are needed in leaders during tough times, and whether our top names are up to the task.with: Victor Dlamini; Khulu Mbatha; Ralph Mathekga; Thandeka Gqubule
 Writing with ghosts
Nick Mulgrew chairs co-author Alison Lowry (Shadow Play, with Gerald Kraak), bestselling author Sophie Hannah (Closed Casket, The Monogram Murders, Agatha Christie) and biographer Elsabe Brits (Emily Hobhouse: Beloved Traitor) in a discussion about the responsibilities of representing those who are no longer with us.with: Nick Mulgrew; Alison Lowry; Sophie Hannah; Elsabe Brits
 Making South Africa work
Brian Kantor (Get South Africa Growing) asks Sifiso Ndlovu (co-editor, The Thabo Mbeki I Know), Chantell Ilbury (A Fox’s Tale, with Daryl Ilbury) and Richard Calland (Make or Break) what mindsets and strategies are necessary for creating a successful business and building a strong economy.with: Brian Kantor; Sifiso Ndlovu; Chantell Ilbury; Richard Calland
 The Karoo as muse
The Karoo holds a special fascination, and has provided inspiration, for many writers, among them Sally Andrew, Tom Dreyer (The Long Wave) and Marcus Low, who share their thoughts about this region with Kate Sidley.with: Sally Andrew; Tom Dreyer; Marcus Low; Kate Sidley
 The African literary explosion
Across our continent, more writers are writing and more readers reading. Griffin Shea (owner, Bridge Books) chats with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Kiprop Kimutai and Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Publishing) about the driving forces of, and the obstacles to, book publishing and sales in Africa.with: Griffin Shea; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim; Kiprop Kimutai; Phehello Mofokeng
 Telling my South Africa
Paul McNally (The Street) and Qarnita Loxton (Being Kari)have unique views of the country they grew up in. Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes) leads the discussion into how they truly view South Africa and what brought them to tell the stories they tell.with: Paul McNally; Qarnita Loxton; Ekow Duker
 Dark things brought to light
Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man), Dawn Garisch (Accident) and Dale Halvorsen (Survivors' Club with Lauren Beukes) discuss the darker side of human nature as reflected in their writing, and why readers feel the need to be disturbed.with: Fred Strydom; Dawn Garisch; Dale Halvorsen
 How powerful are constitutions?
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi speaks to three human rights advocates – former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs, author Deborah Lipstadt and author and professor of law at University College London Philippe Sands – about the role of a country’s constitution in protecting human rights.with: Tembeka Ngcukaitobi; Albie Sachs; Deborah Lipstadt; Philippe Sands
 Lesley Pearse in her own words
Bestselling romance writer Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) doesn’t do boring, so expect a rollicking discussion when she meets up with Jenny & Co bookclub founder Jenny Crwys-Williams.with: Lesley Pearse; Jenny Crwys-Williams
 This is how I write
Is there a secret to writing, and what are the strategies, techniques or skills that writers draw on to practise their craft? Daniel Browde (The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde) leads the conversation with Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower), Fiona Melrose (Midwinter) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?).with: Daniel Browde; Claire Robertson; Fiona Melrose; Richard Mason
 The columnist party # 2
Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Getaway magazine) asks Fred Khumalo (The Big Read), Paige Nick (She Said/He Said) and Rebecca Davis (Lifestyle TV column) how writing columns changes the way they see the world, and how their columns change the way the world sees them.with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey; Fred Khumalo; Paige Nick; Rebecca Davis
 The craft of reading
Is there an ideal way to read a book? Ann Donald asks Steven Boykey Sidley and Bill Nasson about slow reading, skim reading, deep reading, and why reading?
with: Ann Donald; Steven Boykey Sidley; Bill Nasson
 The perils of memoir
Led by Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy), Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia), Mario Cesare (Heart of a Game Ranger)and Rafique Gangat (Bending the Rules) share their experiences of writing their own stories.
with: Bridget Hilton-Barber; Anastacia Tomson; Mario Cesare; Rafique Gangat
 Through my eyes
Obie Oberholzer (Obie - A Photographic Story Book) finds the words to tell you about his life in pictures.
with: Obie Oberholzer
 Joanne Harris in her own words
Moving with ease from the whimsical charm of Chocolat to writing fantasies and thrillers, including Gentlemen and Players and its recent follow-up, Different Class, Joanne Harris talks about her writing life with Sunday Times Contributing Book Editor Michele Magwood.with: Joanne Harris; Michele Magwood
 From victim to survivor
Michelle Hattingh (I'm the Girl Who Was Raped) uncovers stories of courage, faith and perseverance in the face of opposition and adversity as told by Grizelda Grootboom (Exit), Lindiwe Hani (Being Chris Hani's Daughter) and Shamim Meer (Memories of Love and Struggle).
with: Michelle Hattingh; Grizelda Grootboom; Grizelda Grootboom; Lindiwe Hani; Shamim Meer
 Wording their eats
Tamara LePine-Williams is at the table with Anna Trapido and Mpho Tshukudu (co-authors of Eat Ting) and Sam Woulidge (Reuben at Home), talking of their methods and sharing titbits about writing cookbooks.with: Tamara LePine-Williams; Anna Trapido; Mpho Tshukudu; Sam Woulidge
 Drawn and quartered
Mail & Guardian cartoonist, illustrator and journalist Carlos Amato finds out about the people behind the pictures, with graphic novelist Alex Latimer (The Space Race), graphic artist Dale Halvorsen (aka Joey Hi-fi) and political cartoonist Zapiro (Dead President Walking).with: Carlos Amato; Alex Latimer; Dale Halvorsen; Zapiro
 Who can afford to buy books?
Tom Eaton considers the limits to accessing books in South Africa with Griffin Shea (Bridge Books) and Palesa Morudu (publisher, Cover2Cover).with: Tom Eaton, Griffin Shea, Palesa Morudu
 Married to your job
Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus (Die Laughing – writing as Greg Lazarus) and Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings (Poverty, Politics and Policy) discuss the challenges and joys of being both life and writing partners.with: Greg Fried, Lisa Lazarus, Nicoli Nattrass, Jeremy Seekings
 Crossing the arts
‘Polyartists’ Mohale Mashigo (actor/writer), Rian Malan (writer/musician) and Sam Wilson (film producer /writer) tell Africa Melane about the crossover between their various artistic lives and what they mean to them.with: Mohale Mashigo; Rian Malan; Sam Wilson; Africa Melane
 Repitwah Poetry Band
Wind down with this rhythmic and enthralling artist collective specialising in music and poetry. (To participate in the open mic email Roche on firstname.lastname@example.org). R50 through Webtickets.with: Repitwah Poetry Band
 Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me
A performed reading of the best-selling memoir of sorts by Marianne Thamm. The 40-minute show will include stand-up comedy and an audio-visual ridicule of the 20th Century. R120 through Webtickets.with: Marianne Thamm
 Performed readings: You and I
Perhaps all literature comes down to this relationship: you and I. John Maytham reads excerpts from authors ranging from TS Eliot to Kurt Vonnegut, with forays into Nietzsche and Cole Porter, highlighting the intimate, angry and sometimes solipsistic connection between writer and reader. Compiled by Finuala Dowling. R120 through Webtickets.with: John Maytham
 Jazz in the hall
Chill with a glass or two of wine and some fine sounds from one of Cape Town's top modern jazz bands: with Reza Khota on guitar, Buddy Wells on sax, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. R120 through Webtickets.with: Reza Khota Quartet
 Jazz in the hall
Chill with a glass or two of wine and some fine sounds from one of Cape Town's top modern jazz bands: with Reza Khota on guitar, Buddy Wells on sax, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. R120 through Webtickets.with: Reza Khota Quartet
 Does the ANC deserve a future?
As South Africa witnesses apparently unending turmoil within the ANC, Justice Malala asks Khulu Mbatha (Unmasked: Why the ANC Failed to Govern), Pieter-Louis Myburgh (The Republic of Gupta) and Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) if they think the party can, or should, survive.with: Justice Malala; Khulu Mbatha; Pieter-Louis Myburgh; Ralph Mathegka
 Rattling the cage of discrimination
Sifiso Ndlovu (The Thabo Mbeki I Know), Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia), Griffin Shea and Marianne Thamm (Hitler, Verwoerd and Me) interrogate the systems that divide South Africans, and how we can dismantle them.
with: Sifiso Ndlovu; Anastacia Tomson; Griffin Shea; Marianne Thamm
 Real change, right now
John Maytham in conversation with Jay Naidoo (Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today) and Paul Hoffman (Confronting the Corrupt) about why (and what) significant, immediate, action must be taken to save our country, and what will happen if we ignore the urgency.with: John Maytham; Jay Naidoo; Paul Hoffman
 From plot to print and beyond
Kate Sidley asks Gail Schimmel (The Park), Jennifer Friedman (Queen of the Freestate) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) about the path they’ve followed from conceptualising their books, to getting them into print, and then into the public eye and hands.
with: Kate Sidley; Gail Schimmel; Jennifer Friedman; Richard Mason
 A few good editors
Alison Lowry and fellow editors and publishers Helen Moffett, Phehello Mofokeng and Thabiso Mahlape discuss the consistent criticism around the literary world of ‘poor editing’ and the state of the industry in South Africawith: Alison Lowry; Helen Moffett; Phehello Mofokeng; Thabiso Mahlape
 Choosing what to remember
Shamim Meer asks Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy) and Sam Scarborough (Trapped) how they decided what to leave in and what to take out when writing their memoirs.with: Shamim Meer; Bridget Hilton-Barber; Sam Scarborough
 From 500 words to 50 000
Thandeka Gqubule finds out about the different challenges of writing journalism and writing books, with Marita van der Vyver, Paul McNally and Rian Malan.
with: Thandeka Gqubule; Marita van der Vyver; Paul McNally; Rian Malan.
 Sophie Hannah in her own words
Travel writer and shameless fan Darrel Bristow-Bovey finds out more about one of the UK’s most successful crime writers, Sophie Hannah (Closed Casket, The Narrow Bed).with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey; Sophie Hannah
 Mastering the past
Historian Bill Nasson (History Matters), with Fred Khumalo (Dancing the Death Drill), Philippe Sands (East West Street) and Tim Butcher (The Trigger), consider the challenges and obligations of understanding the past.with: Bill Nasson; Fred Khumalo; Philippe Sands; Tim Butcher
 Playing with words
On knowing the rules of writing, and how to break them: Sue de Groot tests the boundaries of poets Blaq Pearl and Shirmoney Rhode (Nommer 20 Delphi Straat), and novelist Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower).with: Sue de Groot; Blaq Pearl; Shirmoney Rhode; Claire Robertson
 The author as chemist
Ann Donald asks Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes), Joanne Harris (Different Class) and Michael Sears aka half of Michael Stanley (the Detective Kubu series) how they balance the elements of plot, character and theme to create literary page-turners.with: Ann Donald; Ekow Duker; Joanne Harris; Michael Sears
 Writing my family
Negotiating the path between family sensitivities and the author’s right to write the story as they choose is a skill that Daniel Browde, Neil Sonnekus and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa have all developed. They tell Hagen Engler how they did it.with: Daniel Browde; Neil Sonnekus; Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa; Hagen Engler
 Can South Africa escape the poverty trap?
Peter Bruce talks economics, policy and education with Brian Kantor, Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass.with: Peter Bruce; Brian Kantor; Jeremy Seekings; Nicoli Nattrass
 Armchair refs
Sometime sportswriters Carlos Amato and Tom Eaton lob a few balls around the patchy pitch of sports journalism and commentary in South Africa — whether on the page, the small screen or the airwaves.
with: Carlos Amato; Tom Eaton
 Is it hard writing for easy reading?
From popular fiction to incisive commentary to evocative columns, the best writers make it seem effortless, but how much mental sweat goes into achieving this end? Alison Lowry asks two very different authors: Lesley Pearse and Rian Malan.with: Alison Lowry; Lesley Pearse; Rian Malan
 The price of honesty
Speaking your mind, sharing your thoughts, talking truth to power — the risks for those who dare are great in a Twitterised world. Steven Boykey Sidley asks Lerato Tshabalala, Rafique Gangat and Zapiro how they have handled personal attacks.with: Steve Boykey Sidley; Lerato Tshabalala; Rafique Gangat; Zapiro
 What can we learn from novels?
Richard Mason asks Greg Fried, Lisa Lazarus and Sally Andrew about the extraordinary things fiction can teach readers of all ages.with: Richard Mason; Greg Fried; Lisa Lazarus; Sally Andrew
 The funny thing about writing
How easy is it to write funny, and how and why do writers use humour to get a message across? Rebecca Davis asks Fred Khumalo, Gail Schimmel and Paige Nick.
with: Rebecca Davis; Fred Khumalo; Gail Schimmel; Paige Nick
 What publishers want
In preparation for next year's projected Porcupine's Den event (think 'Dragon's Den' for writers), would-be authors get to pick the brains of publishers Ester Levinrad (Jonathan Ball), Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Books) and Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books), led by Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books). Other publishers are welcome to attend and weigh in on the discussion.
with: Ester Levinrad; Phehello Mofokeng; Thabiso Mahlape; Colleen Higgs
 My first novel
First-time novelists Fiona Melrose and Kiprop Kimutai share the pain and the pride of getting their first books on the shelf, with Mohale Mashigo in the chair.with: Fiona Melrose; Kiprop Kimutai; Mohale Mashigo
 The polylinguists
Tom Dreyer asks Jennifer Friedman (English/Afrikaans) and Jolyn Phillips (English/Afrikaans/French) whether the ability to speak and write in different languages is a help or a hindrance?with: Tom Dreyer; Jennifer Friedman; Jolyn Phillips