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ARCHIVE 2018 : AUDIO


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[1] The F word
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The F word

Fearless. Risky writers Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Sorry, Not Sorry) and Richard Poplak (columnist, Daily Maverick) dare you to shift your thinking. Chair Gus Silber invites you to join the conversation.

with: Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Richard Poplak, Gus Silber
[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle
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Beyond the stormy sea of struggle

Looking back at the wisdom of our struggle stalwarts gives us hope for the future. Karabo Kgoleng invites Ronnie Kasrils (A Simple Man) and Toni Strasburg (daughter of Rusty Bernstein, Memory Against Forgetting)  to tell us more about the remarkable people they knew.

with: Karabo Kgoleng, Ronnie Kasrils, Toni Strasburg
[5] Ahmed Kathrada: The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture
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Ahmed Kathrada: The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture

Writer and activist Elinor Sisulu reflects on the life and times of activist Ahmed Kathrada – as reader, thinker and writer. Introduction by Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink)

with: Elinor Sisulu, Karina Szczurek
[8] The books that made me
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The books that made me

The way we think, the way we see the world, is informed by what we read. Christopher Hope (Move-on Blues), Irna van Zyl (Death Cup) and Thuli Nhlapo (Colour Me Yellow) share their favourite influencers. Literary critic Wamuwi Mbao leads the conversation.

with: Christopher Hope, Irna van Zyl, Thuli Nhlapo, Wamuwi Mbao
[10] Recipe for a president
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Recipe for a president

What kind of president does South Africa truly need, and are we convinced that such a person exists? Jacques Pauw (The President's Keepers) and Jan-Jan Joubert (Who Will Rule in 2019) stir the pot with international relations scholar Oscar van Heerden.

with: Jacques Pauw, Jan-Jan Joubert, Oscar van Heerden
[11] So, what's new?
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So, what's new?

When they're repeatedly observed and exposed, how does one find a new angle on the public figures that influence our lives. Pieter du Toit (Enemy of the People), Zapiro (Hasta la Gupta, Baby) and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC Continues) discuss their unique approaches, with Victor Dlamini.

with: Pieter du Toit, Zapiro, Prince Mashele, Victor Dlamini
[12] A macro-economic masterclass
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A macro-economic masterclass

SA's in a state of economic crisis. How did we get here and how do we pull back from the brink? Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (Democracy and Delusion) leads the conversation with Claire Bisseker (On the Brink) and Frans Rautenbach (SA can work).

with: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Claire Bisseker, Frans Rautenbach
[14] One-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom
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One-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom

Renowned Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom (An Egyptian Novel) discusses her life and work with literary critic and author Karina Szczurek.

with: Orly Castel-Bloom, Karina Szczurek
[18] One-on-one with Redi Tlhabi
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One-on-one with Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi) discusses what motivates her as a writer, mother and academic, with Michele Magwood.

with: Redi Tlhabi, Michele Magwood
[19] When characters take on a life of their own
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When characters take on a life of their own

Who holds the most power in story and character development: the author or the hero? Helen Moffett asks Deon Meyer (Fever), Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X series).

with: Deon Meyer, Achmat Dangor, Gregg Hurwitz, Helen Moffett
[20] Writing on the fly
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Writing on the fly

Ralph Mathekga (News 24), and Rebecca Davis (Mail & Guardian) are two of our sharpest thought leaders. CapeTalk presenter Africa Melane asks what it takes to keep their finger on the pulse.

with: Ralph Mathekga, Rebecca Davis, Africa Melane
[22] How it felt
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How it felt

History gives us the facts; fiction takes over to help us understand, cope with, and be motivated by the past. Editor and author Fred Khumalo discusses with Mzuvukile Maqetuka (Camdeboo Stories), Joyce Kotze (Beyond Forgiveness) and Claire Robertson.

with: Fred Khumalo, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Joyce Kotze, Claire Robertson
[27] Beyond the precipice
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Beyond the precipice

When we're teetering on the edge of chaos, we can try to cling to the status quo or find ways to move on. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Mark Heywood (Get up! Stand up!) offer some suggestions, with Peter Bruce in the chair.

with: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Mark Heywood, Peter Bruce
[28] The fiercer sex
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The fiercer sex

The era of demure dames in aprons is behind us, but women still battle to claim their constitutional right to equality. Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Rehana Rossouw (New Times) and Carien du Plessis (Woman in the Wings: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) hash out the challenges with feminist writer Danielle Bowler.

with: Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Rehana Rossouw, Carien du Plessis, Danielle Bowler
[29] The golden continental thread
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The golden continental thread

Are the precious ties that bind us as Africans unravelling? Radio veteran and literary critic Karabo Kgoleng opens the conversation with Nompumelelo Mqwebu (Through the Eyes of an African Chef), Alick Chingapi (Through a Black Iris), and Francis Wilson (Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy).

with: Karabo Kgoleng, Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Alick Chingapi, Francis Wilson
[31] The better bookclub
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The better bookclub

Books, wine, snacking, yacking: is that all there is to a great book club? Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes) invites you to bring yours to chat with Angela Makholwa (The Blessed Girl) and Louise Gelderblom (The Book Club Cookbook) about making book-clubbing an even richer experience. 

with: Ekow Duker, Angela Makholwa, Louise Gelderblom
[37] One-on-one with Sisonke Msimang
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One-on-one with Sisonke Msimang

Palesa Morudu chats with renowned writer and thinker Sisonke Msimang about life, identity and belonging.

with: Sisonke Msimang, Palesa Morudu
[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg
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Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg

Homeless Writer’s Project contributors David Majoka, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli join editor Harriet Perlman in conversation about the magnificent book that formed the film.

with: David Majoka, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli, Harriet Perlman
[40] From the word go
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From the word go

What makes for a gripping first paragraph? Fiction authors Bianca Marais, Christopher Hope and Phumlani Pikoli (The Fatuous State of Severity) share the ones they wish they'd written themselves with acclaimed writer Bridget Hilton-Barber. 

with: Bianca Marais, Christopher Hope, Phumlani Pikoli, Bridget Hilton-Barber
[44] On the edge of your seat
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On the edge of your seat

We don't want to go there, but the suspense won't let go. Jenny Crwys-Williams asks thriller writers Tony Park, Deon Meyer and Gregg Hurwitz how they keep us hooked.

with: Tony Park, Deon Meyer, Gregg Hurwitz, Jenny Crwys-Williams
[46] (18:00-18:45) How to be alone: adventures in creativity and solitude
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(18:00-18:45) How to be alone: adventures in creativity and solitude

In early 2018 Darrel Bristow-Bovey moved to Ikaria, a remote Greek island in the north-eastern Aegean where average life-expectancy is over 100, to learn if it's possible to disconnect from the modern world, and whether being less connected means being happier and more creative. In a talk that ranges between neuroscience, the Apocalypse, The Little Prince, mindfulness, Greek myths and the virtues of the afternoon nap, Darrel discusses saving your life by switching off your phone, and how far you have to go to find yourself. R100 through Webtickets.

with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey
[50] The Game Changer
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The Game Changer

Richard Poplak discusses the riotous politics of our nation with the outspoken General Bantu Holomisa (leader of the United Democratic Movement) and journalist Eric Naki (author of The Game Changer).

with: Bantu Holomisa, Eric Naki, Richard Poplack
[51] A bit about me
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A bit about me

Their extraordinary abilities to tell the tales of heroines past have won Kate Mosse and Kate Furnivall massive acclaim and happily addicted readers. But how much of their own desires and memories made their way onto the page? Michele Magwood finds out.

with: Kate Moss, Kate Furnivall, Michele Magwood
[53] The conscious kitchen
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The conscious kitchen

Every bite, every piece of packaging – and every kilometre that your food travels from origin to plate – matters. Science journalist Leonie Joubert exposes the gritty reality with Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Daisy Jones (Star Fish), and Nico Verster (Safari and Spices).

with: Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Daisy Jones, Nico Verster, Leonie Joubert
[59] Finding our way
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Finding our way

In this time of distrust and betrayal, how do we find our own ethical compass to navigate a way through an often-leaderless landscape? Ralph Mathekga, Mark Heywood and Sisonke Msimang discuss, with Ray Hartley (Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would be King) leading the discussion.

with: Ralph Mathekga, Mark Heywood, Sisonke Msimang, Ray Hartley
[60] The heart of crime
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The heart of crime

Gregg Hurwitz, Karin Brynard (Homeland) and Tony Park discuss what makes their characters tick with SAfm broadcaster Nancy Richards.

with: Gregg Hurwitz, Karin Brynard, Tony Park, Nancy Richards
[62] Women apart
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Women apart

Storytellers Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Bianca Marais talk to Karabo Kgoleng about identity, separation, sacrifice and compromise beneath the shadow of apartheid.

with: Achmat Dangor, Bianca Marais, Karabo Kgoleng
[68] So, what is up with the ANC
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So, what is up with the ANC

Pallo Jordan and Prince Mashele look to the history of SA's most powerful political party to explain the present and predict the future. Victor Dlamini chairs.

with: Pallo Jordan, Prince Mashele, Victor Dlamini
[69] Despite the risks
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Despite the risks

Mandy Wiener asks how far investigative journalists will go to unearth the truth; with Crispian Olver (How to Steal a City), Pieter du Toit, and Adriaan Basson (Enemy of the People).

with: Crispian Olver, Pieter du Toit, Adriaan Basson, Mandy Wiener
[71] The family way
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The family way

Secrets, bonds, and expectations are the glue that hold the story together while threatening the hero's journey. Bridget Hilton-Barber chats with Barbara Boswell (Grace), Steven Boykey Sidley and Maya Fowler (Patagonia).

with: Barbara Boswell, Steven Boykey Sidley, Maya Fowler, Bridget Hilton-Barber
[76] Tales of my city
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Tales of my city

Rehana Rossouw, John W Fredericks (Skollie) and Nomvuyo Ngcelwane (Sala Kahle, District Six) reveal their cities through their stories. Journalist Don Pinnock explores the challenges and rewards of representing a space and its people.

with: Rehana Rossouw, John W Fredricks, Nomvuyo Ngcelwane, Don Pinnock
[79] Story building
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Story building

Fred Khumalo chats with Orly Castel-Bloom, crime writer Karin Brynard and Mick Herron about how they gather the ingredients for moreish reads.

with: Orly Castel-Bloom, Karin Brynard, Mick Herron, Fred Khumalo
[80] After the debut
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After the debut

The first novel gets all the hype, so you would think the next book would be a breeze, right? Niq Mhlongo, Deon Meyer and Nicolas Fargues reveal the pitfalls to Mohale Mashigo.

with: Niq Mhlongo, Deon Meyer, Nicolas Fargues, Mohale Mashigo
[82] From the sublime...
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From the sublime...

Dakar hero Joey Evans and crazy kayakers Terry and Barbara Bell (A Hat, a Kayak & Dreams of Dar) tell Tamara LePine-Williams why they just did it. And you why you should too.

with: Joey Evans, Terry Bell, Barbara Bell, Tamara LePine-Williams
[86] You like therefore I am
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You like therefore I am

Is the lack of critical understanding in social media interactions threatening thought? Rebecca Davis explores the blight of virtue signalling with Sisonke Msimang, Irna van Zyl and Redi Tlhabi.

with: Sisonke Msimang, Redi Tlhabi, Rebecca Davis, Irna van Zyl
[88] From the truth to the tale
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From the truth to the tale

Delving into the facts to create the fiction is its own adventure. Maya Fowler, Kate Furnivall and Rahla Xenopoulos share their research journeys with Finuala Dowling.

with: Maya Fowler, Kate Furnivall, Rahla Xenopoulos, Finuala Dowling
[89] A game of two halves
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A game of two halves

Darrel Bristow-Bovey discusses the present and future of South African sport on the international stage with Thando Manana, Carlos Amato and Nikolaos Kirkinis (The Curse of Teko).

with: Thando Manana, Carlos Amato, Nikolaos Kirkinis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey
[91] It is not about me
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It is not about me

Henrietta Rose-Innes asks biographers James Styan (Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard), Eric Naki and Nechama Brodie (Rule of Law) how they managed to research and reveal the personal and professional lives of their subjects while remaining objective.

with: James Styan, Eric Naki, Nechama Brodie, Henrietta Rose-Innes
[96] The last drop
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The last drop

Our precious water resources are abused and threatened; how did we get into this mess and how can we get out? Leonie Joubert discusses with Jacklyn Cock (Writing the Ancestral River), Helen Moffett (101 Water Wise Ways) and Vishwas Satgar (The Climate Crisis).

with: Jacklyn Cock, Helen Moffett, Vishwas Satgar, Leonie Joubert
[98] (17:30-18:30) Cuddle Me Kill Me
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(17:30-18:30) Cuddle Me Kill Me

Richard Peirce (Cuddle Me Kill Me - A true account of South Africa’s captive lion breeding and canned hunting industry) and wildlife specialist  Ian Michler talk to Don Pinnock about the dark world of captive lion breeding. R70 through Webtickets.

with: Richard Peirce, Ian Michler, Don Pinnock
[101] My life and the news
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My life and the news

Broadcast journalists Iman Rappetti and Lukhanyo Calata (My Father Died for This) talk to Ray Hartley about what it takes to defend the truth, for the sake of the nation and their own integrity.

with: Iman Rappetti, Lukhanyo Calata, Ray Hartley
[102] The need to escape
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The need to escape

Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to John Hunt, Consuelo Roland, and Mick Herron about how we find ourselves by getting lost in a page.

with: John Hunt, Consuelo Roland, Mick Herron, Jenny Crwys-Williams
[104] The Kowie and the Camdeboo
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The Kowie and the Camdeboo

A land of rivers, mountains, and human displacement and conflict has many stories to tell. Jacklyn Cock and Mzuvukile Maqetuka share their passion for the Eastern Cape with Phehello Mofokeng.

with: Jacklyn Cock, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Phehello Mofokeng
[109] A day in the life
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A day in the life

Kate Mosse, Orly Castel-Bloom and Maya Fowler dispel the idea that words just flow; but what does it actually take to write for a living? Kate Sidley enquires.  

with: Kate Mosse, Orly Castel-Bloom, Maya Fowler, Kate Sidley
[110] One-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz
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One-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz

New York Times best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz chats to Ekow Duker about his books, his processes, and his life beyond the page.

with: Gregg Hurwitz, Ekow Duker
[112] The secrets of my style
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The secrets of my style

Henrietta Rose-Innes and Zinzi Clemmons dish the dirt on how their experiences shape their storytelling with Ann Donald.

with: Henrietta Rose-Innes, Zinzi Clemmons, Ann Donald
[117] Off the field
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Off the field

Soccer star Teko Modise and Springbok rugby player Thando Manana went through trying times to reach their goals. Their biographers Nikolaos Kirkinis and Sibusiso Mjikeliso share their stories with Africa Melane.

 

with: Sibusiso Mjikeliso, Nikolaos Kirkinis, Africa Melane
[118] This is who I am
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This is who I am

The most memorable personal reflections are those written with palpable honesty. Iman Rappetti, Siya Khumalo and Kate Turkington tell Wamuwi Mbao how much they were prepared to reveal about themselves.

with: Iman Rappetti, Siya Khumalo, Kate Turkington, Wamui Mbao
[120] Dear reader
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Dear reader

Savvy writers balance character development with knowing what the reader wants. Fiona Snyckers, Nicolas Fargues, and Angela Makholwa discuss how they make this work, with Kate Sidley.

with: Fiona Snyckers, Nicolas Fargues, Angela Makholwa, Kate Sidley


ARCHIVE 2018 : PROGRAMME

NG Church
12:30-13:10 The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy
with: Christopher Duigan

12:30-13:10 The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy

Sunday, 20 May
12:30:00
13:10:00
NG Church

Christopher Duigan plays an exploration of music by Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death in 1918, including Clair de Lune and The Sunken Cathedral. R120 through Webtickets or pay at the door. 

Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
From 13:00 Music. Bon Bon finale – The Gershwin Songbook
with: Christopher Duigan

From 13:00 Music. Bon Bon finale – The Gershwin Songbook

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
00:00:00
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a combined lunch and concert performance. Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan plays Gershwin’s scintillating Rhapsody in Blue, three preludes and 18 song transcriptions. Booking essential: Call 021 876 3936. R500 including a three-course meal.

NG Church
19:00-20:10 Romantic Music for clarinet and piano

19:00-20:10 Romantic Music for clarinet and piano

Friday, 18 May
00:00:00
20:10:00
NG Church

Shelley Levy (clarinet) and Pavel Timofeyevsky (piano). The London-based duo play Brahms, Chausson and Bernstein. R120 through Webtickets or pay at the door. 

Wes-Eind Primary School
FLF Spelling Bee Competition

FLF Spelling Bee Competition

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
00:00:00
Wes-Eind Primary School

The FLF Spelling Bee Competition is open to Grade 6 and 7 pupils. One of the aims of the Franschhoek Literary Festival is to support a reading culture in our community and to lend the opportunity for our valley schools to all participate on one level and on one platform. Entry is free. 

NG Church
(11:00-12:10) Music: From Beethoven to Piazzolla
with: Tertia Visser Downue, Cheryl de Havilland, Matthew Reid

(11:00-12:10) Music: From Beethoven to Piazzolla

Saturday, 19 May
11:00:00
12:10:00
NG Church

Tertia Visser Downie (piano), Cheryl de Havilland (cello) and Matthew Reid (clarinet) play Beethoven, Klezmer music and tangos by Piazzolla. R120 through Webtickets or pay at the door.

New School Hall
[1] The F word
with: Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Richard Poplak, Gus Silber

[1] The F word

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Fearless. Risky writers Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Sorry, Not Sorry) and Richard Poplak (columnist, Daily Maverick) dare you to shift your thinking. Chair Gus Silber invites you to join the conversation.

Old School Hall
[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle
with: Karabo Kgoleng, Ronnie Kasrils, Toni Strasburg

[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Looking back at the wisdom of our struggle stalwarts gives us hope for the future. Karabo Kgoleng invites Ronnie Kasrils (A Simple Man) and Toni Strasburg (daughter of Rusty Bernstein, Memory Against Forgetting)  to tell us more about the remarkable people they knew.

Church Hall
[3] What it takes to fill a page
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Mick Herron, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Claire Roberston

[3] What it takes to fill a page

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Research, pacing, procrastination, expletives and wine. Times columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey exposes the realities of writing the next 300 words with Mick Herron (This is What Happened), Henrietta Rose-Innes (Nineveh, Green Lion) and Claire Robertson (Under Glass).

Congregational Church
[4] Gossip with the old goats
with: Michele Magwood, Gordon Forbes, Richard Steyn, James Clarke

[4] Gossip with the old goats

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Sunday Times literary editor Michele Magwood catches up with Gordon Forbes (I'll Take The Sunny Side), Richard Steyn (Churchill & Smuts), and James Clarke (Overkill: The Race to Save South Africa's Wildlife) as they chat about sport, politics, and life as they see it

Council Chamber
[5] Ahmed Kathrada: The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture
with: Elinor Sisulu, Karina Szczurek

[5] Ahmed Kathrada: The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

Writer and activist Elinor Sisulu reflects on the life and times of activist Ahmed Kathrada – as reader, thinker and writer. Introduction by Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink)

Elephant & Barrel
[5a] One-on-one with Ruda Landman
with: Ruda Landman, Reinher Behrens

[5a] One-on-one with Ruda Landman

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Reinher Behrens (CEO Franschhoek Tourism) chats to one of South Africa’s most beloved TV journalists Ruda Landman (Tell Me Your Story) about how our choices shape our lives and our country.

Hospice Hall
[6] In deep water
with: Christa Kuljian, Mike Bruton, Margo Branch, George Branch

[6] In deep water

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

Writer Christa Kuljian explores our oceans' wonders, treasures and threats in a fascinating visual experience, with Mike Bruton (The Annotated Old Four Legs), Margo Branch and George Branch (Living Shores).

Travellers Lodge
[7] What does feminism look like in 2018
with: Mohale Mashigo, Jen Thorpe, Helen Moffett, Tshegofatso Senne

[7] What does feminism look like in 2018

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning) investigates the challenges and successes of modern feminism with Jen Thorpe (Feminism Is), Helen Moffett (Feminism Is) and social commentator Tshegofatso Senne

NG Church
[8] The books that made me
with: Christopher Hope, Irna van Zyl, Thuli Nhlapo, Wamuwi Mbao

[8] The books that made me

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
NG Church

The way we think, the way we see the world, is informed by what we read. Christopher Hope (Move-on Blues), Irna van Zyl (Death Cup) and Thuli Nhlapo (Colour Me Yellow) share their favourite influencers. Literary critic Wamuwi Mbao leads the conversation.

Leeu Estates
[9] One-on-one with Kate Turkington
with: Kate Turkington, Pamela Power

[9] One-on-one with Kate Turkington

Friday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Leeu Estates

The indefatigable Kate Turkington (Yes, Really!) has climbed every mountain and forded every stream; author Pamela Power invites you to share in some of her marvellous adventures, followed by a delectable sweet and savoury tea at the beautiful Leeu Estates. R200 for both through Webtickets. 

New School Hall
[10] Recipe for a president
with: Jacques Pauw, Jan-Jan Joubert, Oscar van Heerden

[10] Recipe for a president

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

What kind of president does South Africa truly need, and are we convinced that such a person exists? Jacques Pauw (The President's Keepers) and Jan-Jan Joubert (Who Will Rule in 2019) stir the pot with international relations scholar Oscar van Heerden.

Old School Hall
[11] So, what's new?
with: Pieter du Toit, Zapiro, Prince Mashele, Victor Dlamini

[11] So, what's new?

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

When they're repeatedly observed and exposed, how does one find a new angle on the public figures that influence our lives. Pieter du Toit (Enemy of the People), Zapiro (Hasta la Gupta, Baby) and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC Continues) discuss their unique approaches, with Victor Dlamini.

Church Hall
[12] A macro-economic masterclass
with: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Claire Bisseker, Frans Rautenbach

[12] A macro-economic masterclass

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

SA's in a state of economic crisis. How did we get here and how do we pull back from the brink? Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (Democracy and Delusion) leads the conversation with Claire Bisseker (On the Brink) and Frans Rautenbach (SA can work).

Congregational Church
[13] Disrupting the bottom line
with: Sam Beckbessinger, John Hunt, Peter Bruce, Wayne Joseph

[13] Disrupting the bottom line

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Sam Beckbessinger (How to Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup), John Hunt (The Boy Who Could Keep a Swan in His Head), and TisoBlackstar senior commentator Peter Bruce discuss the real key to business success: people. Wayne Joseph leads the conversation.

Council Chamber
[14] One-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom
with: Orly Castel-Bloom, Karina Szczurek

[14] One-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

Renowned Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom (An Egyptian Novel) discusses her life and work with literary critic and author Karina Szczurek.

Elephant & Barrel
[15] Flighty writers
with: Bridget Hilton-Barber, Vernon Head, Peter Steyn

[15] Flighty writers

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Elephant & Barrel

Nature enthusiast Bridget Hilton-Barber invites twitchers to share their own stories with birding authors Vernon Head (Featherings) and Peter Steyn (Memories of a Birdwatcher).

Hospice Hall
[16] Winning works aloud
with: Jim Pascal Agustin, René Bohnen, Moses Shimo Seletisha, Rabbie Serumula

[16] Winning works aloud

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

The three shortlist Sol Plaatje Poetry Award winners Jim Pascal Agustin (with a poem about the Coligny Saga), René Bohnen (First People) and Moses Shimo Seletisha (Mahlalewa) present their selected pieces. Facilitated by Rabbie Serumula. R30 through Webtickets.

Travellers Lodge
[17] Crafting connections
with: Alison Lowry, Johan Vlok Louw, Kate Furnivall, Bianca Marais

[17] Crafting connections

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

Editor and writer Alison Lowry explores how authors create authentic characters whose actions create believable stories; with Johan Vlok Louw (A Gap in the Hedge), Kate Furnivall (The Betrayal) and Bianca Marais (Hum If You Don't know the Words).

New School Hall
[18] One-on-one with Redi Tlhabi
with: Redi Tlhabi, Michele Magwood

[18] One-on-one with Redi Tlhabi

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi) discusses what motivates her as a writer, mother and academic, with Michele Magwood.

Old School Hall
[19] When characters take on a life of their own
with: Deon Meyer, Achmat Dangor, Gregg Hurwitz, Helen Moffett

[19] When characters take on a life of their own

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Who holds the most power in story and character development: the author or the hero? Helen Moffett asks Deon Meyer (Fever), Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X series).

Church Hall
[20] Writing on the fly
with: Ralph Mathekga, Rebecca Davis, Africa Melane

[20] Writing on the fly

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Ralph Mathekga (News 24), and Rebecca Davis (Mail & Guardian) are two of our sharpest thought leaders. CapeTalk presenter Africa Melane asks what it takes to keep their finger on the pulse.

Congregational Church
[21] If you please
with: Jassy Mackenzie, Tony Park, Kate Mosse, Steven Boykey Sidley

[21] If you please

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

Making the reading experience an enjoyable one is what Jassy Mackenzie (Bad Seeds), Tony Park (Captive), and Kate Mosse (Burning Chambers) do; but how do they strike the balance between pleasing and provoking? Author Steven Boykey Sidley (Imperfect Solo) finds out.

Council Chamber
[22] How it felt
with: Fred Khumalo, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Joyce Kotze, Claire Robertson

[22] How it felt

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

History gives us the facts; fiction takes over to help us understand, cope with, and be motivated by the past. Editor and author Fred Khumalo discusses with Mzuvukile Maqetuka (Camdeboo Stories), Joyce Kotze (Beyond Forgiveness) and Claire Robertson.

Elephant & Barrel
[23] African literature - unfinished business
with: Phehello Mofokeng, Litheko Modisane

[23] African literature - unfinished business

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

The 1962 Makerere Conference of African Literature contended that such literature starts with what Mukoma wa Ngugi calls the 'Makerere Generation'. Phehello Mofokeng and Litheko Modisane explore this contentious thinking.

Hospice Hall
[24] How I see it
with: Hedley Twidle, Sisonke Msimang, Joseph Woods, Jacques Rousseau

[24] How I see it

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

Their ability to try thoughts on like ideological garments is what makes Hedley Twidle (Firepool), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) and Irish poet Joseph Woods (Monsoon Diary) consummate writers. Critical thinker Jacques Rousseau explores how they do it.

Travellers Lodge
[25] Why we should care
with: Tamara LePine-Williamsm Richard Peirce, James Clarke Josh Crickmay

[25] Why we should care

Friday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Our planet's wildlife is under threat from poaching, climate change, and urbanisation. Tamara LePine-Williams discusses why this matters with Richard Peirce (Nicole), James Clarke and Josh Crickmay (Josh Crickmay's Big Year).

New School Hall
[27] Beyond the precipice
with: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Mark Heywood, Peter Bruce

[27] Beyond the precipice

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

When we're teetering on the edge of chaos, we can try to cling to the status quo or find ways to move on. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Mark Heywood (Get up! Stand up!) offer some suggestions, with Peter Bruce in the chair.

Old School Hall
[28] The fiercer sex
with: Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Rehana Rossouw, Carien du Plessis, Danielle Bowler

[28] The fiercer sex

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

The era of demure dames in aprons is behind us, but women still battle to claim their constitutional right to equality. Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Rehana Rossouw (New Times) and Carien du Plessis (Woman in the Wings: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) hash out the challenges with feminist writer Danielle Bowler.

Church Hall
[29] The golden continental thread
with: Karabo Kgoleng, Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Alick Chingapi, Francis Wilson

[29] The golden continental thread

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

Are the precious ties that bind us as Africans unravelling? Radio veteran and literary critic Karabo Kgoleng opens the conversation with Nompumelelo Mqwebu (Through the Eyes of an African Chef), Alick Chingapi (Through a Black Iris), and Francis Wilson (Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy).

Congregational Church
[30] Do you dare to be aware?
with: Sally Partridge, Emma Sadleir, Pamela Power

[30] Do you dare to be aware?

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

Sexting, catfishing, bullying - a parent's nightmare; their teen's reality. Sally Partridge (Mine) and Emma Sadleir (Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones) discuss the challenges Generation Z face, with Pamela Power.

Council Chamber
[31] The better bookclub
with: Ekow Duker, Angela Makholwa, Louise Gelderblom

[31] The better bookclub

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

Books, wine, snacking, yacking: is that all there is to a great book club? Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes) invites you to bring yours to chat with Angela Makholwa (The Blessed Girl) and Louise Gelderblom (The Book Club Cookbook) about making book-clubbing an even richer experience. 

Elephant & Barrel
[32] The other side
with: Tracy Going, Lauren Segal, Mohale Mashigo

[32] The other side

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Elephant & Barrel

People break in different ways. Physically, emotionally, or both. Authors and survivors Tracy Going (Brutal Legacy) and Lauren Segal (Cancer: A Love Story) tell Mohale Mashigo how their experiences lead to a new truth.

Hospice Hall
[33] Through my lens
with: Millard W Arnold, Daniel Naude, Victor Dlamini

[33] Through my lens

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

Photographers Millard W Arnold (The Testimony of Steve Biko) and Daniel Naude (Cattle of the Ages) share their images as they discuss their skills, techniques and vision with columnist and photographer Victor Dlamini.  

Travellers Lodge
[34] Putting hope to work
with: Daniel Baxter, Thabo Makgoba, Frans Rautenbach, Alison Lowry

[34] Putting hope to work

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Travellers Lodge

Pessimism is easy; optimism requires courage and action. Daniel Baxter (One Life at a Time), Thabo Makgoba (Faith and Courage) and Frans Rautenbach (South Africa Can Work) discuss hope as a tool for change, with Alison Lowry.

Library
[35] Workshop: Writing for social media
with: Gus Silber

[35] Workshop: Writing for social media

Friday, 18 May
14:30:00
16:30:00
Library

Whether you’re Facebooking, tweeting or Instagramming, the same basic principles of good and effective writing apply as for any other media communication. Gus Silber shares some thoughts and techniques on making your public networking more connected, relevant, engaging and memorable. R150 through Webtickets.

New School Hall
[36] At what cost?
with: Jacques Pauw, Zapiro, Mark Shaw, Mandy Wiener

[36] At what cost?

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

Putting their lives, financial security and reputations on the line, Jacques Pauw, Zapiro and Mark Shaw (Hitmen for Hire) brave the deep end of waters muddied by injustice. Journalist Mandy Wiener (Ministry of Crime) asks them how they find the courage. 

Old School Hall
[37] One-on-one with Sisonke Msimang
with: Sisonke Msimang, Palesa Morudu

[37] One-on-one with Sisonke Msimang

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

Palesa Morudu chats with renowned writer and thinker Sisonke Msimang about life, identity and belonging.

Church Hall
[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg
with: David Majoka, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli, Harriet Perlman

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Church Hall

Homeless Writer’s Project contributors David Majoka, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli join editor Harriet Perlman in conversation about the magnificent book that formed the film.

Congregational Church
[39] Decapitalising your cash
with: Sam Beckbessinger, Simon Dingle, Lauren Beukes

[39] Decapitalising your cash

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

Drones are surveying, robots are building, and cryptocurrency is funding our lives. Sam Beckbessinger (How to Manage Your Money) and Simon Dingle (In Math We Trust) discuss the political and personal implications of the bank balance of the future, with dystopian author Lauren Beukes.

Council Chamber
[40] From the word go
with: Bianca Marais, Christopher Hope, Phumlani Pikoli, Bridget Hilton-Barber

[40] From the word go

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

What makes for a gripping first paragraph? Fiction authors Bianca Marais, Christopher Hope and Phumlani Pikoli (The Fatuous State of Severity) share the ones they wish they'd written themselves with acclaimed writer Bridget Hilton-Barber. 

Elephant & Barrel
[41] How I am me
with: Siya Khumalo, Christi van der Westhuizen, Tshegofatso Senne

[41] How I am me

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Siya Khumalo (You Have to be Gay to Know God), Christi van der Westhuizen (Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa) and gender warrior Tshegofatso Senne discuss the meaning of gender in terms of political and social identity.

Hospice Hall
[42] Like branches on a tree...
with: Nolubabalo Rani, Gilly Southwood, Philippa Kabali-Kagwa

[42] Like branches on a tree...

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

Storytellers Nolubabalo Rani, Gilly Southwood and Philippa Kabali-Kagwa will entrance you with their telling of folktales and personal stories that explore our diversity and common humanity. Perfect for the whole family.

Travellers Lodge
[43] Colour me human
with: Thuli Nhlapo, Sara-Jayne King, Zinzi Clemmons, Oscar van Heerden

[43] Colour me human

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Thuli Nhlapo, Sara-Jayne King (Killing Karoline) and Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose) discuss how colour and race impact the way we see and are seen, with Oscar van Heerden

 

NG Church
[44] On the edge of your seat
with: Tony Park, Deon Meyer, Gregg Hurwitz, Jenny Crwys-Williams

[44] On the edge of your seat

Friday, 18 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
NG Church

We don't want to go there, but the suspense won't let go. Jenny Crwys-Williams asks thriller writers Tony Park, Deon Meyer and Gregg Hurwitz how they keep us hooked.

New School Hall
[45] (19:30-21:00) Music: Pops & Dave
with: Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds

[45] (19:30-21:00) Music: Pops & Dave

Friday, 18 May
19:30:00
21:00:00
New School Hall

Master of the steelpans, an instrument indigenous to the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, Dave Reynolds also plays a ten-string harp guitar. He teams up here with Pops Mohamed who plays indigenous African instruments, has made movies and recordings with the Kalahari Bushmen and scored award-winning SA films like The Whale Caller. Their album Live in Grahamstown was nominated for a SAMA. R150.00 through Webtickets.
Church Hall
[46] (18:00-18:45) How to be alone: adventures in creativity and solitude
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[46] (18:00-18:45) How to be alone: adventures in creativity and solitude

Friday, 18 May
18:00:00
18:45:00
Church Hall

In early 2018 Darrel Bristow-Bovey moved to Ikaria, a remote Greek island in the north-eastern Aegean where average life-expectancy is over 100, to learn if it's possible to disconnect from the modern world, and whether being less connected means being happier and more creative. In a talk that ranges between neuroscience, the Apocalypse, The Little Prince, mindfulness, Greek myths and the virtues of the afternoon nap, Darrel discusses saving your life by switching off your phone, and how far you have to go to find yourself. R100 through Webtickets.

Congregational Church
[47] (18:00-18:45) To Stand Somewhere
with: Ter Hollmann, Moses Rasekele

[47] (18:00-18:45) To Stand Somewhere

Friday, 18 May
18:00:00
18:45:00
Congregational Church

An often darkly humorous and thought-provoking  journey into being South African, African, and human. Written and performed by Ter Hollmann, directed by Moses Rasekele. R100 through Webtickets.

Hospice Hall
[48] (17:30-19:30) Vaya - Movie screening
with: Akin Omotoso

[48] (17:30-19:30) Vaya - Movie screening

Friday, 18 May
17:30:00
19:30:00
Hospice Hall

Director Akin Omotoso presents the international award-winning film Vaya, the movie that inspired the book Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg. The audience is invited to chat with the director and authors after the screening. R120 through Webtickets.

New School Hall
[49] The enemies of democracy
with: Jacques Rousseau, Prince Mashele, Pallo Jordan, Ronnie Kasrils

[49] The enemies of democracy

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Jacques Rousseau discusses the scourge of institutional patriarchy, corruption and infighting with Prince Mashele, Pallo Jordan (Letters to my Comrades), and Ronnie Kasrils (A Simple Man).

Old School Hall
[50] The Game Changer
with: Bantu Holomisa, Eric Naki, Richard Poplack

[50] The Game Changer

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Richard Poplak discusses the riotous politics of our nation with the outspoken General Bantu Holomisa (leader of the United Democratic Movement) and journalist Eric Naki (author of The Game Changer).

Church Hall
[51] A bit about me
with: Kate Moss, Kate Furnivall, Michele Magwood

[51] A bit about me

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Their extraordinary abilities to tell the tales of heroines past have won Kate Mosse and Kate Furnivall massive acclaim and happily addicted readers. But how much of their own desires and memories made their way onto the page? Michele Magwood finds out.

Congregational Church
[52] Excavating the past
with: Thami ka Plaatjie, Fred Khumalo, Christa Kuljian

[52] Excavating the past

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Writers of history both recent and long past, Fred Khumalo (Dancing the Death Drill) and Carien du Plessis tell Christa Kuljian about how they find unexpected treasures while digging up the past.

Council Chamber
[53] The conscious kitchen
with: Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Daisy Jones, Nico Verster, Leonie Joubert

[53] The conscious kitchen

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

Every bite, every piece of packaging – and every kilometre that your food travels from origin to plate – matters. Science journalist Leonie Joubert exposes the gritty reality with Nompumelelo Mqwebu, Daisy Jones (Star Fish), and Nico Verster (Safari and Spices).

Elephant & Barrel
[54] The birth and life of Soweto
with: Niq Mhlongo, Lauren Segal, Ekow Duker

[54] The birth and life of Soweto

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Novelist Niq Mhlongo (Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree) and journalist Lauren Segal share their memories, writings and observations of one South Africa's most vibrant and historically rich communities with Ekow Duker.

Hospice Hall
[55] Reasons to go. Reasons to stay
with: Christopher Hope, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Nicolas Fargues, Danielle Bowler

[55] Reasons to go. Reasons to stay

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

Danielle Bowler explores the motivations for moving from  or staying in the lands of our birth, with Christopher Hope, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, and Nicolas Fargues (I Was Behind You). 

Travellers Lodge
[56] Regardless
with: Alick Chingapi, Joey Evans, Kate Turkington, Bridget Hilton- Barber

[56] Regardless

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Bridget Hilton-Barber explores what made Alick Chingapi, Joey Evans (From Para to Dakar) and Kate Turkington the adventurers they are, despite various financial, physical and cultural obstacles. 

Library
[57] Discussion. How to write for stage and screen
with: Pamela Power, Ter Hollmann, Moses Rasekele, Akin Omotoso

[57] Discussion. How to write for stage and screen

Saturday, 19 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Library

Pamela Power, Ter Hollmann, Moses Rasekele, and Akin Omotoso offer up a taste of their trials and successes in writing for performance – and for money. Bring your notepads and join the discussion. 

New School Hall
[58] Fair play
with: Glynnis Breytenbach, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Jean Meiring

[58] Fair play

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

Judge Dennis Davis discusses the role of the Rule of Law and a country’s constitution in maintaining an independent judiciary, with advocates Glynnis Breytenbach (Rule of Law), Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (The Land is Ours) and Jean Meiring (SA's Constitution at 21).

Old School Hall
[59] Finding our way
with: Ralph Mathekga, Mark Heywood, Sisonke Msimang, Ray Hartley

[59] Finding our way

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

In this time of distrust and betrayal, how do we find our own ethical compass to navigate a way through an often-leaderless landscape? Ralph Mathekga, Mark Heywood and Sisonke Msimang discuss, with Ray Hartley (Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would be King) leading the discussion.

Church Hall
[60] The heart of crime
with: Gregg Hurwitz, Karin Brynard, Tony Park, Nancy Richards

[60] The heart of crime

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

Gregg Hurwitz, Karin Brynard (Homeland) and Tony Park discuss what makes their characters tick with SAfm broadcaster Nancy Richards.

Congregational Church
[61] To the point
with: Zapiro, Carlos Amato, Gus Silber

[61] To the point

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Gus Silber asks cartoon artists Zapiro and Carlos Amato about the art of the political cartoon in the post-Zuma era.

Council Chamber
[62] Women apart
with: Achmat Dangor, Bianca Marais, Karabo Kgoleng

[62] Women apart

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

Storytellers Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Bianca Marais talk to Karabo Kgoleng about identity, separation, sacrifice and compromise beneath the shadow of apartheid.

Elephant & Barrel
[63] Not giving up
with: Suzan Hackney, Sara-Jayne King, Joanne Jowell

[63] Not giving up

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Elephant & Barrel

Adoption can be the greatest gift or the hardest challenge. Adoptees Suzan Hackney (Tsk-Tsk) and Sara-Jayne King share their insights. Joanne Jowell (Winging It) welcomes you to join the conversation.

Hospice Hall
[64] Lives encapsulated
with: Ishay Govender-Ypma, Gordon Forbes, Ambre Nicolson, Finual Dowling

[64] Lives encapsulated

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

Poetry lecturer and author Finuala Dowling explores what it takes to distil the richness of many fascinating South Africans of the past and present, as portrayed by foodie writer Ishay Govender-Ypma (Curry), memoirist Gordon Forbes and writer Ambre Nicolson (A to Z of Amazing SA Women).

Travellers Lodge
[65] I did it anyway
with: Madoda Ntuli, Rahla Xenopoulos, Zinzi Clemmons

[65] I did it anyway

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

The demands of these writers' lives would be obstacles if it weren't for their relentless need to get the words down. Madoda Ntuli, Rahla Xenopoulos (The Season of Glass) and Zinzi Clemmons share their journeys with Alison Lowry.

Library
[66] (11:30-13:30) Workshop. Writing memoir
with: Dianne Stewart

[66] (11:30-13:30) Workshop. Writing memoir

Saturday, 19 May
11:30:00
13:30:00
Library

Have you ever wanted to tell your story? Prolific author and writing coach Dianne Stewart shares the genres and skills specific to the writing of personal memories. R150 through Webtickets.

New School Hall
[67] Legacide. Why legacy is the silent killer of innovation.
with: Richard Mulholland

[67] Legacide. Why legacy is the silent killer of innovation.

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

Africa Melane introduces one of SA’s most explosive thinkers Richard Mulholland (Legacide) in what promises to be a mind-changing experience.

Old School Hall
[68] So, what is up with the ANC
with: Pallo Jordan, Prince Mashele, Victor Dlamini

[68] So, what is up with the ANC

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Pallo Jordan and Prince Mashele look to the history of SA's most powerful political party to explain the present and predict the future. Victor Dlamini chairs.

Church Hall
[69] Despite the risks
with: Crispian Olver, Pieter du Toit, Adriaan Basson, Mandy Wiener

[69] Despite the risks

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Mandy Wiener asks how far investigative journalists will go to unearth the truth; with Crispian Olver (How to Steal a City), Pieter du Toit, and Adriaan Basson (Enemy of the People).

Congregational Church
[70] Playing with the past
with: Joyce Kotze, Kate Mosse, Claire Robertson, Ann Donald

[70] Playing with the past

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

How much is real and how much can you make up? What, if any, are the rules for fictionalising history, asks editor and literary critic Ann Donald of Joyce Kotze, Kate Mosse and Claire Robertson.

Council Chamber
[71] The family way
with: Barbara Boswell, Steven Boykey Sidley, Maya Fowler, Bridget Hilton-Barber

[71] The family way

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Secrets, bonds, and expectations are the glue that hold the story together while threatening the hero's journey. Bridget Hilton-Barber chats with Barbara Boswell (Grace), Steven Boykey Sidley and Maya Fowler (Patagonia).

Elephant & Barrel
[72] Poetry 1. 13:00-13:45 Writing woman as subject and object
with: Megan Ross, Joseph Woods

[72] Poetry 1. 13:00-13:45 Writing woman as subject and object

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
13:45:00
Elephant & Barrel

Local poet Megan Ross and Irish poet Joseph Woods share their works and thoughts on the women who influence their writing, and how women write as an act of resistance. R30 through Webtickets.

Hospice Hall
[73] Sustaining the hero
with: Consuelo Roland, Peter Harris, Jassy Mackenzie, Kate Sidley

[73] Sustaining the hero

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

They've created the perfect protagonist; now what? Consuelo Roland (Wolf Trap), Peter Harris (Bare Ground) and Jassy Mackenzie discuss the challenges of keeping their lead character alive, kicking and fascinating with Kate Sidley.

Travellers Lodge
[74] Literacy, our lifeblood
with: Xolisa Guzula, Sizwe Nxasana, Palesa Morudu

[74] Literacy, our lifeblood

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Eight in 10 children cannot read for meaning. How can we turn this around? Join Xolisa Guzula (FunDza) and Sizwe Nxasana (founder Future Nation Schools) in an essential conversation. Led by Palesa Morudu (Nal'ibali, MD Cover2Cover).

Library
[75] Workshop (14:00-16:00) Creative non-fiction and the essay
with: Hedley Twidle

[75] Workshop (14:00-16:00) Creative non-fiction and the essay

Saturday, 19 May
14:00:00
16:00:00
Library

Line one, paragraph one. Essayist extraordinaire Hedley Twidle shares the secrets to essay writing, from first thought to last line. R150 through Webtickets.

NG Church
[76] Tales of my city
with: Rehana Rossouw, John W Fredricks, Nomvuyo Ngcelwane, Don Pinnock

[76] Tales of my city

Saturday, 19 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
NG Church

Rehana Rossouw, John W Fredericks (Skollie) and Nomvuyo Ngcelwane (Sala Kahle, District Six) reveal their cities through their stories. Journalist Don Pinnock explores the challenges and rewards of representing a space and its people.

Elephant & Barrel
[77] Poetry 2. (14:00-14:45) The Threshold Between
with: Tony Ullyatt, Michele Betty

[77] Poetry 2. (14:00-14:45) The Threshold Between

Saturday, 19 May
14:00:00
14:45:00
Elephant & Barrel

Join Tony Ullyatt and Michèle Betty in an examination of poets breaching the boundaries and thresholds in poetry and language in search of transformation. R30 through Webtickets.

New School Hall
[78] My body's business
with: Emma Sadleir, Angela Makholwa, Zinzi Clemmons, Tshegofatso Senne

[78] My body's business

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

Sex positivity demands the right to say both yes and no, without fear or shame. Emma Sadleir, Angela Makholwa, Zinzi Clemmons and Tshegofatso Senne invite you to join the conversation.

Old School Hall
[79] Story building
with: Orly Castel-Bloom, Karin Brynard, Mick Herron, Fred Khumalo

[79] Story building

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

Fred Khumalo chats with Orly Castel-Bloom, crime writer Karin Brynard and Mick Herron about how they gather the ingredients for moreish reads.

Church Hall
[80] After the debut
with: Niq Mhlongo, Deon Meyer, Nicolas Fargues, Mohale Mashigo

[80] After the debut

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

The first novel gets all the hype, so you would think the next book would be a breeze, right? Niq Mhlongo, Deon Meyer and Nicolas Fargues reveal the pitfalls to Mohale Mashigo.

Congregational Church
[81] On the offensive
with: Siya Khumalo, Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Kalim Rajab, Ruda Landman

[81] On the offensive

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

Kalim Rajab (A Man of Africa: The Political Thought of Harry Oppenheimer), Siya Khumalo and Haji Mohamed Dawjee discuss the value of controversy and the importance of telling it like it is. Ruda Landman leads the conversation. 

Council Chamber
[82] From the sublime...
with: Joey Evans, Terry Bell, Barbara Bell, Tamara LePine-Williams

[82] From the sublime...

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

Dakar hero Joey Evans and crazy kayakers Terry and Barbara Bell (A Hat, a Kayak & Dreams of Dar) tell Tamara LePine-Williams why they just did it. And you why you should too.

Elephant & Barrel
[83] Poetry 3. (15:00-15:45) Talking to our ancestors
with: Colleen Crawford Cousins, Francine Simon

[83] Poetry 3. (15:00-15:45) Talking to our ancestors

Saturday, 19 May
15:00:00
15:45:00
Elephant & Barrel

A conversation with women poets, Colleen Crawford Cousins and Francine Simon about their poetic encounters of family history and ancestry. Both poets will read from their respective collections, Unlikely, and Thungachi. R30 through Webtickets.

Hospice Hall
[84] Forgotten, but not gone
with: Thuli Nhlapo, Sara-Jayne King, Danielle Bowler

[84] Forgotten, but not gone

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

Fiery woman writers Thuli Nhlapo and Sara-Jayne King tell Danielle Bowler how they overcame abandonment, displacement and betrayal by writing themselves back into existence.

Travellers Lodge
[85] My words, my way
with: Mphuthumi Ntabeni, Kirsten Miller, Phumlani Pikoli

[85] My words, my way

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Travellers Lodge

Writing from the gut can mean breaking the rules. Mphuthumi Ntabeni (Broken River Tent), Kirsten Miller (The Hum of the Sun), and Phumlani Pikoli share how this impacts their work with writer and publisher Phehello Mofokeng.

NG Church
[86] You like therefore I am
with: Sisonke Msimang, Redi Tlhabi, Rebecca Davis, Irna van Zyl

[86] You like therefore I am

Saturday, 19 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
NG Church

Is the lack of critical understanding in social media interactions threatening thought? Rebecca Davis explores the blight of virtue signalling with Sisonke Msimang, Irna van Zyl and Redi Tlhabi.

New School Hall
[87] Censorship and sabotage
with: Jacques Pauw, Peter Bruce, Mark Shaw, Ralph Mathekga

[87] Censorship and sabotage

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
New School Hall

Jacques Pauw, Peter Bruce and Mark Shaw bowled us over with their courage in revealing the sinister acts that some are desperate to keep hidden. Ralph Mathekga explores the risks and rewards of exposing the truth. 

Old School Hall
[88] From the truth to the tale
with: Maya Fowler, Kate Furnivall, Rahla Xenopoulos, Finuala Dowling

[88] From the truth to the tale

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Old School Hall

Delving into the facts to create the fiction is its own adventure. Maya Fowler, Kate Furnivall and Rahla Xenopoulos share their research journeys with Finuala Dowling.

Church Hall
[89] A game of two halves
with: Thando Manana, Carlos Amato, Nikolaos Kirkinis, Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[89] A game of two halves

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Church Hall

Darrel Bristow-Bovey discusses the present and future of South African sport on the international stage with Thando Manana, Carlos Amato and Nikolaos Kirkinis (The Curse of Teko).

Congregational Church
[90] Get off your armchair
with: Millard W Arnold, Richard Steyn, Rebecca Davis

[90] Get off your armchair

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Congregational Church

It is easier for us to revere our heroes than to emulate them. Millard W Arnold (The Testimony of Steve Biko) and Richard Steyn share their thoughts on what it takes to be an active activist, with Rebecca Davis.

Council Chamber
[91] It is not about me
with: James Styan, Eric Naki, Nechama Brodie, Henrietta Rose-Innes

[91] It is not about me

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Council Chamber

Henrietta Rose-Innes asks biographers James Styan (Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard), Eric Naki and Nechama Brodie (Rule of Law) how they managed to research and reveal the personal and professional lives of their subjects while remaining objective.

Elephant & Barrel
[92] Poetry 4 (16:00-16:45) They f*ck you up, your Mum and Dad...
with: Beverly Rycroft, Karin Schimke, Kerry Hammerton

[92] Poetry 4 (16:00-16:45) They f*ck you up, your Mum and Dad...

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
16:45:00
Elephant & Barrel

... as Philip Larkin proclaimed. Is writing about family an act of love or betrayal, and why do we find it irresistible? Beverly Rycroft  (A Private Audience), Karin Schimke (Navigate) and Kerry Hammerton (Secret Keeper) discuss, and read from their latest collections. R30 through Webtickets.

Hospice Hall
[93] A life shared
with: Sue Brown, Suzan Hackney, Lauren Segal, Ann Donald

[93] A life shared

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Hospice Hall

As soon as their story is down on paper, it becomes everyone's to relate to and connect with. Memoir writers Sue Brown (The Twinkling of an Eye), Suzan Hackney and Lauren Segal discuss the importance of sharing the load with Ann Donald.

Travellers Lodge
[94] What is next?
with: Fiona Snyckers, Iman Rappetti, Simon Dingle, Gus Silber

[94] What is next?

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Speculative fiction author Fiona Snyckers (Spire), news journalist Iman Rappetti (Becoming Iman) and finance writer Simon Dingle discuss their imaginings of the future of medical, financial and democratic security with Gus Silber.

Library
[95] Poetry 5 (16:15-17:00) Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way
with: Lisa Julie, Nondwe Mpuma, Jolyn Phillips, Kobus Moolman

[95] Poetry 5 (16:15-17:00) Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way

Saturday, 19 May
16:15:00
17:00:00
Library

Poetry readings about all things food, by postgraduate creative writing students of the University of the Western Cape Lisa Julie, Nondwe Mpuma, Jolyn Phillips; introduced by anthology editor Kobus Moolman. R30 through Webtickets.

NG Church
[96] The last drop
with: Jacklyn Cock, Helen Moffett, Vishwas Satgar, Leonie Joubert

[96] The last drop

Saturday, 19 May
16:00:00
17:00:00
NG Church

Our precious water resources are abused and threatened; how did we get into this mess and how can we get out? Leonie Joubert discusses with Jacklyn Cock (Writing the Ancestral River), Helen Moffett (101 Water Wise Ways) and Vishwas Satgar (The Climate Crisis).

Church Hall
[97] (18:00-18:45) Music. Escape: The Ingrid Jonker Suite
with: Nicky Schrire

[97] (18:00-18:45) Music. Escape: The Ingrid Jonker Suite

Saturday, 19 May
18:00:00
18:45:00
Church Hall

Composer and vocalist Nicky Schrire sets André Brink and Antjie Krog's English translations of a selection of Jonker’s works to music, blending folk, cinematic and art song genres. Arranged for string quartet and voice. R120 through Webtickets.

Council Chamber
[98] (17:30-18:30) Cuddle Me Kill Me
with: Richard Peirce, Ian Michler, Don Pinnock

[98] (17:30-18:30) Cuddle Me Kill Me

Saturday, 19 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
Council Chamber

Richard Peirce (Cuddle Me Kill Me - A true account of South Africa’s captive lion breeding and canned hunting industry) and wildlife specialist  Ian Michler talk to Don Pinnock about the dark world of captive lion breeding. R70 through Webtickets.

Hospice Hall
[99] (18:00-18:45) Telling Stories: Fiction, Music and Astrophysics
with: Steven Boykey Sidley

[99] (18:00-18:45) Telling Stories: Fiction, Music and Astrophysics

Saturday, 19 May
18:00:00
18:45:00
Hospice Hall

Steven Boykey Sidley (Free Association) gives an intimate view of the power of stories that fuel and reveal all of literature and music and science, and the ways they have affected him. R120 through Webtickets.

New School Hall
[100] As we discussed
with: Eric Naki, Sibusiso Mjikeliso, Redi Tlhabi, Wamuwi Mbao

[100] As we discussed

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

Biographers give the facts, but how do they and their subjects decide what to share and what not to? Wamuwi Mbao debates the issues of veracity and trust with Eric Naki, Sibusiso Mjikeliso and Redi Tlhabi.

Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
(From 19:00) Candlelight soiree – The Gershwin Songbook
with: Christopher Duigan

(From 19:00) Candlelight soiree – The Gershwin Songbook

Saturday, 19 May
19:00:00
00:00:00
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner and concert performance combined: Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan plays Gershwin’s scintillating Rhapsody in Blue, three preludes and 18 song transcriptions.  Booking essential: Call 021 876 3936. R600 including a three-course meal.

Pierneef La Motte
(From 19:00) Jenny’s dinner - private event

(From 19:00) Jenny’s dinner - private event

Saturday, 19 May
19:00:00
00:00:00
Pierneef La Motte

Join Jenny Crwys-Williams for her annual dinner. You’ll have an evening of great food and wine, with books and authors taking centre stage at your table. Wines sponsored by Porcupine Ridge. To book email bookings@jennyandco.co.za. R550.

Old School Hall
[101] My life and the news
with: Iman Rappetti, Lukhanyo Calata, Ray Hartley

[101] My life and the news

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Broadcast journalists Iman Rappetti and Lukhanyo Calata (My Father Died for This) talk to Ray Hartley about what it takes to defend the truth, for the sake of the nation and their own integrity.

Church Hall
[102] The need to escape
with: John Hunt, Consuelo Roland, Mick Herron, Jenny Crwys-Williams

[102] The need to escape

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to John Hunt, Consuelo Roland, and Mick Herron about how we find ourselves by getting lost in a page.

Congregational Church
[103] Inequality of life
with: Daniel Baxter, Karabo Kgoleng

[103] Inequality of life

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Quality healthcare and financial security should be a right. Karabo Kgoleng asks Daniel Baxter how we can democratise wellbeing.

Council Chamber
[104] The Kowie and the Camdeboo
with: Jacklyn Cock, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Phehello Mofokeng

[104] The Kowie and the Camdeboo

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

A land of rivers, mountains, and human displacement and conflict has many stories to tell. Jacklyn Cock and Mzuvukile Maqetuka share their passion for the Eastern Cape with Phehello Mofokeng.

Elephant & Barrel
[105] Men of war
with: David Katz, Richard Steyn, Victor Dlamini

[105] Men of war

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Victor Dlamini investigates the challenges of depicting those who shaped a history of conflict with David Katz (South Africans vs Rommel) and Richard Steyn.

Hospice Hall
[106] Soul food
with: Ishay Govender-Ypma, Chantal Lascaris, Nico Verster, Tamara LePine Williams

[106] Soul food

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

Ishay Govender-Ypma, Chantal Lascaris (All Sorts of Salads) and Nico Verster have travelled far and wide to discover and develop the magnificent dishes that taste like home. Tamara LePine-Williams sits at the head of the table.

Travellers Lodge
[107] A page full of power
with: Nechama Brodie, Nicolas Fargues, Rehana Rossouw, Christa Kuljian

[107] A page full of power

Sunday, 20 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Words carry weight beyond their ink. How do authors choose theirs for maximum meaning and impact? Nechama Brodie (Knucklebone), Nicolas Fargues and Rehana Rossouw discuss their tactics with Christa Kuljian.

New School Hall
[108] The detectives
with: Julian Jansen, Mark Shaw, Mandy Wiener, Rebecca Davis

[108] The detectives

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

Some writers are hungry for hardcore reality. What is it about crime that drives Julian Jansen (The De Zalze Murders), Mark Shaw and Mandy Wiener to shed light on the dark? Rebecca Davis investigates.

Old School Hall
[109] A day in the life
with: Kate Mosse, Orly Castel-Bloom, Maya Fowler, Kate Sidley

[109] A day in the life

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

Kate Mosse, Orly Castel-Bloom and Maya Fowler dispel the idea that words just flow; but what does it actually take to write for a living? Kate Sidley enquires.  

Church Hall
[110] One-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz
with: Gregg Hurwitz, Ekow Duker

[110] One-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

New York Times best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz chats to Ekow Duker about his books, his processes, and his life beyond the page.

Congregational Church
[111] Breaking the block
with: Niq Mhlongo, Maxine Case, Peter Harris

[111] Breaking the block

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

It's every writer's nightmare - that moment when the words just don't come. Niq Mhlongo, Maxine Case (Softness of the Lime), and Peter Harris share their horror stories with Finuala Dowling.

Council Chamber
[112] The secrets of my style
with: Henrietta Rose-Innes, Zinzi Clemmons, Ann Donald

[112] The secrets of my style

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

Henrietta Rose-Innes and Zinzi Clemmons dish the dirt on how their experiences shape their storytelling with Ann Donald.

Elephant & Barrel
[113] Shedding light
with: Joseph Woods, Nick Mulgrew

[113] Shedding light

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Elephant & Barrel

Death is inevitable.Aaward-winning Irish poet Joseph Woods share his insights on the thing many fear most with Nick Mulgrew.

Hospice Hall
[114] Life as a destination
with: Lauren Segal, Kirsten Miller, Nancy Richards

[114] Life as a destination

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

Memoirist Lauren Segal and fiction author Kirsten Miller share their stories of loss and fear, hope and survival with Nancy Richards.

Travellers Lodge
[115] One-on-one with Vishwas Satgar
with: Vishwas Satgar, Richard Poplak

[115] One-on-one with Vishwas Satgar

Sunday, 20 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

We know that the climate crisis exists, but how does it change us? Richard Poplak explores the political, social and economic impact of a crumbling ecology with Vishwas Satgar. 

New School Hall
[116] The right to be just
with: Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Jean Meiring, Dennis Davis

[116] The right to be just

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

When the government and the lower courts fail, how far can the Constitutional Court go to save our country? Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi leads the conversation with Jean Meiring and Dennis Davis.

Old School Hall
[117] Off the field
with: Sibusiso Mjikeliso, Nikolaos Kirkinis, Africa Melane

[117] Off the field

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Soccer star Teko Modise and Springbok rugby player Thando Manana went through trying times to reach their goals. Their biographers Nikolaos Kirkinis and Sibusiso Mjikeliso share their stories with Africa Melane.

 

Church Hall
[118] This is who I am
with: Iman Rappetti, Siya Khumalo, Kate Turkington, Wamui Mbao

[118] This is who I am

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

The most memorable personal reflections are those written with palpable honesty. Iman Rappetti, Siya Khumalo and Kate Turkington tell Wamuwi Mbao how much they were prepared to reveal about themselves.

Congregational Church
[119] Absolute power
with: Adriaan Basson, Crispian Olver, Palesa Morudu

[119] Absolute power

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

In Adriaan Basson's Enemy of the People, he uncovers the breadth of state capture. In How to Steal a City, Crispian Olver describes the depths of corruption in the capture of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. Palesa Morudu explores the resultant damage. 

Council Chamber
[120] Dear reader
with: Fiona Snyckers, Nicolas Fargues, Angela Makholwa, Kate Sidley

[120] Dear reader

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

Savvy writers balance character development with knowing what the reader wants. Fiona Snyckers, Nicolas Fargues, and Angela Makholwa discuss how they make this work, with Kate Sidley.

Elephant & Barrel
[121] The craft of the essay
with: Michèle Betty, Kalim Rajab, Hedley Twidle

[121] The craft of the essay

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Michèle Betty explores how Kalim Rajab and Hedley Twidle are able to offer such astute insights, so richly expressed in their respective writing and editing.

Hospice Hall
[122] The Cradock Four
with: Lukhanyo Calata, Abigail Calata, Ronnie Kasrils, Oscar van Heerden

[122] The Cradock Four

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

Lukhanyo Calata (son of Fort Calata), his wife Abigail Calata (co-author My Father Died for This), and Ronnie Kasrils share this family's rich history with Oscar van Heerden.

Travellers Lodge
[123] How people shaped me
with: Daniel Baxter, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Nomvuyo Ngcelwane, Phehello Mofokeng

[123] How people shaped me

Sunday, 20 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

Daniel Baxter, Mzuvukile Maqetuka and Nomvuyo Ngcelwane share how communities can enrich our experiences and change our lives. Phehello Mofokeng leads the discussion.

Library
[17a] Poetry workshop: Archival detritus – memory excavation beyond fact (11:30-13:30)
with: Jolyn Phillips; Karin Schimke

[17a] Poetry workshop: Archival detritus – memory excavation beyond fact (11:30-13:30)

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
13:30:00
Library

Facts and figures are not words we associate with poetry, but they can be powerful links to theme and memory. Jolyn Phillips and Karin Schimke introduce writers to ways of gathering information for poems. R150 through Webtickets.

NG Church
Poetry for Life (11:30-14:30)

Poetry for Life (11:30-14:30)

Friday, 18 May
11:30:00
14:00:00
NG Church

The South African National Finals of national high school poetry-speaking competition will be held at the FLF for the third time this year.  Grade 10-12 students recite both International and South African poems, in front of an audience, and three judges decide on a winner. R25 through Webtickets.