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.
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.
Shelley Levy (clarinet) and Pavel Timofeyevsky (piano). The London-based duo play Brahms, Chausson and Bernstein. R120 through Webtickets or pay at the door.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Renowned Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom (An Egyptian Novel) discusses her life and work with literary critic and author Karina Szczurek.
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).
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.
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).
Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi) discusses what motivates her as a writer, mother and academic, with Michele Magwood.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palesa Morudu chats with renowned writer and thinker Sisonke Msimang about life, identity and belonging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Gregg Hurwitz, Karin Brynard (Homeland) and Tony Park discuss what makes their characters tick with SAfm broadcaster Nancy Richards.
Gus Silber asks cartoon artists Zapiro and Carlos Amato about the art of the political cartoon in the post-Zuma era.
Storytellers Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Bianca Marais talk to Karabo Kgoleng about identity, separation, sacrifice and compromise beneath the shadow of apartheid.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Africa Melane introduces one of SA’s most explosive thinkers Richard Mulholland (Legacide) in what promises to be a mind-changing experience.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Line one, paragraph one. Essayist extraordinaire Hedley Twidle shares the secrets to essay writing, from first thought to last line. R150 through Webtickets.
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.
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.
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.
Fred Khumalo chats with Orly Castel-Bloom, crime writer Karin Brynard and Mick Herron about how they gather the ingredients for moreish reads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. R550.
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.
Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to John Hunt, Consuelo Roland, and Mick Herron about how we find ourselves by getting lost in a page.
Quality healthcare and financial security should be a right. Karabo Kgoleng asks Daniel Baxter how we can democratise wellbeing.
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.
Victor Dlamini investigates the challenges of depicting those who shaped a history of conflict with David Katz (South Africans vs Rommel) and Richard Steyn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York Times best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz chats to Ekow Duker about his books, his processes, and his life beyond the page.
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.
Henrietta Rose-Innes and Zinzi Clemmons dish the dirt on how their experiences shape their storytelling with Ann Donald.
Death is inevitable.Aaward-winning Irish poet Joseph Woods share his insights on the thing many fear most with Nick Mulgrew.
Memoirist Lauren Segal and fiction author Kirsten Miller share their stories of loss and fear, hope and survival with Nancy Richards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Baxter, Mzuvukile Maqetuka and Nomvuyo Ngcelwane share how communities can enrich our experiences and change our lives. Phehello Mofokeng leads the discussion.
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.
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.