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Jim Pascual Agustin

Jim Pascual Agustin

Jim Pascual Agustin was born in Manila. He moved to Cape Town in 1994 to be with the Canadian-born South African girl he met while on holiday in the Mountain Province in the Philippines during the monsoon season of the previous year. Agustin writes and translates poetry and fiction in Filipino and English. His work has appeared in Rhino, World Literature Today and Modern Poetry in Translation, among others. His eighth book of poetry, Wings of Smoke, was published in 2017 by UK-based publisher The Onslaught Press.

[16]
Winning works aloud (Hospice Hall)

Carlos Amato

Carlos Amato

Carlos Amato is the editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian, and formerly the editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement. A freelance writer and illustrator, he has written a biography of sprinter Wayde van Niekerk for young adults, to be published by Jonathan Ball in April 2018. He has won the Vodacom Sports Journalist of the Year award and the SAB Sports Columnist of the Year award. 

[61] To the point (Congregational Church)
[89]
A Game of Two Halves (Church Hall)
Millard W Arnold

Millard W Arnold

Millard Arnold is the Special Representative at Bowman Gilfillan and Managing Partner of Masakata Consulting. Arnold has also served as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Arnold was a Professor of law at Touro University and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. He was a Journalist for the Washington Post newspaper and a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Arnold holds a BA in Political Science and a Jurist Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

[33] Through my lens (Hospice Hall)
[90] Get off your armchair (Congregational Church)  
Adriaan Basson

Adriaan Basson

Adriaan Basson is an award-winning South African journalist and editor. He cut his teeth at the Afrikaans daily newspaper Die Beeld in 2003, where he later became editor. In 2016 he was appointed as editor of South Africa's largest news site, News24.

[69] Despite the risks (Church Hall)
[119]
Absolute power (Congregational Church)
Daniel Baxter

Daniel Baxter

Daniel Baxter obtained his MD degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, is board-certified in internal medicine, and is a certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In 2002, he moved to Botswana, to work with its National HIV/AIDS Treatment Programme for six and a half years. Since 2008, he has been a teacher, lecturer and primary care physician at the Ryan Centre and the University of Botswana School of Medicine.

[34] Putting hope to work (Travellers’ Lodge)
[103]
Inequality of life (Congregational Church)
[123]
How people shaped me (Travellers’ Lodge)
Sam Beckbessinger

Sam Beckbessinger

Sam Beckbessinger is a writer and fintech entrepreneur who’s spent most of the past ten years building tools to help people manage their money better. Her book, Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup, is the money 101 guide she wishes existed when she was younger. Sam also writes speculative fiction and once got a high-five from Barack Obama (true story).

[13] Disrupting the bottom line (Congregational Church)
[39] 
Decapitalising your cash (Congregational Church)

 

Reinher Behrens

Reinher Behrens

Reinher Behrens’ passion in life is communication in all its forms. He has pursued this interest in his career, which has spanned over 30 years in the advertising and communications industry, tackling interesting and diverse projects such as the launch of the 1994 Constitution. He currently holds the position of CEO, Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism, combining his interest in communication with his love of travel and food. A passionate bibliophile, he has collected books from a young age and reads widely on a range of topics, but with an abiding interest in history and how this shapes and informs the present.

[5a] One -on-one with Ruda Landman (Elephant & Barrel)

Barbara Bell

Barbara Bell

Johannesburg born Barbara Bell trained as a pre-school teacher and left for England in 1965 where she worked for the Anti-apartheid Movement, joined the ANC Youth and married fellow exile Terry Bell. Together the pair attempted to paddle from London to Dar es Salaam in 1967 and subsequently spent time in Zambia, Botswana and New Zealand before moving to help establish the primary division of the ANC school in Tanzania. A further activist nine years in England followed before returning home in 1992. Hers is one of the stories in Prodigal Daughters stories of SA women in exile.

[82] From the sublime... (Council Chamber)
Terry Bell

Terry Bell

Author Terry Bell, a former political detainee and 27-year exile, is a journalist and social activist who has worked as a broadcaster, editor and educator. He has written mainly on politics, economics and labour issues.  His latest book, A hat, a kayak & dreams of Dar, with recipes by Barbara Bell, follows the 2016 biography MK volunteer Amin Cajee, Fordsburg Fighter. The first principal of the primary division of the ANC school in Tanzania, he and Barbara co-wrote the primary school curriculum adopted by the ANC in 1980. His formal qualifications are in international law and media studies.

[82] From the sublime... (Council Chamber)

Michèle Betty

Michèle Betty

Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast: The South African Literary Journal and the founder of Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd, a bespoke poetry publishing company dedicated to the promotion and publication of poetry in South Africa.  She has a BA LLB from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her debut collection Metaphysical Balm was published in March 2017.  

[77] Poetry 2. The Threshold Between (Elephant & Barrel)
[121] The craft of the essay (Elephant & Barrel) 

 

Lauren Beukes
Picture: Ulrich Knoblauch, 2013

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is the author of The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters, Zoo City and Moxyland, hybrid literary thrillers with a social conscience that mash up genres, as well as Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past. She has won major literary, science fiction, horror and crime awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Strand Magazine Critics Choice Award and the Mbokondo Award from the Department of Arts and Culture. Her books have been published in 26 countries and optioned for film and TV.  

[39] Decapitalising your cash (Congregational Church)

Claire Bisseker

Claire Bisseker

Claire Bisseker is the economics editor of the Financial Mail. She has won the prestigious Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award twice. Her book, On the Brink: SA's political and fiscal cliff-hanger (Tafelberg, 2017), provides an overview of the trends that have brought SA to its knees, and suggests how to get it working again. Bisseker lives with her husband and three daughters in Franschhoek. 

[12] A macro-economic masterclass (Church Hall)
René Bohnen

René Bohnen

René Bohnen is the author of three collections of poetry: Spoorsny (2000), In die Niks Al Om (2011) and Op die Vingerpunte van die Heelal. Born in KwaZulu-Natal, she now lives in Johannesburg, from where she travels as a writer and photographer to work on narrative archives. She has been a part-time student in creative writing and she conducts interviews with poets for online publications. She also works as a freelance translator.

[16] Winning works aloud (Hospice Hall)

Barbara Boswell

Barbara Boswell

Born in Cape Town, Barbara Boswell is a literary scholar and fiction writer, currently completing a book on the history of Black South African women writers' fiction.  After 10 years studying and teaching in the USA, she returned to South Africa, where she is a feminist literary scholar at the University of Cape Town.

[71] The family way (Council Chamber)
Danielle Bowler

Danielle Bowler

Danielle Bowler is a writer and musician, based in Johannesburg. She writes on popular culture, art, race and gender and has bylines in Mail & Guardian, Eyewitness News, Africa is a Country and Elle Magazine, among other publications. Danielle is a Mandela Rhodes scholar and currently a 2017 YALI fellow. 

[28] The fiercer sex (Old School Hall)
[55]
Reasons to go. Reasons to stay (Hospice Hall)
[84]
Forgotten, but not gone (Hospice Hall)
George Branch

George Branch

George and Margo Branch wrote the award-winning books Living Shores of Southern Africa and Two Oceans - a Field Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa. They have also published more than 250 scientific papers on marine biology. Margo and George have a passionate interest in the biology and management of the sea life, and natural flair for communicating their passions. At heart, though, Margo and George are best described as 'beach bums par excellence'.

[6] In deep water (Hospice Hall)
Margo Branch

Margo Branch

George and Margo Branch wrote the award-winning books Living Shores of Southern Africa and Two Oceans - a Field Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa. They have also published more than 250 scientific papers on marine biology. Margo and George have a passionate interest in the biology and management of the sea life, and natural flair for communicating their passions. At heart, though, Margo and George are best described as 'beach bums par excellence'.

[6] In deep water (Hospice Hall)
Glynnis Breytenbach

Glynnis Breytenbach

Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach is a member of parliament and the Democratic Alliance's shadow minister for justice. She earned a reputation as one of the country's most formidable state prosecutors over a legal career spanning 26 years. She is outspoken, sometimes hard-headed, and always principled.

[58] Fair play (New School Hall)
Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a columnist, author, public speaker, travel writer, screenwriter and playwright. His stage play Priest With Balloons won the 2017 Scribe Playwriting Competition. His most recent book was One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo. He is currently working on a novel, a travel book, and a screenplay.

[3] What it takes to fill a page (Church Hall)
[46] How to be alone: adventures in creativity and solitude (Church Hall)
[89]
A Game of Two Halves (Church Hall)
Nechama Brodie

Nechama Brodie

Nechama Brodie is a veteran journalist, best-selling author and part-time musician. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, City Press, the Business Day magazine, Wanted, and Men's Health where she writes extensively about health, wellness and nutrition. Nechama is a recreational runner, occasional boxer and holds a black belt in Karate.

[91] It's not about me (Council Chamber)
[107] A page full of power (Travellers' Lodge)  
Sue Brown

Sue Brown

Sue Brown is a qualified physiotherapist who has worked at Groote Schuur and Vincent Pallotti Hospitals, in London for a time, and in private practice in Cape Town. Her journey with Craig changed her life completely. Currently, she volunteers at the St Luke’s Hospice in Cape Town.

[93] A life shared (Hospice Hall)

Peter Bruce

Peter Bruce

Peter Bruce is one of South Africa’s most experienced working journalists. He spent 17 years as an editor, first of the Financial Mail and and then 14 years as editor of Business Day. Born and raised in Mthatha, he spent almost 20 years with the Financial Times as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent. Today he is a senior commentator in the TisoBlackstar group, writing popular weekly columns for the Sunday Times, Business Day and the Financial Mail. He is an occasional public speaker and interviewer and is currently trying to not write a book.

[13] Disrupting the bottom line (Congregational Church)
[27] 
Beyond the precipice (New School Hall)
[87] 
Censorship and sabotage (New School Hall)

Mike Bruton

Mike Bruton

Mike Bruton was born in East London, where the first coelacanth was caught, and studied fishes at Rhodes University under the famous ichthyologists, JLB and Margaret Smith. Although he specialised in freshwater fishes, he retained a strong interest in the coelacanth and organised a series of coelacanth research expeditions to the Comoros, Mozambique and South Africa. He published his autobiography, When I was a Fish. Tales of an Ichthyologist, in 2015 and The Annotated Old Fourlegs in 2017. He has a further book on the coelacanth, The Amazing Coelacanth, and a biography of Professors JLB and Margaret Smith, in press with Penguin Random House.

[6] In deep water (Hospice Hall)
Karin Brynard

Karin Brynard

Karin Brynard's first novel, Weeping Waters, was published by Penguin RandomHouse in 2014. It  is a whodunnit involving a farm killing in the Northern Cape. Her second novel, Our Fathers, involves a family murder in Stellenbosch and a hi-jacking in Johannesburg. The book will be available in 2016. Journalist turned-crime writer, Karin grew up in the small dorps of the Central Karoo and Northern Cape. Spending her whole working life as a political journalist for various newspapers and magazines, she began writing crime in her early fifties. 

[60] The heart of crime (Church Hall)
[79] 
Story building (Old School Hall)

Lukhanyo Calata

Lukhanyo Calata

Lukhanyo Calata is an award-winning journalist, who’s worked for eNews (now eNCA) among others before joining the SABC's parliamentary bureau in 2011. He became part of the “SABC 8” in July 2016 when he challenged Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reign of censorship at the public broadcaster. He is the son of Fort Calata, one of four an anti-apartheid activists from Cradock, assassinated by the Government in 1985. With his wife Abigail, Lukhanyo is the author of My Father Died for This.

[101] My life and The News (Old School Hall)
[122] 
The Cradock Four (Hospice Hall)

Abigail Calata

Abigail Calata

Abigail Calata is a former journalist who currently works for the Shoprite Group as Publicity Manager: CSI and Africa. She has worked in the communication departments of the University of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Before entering the realm of corporate communication she served as parliamentary reporter for Beeld. She also worked in the production office and newsroom of Die Burger. She is the co-author of My Father Died for This with her husband Lukhyano.  

[122] The Cradock Four (Hospice Hall) 
Maxine Case

Maxine Case

Maxine Case made her literary debut with All We Have Left Unsaid, a work that was awarded the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa), and in the same year was the joint winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Her second book, a biography titled Papwa: Golf's Lost Legend, was shortlisted for the 2016 Alan Paton Award. Her work has been translated into several languages. Her second novel, Softness of the Lime was published by Umuzi in 2017.

[111] Breaking the block (Congregational Church)
Orly Castel-Bloom

Orly Castel-Bloom

Orly Castel-Bloom was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents originally from Egypt. After studying film at the Beit Zvi Institute and Tel Aviv University, she published her first collection of stories in 1987 and has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature ever since. Her postmodern classic, Dolly City, has been included in UNESCO's Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. In 2013, it was also listed by Tablet Magazine as one of the 101 Great Jewish Books in English translation. Her most recent book, An Egyptian Novel, was awarded the Sapir Prize (2015). Orly is brought to FLF courtesy of the Israeli Embassy. 

[14] A one-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom (Council Chamber)
[79]
Story building (Old School Hall)
[109]
A day in the life (Old School Hall)

Alick Chingapi

Alick Chingapi

Alick Chingapi is a first time published author. He has traveled extensively both for work and for personal reasons across the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town, using public transport. He believes seeing is believing and hence travelling is an eye opener. He lives in Johannesburg.

[29] The golden continental thread (Church Hall)
[56]
Regardless (Travellers’ Lodge)
James Clarke

James Clarke

James Clarke has been a daily newspaperman in Britain, New Zealand and South Africa. He is the author of 37 non-fiction books published in New York, London and South Africa. Clarke, apart from writing humour columns for 50 years, was primarily a science writer and environmental campaigner specialising in urban and rural environmental affairs in SA. He co-authored South Africa’s first white paper on environmental legislation.

[4] Gossip with the old goats (Congregational Church)
[25] 
Why we should care (Travellers’ Lodge)

Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. A graduate of Brown and Columbia, her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Paris Review Daily, Transition, and elsewhere. She is a cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor to Literary Hub. Clemmons lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she teaches at The Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. What We Lose is her first novel.

[43] Colour me human (Travellers’ Lodge)
[65] 
I did it anyway (Travellers’ Lodge)
[78] 
My body's business (New School Hall)
[112] 
The secrets of my style (Council Chamber)

Jacklyn Cock

Jacklyn Cock

Jacklyn Cock is a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and an honorary research professor in the Society, Work and Development (SWOP) Institute. Her best known books are Maids and Madams, A study in the politics of exploitation, people, politics and the environment, and The War Against Ourselves. Nature, Power and Justice. She considers herself an ‘academic activist’ and is involved in the current environmental justice and socialist-feminist movements. 

[96]The last drop (NG Church)
[104]
The Kowie and the Camdeboo (Council Chamber)

Colleen Crawford Cousins

Colleen Crawford Cousins

Colleen Crawford Cousins returned to South Africa in 1991 and began to live in the Afterwards. She consults nationally as a trainer, facilitator, writer and editor. She has been published in New Coin, Aerodrome, African Writing online, and Stray. She is also the author of A Hundred Furrows, the Land Struggle in Zimbabwe 1890-1990, and a co-author of Lwaano Lwanyika, Tonga Book of the Earth.

[83] Poetry 4 (Elephant & Barrel): Talking to our ancestors
Josh Crickmay

Josh Crickmay

The then 15-year-old Josh Crickmay dropped out of school in 2012. Severely suicidal, Josh landed in hospital and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. Josh’s parents quit their jobs and embarked on a quest to give Josh a reason to live. For a year they explored Southern Africa, the Amazon and Andes in what is known in birding circles as a 'Big Year', which involves identifying as many bird species as possible in a single year. Josh’s Big Year represents his own work, from photography to layout and design. 

[25] Why we should care (Travellers’ Lodge)

Jenny Crwys-Williams

Jenny Crwys-Williams

Jenny Crwys-Williams has been a talk show host with Talk Radio 702 for 20 wonderfully hectic years; she is now contributing to the station with her book show and as a freelance. Her book show is known countrywide as is her bookclub, Jenny&Co, which entertains some of the world’s great authors. She is the founder of Africa’s only crime book festival, The Bloody Book Week, and in between books and writers she has a busy life dabbling in 1001 things which interest her. Oh. Now that she is freelancing, the world is her oyster.

[44] On the edge of your seat (NG Church)
[102] 
The need to escape (Church Hall)

Achmat Dangor

Achmat Dangor

Achmat Dangor a writer by vocation, has also been a political activist from a young age. During the turbulent 1970s, he together with 13 other writers, founded a group call Black Thoughts. Its mission was overcome the rigid education system the Apartheid government had imposed on Black schools, forcing children to learn in Afrikaans, and severely restricting what they could read. He has been CEO of various organisations, including the Kagiso Trust, the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was also Director of Advocacy at UNAIDS, and the Ford Foundation's Southern Africa Representative. Now retired, he is devoting himself to his writing.

[19] When characters take on a life of their own (Old School Hall)
[62] Women apart (Council Chamber)
Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is an award-winning journalist whose writing appears in a wide range of South African publications, including a weekly column on TV for the Sunday Times. Her first book, a collection of humorous essays titled Best White and other anxious delusions, was published in 2015 by Pan Macmillan.

[20] Writing on the fly (Church Hall)
[86] 
You 'like' therefore I am (NG Church)
[90] 
Get off your armchair (Congregational Church)
[108] 
The detectives (New School Hall)

Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis

Judge Dennis Davis was educated at Herzlia School and the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. Presently, he is a judge of the High Court, Cape Town (since 1998) and Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court (since 2000). Judge Davis is the author of 10 books, the latest being Precedent and  Possibility: The use and(ab)use of law in South Africa (2008, with Michelle Leroux), and some 150 academic articles on legal theory, constitutional law, taxation, labour law, competition law, administrative law and South African history. 

[58] Fair play (New School Hall)
[116] 
The right to be just (New School Hall)

Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle is the founder of Inves Capital and Phantom Design. He has led development teams on multiple fintech products including 22seven, Luno and Curve. Simon hosts a weekly tech show on 5FM and has worked with Bitcoin since 2011. He has launched 13 organisations and spoken at over 400 conferences.

[39] Decapitalising your cash (Congregational Church)
[94] 
What's next? (Travellers’ Lodge)

Victor Dlamini

Victor Dlamini

Victor Dlamini is a columnist, writer, photographer, traveler, art collector and marketer who lives in Johannesburg.

[11] So, what's new? (Old School Hall)
[33] 
Through my lens (Hospice Hall)
[68] 
So, what's up with the ANC? (Old School Hall)
[105] 
Men of war (Elephant & Barrel)

Ann Donald

Ann Donald

Ann Donald’s career spans her days as a diamond sorter in Kimberley, a hotel receptionist in Durban, a newspaper sub-editor in Pretoria and an editor of various magazine titles in Johannesburg and Cape Town. More recently, she owned a bookshop and a restaurant in Kalk Bay, and had the privilege of being part of the organising team of the Franschhoek Literary Festival for three years. Now, she’s doing what she loves most: reading, writing and editing in her home office, and hoping someone will pay her to do all or any of these.

[70] Playing with the past (Congregational Church)
[93] 
A life shared (Hospice Hall)
[112] 
The secrets of my style (Council Chamber)

Finuala Dowling

Finuala Dowling

Finuala Dowling is an award-winning poet and novelist. She is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at UCT, where she is part of the team that puts together the university's annual Summer School. She also holds regular poetry workshops, edits poetry submissions for Aerodrome, and is a trustee of Poetry for Life.

[64] Lives encapsulated (Hospice Hall)
[88]
From the truth to the tale (Old School Hall)
[111]
Breaking the block (Congregational Church)
Carien Du Plessis

Carien Du Plessis

Carien du Plessis is a freelance journalist focusing on Africa. For the past decade and a half she has reported mainly on South African (and some African) politics for Daily Maverick, City Press, Independent Newspapers and Media24's Afrikaans titles; she has also contributed political analysis for radio and television shows.

[28] The fiercer sex (Old School Hall)
[52]
Excavating the past (Congregational Church)
Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit

Pieter du Toit is a political journalist and has held senior positions at a number of Afrikaans titles, including political correspondent and news editor at Die Beeld in Johannesburg. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Editor of the newly launched Huffington Post South Africa. He has covered politics for more than a decade.

[11] So, what's new? (Old School Hall)
[69] 
Despite the risks (Church Hall)

Ekow Duker

Ekow Duker

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer, Ekow Duker grew up in Ghana and studied in the UK, the US and France. He now lives and works in Johannesburg. His debut novels, White Wahala and Dying in New York, were published in 2014 and were followed in 2016 by his third and most ambitious novel, The God Who Made Mistakes. He gave up trying to bring down a stubborn golfing handicap long ago and now divides his time unevenly between data science and writing.

[31] The better bookclub (Council Chamber)
[54]
The birth and life of Soweto (Elephant & Barrel)
[110]
A one-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz (Church Hall)
Joey Evans

Joey Evans

Joey Evans' dream was to one day to ride the 9 000km Dakar Rally. In 2007 his dream was shattered when he broke his back in a racing accident, leaving him paralysed from just below his chest. Doctors gave him a 10% chance of ever walking again. Many would have given up, but not Joey. Not only would he get back on his feet and walk, but he would also keep his Dakar dream alive. His sights were set on reaching the finish line, which he did in 2017 – the only South African to do so. 

[56] Regardless (Travellers’ Lodge)
[82] 
From the sublime... (Council Chamber)

Nicolas Fargues

Nicolas Fargues

Nicolas Fargues was born in France in 1972 and spent his childhood in Cameroon and Lebanon. His first novel was published in 2000; I Was Behind You (2009) has been translated worldwide into 20 languages. Considered a satirical novelist, he is mostly inspired by hidden feelings in relationships: within couples, in families, and between cultures.

[55] Reasons to go. Reasons to stay (Hospice Hall)
[80] 
After the debut (Church Hall)
[107] 
A page full of power (Travellers’ Lodge)
[120] 
Dear reader (Council Chamber)

Gordon Forbes

Gordon Forbes

Gordon Forbes was born in 1934 in Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape and educated at St Andrews School, Bloemfontein He was ranked top tennis player in SA, and holder of 10 South African Open titles between the years 1957 and 1963. Gordon is the author of three books: A Handful of Summers; Too Soon to Panic; I'll take the Sunny Side.

[4] Gossip with the old goats (Congregational Church)
[64]
Lives encapsulated (Hospice Hall)
Maya Fowler

Maya Fowler

Maya Fowler is a South Africa novelist, editor and translator living in Vancouver, Canada. Her new novel, Patagonia, was published by Umuzi, in simultaneous release with the Afrikaans version which she translated herself. Her debut, The Elephant in the Room was shortlisted for the Herman Charles Bosman prize. Maya has written award-winning work for younger readers, and in September this year her novel Tebatso Gaan See Toe is being published by Protea Boekhuis. 

[71] The family way (Council Chamber)
[88] 
From the truth to the tale (Old School Hall)
[109] 
A day in the life (Old School Hall)

John W Fredericks

John W Fredericks

John W Fredericks was born in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. His father was a dustman and his mother worked in the abattoirs. He spent most of his growing-up years on a refuse dump searching for books to read and anything of resale value. Reading opened his mind to a whole new world and at a young age he decided to become a writer. With very little education he set out to reach his goal, but first he had to rise above the stigma of prison and poverty that had become his heritage. He has written a number of film scripts, including the acclaimed Noem My Skollie.

[76] Tales of my city (NG Church)
Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall had the shock of her life when she learned that she was part Russian. Not a demure all-English rose after all then. Inspired by her grandmother's dramatic St Petersburg life-story at the time of the Soviet Revolution, Kate wrote her first historical novel, The Russian Concubine, which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and was sold in 25 countries. It hooked Kate into the thrill of setting powerful emotional stories in dramatic far-off locations. Kate now lives in blissful Devon with her husband, snuggled up close to Agatha Christie's house for inspiration. Kate has written ten books, two of which have been shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award.

[17] Crafting connections (Travellers’ Lodge)
[51]
A bit about me (Church Hall)
[88]
From the truth to the tale (Old School Hall)
Louise Gelderblom

Louise Gelderblom

Louise Gelderblom is a Cape Town based ceramicist specialising in large hand built sculptural vessels by day and a reader and food enthusiast the rest of the time. The Book Club Cookbook EAT YOUR WORDS is her first publication.

[31] The better bookclub (Council Chamber)

 

Tracy Going

Tracy Going

Tracy Going is an award-winning former TV and radio news anchor. She is best remembered as the anchor of SABC 2 Morning Live and as prime time news anchor for Radio Metro and Kaya FM. She has written two children's story-cookbooks. African Animals - Rhymes & Recipes was a bestseller. Her second story-cookbook Awesome Animals - Rhymes & Recipes received the prestigious Best in South Africa Gourmand Cookbook Award and second position at the world Gourmand Cookbook Awards at the Paris Cookbook Fair in 2013. She recently lectured at AFDA film school in Cape Town but left to focus on writing her memoire Brutal Legacy.

[32] The other side (Elephant & Barrel)
Ishay Govender-Ypma

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Ishay Govender-Ypma, a former lawyer, is a freelance travel and culture photojournalist, cookbook and guidebook author. Her bylines appear in National Geographic,Food & Wine, Sunday Times Travel (UK), Roads & Kingdoms, Marie Claire, Fodor's and many others. She had a deep interest in cultural anthropology and what makes us human. www.ishaygovender.com

[64] Lives encapsulated (Hospice Hall)
[105] 
Soul food (Hospice Hall)

Xolisa Guzula

Xolisa Guzula

Xolisa Guzula is an early literacy specialist with interests in biliteracy development; emergent literacy; bi/multilingual education; language and literacy as social practice; multiliteracies; multimodality; third spaces; and bilingual children's literature. She is currently doing her PhD in biliteracy development. Xolisa is a board member at Fundza Literacy Trust and a chairperson of the board of Thope Foundation that recently started the Molo Mhlaba School for Girls in Khayelitsha.

[74] Literacy, our lifeblood (Travellers’ Lodge)

 

Suzan Hackney

Suzan Hackney

Suzan Hackney was born in Pretoria, but grew up in Pietermaritzburg, as she tells of in her memoirs Tsk-Tsk. After the events of her childhood and adolescence described here, she worked as a night-club bouncer, a stable hand on a horse stud farm and she farmed. She has grown aloes and other indigenous plants, reared orphaned and injured wildlife, and raised her own children – and a few who weren’t her own. Suzan now manages a retreat in the southern Drakensberg.

[63] Not giving up (Elephant & Barrel)
[93] 
A life shared (Hospice Hall)

Kerry Hammerton

Kerry Hammerton

Kerry Hammerton has an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Rhodes University. She has published poetry in various South African and international journals and anthologies – most recently Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books 2015). She has three collections: These are the Lies I told You (Modjaji 2010), The Weather Report (2013) and Secret Keeper (Modjaji 2018). 

Poetry 5 (Elephant & Barrel): They f*ck you up, your Mum and Dad’

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Peter Harris was born in Durban and moved to Johannesburg after qualifying as a lawyer. In the early 1990s, he was seconded from his law firm to the National Peace Accord. Thereafter, he was seconded to head the Monitoring Directorate of South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission for the 1994 election. He currently practises as a lawyer.

[73] Sustaining the hero (Hospice Hall)
[111] 
Breaking the block (Congregational Church)

Ray Hartley

Ray Hartley

Ray Hartley worked as an administrator at the CODESA negotiations, which ended apartheid. He has covered the unfolding drama of the new South Africa as a political correspondent, travelling extensively with Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Hartley was the founding editor of The Times and editor of South Africa’s largest newspaper, The Sunday Times, from 2010 to 2013. He is author of Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White and editor of the essay collection How To Fix South Africa.

[59] Finding our way (Old School Hall)
[101] 
My life and The News (Old School Hall)

 

 

 

Vernon Head

Vernon Head

Vernon RL Head is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World and a poetry collection The Laughing Dove and other Poems. When not writing, he is either designing special buildings or travelling the world looking for the rarest birds.

[15] Flighty writers (Elephant & Barrel)

Mick Herron

Mick Herron

Mick Herron's first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was described as the 'most enjoyable British spy novel in years' by the Mail on Sunday and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The second, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and both the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The fourth, Spook Street, was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger and won the Steel Dagger. London Rules is the fifth. Mick Herron was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and now lives in Oxford. Mick was brought to FLF courtesy of Exclusive Books. 

[3] What it takes to fill a page (Church Hall)
[79]
Story building (Old School Hall)
[102]
The need to escape (Church Hall)

Exclusive Books

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood is a leading voice in the current political crisis. As founder member of TAC and director of Section 27, he has been intimately involved in some of the biggest political battles of the recent era, from forcing the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive patients to exposing the text-book crisis in Limpopo. Heywood's critical yet inspirational opinion pieces often appear in the Daily Maverick and Mail & Guardian, amongst others. He is an influential thought leader regularly featured on Radio 702.

[27] Beyond the precipice (New School Hall)
[59] 
Finding our way (Old School Hall)

Bridget Hilton-Barber

Bridget Hilton-Barber

Bridget Hilton-Barber has been travelling, connecting with people and writing stories and books for a long time - and she intends to continue the journey. She's the author of nine books, seven travel books including guides and anthologies; and two memoirs: Garden of My Ancestors about the family farm in Limpopo, and Student, Comrade, Prisoner, Spy about her involvement as a student in the anti-apartheid struggle.

[15] Flighty writers (Elephant & Barrel)
[40] From the word go (Council Chamber)
[56] Regardless (Travellers’ Lodge)
[71]
The family way (Council Chamber)
Ter Hollmann

Ter Hollmann

Ter Hollmann is a writer, performer and theatremaker. His work includes the recent Scribe play competition finalist 2 Lovers, Rainbow Nation, and To Stand Somewhere. When he is not writing and performing he runs storytelling and diversity workshops aimed at helping others find their own stories. He has an MA in drama.

[47] To Stand Somewhere (Congregational Church)
[57]
Discussion: How to write for stage and screen (Library)
Bantu Holomisa

Bantu Holomisa

Bantu Holomisa is one of South Africa's most respected and popular political figures. As head of the Transkeian Defence Force, Holomisa led coups against the homeland regimes and then became the head of its military government. When the ANC held its first election for its national executive in 1994, Holomisa received the most votes, beating long-time veterans and party stalwarts. He and Mandela developed a close relationship, and Holomisa served in Mandela's cabinet as deputy minister for environmental affairs and tourism. After being expelled from the ANC, Holomisa formed his own party, the United Democratic Movement, with Roelf Meyer.

[50] The Game Changer (Old School Hall)
Christopher Hope

Christopher Hope

Christopher Hope's novels include Kruger's Alp, winner of the WhitBread Prize, and Serenity House, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A Separate Development, his first novel, was banned on publication in South Africa. Awards include the David Higham Award CNA Prize for his memoir White Boy Running and the P.E.N Silver Pen Award. He initiated, in 2006, the Franschhoek Literary Festival . His Libretto of A Distant Drum, an opera based on the life of Nat Nakasa, premiered at Carnegie  Hall in 2014. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

[8] The books that made me (NG Church)
[40]
From the word go (Council Chamber)
[55]
Reasons to go. Reasons to stay (Hospice Hall)
John Hunt

John Hunt

In 1983, John Hunt co-founded the advertising group TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. Over this period he also wrote a number of television and theatre plays. He was named South African Playwright of the Year for Vid Alex. In 2009 The Art of the Idea was published and translated into a number of languages. His first novel, The Space Between the Space Between was published in 2015 and in 2018 his second novel The Boy who could Keep a Swan in his Head was released.

[13] Disrupting the bottom line (Congregational Church)
[101] 
The need to escape (Church Hall)

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing his BA at Harvard (‘95) and his Masters at Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy (1996), he wrote his first novel. His novels have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, reached #1 on international bestseller lists, and have graced national bestseller lists around the world. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.

[19] When characters take on a life of their own (Old School Hall)
[44]
On the edge of your seat (NG Church)
[60]
The heart of crime (Church Hall)
[109]
A one-on-one with Gregg Hurwitz (Church Hall)
Julian Jansen

Julian Jansen

Julian Jansen, has been a senior journalist at Rapport in Cape Town for the past ten years. He has 18 years teaching experience and is also a former spokesperson for the MEC for Community Safety in 2009. He is the author of the crime book, The De Zalze Murders : the story behind the brutal axe attacks.

[107] The detectives (New School Hall)

Daisy Jones

Daisy Jones

Daisy Jones is the author of Star Fish, the Sunday Times Best Cookbook of the Year (2014). She also wrote Real Food: Healthy, Happy Children, which was shortlisted for Best Cookbook of the Year in 2015. Daisy Jones is currently co-authoring a series of three novels. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, two children and two dogs. 

[53] The conscious kitchen (Council Chamber)
Pallo Jordan

Pallo Jordan

Zweledinga Pallo Jordan is a South African politician. He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, and was a cabinet minister from 1994 until 2009.

[49] The enemies of democracy (New School Hall)
[68] 
So, what's up with the ANC? (Old School Hall)

Wayne Joseph

Wayne Joseph

Wayne-Allen Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ecom Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited. As an accomplished entrepreneur, business owner and pioneer in the field of financial services industry, he is well respected, particularly in the area of product innovation. He holds a Financial Management Diploma from UCT, a National Diploma in Wealth Management, and is a member of the South African Financial Planning Institute.

[13] Disrupting the bottom line (Congregational Church)

Leonie Joubert

Leonie Joubert

Leonie Joubert’s writing explores the intersection between development, environment, and social justice: climate change, energy issues, environmental change, and the political economy of hunger and obesity in the world of ‘Big Food’. She has five books under her belt, and many other forms of writing. Although her latest venture is into the world of amateur broadcasting, with her science podcast, The Psychonauts. Leonie was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow, was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take To Lunch (2008), and named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category).

[53] The conscious kitchen (Council Chamber)
[96] 
The last drop (NG Church)

 

Jan-Jan Joubert

Jan-Jan Joubert

Jan-Jan Joubert is deputy editor: politics, parliament and opinion at the Sunday Times. He has covered parliament since 2001, and was previously political editor of Die Burger, Beeld and Rapport. He lectures political journalism at Stellenbosch University and at other tertiary institutions. He is often called on for political analysis on radio and television programmes. When he is not keeping a close eye on politicians, Joubert reviews books and acts as a panelist at literary festivals. He lives in Cape Town.

[10] Recipe for a president (New School Hall)

Joanne Jowell

Joanne Jowell

Joanne Jowell is the author of the bestselling biographies, The Crazy Life of Larry Joe (2014), Finding Sarah: A True Story of Living with Bulimia (2011) as well as On the Other Side of Shame: An Extraordinary Account of Adoption and Reunion (2009). She lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children. Winging It is her fifth book.

[63] Not giving up (Elephant & Barrel)

Thami ka Plaatjie

Thami ka Plaatjie

Thami ka Plaatje was born in Evaton in 1967. He attained a BA Hon and a University Education Diploma from Vista University. In 1995 he completed a Masters degree at what is now UJ. He lectured in history with a focus on South African history at Vista University between 1992 and 1995. In 2003 he became senior manager in policy and strategy at the National Development Agency and worked as a researcher and contributor for the Road to Democracy. In 2010 he became researcher for the ANC Free State centenary. Thami was a founder member of the Azanian National Youth Unity and was detained during the Vaal 1984 rent uprisings. He was elected to the first executive of the PAC in 1989, also holding the position of National Secretary General of the PAC of Azania. He also headed the ANC research department and served as an advisor to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

 

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa is a Ugandan/South African poet, storyteller, coach and facilitator. She is the youngest daughter of Ugandan poet and civil servant, the late Henry Barlow. While she most commonly called Philippa, she always signs Namutebi at the end of her poems. “Namutebi is the creative side of me. She is the one who writes.” She has a passion for folktales and myths – the wisdom of centuries, the tried and tested imagery, the archetypal characters that give new perspective to the perennial questions that we struggle with.

[42] Like branches on a tree… (Hospice Hall)

Ronnie Kasrils

Ronnie Kasrils

Ronnie Kasrils is author of the best-selling memoir Armed and Dangerous, which has been translated into German, Russian and Spanish and the Alan Paton Award-winning The Unlikely Secret Agent, which has been translated into French. A commander in Umkhonto weSizwe from its inception in 1961 until 1990, he served in government from 1994 to his resignation as minister for intelligence in 2008. He describes himself as a social activist and lives in Johannesburg. His latest book is A Simple Man.

[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle (Old School Hall)

[49] The enemies of democracy (New School Hall)

[122] The Cradock Four (Hospice Hall)

David Katz

David Katz

David Brock Katz, a veteran of the modern-day South African National Defence Force, completed two years of national service in 1988 as a young officer. He later served with a Commando unit through South Africa’s difficult transition to a new democratic dispensation. As a serving member of the South African Irish Regiment, he completed a Masters in Military Science (cum laude)through Stellenbosch University, at the South African Military Academy. He has published numerous academic articles and regularly presents papers on military doctrine and different aspects of South African military history at conferences at home and abroad.  

[104] Men of war (Elephant & Barrel)
Karabo Kgoleng

Karabo Kgoleng

Karabo Kgoleng has flogged literature on radio (SAfm, garnering the South African Literary Journalism award and getting on that Mail & Guardian list that everyone under 35 covets, as well as a stint as Books Editor at City Press. She has also adjudicated prestigious literary awards. Nowadays she writes in unlikely places and has a day job because she can't afford school fees on an arts journalist's invoice.

[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle (Old School Hall)
[29] 
The golden continental thread (Church Hall)
[62] 
Women apart (Council Chamber)
[103] 
Inequality of life (Congregational Church)

Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo is the author of Dancing the Death DrillTouch My Blood and Seven Steps to Heaven, among other titles. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Khumalo also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Wits University. His novels are set-works at various universities in the country – Seven Steps at Unisa, while Dancing the Death Drill is prescribed for English I students at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

[22] How it felt (Council Chamber)

[52 Excavating the past (Congregational Church)

[79] Story building (Old School Hall)

Siyathokoza Khumalo

Siyathokoza Khumalo

After being reprimanded for 'talking about religion, politics and sex in polite company', Siyathokoza Khumalo decided to wrestle with these taboo topics full-time through socio-political commentary. He has also been spotted on international pageant stages and club dance floors in places where he held beauty titles.

[41] How I'm me (Elephant & Barrel)
[81] 
On the offensive (Congregational Church)
[118] 
This is who I am (Church Hall)

 

Sara-Jayne King

Sara-Jayne King

Sara-Jayne King is a mixed-race South African/British journalist and radio presenter whose career spans over 15 years and four continents. She has an LLB degree and a Master’s in Journalism. Sara-Jayne hosts her own radio show on Cape Talk. Killing Karoline is her first published memoir; she is currently working on her second.

[43] Colour me human (Travellers’ Lodge)
[63] 
Not giving up (Elephant & Barrel)
[84] 
Forgotten, but not gone (Hospice Hall)

 

Nikolaos Kirkinis

Nikolaos Kirkinis

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Nikolaos Kirkinis was schooled at St. Stithians Boys College. He studied an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics before obtaining a post graduate honours degree in International Studies; both degree’s from Stellenbosch University. Following University, he was employed as a football journalist to Soccer Laduma before being promoted to section editor. At the age of 24 Kirkinis wrote his first book, The Curse of Teko Modise.

[89] A Game of Two Halves (Church Hall)
[117] 
Off the field (Old School Hall)

Joyce Kotze

Joyce Kotze

Joyce Kotze grew up in Namibia, studied in Cape Town and worked as a radiographer on the conflict-torn borders of Southern Africa. The Anglo-Boer War has always been of interest to her as her grandfathers fought on opposite sides. Two great-uncles died in WWI and her father served as an 18 year-old in WW II. Her debut novel, The Runaway Horses was published in 2015 and translated into Afrikaans in 2017. Beyond Forgiveness will be published in 2018 and is about the 1914 Rebellion and South Africans in WWI.

[22] How it felt Council Chamber)
[70] 
Playing with the past (Congregational Church)

Christa Kuljian

Christa Kuljian

Christa Kuljian is a freelance writer and author based in Johannesburg.  She writes and teaches narrative non-fiction. Christa is currently a Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER). Kuljian studied with palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould for her BA in the History of Science at Harvard (1984), which provided inspiration for her second book Darwin's Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins, which was short listed for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in 2017. In 2010, Kuljian gave the Ruth First Lecture about the refugee crisis at Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, which led to her first book Sanctuary (Jacana 2013).

[6] In deep water (Hospice Hall)
[52]
Excavating the past (Congregational Church)
[107]
A page full of power (Travellers’ Lodge)
Ruda Landman

Ruda Landman

Ruda Landman has been a journalist for forty years, achieving national recognition as co-anchor of M-Net’s Carte Blanche from 1988 – 2007. She has published a collection of essays (Off Camera/Weerskante van die Lens) and received an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University. She works with the NGO StudyTrust to support university students, and is a member of the board of Media 24.

[5a] One -on-one with Ruda Landman (Elephant & Barrel)
[81] 
On the offensive (Congregational Church)

Chantal Lascaris

Chantal Lascaris

Successful businesswoman Chantal Lascaris is the author of the popular All Sorts of Salads. She has always been interested in health and nutrition and is a qualified pilates instructor. Her lifestyle includes plenty of travel and regular entertaining of guests. All these influences converged and All Sorts of Healthy Dishes is the result. Chantal lives in Franschhoek with her husband Reg.

[105] Soul food (Hospice Hall)
Tshabalira Lebakeng

Tshabalira Lebakeng

Tshabalira Lebakeng grew up in Umbilo in KwaZulu-Natal where his mother was a domestic worker. When he was 12 years old she kicked him out and he lived on the streets of Durban, where he performed little shows for money. He's a funny, talkative guy, and one day a passerby gave him an exercise book, a pen, and a pencil and said his jokes made people laugh and that he should write them down. Eventually he went back to school and now has a matric, people who love him, and a big stomach.

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg (Church Hall)

Tamara LePine Williams

Tamara LePine Williams

Tamara LePine-Williams is the recently retired anchor of Classic Lifestyle on Classic FM 102.7, a post she held since its inception four years ago. The programme offered so much of what has fascinated Tamara her entire life from history, politics, travel, literature, to food, and all forms of art and music. It is early days to predict what will take Tamara’s fancy next but she continues to be fascinated and engaged in people and events and keeps asking those questions. One listener thanked her for her curiosity and she is happy with that identity.

[25] Why we should care (Travellers’ Lodge)
[82] 
From the sublime... (Council Chamber)
[106] 
Soul food (Hospice Hall)

Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry is an independent publishing consultant, editor, and writer. She spent the biggest part of her publishing career in trade publishing as publisher and then CEO of Penguin Books South Africa. Currently, her core focus is on developmental editing, working with published and debut writers, and editing books for a number of local and some international publishers. She is the author of two novels, Natural Rhythm and Wishing on Trains, and, in 2017 posthumously completed Gerald Kraak's book Shadow Play. In 2002 she ghost-wrote Steve Hamilton's bestselling memoir of addiction, I Want My Life Back, which is still in print today. She is currently working on a third novel, Whistler's Girls. 
Jassy Mackenzie

Jassy Mackenzie

Jassy Mackenzie is the author of eight previous novels. Her thrillers are published in the United States and in Germany to great acclaim and have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an International Thriller Award. She lives and works in Johannesburg.

[21] If you please (Congregational Church)
[73] 
Sustaining the hero (Hospice Hall)

Anthony Mafela

Anthony Mafela

Anthony Mafela was born and raised in Chiawelo, Soweto. At 16 he became involved in drugs and gangs but his life changed one night when his friend was shot and killed. He went to live in the suburbs with his uncle, got a job at a car wash as a valet technician, and stopped taking drugs. He now has a company called Zaiboo Concepts and gets small jobs doing posters and business cards for local events, also DJing every Monday evening at a club in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg (Church Hall)
Michele Magwood

Michele Magwood

Michele Magwood is an award-winning journalist and Contributing Books Editor at the Sunday Times. She has served as a judge on both the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She is the host of the Magwood on Books podcast.

[4] Gossip with the old goats (Congregational Church)
[51] A bit about me (Church Hall)
[109] 
A day in the life (Old School Hall)

David Majoka

David Majoka

David Majoka was born in Kwanobuhle township in Uitenhage in 1975. In 1996 he came to Joburg after he won a radio competition to write an advert for Chicken Licken; the prize was a year's course at the AAA School of Advertising. After that, he struggled to find work and joined Homeless Talk as a freelance writer and advertising agent. Then, together with Jonathan Morgan and other contributors at Homeless Talk, he wrote a book called Finding Mr Madini, which was turned into a TV series called A Place Called Home. The Homeless Writer's Project began in 2010. 

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg (Church Hall)
Thabo Makgoba

Thabo Makgoba

Thabo Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He has a PhD from the University of Cape Town and is chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. In the tradition of Cape Town’s archbishops, Makgoba is an outspoken spiritual leader, activist and driver of civil society protests against corruption, abuse of power and inequalities.

[34] Putting hope to work (Travellers’ Lodge)

Angela Makholwa

Angela Makholwa

Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. The Blessed Girl is her highly anticipated fourth novel, following on from the bestselling Red Ink (2007), The 30th Candle (2009) and Black Widow Society (2013).

[31] The better bookclub (Council Chamber)
[78]
My body's business (New School Hall)
[119]
Dear reader (Council Chamber)
Thando Manana

Thando Manana

Thando Manana was the third black African player to don a Springbok jersey after unification in 1992. From his humble beginnings in the township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Thando grew to become one of the grittiest loose-forwards of South African rugby, despite only starting the game at the age of 16. He has since become known as a rugby commentator, pundit, and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM. He has arguably become rugby’s strongest advocate for the advancement of black people’s interests in the sport, and his personal journey reveals why.

[89] A Game of Two Halves (Church Hall)
[117] 
Off the field (Old School Hall)

Mzuvukile Maqetuka

Mzuvukile Maqetuka

Mzuvukile Maqetuka is a prolific story teller and author of Impression of my Hometown Rhafu, Children from Exile and Other Stories, I Will Write this Story and Camdeboo Stories. He served in the South African national governments Intelligence Services, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and DIRCO and is currently a shareholder of Karroo Mining Development (PTY) LTD, 2011 to date. Mzuvukile lives in Aston Bay in the Eastern Cape.

[22] How it felt (Council Chamber) 
[104] The Kowie and the Camdeboo (Council Chamber)
[123] How people shaped me (Travellers' Lodge) 
Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto's SCS. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans and their caregivers. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.

[17] Crafting connections (Travellers’ Lodge)
[40]
From the word go (Council Chamber)
[62]
Women apart (Council Chamber)
Prince Mashele

Prince Mashele

Prince Mashele is the Executive Director of the Centre for Politics and Research. He is a leading political commentator in South Africa and the author of The Death of our Society.

[11] So, what's new? (Old School Hall)
[49]
The enemies of democracy (New School Hall)
[68]
So, what's up with the ANC? (Old School Hall)
Mohale Mashigo

Mohale Mashigo

Mohale Mashigo was born in Mapetla, Soweto, in 1983. She is a multi-disciplinary storyteller who loves exploring the unknown. Her interests span the life of legendary story women such as Brenda Fassie, and the rich worlds created by authors such as Toni Morrison.The Yearning is Mashigo's debut novel.  A novel she began writing in 2006 and then abandoned. In 2011 she resumed working on the novel after a friend convinced her to. Mashigo says she has always told stories and in high school she and a friend wrote Sweet Valley High fan fiction.

[7] What does feminism look like in 2018? (Travellers’ Lodge).

[32] The other side (Elephant & Barrel).

[80] After the debut (Church Hall)

 

Ralph Mathekga

Ralph Mathekga

Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political science, law and economic history in 1998 at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree in 2000, Honours degree in Political Science as well as a Masters in Political Science. Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and economic research. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst. Ralph is the author of the book When Zuma Goes (Tafelberg, 2016). Currently enrolled towards PhD in Politics.

[20] Writing on the fly (Church Hall)
[59] 
Finding our way (Old School Hall)
[87] 
Censorship and sabotage (New School Hall)

Wamuwi Mbao

Wamuwi Mbao

Wamuwi Mbao is an essayist and cultural critic. He writes on literature, pop culture, and politics and is a literary reviewer for the Johannesburg Review of Books. His short story 'The Bath' was named as one of the 20 best short stories written during the two decades of South Africa’s democracy.

[8] The books that made me (NG Church)
[100] 
As we discussed (New School Hall)
[118] 
This is who I am (Church Hall)

Jean Meiring

Jean Meiring

Jean Meiring is a practising advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, where he is a member of Group621. Having completed LLB and BA(Hons)(Latin) degrees at Stellenbosch, he studied and taught law at both Oxford and Cambridge. Over the past fifteen years, he has written widely – especially in the Afrikaans media, for which he has won four ATKV Mediaveertjie prizes and, in 2016, the inaugural kykNet-Rapport book reviewer of the year prize for Afrikaans fiction. South Africa’s Constitution at 21 is the first book he has edited.

[58] Fair play (New School Hall)
[115] 
The right to be just (New School Hall)

Africa Melane

Africa Melane

Africa Melane was born in Gugulethu and has lived in the Mother City all of his life. He went to UCT, where he studied accounting - then worked with a leading business assurance and advisory company. He ended up teaching some of the first-year MBChB class for a number of years in professional and personal development, and is now a presenter on CapeTalk and 702.

[20] Writing on the fly (Church Hall)
[117] 
Off the field (Old School Hall)

Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fan base. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages. Thirteen Hours was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa, the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. 

[19] When characters take on a life of their own (Old School Hall)
[44] On the edge of your seat (NG Church)
[80]
After the debut (Church Hall)
Niq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo is a Sowetan-born writer and journalist known and loved for the piercing way in which he tackles current affairs and the madness of post-apartheid South Africa. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog (Kwela, 2004) was translated into Spanish under the title Perro Come Perro in 2006 and awarded the Mar des Lettras prize. Besides writing novels and short stories, Niq has written for comic magazines, television and various other media platforms. His first collection of short stories, Affluenza, was published by Kwela this year and grapples with issues such as crime, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, the new black elite, and land redistribution.

[54] The birth and life of Soweto (Elephant & Barrel)
[80] 
After the debut (Church Hall)
[111] 
Breaking the block (Congregational Church)

Ian Michler

Ian Michler

Ian Michler has spent the last 28 years working as a safari operator, specialist guide, consultant and photo-journalist across Africa. He is involved in a number of conservation initiatives, including the feature documentary Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org) in which Ian is consultant and lead character  and a co-leader of the global campaign. Ian lives in South Africa where he is co-owner of Invent Africa Safaris www.inventafrica.com, a specialist safari company running trips across Africa. 

[98] Cuddle me kill me (Council Chamber, 17h30-18h30)
Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller is the author of novels All is Fish (2006) and Sister Moon (2014); a work of non-fiction, Children on the Bridge (2005); and numerous articles and short stories. Her novel The Hum of the Sun (2018) won the prize for best unpublished manuscript in the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation awards in 2016. Miller holds an MA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

[85] My words, my way (Travellers’ Lodge)
[113] 
Life as a destination (Hospice Hall)

Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Sibusiso Mjikeliso has written on rugby, cricket, football, and tennis for the Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Dispatch and Sowetan. He has also worked as the senior sports writer for Business Day. Mjikeliso spent time as an exchange reporter at the Sunday Mirror in London, where he wrote on Wimbledon tennis, English Premiership rugby, as well as English Premier League football. His versatility as a writer and knowledge of different sporting codes has made him one of the most influential sports writers in South Africa. Being a Black Springbok is his first book.

[100] As we discussed (New School Hall)
[117] 
Off the field (Old School Hall)

Litheko Modisane

Litheko Modisane

Litheko Modisane is the author of the award-winning South Africa's Renegade Reels: The Making and Public Lives of Black-Centred Films in South Africa (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).  Modisane earned his PhD at the University of the Witwatresrand (Wits). Formerly based in the Department of African Literature at Wits, he  now teaches in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. His research interests include African and African-diaspora cinema, television and literatures. He is also mightily invested in the role of cinema in the public spheres of colonised and formerly colonised societies. 

[23] African literature - unfinished business (Elephant & Barrel)
Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett is an author, editor, academic and feminist activist. Her publications include university textbooks, a treasury of landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing, a cricket book (with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), an animal charity anthology (Stray, with Diane Awerbuck) and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige). She’s published two poetry collections – Strange Fruit (Modjaji Books) and Prunings (uHlanga Press). Recent projects include the Short Story Day Africa anthology, Migrations, and a memoir of Rape Crisis. She blogs at http://helenmoffett.bookslive.co.za/blog/.

[7] What does feminism look like in 2018? (Travellers’ Lodge)
[95] 
The last drop (NG Church)

Phehello Mofokeng

Phehello Mofokeng

Phehello Mofokeng is a literary connoisseur and bookworm-in-chief at Geko Publishing. He is the author of Sankomota: An Ode in One Album (Geko, 2017), a musical reflective essay on Lesotho’s and South Africa’s foremost bands. Mofokeng is also editor of the online literary journal, AfroLit (www.afroliterature.com). Phehello Mofokeng is a Wits University graduate of African Languages and Drama & Film. www.gekopublishing.co.za

[23] African literature - unfinished business (Elephant & Barrel)
[104] 
The Kowie and the Camdeboo (Council Chamber)
[123] 
How people shaped me (Travellers’ Lodge)

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee is the former deputy digital editor for the Mail & Guardian and a columnist for EWN, The Sunday Times, and Women24. Her first book, a tragi-comic reflection on the often maddening experience as a brown woman in South Africa titled Sorry, not Sorry is published by Penguin Random House. 

[1] The F word (New School Hall)
[28]
The fiercer sex (Old School Hall)
[81]
On the offensive (Congregational Church)
Kobus Moolman

Kobus Moolman

Kobus Moolman is Professor of Creative Writing in the English department at the University of the Western Cape. He has won numerous local and international awards for his work, including most recently the 2015 Glenna Luschei Award for African Poetry for his collection A Book of Rooms. His first collection of short fiction, The Swimming Lesson and other stories (UKZN Press) was published last year. He has also recently edited a special issue on contemporary South African poetry for the American journal, Illuminations.

[95] Poetry 5 (Library, 16h15-17h00): Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way

Palesa Morudu

Palesa Morudu

Palesa Morudu is managing director at Cover2Cover Books, publisher of South African teen fiction, and director at Clarity Editorial, a writing and editorial services company based in Cape Town. She writes a regular column for Business Day newspaper exploring topical issues on current affairs. 

[37] A one-on-one with Sisonke Msimang (Old School Hall)
[74] 
Literacy, our lifeblood (Travellers’ Lodge)
[119] 
Absolute power (Congregational Church)

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (2012), and The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Her next book, The Burning Chambers, will be out in time for the festival. Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature. 

[21] If you please (Congregational Church)
[51] 
A bit about me (Church Hall)
[70] 
Playing with the past (Congregational Church)
[108] 
A day in the life (Old School Hall)

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is an outspoken political commentator, co-founder of the InkuluFreeHeid Organisation and was prominent in the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University. He has made popular videos about South African politics, available on his site longtalk2freedom and his social media accounts. He is based in Johannesburg.

[12] A macro-economic masterclass (Church Hall)
[27] 
Beyond the precipice (New School Hall)
[55] 
Reasons to go. Reasons to stay (Hospice Hall)

Nondwe Mpuma

Nondwe Mpuma

Nondwe Mpuma is a Creative Writing Master’s student from the University of the Western Cape. Her poetry has been featured in WritingThreeSixty: Journal of Research and Creative Texts, Underground: the Art Literary Journal of Georgia State University, as well as in Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way: poetry and prose about food from the University of the Western Cape Creative Writing programme (uHlhanga, 2017). Her academic and creative focus is on poetry where she attempts to paint varying images of everyday life.

[95] Poetry 5 (Library, 16h15-17h00): Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way

Nompumelelo Mqwebu

Nompumelelo Mqwebu

Founder of the Mzansi International Culinary Festival (MICF) and Chef owner of Africa Meets Europe Cuisine, Nompumelelo Mqwebu is an enterprising chef who has travelled the world honing her skills. Locally and internationally trained, she has focused her energies in promoting and advocating for the elevation of authentic African cuisine with indigenous ingredients. Her debut cookbook Through the Eyes of an African Chef is the South African winner of the First Book and Self Published categories in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

[29] The golden continental thread (Church Hall)
[53] 
The conscious kitchen (Council Chamber)

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang writes about race, gender and democracy. She contributes to a range of local media outlets including a column for the Daily Maverick. She has written regular pieces in The Con and Africa As A Country, where she serves as a contributing editor. Msimang has also written for the New York Times, The Guardian UK, Newsweek, the Huffington Post and a range of other international outlets. In 2012 she was a World Fellow at Yale University; in 2014 she was an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow and in 2015 she was a Ruth First Fellow. Her latest book is Always Another Country.

[24] How I see it (Hospice Hall)
[37] 
A one-on-one with Sisonke Msimang (Old School Hall)
[59] 
Finding our way (Old School Hall)
[86] 
You 'like' therefore I am (NG Church)

Nick Mulgrew

Nick Mulgrew

Nick Mulgrew was born in Durban in 1990 to British parents. A Mandela Rhodes Scholar, he is the winner of the 2014 National Arts Festival short story award and a 2015 shortlistee for the White Review Prize. He is the author of two books – a collection of poetry, the myth of this is that we’re all in this together, and Stations, a suite of short fiction. He lives in Cape Town, where he works as the Deputy Chair of Short Story Day Africa, and the publisher of uHlanga, a poetry press.

[113] Shedding light (Elephant & Barrel)

Richard Mulholland

Richard Mulholland

Richard Mulholland, the author of Legacide, kicked off his career as a rock ‘n’ roll roadie, operating lights for bands such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard… and Cliff Richard. From there he started South Africa’s largest presentation firm, Missing Link, and co-founded Innovation Lab, 21Tanks, and digital agency Firing Squad. Richard is a highly regarded speaker and writes frequent columns for many magazines including Longevity and Destiny Man.

[67] Legacide (New School Hall)

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

Eric Naki was born in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape to a domestic worker mother and a mining migrant father. In the mid-60s his family was forcefully removed to a farm in East London. He matriculated at Mzomhle High in Mdantsane and studied Communication Science through UNISA. Eric has a lengthy background in the struggle as an activist under the United Democratic Front and the ANC. A journalist by profession with more than 30 years' experience, he presently works as a senior political reporter for The Citizen newspaper in Johannesburg.  His first book is Bantu Holomisa, The Game Changer.

[58]The Game Changer (Old School Hall)
[92]
It's not about me (Council Chamber)
[99]
As we discussed (New School Hall)
Daniel Naudé

Daniel Naudé

Daniel Naudé was born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently lives in Stellenbosch. He has had solo exhibitions at Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg, and showed selected photographs from his book Animal Farm in the print room at The Photographers' Gallery in London in 2013. He has taken part in a wide variety of group shows all over the world; the highlight being his exhibition, In Focus: Animalia at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2015). His second book, Sightings of the Sacred: Cattle in Uganda, Madagascar and India, was published by Prestel in 2016.

[33] Through my lens (Hospice Hall)
Nomvuyo Ngcelwane

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane was born in District Six and lived there for twenty years until forced removals in 1963. Born into a family of teachers, and being a teacher herself, Ngcelwane is a retired Circuit Manager of the Western Cape Education Department. After retiring, she was requested to mentor newly appointed school principals in the Khayelitsha area. 

[76] Tales of my city (NG Church)
[123] 
How people shaped me (Travellers’ Lodge)

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (BProc, LLB, LLM) is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and specialises in Human Rights and Constitutional Litigation. His role has taken him to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court on many occasions, although he is a history student at heart. He has co-authored several books on labour law and constitutional law and has contributed to various magazines. He has recently published his own book that combines his passions for history and law: This Land is Ours.

[58] Fair play (New School Hall)
[116] 
The right to be just (New School Hall)

Thuli Nhlapo

Thuli Nhlapo

Thuli Nhlapo grew up in Pretoria and studied journalism, communications and script writing. She has worked in the communications and media field, both nationally and internationally. Locally, she has written for DrumThe StarCity PressMail & Guardian and True Love. Other writings appear in Orbit Magazine (UK), Scottish Daily Mail (Scotland) and the Guardian (UK). She has published books in isiZulu and siSwati and Colour Me Yellow will be her first English book. Nhlapo has produced television for ‘Carte Blanche’, ‘M-net’ and ‘ABC News’ (USA). She is currently the Managing Director of her own media company, Thuli Nhlapo Media.

[8] The books that made me (NG Church)
[43] 
Colour me human (Travellers’ Lodge)
[84] 
Forgotten, but not gone (Hospice Hall)

Ambre Nicolson

Ambre Nicolson

Ambre Nicolson is a recovering magazine editor who lives and writes in Cape Town. Before and after obtaining degrees in English and journalism at the university currently known as Rhodes, she was a cleaner in London, a wall painter in Barcelona, a language student in Shanghai, and a book researcher in New York.

[64] Lives encapsulated (Hospice Hall)
Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Mphuthumi Ntabeni contributes to various national and international publications and writes a column for the Southern Cross Catholic weekly newspaper. He has worked with the Rhodes University Drama department and has written plays that were featured at the National Arts Festival. He has had short stories published in magazines and historical journals. Ntabeni was also one of six writers from the African continent included in the collection of short stories, Africa Fresh! New Voices From The First Continent. His debut novel, The Broken River Tent, was published by BlackBird Books in 2017.

[85] My words, my way (Travellers’ Lodge)

Madoda Ntuli

Madoda Ntuli

Madoda Ntuli was born in KwaMashu. His father was killed when he was a baby and when he was six years old his mother sent him to live with his grandmother in Giyani. When he was 20 he ran away. He took the bus to Johannesburg and tried to find work in television and run him own business with friends, but things didn’t work out. He also tried a career in soccer. In 2010 he started his own company called Blackdogg Media (now Nsizwana Media Group). He also runs a soccer website called 90mins (www.90mins.co.za).

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg (Church Hall)
[65] 
I did it anyway (Travellers’ Lodge)

Sizwe Nxasana

Sizwe Nxasana

Sizwe Errol Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA) qualifications. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust and was appointed Chairman of the NSFAS in August 2015 and Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team developing a new funding model for students who come from poor and 'missing middle' backgrounds. Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Future Nation Schools which is a chain of affordable private schools in South Africa. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group which is involved in Edtech, academic publishing and real estate. 

[74] Literacy, our lifeblood (Travellers’ Lodge)

Crispian Olver

Crispian Olver

Crispian Olver has been a medical doctor, political leader, environmental activist, and public servant. He joined Mandela's office in 1994 as head of planning for the Reconstruction and Development Programme, and went on to run the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism as Director General. He has had a lifelong interest in local government issues, and in 2015 he took on the most challenging assignment of his career: heading up an intervention to clean up corruption in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

[69] Despite the risks (Church Hall)
[118]
Absolute power (Congregational Church)
Akin Omotoso

Akin Omotoso

Akin Omotoso studied drama at The University of Cape Town. He won The Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year in 2007. His television work includes directing on A Place Called Home (for which he won Best Director at The South African Film and Television Awards). Akin has produced and directed four feature films — God Is African and the award winning Man On Ground (official selection to Toronto and Berlin and AMVCA Best Director). His new film is the box office hit romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something. He is currently in post production on his next film, Vaya.

[48] Vaya movie screening (Hospice Hall)
[57] 
Discussion: How to write for stage and screen (Library)

 

Tony Park

Tony Park

Tony Park has worked as a newspaper reporter, a government press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He is also a Major in the Australian Army Reserve and served in Afghanistan in 2002. Tony and his wife divide their time between Sydney and southern Africa where they own a home on the border of the Kruger National Park.

[21] If you please (Congregational Church)
[44] 
On the edge of your seat (NG Church)
[60] 
The heart of crime (Church Hall)

Sally Partridge

Sally Partridge

Sally Partridge is a novelist and short story writer from Cape Town. She is a three-time winner of the M.E.R Prize for Youth Fiction and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Short Story Prize in 2013. Sally is passionate about youth literature and bringing words to life. Her popular first novel was adapted into a school play entitled Gif. For her contribution to the creative arts, Sally was named one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2011. Her fifth novel for young people was published in February this year.

[30] Do you dare to be aware? (Congregational Church)

Jacques Pauw

Jacques Pauw

Jacques Pauw was a founder member of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad in the late 1980s, where he exposed the Vlakplaas police death squads. He worked for some of the country's most esteemed publications before becoming a documentary filmmaker. He has won the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award twice, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting in the US, Italy's Ilaria Alpi and the Nat Nakasa award for bravery and integrity in journalism. He is the author of In the Heart of Whore, Into the Heart of Darkness, Dances with Devils, Rat Roads,  Little Ice Cream Boy and The President's Keepers. Three of his books have been shortlisted for major literary awards.

10 Recipe for a president (New School Hall)
36 At what cost? (New School Hall)
87 Censorship and sabotage (New School Hall)  
Richard Peirce

Richard Peirce

Richard Peirce is a committed wildlife conservationist who now spends all of his time on various projects either trying to contribute to the conservation of specific species, or improve the effectiveness of global wildlife conservation. Richard and his wife Jacqui live for half of the year in Africa and the other half in Cornwall, UK. He is the author of Nicole and Cuddle Me, Kill Me.

[25] Why we should care (Travellers’ Lodge)
[98]
Cuddle me kill me (Council Chamber)
Harriet Perlman

Harriet Perlman

Harriet Perlman has worked in film, television and publishing for more than 30 years. She loves stories and has worked with a range of formats including television dramas, film (documentaries and feature) and print (books, stories for children and adults, learning resources). She was a co-creator and writer on Yizo Yizo - an international award-winning television drama series set in a struggling township school. She is both a co-writer and co-producer on the film Vaya as well as editor of and contributor to the book Vaya -Untold Stories of Johannesburg. Together with Robbie Thorpe she runs the Homeless Writer’s Project.    

[38] Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg (Church Hall)

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips is the author of Tjieng Tjieng Tjerries and other stories and the poetry collection radbraak. She has a MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Western cape. Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, has been shortlisted for the UJ prize for best debut work.  The book has also been adapted for the stage and made its debut at Woordfees in 2018.  Her work has been featured in Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way: poetry and prose about food from the University of the Western Cape Creative Writing programme, amongst others. She is currently busy with her PhD in Creative Writing at UWC and lectures part-time in the Afrikaans Department.

[26] Workshop: Archival detritus – memory excavation beyond fact (Library)
[95] Poetry 5 (Elephant & Barrel): Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way

Phumlani Pikoli

Phumlani Pikoli

Phumlani Pikoli is a multi-media journalist and multi-skilled artist. He was born in Zimbabwe in 1988. The Fatuous State of Severity is his first book published by an actual publishing house and he intends to write and publish many more, without restriction to form.

[40] From the word go (Council Chamber)
[85]
My words, my way (Travellers’ Lodge)
Don Pinnock

Don Pinnock

Don Pinnock is an investigative journalist and photographer who, some time back, realised he knew little about the natural world. So he set out to discover it. This took him to five continents, including Antarctica, and resulted in five books on natural history and hundreds of articles. His other books include Gang Town, which won the City Press Tafelberg Non-Fiction award, and a biography of the journalist Ruth First. He has degrees in criminology, political science and African history and is a former editor of Getaway travel magazine. His day job is as environmental investigative journalist.
Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak is an award-winning author, journalist, graphic novelist and a senior correspondent at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. He has spent the last five years travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the idea of a rising Africa, entitled Continental Shift: A Journey Through Africa’s Changing Fortunes (Jonathan Ball, 2016). A Rockefeller Fellow, Poplak has worked in over 30 countries in the developing world, and his next project will concern the notion of the city after 9/11. He is a member of the international journalist collective Deca.

[1] The F word (New School Hall)
[50] 
The Game Changer (Old School Hall)
[115] 
A one-on-one with Vishwas Satgar (Travellers’ Lodge)

Pamela Power

Pamela Power

Pamela Power is a television script writer and script editor. She worked for many years on the popular SABC 2 soapie, Muvhango and is now the script editor for new eTV daily drama, Imbewu. She is the author of three books: Ms ConceptionThings Unseen and Delilah Now Trending and has just completed her fourth novel which currently has four titles but she’s hoping to whittle that down to one in the near future. You can find her on Twitter @pamelapower.

[9] A one-on-one with Kate Turkington (Leeu Estates)
[30] 
Do you dare to be aware? (Congregational Church)
[57] 
Discussion: How to write for stage and screen (Library)

Kalim Rajab

Kalim Rajab

Kalim Rajab is a corporate executive and writer. He has edited Memory Against Forgetting, a retrospective of the Drum photographer Ranjith Kally, and A Man of Africa - The Political Thought of Harry Oppenheimer. He is a regular contributor to Daily Maverick. 

[81] On the offensive (Congregational Church)
[120] 
The craft of the essay (Elephant & Barrel)

Nolubabalo Rani

Nolubabalo Rani

Nolubabalo Rani is a storyteller, teacher and community literacy activist. Trained as a storyteller with the International School of Storytelling, and the Centre for Biographical Storytelling, she is a co-host of The Story Club, Cape Town and has performed in several schools and communities. Nolu is the chairperson of the Kwa-Faku Vulindlela Reading Club, an organisation which promotes literacy in Nyanga and Philippi, Cape Town. Her motto is "Stories are blessings to us, so tell a story to bless others."

[42] Like branches on a tree… (Hospice Hall)

 

Iman Rappetti

Iman Rappetti

Iman Rappetti is a seasoned South African journalist. She hosts the award-winning daytime talk show PowerTalk on Power98.7 weekday mornings, and until very recently also hosted independent television network eNCA’s daily flagship programme NewsNight. Her bread and butter is covering politics and its complex, often troubling, intersections with daily life. Her most meaningful interactions, she says, come from women and men who despite poverty and adversity, continue to work, hope and believe that they have a powerful role to play in developing the South Africa its martyrs fought for.

[94] What's next? (Travellers’ Lodge)
[100] 
My life and The News (Old School Hall)
[117] 
This is who I am (Church Hall)

Moses Rasekele

Moses Rasekele

Moses Rasekele D is a director, educator and arts manager. He has an honours degree in Drama and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Culture and Heritage Management. He is the co- founder of the Creative Community Project promoting drama and visual art in Limpopo. He has directed shows like Nasty Burn and The Deal and the Compromise.

[47] To Stand Somewhere (Congregational Church)
[57]
Discussion: How to write for stage and screen (Library)
Frans Rautenbach

Frans Rautenbach

Frans Rautenbach, author of South Africa Can Work, is a Cape Town labour lawyer with ample experience in legal reform work, having consulted to the governments of Uganda and Tanzania on reform of labour legislation, licensing laws, and business start-up procedures. He is a published author with a focus on legal reform, management systems, and labour law.

[12] A macro-economic masterclass (Church Hall)
[34] 
Putting hope to work (Travellers’ Lodge)

Nancy Richards

Nancy Richards

Nancy Richards is a freelance print and radio journalist, speaker,media trainer and founder of an NPO called WOMAN ZONE. She writes for a number of publications, presents SAfm Literature and the Enviro Show on SAfm radio. Authored and co-authored: Beautiful Homes; Woman Today and Being a Woman in Cape Town.

[60] The heart of crime (Church Hall)
[114] 
Life as a destination (Hospice Hall)

Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson is the author of The Spiral House (winner of the Sunday Times Literary Award and the South African Literary Awards debut prize), The Magistrate of Gower (short-listed for the Barry Ronge and UJ prizes) and Under Glass, published in February 2018. She lives in Simon's Town.

[3] What it takes to fill a page (Church Hall)
[22]
How it felt (Council Chamber)
[70]
Playing with the past (Congregational Church)
Consuelo Roland

Consuelo Roland

Consuelo Roland is the author of The Limbo Trilogy, a mystery-suspense series set in Camps Bay, seaside playground for the rich.  Her latest novel Wolf Trap, follows Lady Limbo, the first volume in the trilogy, published to critical acclaim in 2012. The Good Cemetery Guide, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and for the Olive Schreiner Award, and appeared on a list of  “30 Great Books Written by South Africans” compiled by the Centre for the Book. She lives in South Africa with her husband.

[73] Sustaining the hero (Hospice Hall)
[101] 
The need to escape (Church Hall)

Henrietta Rose-Innes

Henrietta Rose-Innes

Henrietta Rose-Innes is the author of four novels and a short-story collection. Her novels Nineveh and Green Lion were both shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and have been published in several countries. She lives in Cape Town.

[3] What it takes to fill a page (Church Hall)
[91]
It's not about me (Council Chamber)
[112]
The secrets of my style (Council Chamber)

Megan Ross

Megan Ross

Megan Ross is a writer, poet and journalist from East London. She is the author of Milk Fever, a collection of poetry published by uHlanga. Her work has appeared in New Coin, New Contrast, Prufrock, and Aerodrome. Megan is the winner of the Brittle Paper Literary Award for Fiction, for her short story, ‘Farang’, as well as the winner of the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. 

Poetry 1 (Elephant & Barrel): Writing woman as subject and object

Rehana Rossouw

Rehana Rossouw

Rehana Rossouw was born and rooted in Cape Town, but is currently in self-imposed exile in Johannesburg. She has been a journalist for three decades and is currently a commissioning editor at Business Day. She has also taught journalism and creative writing. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, What Will People Say?, was published in 2015 and her latest is New Times.

[28] The fiercer sex (Old School Hall)
[76] 
Tales of my city (NG Church)
[107] 
A page full of power (Travellers’ Lodge)

Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau is a lecturer in critical thinking and business ethics at the University of Cape Town, and is the founder and chairperson of the Free Society Institute, established in 2009 to promote secular humanism and scientific reasoning in South Africa. He and Dr Caleb Lack are the co-authors of Critical Thinking, Science, and Pseudoscience: Why We Can't Trust Our Brains (Springer Publishing Company, 2016). His essays on politics, science, religion and rationality can be found on Synapses – http://synapses.co.za, and he is active on Twitter as @JacquesR.

[24] How I see it (Hospice Hall)
[49] 
The enemies of democracy (New School Hall)

Beverly Rycroft

Beverly Rycroft

Beverly Rycroft is a graduate of UCT and Wits. A qualified teacher, she has taught at schools, in industry and at a teachers’ training college. Her poetry has appeared in most local publications and has been anthologised in school textbooks.  Her debut poetry collection, missing, won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award. In 2013 she was awarded the Thomas Pringle Prize for best poem in a journal. Her first novel, A Slim, Green Silence, was published by Umuzi in 2015. Her second poetry collection A Private Audience was published by Dryad Press in October 2017.

[92] They f*ck you up, your Mum and Dad’ (Elephant & Barrel)

Emma Sadleir

Emma Sadleir

Emma Sadleir's areas of expertise include managing the legal consequences of using social media. Emma and her team at The Digital Law Company have collectively addressed hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients and over 100 000 learners across South Africa. Emma is the co-author of Don't Film Yourself Having Sex... And Other Legal Advice For The Age of Social Media, and Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones: A Teenager's Online Survival Guide both published by Penguin Random House. 

[30] Do you dare to be aware? (Congregational Church)
[78]
My body's business (New School Hall)
Vishwas Satgar

Vishwas Satgar

Vishwas Satgar is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Development Studies at WITS. His research interests include emancipatory futures, green global political economy, and critical theory. He has been an activist for over three decades. He edits the democratic Marxism book series for which he received a distinguished contribution award from the World Association of Political Economy.

[96] The last drop (NG Church)
[115] 
A one-on-one with Vishwas Satgar (Travellers’ Lodge)

 

Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke, a widely published journalist, won the 2014 Ingrid Jonker Award for her debut collection of poetry, Bare & Breaking. Her second collection, published in 2017, is called Navigate. She won the 2016 South African Literature Prize for translation for Flame in the Snow. She works as a writer, fiction editor, writing tutor, and translator. 

[17a] Archival detritus – memory excavation beyond fact (Library 11h30-13h30)
[92] 
Poetry 4 (Elephant & Barrel, 16h00-16h45): They f*ck you up, your Mum and Dad’

Lauren Segal

Lauren Segal

Lauren Segal is a partner of Trace, a design and exhibition company. Her recent projects include the the permanent exhibition for the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre and the Museum of the Constitution at Constitution Hill. She has co-authored five books: One Law One Nation; Great Lives, Pivotal Moments; Mapping Memories; Number Four; and The Making of Constitution Hill and Soweto: A History. She lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two children.

[32] The other side (Elephant & Barrel)
[54] 
The birth and life of Soweto (Elephant & Barrel)
[93] 
A life shared (Hospice Hall)
[113] 
Life as a destination (Hospice Hall)

Moses Selitisha

Moses Selitisha

Moses Shimo Seletisha is a radical performance poet, translator and author of Tšhutšhumakgala (his first published title) from the rural areas of Ga-Matlala ‘a Rakgwadi. His area of interest is African languages and their social context, Seletisha has chosen to write only in Sepedi and was initiated by some of Sepedi prolific writers such as Goodenough Mashego, Tebogo Maahlamela and Matete Motsoaledi. His work appears in literary journals such as Botsotso, megaArtists magazine, Jacana Media 232 kasiekultureblog, kaganogfblog, poetrypotion and Sowetan.

Tshegofatso Senne

Tshegofatso Senne

Tshegofatso Senne is a black, queer, feminist writer, speaker and digital content creator. She writes and speaks on issues concerning sexual and reproductive health and pleasure, consent, rape culture, race, intersectional social justice, and pop culture. She has had a paper entitled 'Deaf women's lived experiences of their constitutional rights in South Africa' published in Feminist Academic Journal Agenda as well as an essay published in Writing What We Like. In addition to currently doing her masters in South African Sign Language, Tshegofatso is a co-host of feminist podcast Frank, as well as the founder of Thembekile Stationery. 

[7] What does feminism look like in 2018? (Travellers’ Lodge
[41] 
How I'm me (Elephant & Barrel)
[78] 
My body's business (New School Hall)

Rabbie Serumula

Rabbie Serumula

Rabbie Serumula is the online editor at Saturday Star and Sunday Independent as well as a poet, journalist and author. The BA communication science graduate is also a spoken word artist and founding member of poetry trio Magnum Opus. He performed to acclaim at the Word N Sound International Youth Poetry Festival and went on to win the Word N Sound Award for Best Showcase for 2017. He has been a finalist in the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards for Young Journalist for story of the year and feature writing.

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw is director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime and senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s International Drug Policy Project. He was until recently National Research Foundation Professor of Justice and Security at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town, where he is now an adjunct professor.

[36] At what cost? (New School Hall)
[88] 
Censorship and sabotage (New School Hall)
[107] 
The detectives (New School Hall)

Steven Boykey Sidley

Steven Boykey Sidley

Award-winning and multi-shortlisted novelist and playwright Steven Boykey Sidley has meandered through careers as an animator, chief technology officer for a Fortune 500 company, jazz musician, software developer, video game designer and high technology dabbler. His is published in the US, SA, and Europe. His current novel is Free Association. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife Kate and their two children. 

[21] If you please (Congregational Church)
[71] 
The family way (Council Chamber)
[99] 
Telling Stories: Fiction, Music and Astrophysics (Hospice Hall)

Kate Sidley

Kate Sidley

Kate Sidley is a columnist, feature writer and book reviewer for the Sunday Times, The Times and other newspapers, magazines and digital media. She has written a humourous foodie book, The Agony Chef, and co-written the play Shape, which was produced in 2016. As well as her writing work, Kate is involved in literacy work in schools.

[73] Sustaining the hero (Hospice Hall)

[109] A day in the life (Old School Hall) 

[120] Dear reader (Council Chamber)

Gus Silber

Gus Silber

Gus Silber is a journalist, author, scriptwriter, speechwriter, tweetwriter, and media trainer. He is the author of several books, covering a wide diversity of themes and subjects, from works of satire (It Takes Two to Toyi-Toyi) to mobile technology (Mobinomics) to social entrepreneurship in South Africa (The Disruptors). 

[1] The F word (New School Hall)
[35]
Workshop: Writing for social media (Library)
[61] To the point (Congregational Church)
[94]
What's next? (Travellers’ Lodge)
Francine Simon

Francine Simon

Francine Simon was born in 1990 in Durban to Indian Catholic parents. She completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2012. Her poems have been published in South African literary journals such as New Coin and New Contrast. She launched her debut collection of poetry, Thungachi, in 2017.

[87] Poetry 4 (Elephant & Barrel): Talking to our ancestors
Elinor Sisulu

Elinor Sisulu

Elinor Sisulu is a Zimbabwean-born South African writer and human rights activist. She combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands, and is the author of the award-winning children's book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa. 

Elinor's involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children's Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer's Competition. 

[5] The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture (Council Chamber)

Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers is the author of Spire, a high-concept thriller set at the South Pole. She is also the author of the suspense novel Now Following You, and the Trinity series of young adult novels. She has been nominated for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize three times.

[94] What's next? (Travellers’ Lodge)
[119]
Dear reader (Council Chamber)
Gilly Southwood

Gilly Southwood

Gilly Southwood is a storyteller, narrative guide, educator and facilitator. She has honed her craft over the years and is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling, UK (2009) and has worked with teachers, parents, children, young adults, women's groups and mid-life adults, exploring what connects us and makes us human. When she's not immersed in stories, you can find her on the beach in Muizenberg with her family and two Schnauzers! 

[42]Like branches on a tree… (Hospice Hall)
Dianne Stewart

Dianne Stewart

Dianne Stewart has a BA Hons in African Languages, an MA in South African Literature (University of KwaZulu-Natal), and an MA in Creative Writing (University of Cape Town). She has published over 30 books, some of them internationally. She regularly gives creative writing workshops; In January 2018, she offered the course 'Writing Life: The Memoir' at the University of Cape Town summer school. 

[66] Workshop. Writing memoir (Library)
Peter Steyn

Peter Steyn

Peter Steyn's passion for birds began at an early age and his first bird photograph was taken at 13. His pictures have appeared in numerous scientific and popular publications, and in his nine books. His published research, especially on birds of prey, has been widely acclaimed. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Gill Memorial Medal for an outstanding lifetime contribution to the knowledge of Southern African birds and in 2012 he received the Steven Piper Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to raptor conservation and research.

[15] Flighty writers (Elephant & Barrel)
Richard Steyn

Richard Steyn

Richard Steyn is a Stellenbosch University-trained lawyer who edited the Natal Witness for 15 years and The Star from 1990-1995. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1985-86 and is currently on the executive of the SA Institute of International Affairs and the Helen Suzman Foundation. He is the author of three books, two of them on Jan Smuts. 

[4] Gossip with the old goats (Congregational Church)
[90] 
Get off your armchair (Congregational Church)
[105] 
Men of war (Elephant & Barrel)

Toni Strasburg

Toni Strasburg

Toni Strasburg is primarily a documentary director & producer. She spent much of the late 1980s and early 1990s documenting the wars in Southern Africa, concentrating largely on the effects on women and children. She made several films for the BBC World ‘Life’ series. In addition to her film career, she is a writer. Her memoir, Fractured Lives, about the years covering the wars in Southern Afirica, was published in 2013. She divides her time between London and South Africa and is currently writing and developing new ideas.

[2] Beyond the stormy sea of struggle (Old School Hall)

 

 

James Styan

James Styan

James Styan was a senior financial journalist in Johannesburg, where he specialised as a writer on State-Owned Entities in South Africa. He followed this up with a three-year period as a senior political correspondent for Media24 in the National Parliament of South Africa. He writes extensively in his personal capacity for various financial publications on matters relating to state-owned entities. His is the author of Blackout – The Eskom Crisis, an account of South Africa’s power challenges. His latest book is Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard and the First Heart Transplant.

[91] It's not about me (Council Chamber)

Karina Szczurek

Karina Szczurek

Karina M. Szczurek is a writer, editor and literary critic based in Cape Town. Most recently, she has co-edited the 2015 SSDA anthology Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew) and published her memoir, The Fifth Mrs Brink (2017). She reviews books for the Cape Times and LitNet.

[5] The Andre Brink Memorial Lecture (Council Chamber)
[14] 
A one-on-one with Orly Castel-Bloom (Council Chamber)

Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. Jen published her first novel, The Peculiars, with Penguin South Africa in 2016. It was long listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature (2016) and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize (2017). Jen has published poetry, flash fiction, and short stories on a number of online publishing platforms including Itch, Brittle Paper, Aerodrome, Saraba Magazine, BooksLive, and Poetry Potion. She has completed writing residencies in Uganda, the USA, and France.

[7] What does feminism look like in 2018? (Travellers’ Lodge)

Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi is a broadcast journalist and has worked in both television and radio for more than a decade. Until recently, she presented the Redi Tlhabi Show on Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk. She is also  the author of the memoir Endings & Beginnings, which won the Alan Paton Award in 2013, and more recently Khwezi.

[18] A one-on-one with Redi Tlhabi (New School Hall)
[86] 
You 'like' therefore I am (NG Church)
[100] 
As we discussed (New School Hall)

Kate Turkington

Kate Turkington

Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best known travellers and best loved broadcasters. She’s interviewed absolutely everybody from The Beatles to the Dalai Lama. She's written books, edited magazines, and comes from a long line of witches (good ones.) She’s been to more places than she can count, including Ouagadougou. But not everyone’s perfect, she hates cooking and can’t play the piano. Her memoir is Yes, Really!

[9] A one-on-one with Kate Turkington (Leeu Estates)
[56] 
Regardless (Travellers’ Lodge)
[117] 
This is who I am (Church Hall)

Hedley Twidle

Hedley Twidle

Hedley Twidle is a writer, teacher and scholar based in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. His collection of essays and creative non-fiction, Firepool: Experiences in an Abnormal World, was published in 2017 by Kwela Books. His next book, Experiments With Truth: Narrative Non-fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa, will appear in 2019. 

[24] How I see it (Hospice Hall)
[77] 
Workshop: Creative non-fiction and the essay (Library)
[120] 
The craft of the essay (Elephant & Barrel)

Tony Ullyatt

Tony Ullyatt

Tony Ullyatt is an award-winning author, scriptwriter, playwright, literary critic, poet and translator. From 1983 to 2003, he was professor of English at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. He is currently adjunct professor and part-time lecturer in the English department of the University of Fort Hare in East London. Since 1974, when his first poems appeared, his work has been published locally and internationally. He is the author of A Profusion of Choices: An Introduction to the Study of Poems (J.L. Van Schaik, 1994). An Unobtrusive Vice is his debut poetry collection.

[77] Poetry 2 (Elephant & Barrel): The Threshold Between
[113] Shedding light (Elephant & Barrel)

Christi van der Westhuizen

Christi van der Westhuizen

Christi van der Westhuizen is a columnist, academic and the author of Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa and White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party. Her working life started at the anti-apartheid Vrye Weekblad and she is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Pretoria. 

[41] How I'm me (Elephant & Barrel)

Oscar van Heerden

Oscar van Heerden

Oscar van Heerden is a scholar of International Relations, where he focusses on International Political Economy, with an emphasis on Africa, and SADC in particular.  His work experience over the last two decades has been in Strategic Support at the ANC Head Quarters in the late 1990’s, the South African Qualifications Authority in 2000 and since then as an independent Management consultant in his own company, Kelello Consulting working mostly but not exclusively with various government departments, in particular the Security Cluster. He is the author of Consistent or Confused – The Foreign Policy Years of Thabo Mbeki, 1995-2007.

[10] Recipe for a president (New School Hall)
[43] 
Colour me human (Travellers’ Lodge)
[122] 
The Cradock Four (Hospice Hall)

Karin Van Zwieten

Karin Van Zwieten

Karin van Zwieten has worked in children’s book publishing for more than 20 years. As publisher of Dick Bruna’s books, she has found the perfect way to instil a love of reading in children from a very early age. She is involved in all aspects of publishing – from the creation of books to strategy – and has worked on numerous projects to stimulate early childhood development and literacy, using Dick Bruna’s world-famous character Miffy. She also works as a volunteer assisting children who have trouble reading.

[74] Literacy, our lifeblood (Travellers’ Lodge)

Irna van Zyl

Irna van Zyl

Irna van Zyl’s second crime novel, Death Cup, translated by the author from the Afrikaans, Gifbeker, was published in March 2018. Her debut crime novel, Dead in the Water (Moordvis in Afrikaans) was published in 2016 and very well received. Before Irna started writing full time three years ago she was an executive director and co-founder of New Media, owner of Eat Out and Visi and a media agency for clients Woolworths, Mercedes, Sanlam and FNB.

[8] The books that made me (NG Church)

[86] You like 'like' therefor I am (NG Church)

Nico Verster

Nico Verster

Nico Verster has spent the past 15 years as a professional chef in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations throughout the Middle East and South Africa. He has worked in some of South Africa’s top boutique hotels mastering his craft of modern African cuisine. Hotels include the Royal Portfolio Birkenhead House, Royal Malewane and LaResidence as well as some of Africa’s leading safari lodges like Phinda Private Game Reserve and Jamala Madikwe in Madikwe Game Reserve where he is currently a part owner and the permanently based head chef.

Over the past two years Nico has been travelling and studying North, East and West African cuisine to create his new book, Safaris & Spices. Destinations include Morocco, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Madagascar, to name a few.

53 The conscious kitchen (Council Chamber)

106 Soul food (Hospice Hall)

Johan Vlok Louw

Johan Vlok Louw

Johan Vlok Louw is the author of the novels Eric the Brave and Karoo Dusk, which was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing and translated into Afrikaans. A Gap in the Hedge is his latest novel. He lives in Gordon’s Bay.

[17] Crafting connections (Travellers’ Lodge)

Mandy Wiener

Mandy Wiener

Mandy Wiener is a multi award-winning reporter with Eyewitness News from 2004 until 2014. She has won a number of awards including 'The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year' and the 'Rising Star - Women in the Media' award. Mandy’s first book, Killing Kebble, sold over 100 000 copies. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Alan Paton award, so too was her second book, My Second Initiation, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli. She published Behind The Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story with her colleague Barry Bateman. She is currently working on a new book Ministry of Crime.

[36] At what cost? (New School Hall)
[69] 
Despite the risks (Church Hall)
[108] 
The detectives (New School Hall)

Francis Wilson

Francis Wilson

Francis Wilson has been teaching at UCT since 1967. He was founder and first director of SALDRU, the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit. During the 1990s he was chairman of council at the University of Fort Hare. His most recent book, Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy, has been published in Afrikaans, English & isiXhosa. It tells the history of South Africa since life began in the Barberton mountains 3.5 billion years ago.

[29] The golden continental thread (Church Hall)
Joseph Woods

Joseph Woods

A former director of Poetry Ireland, Joseph Woods now lives in Zimbabwe. Between the birth of his daughter and the deaths of his parents, the poems in Monsoon Diary attempt to make sense of the world. The poems explore a growing awareness of mortality and the many losses that come with age. They also bear witness to a country (Myanmar) transitioning from dictatorship to democracy. Driving to Delvin, a poem of 84 couplets, breaks into a kind of road movie of spirited and sometimes random association, bringing all the book’s themes and ideas together in a celebration of forward motion. Joseph is kindly brought to FLF courtesy of Culture Ireland. 

[24] How I see it (Hospice Hall)
Poetry 1 (Elephant & Barrel): Writing woman as subject and object
[112] 
Shedding light (Elephant & Barrel)

 

Rahla Xenopoulos

Rahla Xenopoulos

Rahla Xenopoulos is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness and the novels Bubbles and Tribe. Many of her short stories have been published in magazines and in Women Flashing, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. Her latest publication, The Season of Glass was published by Penguin RandomHouse. She lives in Cape Town.

[65] I did it anyway (Travellers’ Lodge)
[88] 
From the truth to the tale (Old School Hall)

Zapiro

Zapiro

Zapiro is the editorial cartoonist for Daily Maverick. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for Sunday Times (1998-2018), Mail & Guardian (1994-2016), The Times (May 2009-2016),  Sowetan (1994-2005), Cape Argus (1996 -1997), and Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News (2005-2008). He has published 22 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and Democrazy (a collection of his cartoons spanning the 20 years of SA’s democracy).

[11] So, what's new? (Old School Hall)
[36] 
At what cost? (New School Hall)
[61] 
To the point (Congregational Church)