Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms won the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature (2016). His short story collection, The Whispering Trees (2012), was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature; its title story was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Abubakar is listed in the Hay Festival Africa39 list of the most promising Sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40.
Repetwah is an artist collective, formed in 2015, specialising in music and poetry. They are rhythmic and enthralling. They have performed all over the Cape diaspora and have featured at Grounding Sessions (2016). Repetwa has performed at Open Book Festival (2016) Grounding Sessions, captivating and enthralling audiences with their words and sound. Repetwah has performed at fundraising events such as Slam for Blood, proving cognizance of young girls who struggle with access to sanitary products. A lush outfit of rhythm and word, they are an outfit that needs to be watched.
JIM PASCUAL AGUSTIN grew up in the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship and moved to Cape Town in 1994. His work has appeared in various SA and Philippine journals and anthologies, as well as in international publications like World Literature Today and Modern Poetry in Translation. He has published seven books of poetry in both languages and a short fiction collection in Filipino. He has won the NoiseMedium Grand Prize and the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation. He has also won at the DALRO Awards and the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Awards. His latest book is Wings of Smoke (The Onslaught Press, UK 2017).
CARLOS AMATO is a freelance writer and illustrator. Formerly the editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement, he writes about culture, politics and football. Amato has won several journalism awards, including the Vodacom Sports Journalist of the Year and the SAB Sports Columnist of the Year, and his artwork has featured in the acclaimed stage plays The Epicene Butcher and We Didn’t Come To Hell for the Croissants. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife and son, and is finishing a children’s picture book about the history of the world, which he probably shouldn’t have started.
JONATHAN ANCER is a journalist, who has held various positions on a variety of publications — reporter at The Star, features writer at Directions magazine, crossword columnist for the Cape Times, deputy editor of Bicycling Magazine and, from 2005 to 2007 was the youngest editor of the country's oldest newspaper, Grocott's Mail. He has won awards for hard news journalism, feature writing and creative writing. Jonathan was appointed training editor at Independent Newspapers in 2010 and relaunched the company's Cadet School. He left Independent Newspapers in 2014 to freelance, solve crossword puzzles, build a podcast empire and write his new book Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson.
SALLY ANDREW is the author of the bestselling novels Recipes for Love and Murder and Tannie Maria & The Satanic Mechanic. She lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo with her artist partner, a giant eland, and a secretive leopard. She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg. She has a Masters degree in adult education from the University of Cape Town. Before settling down to write full time, she was a social and environmental activist.
PAUL ASH was once called ‘an inveterate traveller’ by an irritated newspaper editor. That lightbulb moment sparked a career in itinerant journalism which has taken him around the world, sometimes to places that normal people would have no wish to visit. He joined the Sunday Times in 2004 and has worked on the newspaper's travel section for the past 11 years. He is currently the Editor of Sunday Times Travel.
ZAHIRA ASMAL is the founder and managing director of research and publishing company The City and socio-spatial organisation Designing South Africa. As an editor, curator and publisher, her work focuses on inclusive city-making. Her first book, Reflections & Opportunities was presented in 17 cities across the globe. She has published three publications titled Movement on the social, spatial, political, economic and cultural movements that have created South Africa’s big cities. Having worked with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye on his book African Metropolitan Architecture and exhibition Urban Africa, the pair are once again working together on a place-making project at Johannesburg’s Park Station.
Diane Awerbuck wrote Gardening at Night, awarded the Commonwealth Best First Book Award (Africa and the Caribbean). Awerbuck’s prizewinning short stories are collected in Cabin Fever and her latest thriller is Home Remedies, set in Fish Hoek. Her work is translated into French, Mandarin, German, Russian, French and Swedish. Poetry and interviews are at http://aerodrome.co.za/tag/diane-awerbuck/. The first novel, South, in her frontier-fiction series (with Alex Latimer, writing as Frank Owen) is out now: http://southvsnorth.com/.
Ken Barris is a writer, researcher, poet and critic. His writing has been translated into Turkish, Danish, French, German and Slovenian, and has appeared in about 30 anthologies. Literary awards include the AA Life/Ad Donker Award, the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the M-Net Book Prize, the Thomas Pringle Award, and the 2013 University of Johannesburg Prize for his novel Life Underwater. His novels include The Jailer’s Book, Evolution, What Kind of Child, Life Underwater, and Sunderland (with Michael Cope). A short story collection, The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions, is due in May 2017.
François Bloemhof has had a prolific career, having written for adults, teenagers and children for more than 25 years. He has received numerous awards, including De Kat, FNB, ATKV, Kagiso and Sanlam prizes. His is also a career of firsts: he wrote the first novel with an original CD soundtrack composed by the author, the first book with its own computer game and the first ever Afrikaans e-book. He has also produced work for film, TV, the stage and radio. He is a full-time writer when not attending to four demanding cats. Double Echo is his 24th novel for adults.
Although General Johan Booysen has been a policeman for 41 years, he is best known for his legal challenges against the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks and his relentless pursuit of looters of police coffers in KZN. His biography Blood on their Hands sold out within a fortnight of its release and traces his life and career from patrolling the streets of Amanzimtoti to becoming the head of the Hawks in KZN. It demonstrates the 'capture 'of the criminal justice system by ruthless individuals, including politicians, to evade prosecution and the devastation left in the wake thereof.
HELEN BRAIN has published over 50 books for children and young adults, and a memoir, Here be Lions. She lives in Cape Town and teaches creative writing online through the South African Writer’s College. Her latest book, The Thousand Steps is the first in the Elevation trilogy for YA readers.
DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY was born on the Bluff in Durban in the shade of a frangipani tree, in a backyard with a red wheelbarrow and white chickens. He is a columnist and travel-writer and briefly a professional kick-boxer, in which capacity he was unsuccessfully investigated for match-fixing, a story covered in his forthcoming memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Bleeding. He wrote the bestselling I Moved Your Cheese in 2001, Darrel Bristow-Bovey The Naked Bachelor in 2002 and his collection of columns, But I Digress, is completely unavailable at all good bookstores everywhere. His novel for young readers, SuperZero, was awarded the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for fiction and he was a finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006. He is also the winner of PICA Columnist of the Year Award in the customer category for 2013.
He has written three feature-films and head-written four drama series and one sit-com for SABC television, winning two SAFTA awards for screen-writing, and is a key creative for Rhythm City, a soap opera on e-tv. Nearly four million people a day watch Rhythm City, and he has yet to meet a single one of them.
Darrel's memoir, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo, was published in 2014.
He lurks on Facebook and his twitter handle is @dbbovey
Elsabé Brits is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She was specialist science reporter at Die Burger for 17 years, and now writes about science and health for Netwerk24. She lives in Cape Town. Her love for facts and history lead her to investigate the story of Emily Hobhouse. She travelled in her footsteps to bring to life a colourful story of war, heroism and passion, spanning three continents. The book is a fresh, nuanced look at an extraordinary woman and her lifelong fight for justice. Defying the constraints of her gender and class.
Daniel Browde studied English literature and archaeology at university and has worked professionally as an actor, a film editor and a journalist. (The longest position he has held was as a sub-editor at Business Day newspaper.) In 2012, Daniel collaborated with artist Josh Ryba on a graphic novel titled Rebirth, which the two self-published the following year. The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde (Jonathan Ball, 2016) has been described as either a “literary” or “tangential” biography of Daniel’s grandfather Jules, the late human rights advocate. Daniel lives in Johannesburg where he works as a freelance editor and writer.
Andrew Brown is an author, an advocate and a reservist sergeant in the SAPS. While a student in the 1980s he was arrested after confrontation with police and was sentenced to imprisonment. On appeal, the Cape High Court overturned the sentence and imposed community service. Brown now practises as an advocate in the same High Court that heard his appeal. His previous books are Inyenzi, Coldsleep Lullaby, Refuge, Solace and Devil’s Harvest, as well as Street Blues, about his earlier experiences as a police reservist. Good Cop, Bad Cop is his latest title.
PETER BRUCE was born in Umtata in November 1952. He studied Architecture at the University of Natal in Durban (dropped out after three years) and Journalism at Rhodes. Bruce worked for the Natal Mercury, the Rand Daily Mail and the Daily Dispatch before leaving South Africa in 1978. He worked for the Financial Times from 1979 until 1995 on the commodites and foreign desks. He was the industrial writer in London, Bonn Correspondent, Tokyo correspondent and Madrid Bureau chief. He has also worked in the Phillippines, India, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, US and Hong Kong as the European News Editor andUK News Editor. In 1996 he was appointed as Editor of Business Report, Johannesburg, and from 1997 to 2000 was the Editor of the Financial Mail, Johannesburg. From 2001 to 2013 he was the Editor of Business Day, and from 2013 to present he has been Editor-in-Chief of Business Day and the Financial Mail. He is a columnist, editorial writer and host of a weekly debate on Business Day TV.
Married. Two children. Sharks supporter, rugby fanatic…
SATURDAY 14 May:
 10h00 Criminal boundaries
SUNDAY 15 May:
 11h30 Murder, she wrote
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. Her third novel will be published in Afrikaans by Penguin RandomHouse as Tuisland in the autumn of 2016 and as Homeland early in 2017.
Tim Butcher is a British best-selling author based in Cape Town who uses travel to unlock history. Oxford educated and with 20 years as a war correspondent, his first book, Blood River, used his epic journey across the Congo to unravel the colonial project in Africa. It was a worldwide bestseller and entered the school curriculum in the UK. He trekked across Liberia for his next book, Chasing the Devil, and then hiked the Balkans for The Trigger. Born in the town of Rugby, cradle of the game, he is currently based in Hout Bay with his family.
For over 20 years Richard Calland has been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at UCT, where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, he is a prominent political commentator, a member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), and co-founding partner of The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. A columnist for the Mail & Guardian since 2001, his most recent book Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades was published in September 2016 by Penguin Random House.
Mario Cesare's career has taken him from Timbavati and Mala Mala to Olifants River. His memoir, Man-eaters, Mambas and Marula Madness provides a wealth of lessons on conservation as well as stories of life in the bush as it is enjoyed only by those fortunate enough to live on a big five reserve. More recently he has written The Man with the Black Dog, a touching story of a man and his faithful canine companion. With a naturalist’s eye for detail as well as the bigger picture of managing a fragile ecosystem through years of drought and plenty, Mario Cesare brings a storyteller’s delight – and a dash of Italian passion – to sharing his world.
Sean Christie is the author of Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard – Life Among the Stowaways (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2016), which accounts for his five years amongst the Beachboys – a multi-port, fourth-generation stowaway subculture, populated mainly by young men from Tanzania. Sean has been writing for newspapers and magazines since 2007, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, City Press and Neue Rundschau. His journalism has been recognised with a CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Award, a Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism, and the Caxton Press Writer of the Year Award. Sean lives in Cape Town with his wife and son
Dennis Cruywagen is an acclaimed South African journalist and author. He is also a political commentator, former deputy editor of Pretoria News, and a former political reporter on the Cape Argus. He was one of the new generation of black political reporters employed by the SABC to cover South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. A former parliamentary spokesperson of the African National Congress, Dennis Cruywagen represents The New Age newspaper at parliament. His latest book The Spiritual Mandela: Faith and Religion in the Life of South Africa’s Great Statesman was released in October 2016.
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.
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.
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. A book on constitutional values, coedited with Cheryl Saunders and Allan Richter, was published in 2014. He is a concerned Manchester United supporter, and is married to Claudette with two children, Liat and Joshua.
Sue de Groot has an Honours degree in English Literature and Film as Narrative from Wits University. She has worked as a television scriptwriter, cookbook editor, film and book reviewer, columnist and features writer for a range of publications and is currently editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine. She writes the weekly Pedant Class column, an outlet for language lovers who rage against the rising tide of 'gifting'. She quite likes cats.
VICTOR DLAMINI is a columnist, writer, photographer, traveler, art collector and marketer who lives in Johannesburg.
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.
TOM DREYER is a novelist and poet working in both Afrikaans and English. His second novel, Stinkafrikaners was awarded the Eugène Marais Prize in 2001 and his third, Equatoria was shortlisted for the M-Net Prize. His latest novel, The Long Wave (also available in Afrikaans as Dorado), was published by Penguin Random House in October 2016. Tom holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He lives and works in Stellenbosch.
Louise Driver is the CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, which advances child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Louise has been working for the Children’s Hospital Trust for 7 years. She has initiated and run various community welfare and development initiatives both in Cape Town and Durban. In 2012 Louise won the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Social Development category. In 2013 she won the South African Institute of Fundraising Award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year as well as the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year at the International Fundraising Conference in the Netherlands.
EKOW DUKER, a former oil field engineer turned banker turned writer, was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France, and now lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. His time in the oil industry took him to the harsh expanses of the Sahara desert and the fetid swamps of the Niger delta, with lengthy stopovers in several countries in-between. Since leaving the oil field, Ekow has worked mainly as a corporate strategist and in analytics; roles which, at their core, are really all about story-telling. His first two novels, White Wahala and Dying in New York, were both published by Picador Africa in 2014. He is currently working on a third manuscript titled, The God Who Made Mistakes. Ekow gave up trying to bring down a stubborn golfing handicap long ago and now devotes his spare time to writing.
Hagen Engler is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, a co-writer, a ghost-writer, a scriptwriter, a copywriter, a hustler in the media hood. He self-published half a dozen books before an established publisher finally risked it all on the cumbersomely titled Marrying Black Girls For Guys Who Aren’t Black. He has also edited a doomed consumer mag, surfed Hawaii, climbed Kilimanjaro, run the Comrades and eaten a half chicken and chips at the original Nando’s in Rosettenville. His latest novel, the satirical farce In The Maid’s Room, is about the slow, ignominious death of white entitlement.
Melinda Ferguson is the bestselling author of her addiction memoir trilogy, Smacked, Hooked and Crashed. She heads up the award-winning publishing imprint, MF BooksJoburg, recipient of the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Rape A South African Nightmare by Dr Pumla Dineo Gqola. Melinda runs writing workshops in Cape Town and Joburg and is also an inspirational speaker on the corporate circuit.
Free State born and bred. Studied at UCT (University of Cape Town). Pilot and adventurer. Emigrated to Australia in 1992 with husband, teenaged son and daughter. Widowed in 1997. Afrikaans poetry published in literary journals such as Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Standpunte, Buurman and also Rooi Rose. Lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Tuelo Gabonewe is a writer, editor, translator and banker currently living and working in Johannesburg. He’s written two novels: Planet Savage published by Jacana in 2011, and Sarcophagus published by Geko in 2016. He was one of the founder members of Jalada Africa, a Pan African Writers’ Collective, in 2013.
Rafique Gangat grew up in Weenen, attended High School in Pietermaritzburg and represented his province in cricket. He studied Philosophy and English at the University of Natal. He worked in the music business in Johannesburg and then on Radio Lotus in Durban. Gangat perceived change on the political horizon, and he became the first-ever career diplomat-of-colour, served in the USA, UAE and Palestine where he quit, to embark on setting up a Radio Station modelled on Radio 702. Today Gangat lives in the Holy Land and works as a communications and media consultant for Aid Organisations, NGOs and academic institutions.
Dawn Garisch is an award-winning author who has published fiction, poetry, children’s stories and non-fiction. She has had a short play and short film produced, and has written for television. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. She is adapting her novel Trespass which will be staged later this year. Accident is her sixth novel. She teaches life writing privately and at UCT, is a medical doctor involved in medical humanities, and lives in Cape Town.
Thandeka Gqubule has practised as a journalist and worked in the media for nearly three decades. She has followed the story of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela with great dedication and passion.
Grizelda’s life dramatically changed when she was gang raped at the age of nine by teenagers in her township. Her story starts there. It is a story about the cycle of poverty, family abandonment, dislocation and survival in the streets of Cape Town. At age 18 she moves to Joburg in search of a new life but instead she is trafficked on arrival and is forced to work as a sex slave. In Exit, she reveals the seedy life of a prostitute, describing the clubs and beds of the prostitution and drug industry over a twelve-year period.
Dale Halvorsen (aka Joey Hi-Fi) is an award-winning book cover designer and illustrator. He is also co-creator and co-writer of Survivors’ Club, a horror comic book series he collaborated on with Lauren Beukes. The trade paperback of Survivors’ Club was published by Vertigo Comics (an imprint of DC Comics) this year. His book cover design work has been awarded the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) award for Best Artwork in 2010 and 2014, the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2014, and the Wojtek Siudmak Award at the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire in 2010.
Lindiwe Hani has worked in the communications field for the better part of ten years. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her darling daughter. Lindiwe spent the last year collaborating on Being Chris Hani's Daughter with her publisher and co-writer Melinda Ferguson, assisted by the Taco Kuiper Fund. This is her first book.
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. In 2014 she wrote a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate which sold to more than 30 countries. This was followed by a second Poirot, Closed Casket, published in October 2016.
Joanne Harris (MBE) studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for 15 years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film. Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.
Michelle Hattingh was born in South Africa in 1988 and holds an Honours in Psychology from the University of Cape Town. She lives in Cape Town with her parter and two naughty cats. She currently works as online editor at Marie Claire SA. I'm the girl who was raped is her first book and Inanna Publications bought the rights to publish it in North America.
Michiel Heyns grew up all over South Africa – Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, Grahamstown, Cape Town – and was educated at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge. For much of his adult life he was an academic, lecturing in English at the University of Stellenbosch, but after publication of his first novel, The Children’s Day, he took to writing full-time. He has since written six more novels, three of which have won literary prizes: The Reluctant Passenger, The Typewriter’s Tale, Bodies Politic, Invisible Furies, the critically acclaimed Lost Ground, and A Sportful Malice. He is also an award-winning translator.
Joanne Hichens is an author and editor. Her crime fiction novels include Out to Score (with Mike Nicol), Divine Justice, and Sweet Paradise. Her YA novel, Stained, was shortlisted for the 2010 Sanlam Prize for Literature. She has edited six collections of short stories, including Bad Company (2008), The Bed Book of Short Stories (2010), and as curator of the National Arts Festival Short.Sharp.Stories Awards, Bloody Satisfied (2013), Adults Only (2014), Incredible Journey (2015), and Die Laughing (2016). She was awarded the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Award (NIHSS) for Adults Only in the category Best Edited Collection. She lives in Cape Town.
Colleen Higgs is a publisher, publishing activist and writer. Two collections of her poems have been published - Half Born Woman (2004) and Lava Lamp Poems (2011). Her short story collection, Looking for Trouble came out in 2012, and was published in Croatia as Tražeci nevolju. Modjaji Books, now ten years old, is an award-winning, internationally recognised, independent feminist press. She compiles an African Catalogue of Small Publishers every two or three years and is an administrator of the Facebook group, Book Publishing in Africa. She lives in Cape Town with her teenage daughter.
Bridget Hilton-Barber has had a colourful career in the South African media spanning more than 20 years. Former travel correspondent for Radio 702 and former editor of South African Airways’ (SAA) magazine Sawubona, Hilton-Barber is best known for her wild and wacky travel writing. Now, in her ninth book, a political memoir, Hilton-Barber eschews travel writing to tell the poignant story of her life as a student activist in the final days of apartheid in the mid 80s. She lives with one fine black cat in the eccentric village of Haenertsburg in the heart of the Magoebaskloof mountains in Limpopo province.
Pioneering people, interesting places and significant events – these are the themes of David Hilton-Barber’s non-fiction historical books. He holds a BA Honours degree from Rhodes University. He then trained as a journalist, following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times. In his later career he served as president of the PR Institute of SA and as council member the International PR Association. He is an Associate Member of the Professional Editors Guild.
Paul Hoffman has been an attorney, an advocate, an activist for accountability and now he is the author of the new book Confronting the Corrupt in which he chronicles the anti-corruption work of his doughty little NGO, Accountability Now, and suggests the establishment of an Integrity Commission so as to properly address the scourge of corruption.
Chantell Ilbury is an independent scenario strategist, facilitator, speaker and best-selling business author (with Clem Sunter) of The Fox Trilogy books (The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play and Socrates and the Fox). She is also a guest lecturer on strategy and scenario planning at a number of top business schools, and is an accomplished speaker on scenarios and effective strategy in times of uncertainty. Her latest book A Fox’s Tale - Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers is published by Penguin Random House and is out now in both paperback and e-book.
Mary Burton, born in Buenos Aires, and educated there and in Sao Paulo, has lived in Cape Town since 1961. In 1965 Burton joined the Black Sash, and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees. She has been active in civil society organisations supporting human rights and freedoms. She was a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town. In 2011 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa. In 1995 she was appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her latest book is The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a Jacana Pocket history (2016).
FRIDAY 13 May:
 11h30 Food for thought
SATURDAY 14 May:
 13h00 Dearth Day?
SUNDAY 15 May:
 13h00 Back to the future
LEONIE JOUBERT, a science writer, has spent the past decade telling stories around climate change, energy policy, environmental pressures and now food. In fact, she’s preoccupied with food: specifically that we're surrounded by food that is often produced by Big Food, and yet there is still so much hunger and food-related sickness around us. Her books include Scorched, Boiling Point, Invaded and The Hungry Season. She also contributed to Max du Preez’s Opinion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders. Joubert was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow, was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take To Lunch (2008), and was named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category).
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.
Harry Kalmer is an award-winning playwright and novelist who has authored six works of fiction and 23 plays. His novel En die lekkerste deel van dood wees was the runner-up in the 2007 Sanlam/Insig Groot Roman competition. Briewe aan ’n rooi dak, based on the letters of Magdalena Otto, received the Anglo-Gold Aardklop award for best new drama in 2001, and was adapted for TV and broadcast. In 2014, his drama The Bram Fischer Waltz won the Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts. He lives in Johannesburg.
Brian Kantor is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent economists. He was the Head of the School of Economics of the University of Cape Town from 1986 to 1990 and then Dean of the Faculty of Commerce from 1997 to 2001. He is now an investment strategist and economist at Investec Wealth and Investment while also a Professor Emeritus at UCT. Professor Kantor is a regular contributor to a variety of newspapers and websites on issues relating to the South African and global economy.
Wandile Kasibe is a UCT PhD Candidate in sociology, his research focuses on Museums and Construction of Race. He has been involved in the unfolding processes of the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMusrFall movement. Wandile is a Chevening scholar who holds a B-Tech Degree in Fine Art, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, MFA, MA in World Heritage, and has recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester in the United Kingdom. And he is currently a Public Programmes Coordinator of the Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Roché Kester is a writer who resides in Cape Town. Her poetry has been published in the UWC Creates anthology titled This is my land (2012). Her prose has been featured in Powa’s Women’s Writing anthology titled Sisterhood (2012). She has performed at various events and locations in Cape Town and currently coordinates the weekly poetry event called Grounding Sessions. She was also co-curator of Poetica, at The Open Book Festival 2016 and featured at Poetry Africa (2016). She currently hosts an award-winning weekly community LGBTIQA radio show on Bush Radio.
Fred Khumalo is the author of the satirical #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants, the novels Bitches’ Brew (which won the European Union Literary Prize 2006) and Seven Steps to Heaven, now a set-work at Unisa. His autobiography Touch My Blood was shortlisted for the 2007 Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction. He holds an MA Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (2011 – 2012). His new novel Dancing The Death Drill was recently released in South Africa (Penguin SA) and the United Kingdom (Jacaranda Books).
Kiprop Kimutai is a Kenyan, and was the second runner up for the Kwani? Manuscript Project. His book, The Water Spirits, will soon be published. Aside from the 2015 Caine Workshop, he has participated in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Farafina Workshop in Lagos. He is an editor with Jalada Africa, which is a Pan-African Writers’ Collective, and has been able to successfully publish eight online anthologies so far, with themes ranging from insanity to afro-future. He believes that if he had been born in Salinas, California, he would have turned out as a re-incarnation of John Steinbeck.
Anine Kriegler is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She holds Masters degrees from the University of Cape Town and the University of Cambridge, and is a recipient of the David and Elaine Potter Fellowship. Her research interests include gender, violence, and illegal drugs. In 2016, she co-authored a book, titled A Citizen's Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa, with Professor Mark Shaw.
Antjie Krog is an Afrikaans poet, writer, and professor at UWC. She published 12 volumes of poetry in Afrikaans and four with English translations: Down to my Last Skin (2000), Body Bereft (2006), Synapse (2014) and Lady Anne – a chronicle in verse (2017). She was awarded the following for poetry: the Eugène Marais prize, the Reina Prinsen-Geerligs and Rapport prizes, the Hertzog prize for Lady Anne, the FNB Award, the RAU and Protea Prizes, ATKV Woordveer, and the Elisabeth Eybers Award. She wrote three non-fiction books: Country of my Skull, A Change of Tongue and Begging to be Black.
SICELO KULA, a law graduate, poet and author of the latest book in the Cover2Cover Harmony High Series, Taking Chances, has been called a unique voice, the new kid on the block. These sentiments were echoed at the launch of the book, not only by the acclaimed Deon Meyer, but by everyone else in attendance. Both author and novel received so much praise that the message became clear: the sky is the limit for this debut novelist. The novel was said to be stacked with believable characters, well-paced and hard-to-put-down... Watch out, South Africa, a new writer has arrived!
Christa Kuljian is a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. Kuljian studied with palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould for her BA in the History of Science at Harvard (1984), which provided inspiration for Darwin’s Hunch. She also holds an MA in Public Affairs from Princeton (1989). 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).
Alex Latimer has written and illustrated six picture books, including the Hampshire Picture Book Award-winning Lion vs. Rabbit. His books have been translated and distributed all around the world. He has a degree in Philosophy and English, and is also the co-creator of the award-winning comic strip, The Western Nostril (www.thewesternnostril.com). Alex’s fast-paced debut novel The Space Race was published by Umuzi in 2013. His second novel, South – co-written with Diane Awerbuck – was published by Corvus in September 2016 under the pen name Frank Owen. Its sequel North is due out in 2018.
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen is Associate Professor and Head of Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, editor and co-founder of Fourthwall Books, and former editor of Art South Africa magazine. She has a PhD in literature from New York University and has contributed to and edited many books on art, design and architecture in South Africa. She has written essays on South African art and photography for magazines, journals, newspapers and books both locally and internationally. Her short stories have appeared in the journals New Contrast and Aerodrome and her first novel, The Printmaker, was published by Umuzi in 2016.
JT Lawrence is an indie author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door. Three of Janita’s titles are currently on Amazon’s top 100 bestseller lists, including The Memory of Water (with over 25,000 downloads); The Underachieving Ovary and Grey Magic. Grey Magic is her latest novel. It’s about an eccentric modern-day witch, accused of murder, who must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom — and find her way back to magic.
Greg Lazarus is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing duo Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus. Greg is a philosopher at the University of Cape Town, while Lisa is a psychologist and freelance writer. The couple have written two novels, Paradise (Kwela, 2014) and When in Broad Daylight I Open My Eyes (Kwela, 2012), a memoir, The Book of Jacob: A Journey into Parenthood (Oshun, 2009), and several short stories. One of their stories, ‘This Could Get Messy’, won the 2016 National Arts Festival Award for the Best Story in the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards anthology.
Tracy holds a Phd in Anthropology from Wits University and a Masters degree in agricultural economics from Stellenbosch. She has worked as a development economist for 25 years. Her current research focus is the link between social justice and food. South Africa's agri-food system is broken, and the impact of this threatens all of our hopes to build a more just and equitable society. She hopes that her book An Empty Plate will make people aware of how much is at stake if we do not act now, and what we can do to bring about change.
Juliette Leeb-du Toit is an art historian, and a senior research associate at UJ and UKZN. She recently published Isishweshwe: a history of blueprint in South Africa, 2017, UKZN Press, and is currently working on a project on Post WWII German modernism in South Africa, as well as a text on the artist Gerard Bhengu. She was the convenor of the art history programme (with Leipzig Museum and VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design at the UJ) on Chinafrica, (29-30 April) in which contributors considered how South African artists respond to China in Africa in a context of sinophilia and sinophobia.
Tamara LePine Williams is the lifestyle presenter at Classic FM. The programme offers so much of what has fascinated Tamara her entire life from history, politics, travel, literature and all forms of art, to food - which she has worked in for the last 12 years as a caterer. She was a regular contributor to the magazine Classic Wine and was a stand-in presenter for the Classic Wine Programme until she moved over to lifestyle. Today, she says that it is hard to say which makes her mouth water more – a new book by a favourite author or a plate of wild mushroom risotto.
Ester Levinrad is a publisher at Jonathan Ball Publishers and its illustrated imprint, Sunbird. Jonathan Ball Publishers specialises in South African history, politics and current affairs and has a small fiction list. Ester previously worked at Kwela Books and Jacana Media, and studied at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Her most recent book, Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016) explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. Her 2006 book, reissued in 2016 as Denial: Holocaust History On Trial, is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The film adaptation Denial stars Rachel Weisz as Deborah Lipstadt. She is currently writing a book, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Student which will be published in 2018.
Marcus Low is a Cape Town-based writer, researcher and public health specialist. His debut novel Asylum (Pan Macmillan South Africa, 2017) is an existential thriller set in a quarantine facility in the Karoo. Low has an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. He previously worked as policy director at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and now edits the public health magazine Spotlight.
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. Now she divides her time between working with individual authors and with local and international publishers on specific book projects, teaching creative writing, and working as a writing coach. She is the author of two novels, Natural Rhythm and Wishing on Trains, and ghost wrote Steve Hamilton’s memoir of addiction, I Want My Life Back.
Qarnita Loxton was born in Cape Town. She studied law at UCT, graduating in 1997, and worked as an attorney predominantly in the financial services industry. More recently she has trained and worked as an executive coach. Being Kari is her first novel.
Host of SA Strictly Come Dancing season 7 and the Expresso Show on SABC 3, Katlego Maboe is a charismatic personality. Fuelled by his passion for entertainment, Katlego has excelled in his career as a TV presenter, actor and singer. He is a vibrant and goal-driven young man with a zest for life and an inexhaustible source of energy. Katlego is fully tri-lingual in English, Afrikaans and Setswana. These days, you’ll find him on your TV screen and singing with the well-known South Africa acapella boy-band, Flip a Coin, as one of the group’s lead vocalists and beat-boxers.
Joanne Macgregor is the hybrid author of ten books (five traditionally published, and five indie-published), most of which are in the Young Adult dystopian and romance genres. When not writing, Joanne is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice, where she deals mainly with victims of crime and trauma. Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of Johannesburg, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She’s addicted to chillies, bulletproof coffee and Twitter.
Sindiwe Magona was born in the Transkei and finished high school by correspondence. She completed a BA through UNISA and graduated with a Masters degree in social work from Columbia University. She worked for the United Nations for 22 years in New York but retired to South Africa. Magona is a prolific writer of children’s books, biography, poetry, short stories, plays and novels. Magona is the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of Ikhamanga (2011) in recognition of her literary and humanitarian contribution. In 2016 Sindiwe was awarded The English Academy Gold Medal for her distinguished service to English over a lifetime.
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.
Born in Durban, Ishara Maharaj graduated with degrees in Linguistics and Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University and UCT. She currently resides in Cape Town with her husband and daughter where she is working on her first start-up venture to better connect youth with employment opportunities. Recognising the need for relatable fiction in the South African market, Maharaj wished to share a story of the South African Indian woman growing up in the modern-day context. Namaste Life is her debut novel which was borne out of her love for magical realism, expressed through her character's interpretation of Hindu mythology and dreams.
THABISO MAHLAPE is a publisher and head of BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media. After qualifying with an Information Science degree from the University of Pretoria, with publishing as her major, she was given an internship through the Publishers’ Association of South Africa and has been at Jacana Media for the past five years.
Mahlape has traversed the South African literary landscape with a determination and skill that is admirable. Her accomplishments as a publisher thus far are unparalleled, what with a triumphant collection of bestsellers to her name, including the award-winning Endings & Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi and the inspiring My Father, My Monster by McIntosh Polela.
JUSTICE MALALA is a renowned political commentator, newspaper columnist and best-selling author. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and a monthly column for DestinyMan magazine. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor on eNCA, Mondays at 9.30pm). His latest book, We Have Now Begun Our Descent, reached number one on the South African best-seller lists in late 2015/2016 and was nominated as one of the top five non-fiction books of 2015 by the Jenny Crwys-Williams Book Club.
Rian Malan is a South African author, journalist, documentarian and songwriter of Afrikaner descent. He first rose to prominence as the author of the memoir My Traitor's Heart, which, like the bulk of his work, deals with South African society in a historical and contemporary perspective and focuses on racial relations. As a journalist, he has written for major newspapers in South Africa, Great Britain and the USA.
MOHALE (CAROL) 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, one she began writing in 2006 and then abandoned. In 2011 she resumed writing after a friend convinced her to. Mashigo has always told stories and in high school she and a friend wrote Sweet Valley High fan fiction.
Richard Mason is the South African author of five novels: The Drowning People, Us, The Lighted Rooms, History of a Pleasure Seeker and Who Killed Piet Barol? His award-winning books have sold over a million copies in 28 languages and he’s been hailed as “one of the outstanding voices of his generation” (Editor, Mail on Sunday). Mason’s latest novel, Who Killed Piet Barol?, is “one of the finest novels for many years” (Cape Times). Mason lived in a tent in the Eastern Cape while researching it. Search 'Who Killed Piet Barol' on Youtube for a series of short films about the extraordinary process of writing this “profound achievement” (Press Association).
Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political science, law and economic history in at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree. He subsequently completed an Honours degree in political science as well as a Masters in political science, at the same university. Ralph worked as a political researcher with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), and also worked as a lecturer at the University of Western Cape. He has worked at the National Treasury as a senior policy analyst. Ralph continues to contribute opinion article to different newspapers, interviews on TV and radio stations on current affairs.
Chumani Maxwele is part of the collective leadership of #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall. Previously, he led the youth sector of the Treatment Action Campaign working from the national office of Zackie Achmat (the then National Chair). He also led the Western Cape youth delegates to National Youth Parliament for five years, served at the Woodstock Police Forum, and at the street committee in the Woodstock Community.
FRIDAY 13 May:
 10h00 Schools: Setworks that work
 13h00 The French connection
SATURDAY 14 May:
 14h30 The horror, the horror
 17h30 Literary madness with John Maytham, compiled by Finuala Dowling
SUNDAY 15 May:
 10h00 Brains trust
 11h30 Tales of the cities
JOHN MAYTHAM hosts the Afternoon Drive Show on 567 CapeTalk. Reading enables him both to prepare for his show and escape from it afterwards. He cannot write for toffee, and doesn’t mind, because there are more than enough who can, and do.
WAMUWI MBAO is an essayist and cultural critic. He writes on literature, pop culture, and politics and is a contributor to The Sunday Times, SLiP, Africa Is A Country and other writerly spaces. He lectures post-1994 South African literature at Stellenbosch University, and is part of the InZync Collective, a poetry outreach programme. He also writes short stories which have been included in various anthologies. His short story 'The Bath', published in 2013, was named as one of the 20 best short stories written during the two decades of South Africa’s democracy.
Dr Khulu Mbatha (PhD in philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany) was the Special Advisor to Mr Kgalema Motlanthe – President and Deputy President of South Africa (2008-2014). He spent over 20 years as a student and diplomat in various countries in Europe and the US. He was the Chief Representative in Athens, Greece from 1988 to 1990, co-ordinator of the ANC’s National Executive Committee 1991 –1994. He then worked with Minister Alfred Nzo – Foreign Minister, served as Minister Counsellor to South Africa’s Permanent Mission at the UN, was Consul-General to Munich, Bavaria, Germany and Deputy Director-General in the Department of Home Affairs.
Paul McNally is an award-winning radio and print journalist for Wits Journalism. He founded and heads Citizen Justice Network, a non-profit that trains community paralegals to be radio journalists, and strives to improve and disseminate media in African languages. He has a masters in Creative Writing from UCT and was a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2016. The Street is his first book.
Shamim Meer is an activist, writer and writing coach. In the 1980s she co-founded two feminist publications: SPEAK Magazine and Agenda. Both publications highlighted women’s concerns in the liberation struggle and beyond. Post 1994, Shamim worked with civil society organisations and movements to address concerns of social justice and women’s rights. She has written on women’s land rights, on rights and development, and compiled articles from SPEAK Magazine in a book Women Speak: Reflections on our Struggles. More recently, in her role as writing coach, Shamim has facilitated a number of publications by grass roots activists.
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
Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK. She moved to Suffolk to concentrate on her writing and it is there that her debut, Midwinter, was conceived. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGOs, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa. Her second novel, Johannesburg, will be published in 2017.
FRIDAY 13 May:
Nal'ibali schools programme
SATURDAY 14 May:
Nal'ibali schools programme
VINCENT MEYBURGH, originally from Pretoria, has a Performer's Diploma from the University of Cape Town. He founded Jungle Theatre Company in 2004 and is the Artistic Director. He has written, directed and performed in numerous JTC productions over the years focusing on environmental, social and cultural education. His passion for local cultures and nature have driven the organisation to be a leader in the South African children’s theatre scene.
Dr Greg Mills heads the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation, established in 2005 by the Oppenheimer family to strengthen Africa’s economic performance. He has published more than 25 books and has lectured at universities and institutions in Africa and abroad. He is a research associate of the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, and serves on a number of international editorial boards.
Zimkhitha Mlanzeli grew up in Port Elizabeth where she started studying engineering at NMMU, but decided that wasn't where her passion lay. While working in a call centre, she discovered the FunDza Literacy Trust on Mxit, and, as a regular poetry writer, decided that she wanted to explore her writing more seriously and sent in her story which was published on the FunDza mobi site. FunDza then commissioned her to write more for the site. She now works for FunDza in a full-time capacity mentoring other aspirant writers, including some of the writers in #LoveReading and #Can’tStopReading (to be released in June 2017). Her stories are very popular on the FunDza network, and she wrote her first novel, Blood Ties, as part of Cover2Cover's Harmony High teen series.
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/.
Phehello Mofokeng is an entrepreneur, literary connoisseur, polymath, graphic designer, writer, publisher, brand strategist, dreamer and father of Sonshine. A literary connoisseur, Mofokeng is a Chief Bookworm at Mofokeng. Phehello Mofokeng is a dreamer and a hopeless optimist. He harbours a dream of adapting all Geko titles into films. He is a serial entrepreneur who wants to change the world one project and one company at a time. He is also a public speaker in very diverse topics – from arts, literature to youth trends and design. He is a Wits University Honours graduate who specialised in African languages and drama & film.
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.
While imprisoned on Robben Island, he obtained a BA and B Juris degree, and would later complete a Bachelor of Laws, from UNISA. Moseneke was admitted as an attorney in 1978. In 1983 he was called to the Pretoria Bar and was awarded senior counsel status ten years later. Moseneke worked in the PAC during the 1980s and became its deputy president when it was unbanned in 1990. He served on the committee that drafted the interim constitution of 1993. In 2002, Moseneke was made a judge in the Constitutional Court and, in June 2005, he became Deputy Chief Justice, retiring in May 2016.
Vusumuzi Mpofu is a Zimbabwean-born spoken word poet, author, rapper and creative writer. He migrated to South Africa at a young age, and his work focuses on his experiences and the whole quest for 'home'. He is a poet who wants to change the world or at least change somebody's world. He began writing and performing in 2014 and went on to win multiple poetry slams around Cape Town (He is the current Inzync Poetry Slam Champion). His poems are published in The English Alive 2016 Schools Anthology and the C.Y.P.H.E.R chapbook Imbewu Yesini published in 2016. He was part of the Open Book Festival in 2015 and 2016.
Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He is the 2016 winner of the Caine Prize for African writing. He is currently working on a novel titled Let Your Children Name Themselves and finishing a script for a feature film titled Correcting God.
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.
PIETER-LOUIS MYBURGH is an award-winning investigative journalist. His reports on the troubled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) earned him the prestigious Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism, among other accolades. Myburgh started his career as a crime and general reporter at Beeld newspaper before cutting his teeth as an investigative journalist at Afrikaans weekly Rapport. He currently works at News24, where he spends his time deconstructing the mechanics of dodgy deals involving taxpayers’ money. The Republic of Gupta is Myburgh’s first book.
Jay Naidoo was general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions from 1985 to 1993, and served as a minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet from 1994 to 1999. He has worked in various capacities for the United Nations and other international organisations, pursuing the goals of social justice and human dignity. He serves on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, committed to building good governance in Africa, and is a trustee of the EarthRise Trust, which is rethinking models of rural development. He is married to Lucie Pagé and they have three children.
BILL NASSON worked at the University of Cape Town for many years before moving to the University of Stellenbosch where he is presently ageing as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History. An award-winning author, his recent books include The War for South Africa: The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (2010); South Africa at War 1939-1945 (2012); The War Comes Home:Women and Families in the Anglo-Boer War (2013) (co-editor); and WW1 and The People of South Africa (2014). Bill’s latest book is History Matters: Selected Writings 1970-2016. He is a life member of the Peter Cook Appreciation Society.
Nicoli Nattrass is a professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely on the political-economy of South Africa, notably the challenges posed by AIDS and unemployment. Her most recent books are: The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back ; Macroeconomics Simplified: An Introduction to Keynesian and Neo-Classical Macroeconomic Systems (co-authored with Visakh Varma) ; and Policy, Politics and Poverty in South Africa (with Jeremy Seekings), published in 2016. She is also the deputy director of the new Institute for Communities and Wildlife (iCWild) at UCT. Her current research focusses on the conflict between sheep farmers and predators in the Karoo.
SJ Naudé grew up in South Africa. He studied at Cambridge University, was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and practised law in New York and London for many years. His debut collection of stories, The Alphabet of Birds, won multiple awards in Afrikaans.The collection has been translated into Dutch and Naudé's own English translation was published in the UK and US. His novel, The Third Reel, will be published in May 2017. His work has appeared in Granta and journals in the US, Italy and the Netherlands. He was awarded the 2014 Jan Rabie & Marjorie Wallace Writers' Scholarship.
SIPHO NDEBELE has been writing and performing poetry since 2005. In 2007 he founded Spoken Word Society at George Campbell Technical High School. In 2008 he founded the Exodus Klan (formerly Exodus Movement) poetry collective with whom he co-produced, and featured on, two poetry mixtapes and one double-disc album to. He was a runner up at the InZync poetry slam and a finalist at the Open Book Poetry Slam 2014. Sipho has also shared a stage with internationally acclaimed poets such as Ezekiel Azonwu, Janette Ikz, Safia Elhillo and Elizabeth Acevedo. In 2015 he released his debut EP Dusty Foot Traveler. In 2016 he staged and recorded his first theatrical poetry production Mosaic Man, released on DVD March 2017. As a founder/ owner of Home of Poetry, he has embarked on a journey to help build a sustainable poetry industry in South Africa recently hosting a Poetry Imbizo and other shows around Cape Town. In 2016 he was a mentor in Lingua Franca’s youth poetry development program also known as CYPHER. He also featured at the inaugural Naked Word Poetry Festival in 2016. @kotobason
Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is an executive director at the South African Democracy Education Trust. He has a PhD in history from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MA in history from the University of Natal. He is the editor-in-chief of the multi-volume Road to Democracy in South Africa series. He is also the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Counter-memories of June 1976. Sifiso is a professor of history at the University of South Africa and also a member of UNESCO’s Scientific Committee responsible for updating the General History of Africa series.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi formed part of the EFF's legal team arguing for the state capture report to be released in the North Gauteng High Court. Ngcukaitobi read his undergraduate studies at the University of Transkei on a bursary, as he was unable to afford the costs. He then did his LLB at Rhodes University. The 38-year-old's sharp legal mind stole the show during the court battle with well-thought out legal arguments and his knowledge on the merits of the case.
PAIGE NICK is an author, Sunday Times columnist, and award-winning advertising copywriter. She’s written five novels (mostly comedies) and co-authored a further three, as one third of Helena S. Paige; a trio of authors with a series of choose-your-own-adventure erotic novels now out in 21 countries around the world. Paige lives in Cape Town, where she spends an unhealthy amount of time writing. She hates spiders, cellulite and plastic forks and gravitates towards shoes and pastries.
MIKE NICOL is an author, journalist, editor and a teacher of creative and non-fiction narrative writing. His recent novels include the crime thrillers Payback, Killer Country, and Black Heart (collected as The Revenge Trilogy), Of Cops & Robbers, Power Play and Agents of the State. His thrillers have all featured on the KrimiZeit Top 10 in Germany and he has been shortlisted for the VN Thriller of the Year award in Holland and the Prix SNCF Du Polar in France. His non-fiction includes memoirs, biographies and reportage. He has also published two volumes of poetry.
A career soldier and farmer, General Olusegun Obasanjo was president of Nigeria from 1976-79, when he led the country back to democracy. Earlier, during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70), he commanded three Marine Commando Divisions that captured Owerri, effectively ending the conflict. Having spent nearly three years in prison for his criticism of the regime of General Sani Abacha, he was democratically elected for two further terms in 1999 and 2003. He now serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Brenthurst Foundation, established in 2005 by the Oppenheimer family to contribute to strengthening Africa's economic performance.
Obie Oberholzer was born on a small farm outside Pretoria. He left South Africa as a teenager to study graphic design in Munich, Germany. It was there that he developed his love for photography. Returning to South Africa in the 1980s, during the height of the political turmoil, he worked as a freelance photographer, turning his camera on the country’s people and places. Oberholzer loves photography. Pictures are a way to capture the human essence that connects us all. His camera gives him freedom – an escape that the photographer with a bent for adventure has utilised to its fullest degree.
BLAQ PEARL (Janine van Rooy) from Cape Town, started writing poetry when she was 12. Her musical genre is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B. Towards the end of 2011 she released her debut album titled Against All Odds. She also holds a degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of the Western Cape. She is proudly vocal about social issues and loves doing development work with youth. In 2015 she released her self published book titled Karadaaa!!! a collection of her poetry, stories and songs written in both English and Afrikaans. In 2016 she wrote and showcased the musical theatre production named Krotoa Van Vandag.
Lesley Pearse is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 7 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether crime as in Till We Meet Again, historical adventure like Never Look Back, or the passionately emotive Trust Me, based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.
JOLYN PHILLIPS was born in Gansbaai, Blompark and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Language Education at the University of the Western Cape. In 2015, she won the Sindiwe Magona Prize for Afrikaans prose. In 2014 she won the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. In 2013 she completed a Master's in Creative Writing at the university, her thesis was titled Let's Go Home. Since 2012 Jolyn has been participating in both the Open Book and the Franschoek Literary Festival for poetry and prose. She has also been included on Aerodrome and anthologies like This Land I Call Home (UWC Creates) and Ghost Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi). She also participates in UWC Wind Orchestra and the UWC Jazz Combo. In 2016, Modjaji Books are publishing her debut collection of short stories titled Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories.
Growing up in small town Eastern Cape, Jessica Pitchford imagined she would one day write books. She took a circuitous route via many manic newsrooms as a TV reporter, producer and editor. In 1995 she met the family who would become the subject of Switched at Birth, published 20 years later. It coincided with a mid-life crisis in which she gave up formal employment. Now she reads tweets and waits for the phone to ring. Blood on their Hands: General Johan Booysen Reveals His Truth was published in 2016 and is her third book.
Pamela Power is a script writer and editor for the popular television show, Muvhango. She has written three novels: Ms Conception, Things Unseen and Delilah Now Trending. She lives in Johannesburg with the Husband, the Teen and the Daughter. She is a self-confessed social media junkie. You can find her on Twitter @pamelapower or check out her book vlog #BetweenTheSheetsWithPamela.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has been a student activist, medical doctor, community development activist, researcher, university executive, global public servant and is now an active citizen in both the public and private sectors. She studied medicine at the then University of Natal, has a BComm degree, a diploma in tropical hygiene, a diploma in public health and a PhD in social anthropology. She went on to become Vice-Chancellor of UCT, then one of four Managing Directors of the World Bank, in Washington, DC. Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa.
Shirmoney Rhode is a writer and performance poet who grew up on the Cape Flats in Elsies River. She completed her BA, BA Hons (Afrikaans) and PGCE at the University of the Western Cape. She predominantly writes in Kaapse Afrikaans, which is the dialect of Afrikaans spoken in the Western Cape. Shirmoney started writing at the age of 13. Her debut poetry collection, Nomme 20 Delphistraat, was released in 2016. She is passionate about telling the stories of people living on the Cape Flats and she performs her work on different platforms in Cape Town. She is currently teaching Afrikaans at Claremont High School in Cape Town and in her free time she loves hiking, reading and writing.
NANCY RICHARDS is a freelance print and radio journalist, speaker and media trainer. She writes for a number of publications on a variety of subjects: health, environment, travel, women and lifestyle, as well as the monthly ‘green’ pages, for Pick n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine. She presents The Enviro-Show and SAfm Literature on SAfm National Public Broadcaster, and gives media training to individuals or groups. Nancy is also the founder of Woman Zone, an initiative bringing women of Cape Town together www.womanzonect.com.
Previously she was an Associate and Lifestyle editor at Fairlady magazine. She is also the author of Beautiful Homes as featured in Fairlady (Human & Rousseau); Woman Today: A Celebration, Fifty Years of South African Women (Kwela). And most recently Being a Woman in Cape Town: Telling your story (Face2Face). She’s based in Cape Town.
Groendal’s own Reuben Riffel is one of South Africa’s most well-known and acclaimed chefs. With five restaurants, and a household name as a MasterChef South Africa judge, this award-winning chef is also father to four cookbooks: Reuben Cooks: Food is Time Travel, Reuben Cooks Local, Braai: Reuben on Fire and finally Reuben at Home. Key to Reuben’s success is his unsurpassed ability to marry South African and international cuisines via an eclectic but unpretentious approach, using only the best seasonal ingredients.
CLAIRE ROBERTSON is the author of The Spiral House, winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and a South African Literary Award. Her second novel, The Magistrate of Gower, was published by Umuzi in 2015. She lives in Simon’s Town.
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.
Albie Sachs is an activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He began practising as an advocate at the age of 21, defending people charged under the racial statutes and security laws of apartheid. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement, Sachs went into exile in England, where he completed a PhD from Sussex University. After losing his right arm and sight in one eye in a bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. His latest book, published in 2016, is We, the People: Insights of an activist judge.
A specialist in international law, Philippe Sands appears as counsel and advocate before many international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of Sea, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. He is the author of sixteen books on international law, including Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008). His latest book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, published by Alfred Knopf (US) and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) in May 2016, was awarded the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize.
SAM SCARBOROUGH is a creative director, author, stylist and children's decor consultant. She is also a mother, a dog rescuer, a sport nut and a wine lover. During her 20-year design career, Sam has shaped her experience in a number of leading retail and consumer magazine environments. Sam started in magazines as art director and then moved over to advertising working on fashion brands. Through her success on these, she was head hunted by Edcon as Group Creative Director. Trapped is the latest of her seven published books.
KARIN SCHIMKE is a journalist, writer, translator and editor. She won the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize in 2015 for her debut collection Bare & Breaking and the South African Literary Awards translation prize in 2016 for Flame In The Snow, The Love Letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker.
Gail Schimmel is the author of three novels – Marriage Vows (2008), Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins (2013) and The Park (2017). She has also written a children’s book (Claude & Millie, writing as Gail van Onselen) and a text book on advertising law. Gail’s short story was runner up in the 2016 Short Sharp Stories award. She runs her own consultancy as a lawyer specialising in advertising law. Gail lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two children.
MICHAEL SEARS is half the Michael Stanley team, with Stanley Trollip. He was born in Johannesburg, and grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya. He is a mathematician by training. At the end of 2007 he retired from the Anglo-American corporation, where he managed a remote-sensing group. He is now a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has travelled widely in Southern and Central Africa, with Botswana being a special favourite.
Jeremy Seekings is a Professor of Political Studies and Sociology, former director of the Centre for Social Science Research and Interim Director of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa, all at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Visiting Professor at Yale. His books include The UDF (2000), Class, Race and Inequality in South Africa (2005/06), Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and Adolescence in Post-Apartheid Cape Town (2010) and Poverty, Policy and Politics in South Africa (2015/16). His current research is focused on welfare state-building across the global South.
Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) is South Africa’s best-known and most-awarded cartoonist. He has worked continuously for Mail & Guardian since 1994, Sunday Times since 1998 and The Times since 2009. Previously he was also editorial cartoonist for Sowetan and Independent Newspapers. He has published 21 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation and DemoCrazy. He has won numerous International and SA awards and has two honorary doctorates. In 2016 he was listed as one of the top ten cartoonists in the world by Top Teny online lifestyle magazine (New York) and received the annual EWK-Prize awarded by the EWK-Society (Sweden).
Griffin Shea owns Bridge Books, an independent bookstore housed in the old Barclays building in downtown Johannesburg. The store’s focus is on African literature, and on finding new ways of getting books to readers. From the inside of the old bank vault, Bridge supplies books to dozens of small sellers in downtown Joburg and across Gauteng.
Miranda Sherry grew up in Johannesburg in a house filled with books, and was seven when she began writing stories. Some decades, numerous strange jobs (including puppeteer, bartender and musician), and many manuscripts later, Black Dog Summer was published by Head of Zeus (2014). Described by Kirkus as ‘A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch’, it follows a dysfunctional family struggling to cope with the aftermath of a murder. Miranda’s second novel, Bone Meal for Roses, was released in 2016. Miranda lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two cats, and is working on her next book.
STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY is the author of three novels (Entanglement, Stepping Out and Imperfect Solo) and is the co-writer (with wife Kate Sidley) of the stageplay Shape. He has won the UJ Debut Fiction Award and been shortlisted for Sunday Times Fiction Prize, M-net Literary award and UJ Main Fiction Award. Sidley is published internationally, with Imperfect Solo and Entanglement currently on shelves in France and the UK, with launches planned in the US for October 2017. Sidley has recently been signed to Carol Mann and Associates for his fourth novel, Free Association (2017).
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.
Neil Sonnekus is a playwright, award-winning filmmaker and critic. His play, Habitual, was performed at the Market Theatre and he won a platinum award for adapting Booker-nominated author Christopher Hope’s fine comic novella Black Swan at the Houston International Film Festival in 2003. His short film, Down Under, a thriller, won silver that year. Sonnekus worked as a film critic at the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times Magazine from 2001-2009. He has made two more shorts and is currently developing a feature film. Son is his first novel and there are two more in the pipeline. He is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ndibulele was born in East London in the Eastern Cape but later moved to Cape Town in 2011 to further his studies. He joined FunDza Literacy Trust in 2015 as an intern, where he still works as a feature writer. Ndibulele writes current affairs blogs, poems and facilitates writing workshops.
Martin Steyn started writing after reading Stephen King’s The Dark Half. The phenomenon of serial killings intrigued him, thanks to people like Jeffrey Dahmer who looked so ordinary. At university Martin majored in psychology and criminology. After completing an Honours in psychology, he researched various South African serial killers and violent criminals and sold seven non-fiction stories to the US-based Crime Library. These include stories on Moses Sithole, the cruel rape and attempted murder of Alison, and the Sizzlers murders in Sea Point. These days he is interested in the entire murder investigation, and particularly enjoys speaking to local detectives and forensic specialists.
FRED STRYDOM studied Film and Media at the University of Cape Town. He spent three years teaching English in South Korea and has published a number of short stories. His acclaimed speculative fiction novel, The Raft, was published by Umuzi of Penguin RandomHouse in 2015 and is scheduled for release in the US with Talos Press in May, 2016. He has just completed his second novel, The Inside Out Man, and currently works as a television writer and producer in Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife, three dogs, cat and two horses.
KARINA M SZCZUREK is the author of Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa as well as the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact, Encounters with André Brink, Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger), and the 2015 SSDA anthology, Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew). She also writes short stories, essays and literary criticism. Her debut novel Invisible Others was published in 2014. Her memoir The Fifth Mrs Brink will be published by Jonathan Ball in 2017.
MARIANNE THAMM is a top-selling author, comedian and commentator-at-large. She has written several successful books, including Alison Botha’s story I Have Life. Marianne's online following is huge, she appears live and on TV, and is known for her in-depth, off-beat journalism. She is assistant editor at The Daily Maverick and also very active on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Her most recent book is Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me.
Anastacia Tomson, in addition to being an author, is a storyteller and an activist in the field of LGBTQIA rights. She uses her intersection of identity and lived experience as a queer, Jewish, transgender woman with a medical degree, to spread awareness, understanding and empathy, and to promote positive representation for trans and queer people, in South Africa and globally. Anastacia maintains a regularly updated blog and a very active and public presence on social media, where she’s garnered a loyal following of passionate #fanastacias.
Dr Anna Trapido is a chef, anthropologist, freelance food writer and broadcaster, and menu consultant. In 2007 her first book, To the Banqueting House; African food an epic journey (in collaboration with Burundian Chef Coco Reinharz) won the gold medal at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards. Her second book Hunger for Freedom; the story of food in the life of Nelson Mandela (2008), won the Special Jury Prize at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards. Her most recent book (with Mpho Tshukudu) is Eat Ting; lose weight, gain health, find yourself – an exploration of indigenous South African ingredients and traditional cooking methods.
Lerato Tshabalala is a trained writer, columnist and speaker who has recently added author to her resume. With over 15 years of experience in the South African print publishing industry, Lerato has moved between newspapers and glossy magazines in the country, including the Sunday Times, where she edited the Lifestyle section. She is currently the editor of The Afropolitan Magazine and also hosts a two-hour show on Touch Central called The Best of Both Worlds. Lerato’s debut as an author has seen her write a book about social commentary in South Africa called The Way I See It.
Nandipha Tshabane aka "Nandi" was born in Cape town, grew up in Gugulethu and then later Langa. She went to Alexander Sinton High in Athlone, Cape Town and then completed a one year International Journalism Diploma at Cape Town Academy. Nandi is passionate about community development and youth development in particular. She has worked as a researcher in a number of social projection projects and is currently working for FunDza as a Beneficiary Liaison, running a number of activities with FunDza beneficiaries around the books FunDza donated to the various groups or beneficiaries.
Mpho Tshukudu is a registered dietitian, with a special interest in African foods and culture. In her approach to wellbeing, she uses food and its nutritional compounds, stress management, sleep and exercise to promote optimal health. As a feel-good enthusiast, Mpho eats kale to make her liver smile, even though her taste buds don’t think it’s funny.
Mieke van der Merwe recently completed a Masters degree in children’s book illustration at the University of Stellenbosch, where she is currently working as a part-time lecturer. In 2016 she published her own colouring book for adults, Beautiful South Africa, with Quivertree publications. This talented illustrator says she ‘loves to draw special places, buildings and my travels’ and reveals that she is ‘inspired by vintage magazines, the weird and wonderful things of life – and interesting people’.
Marita van der Vyver was born in Cape Town and holds a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch. She published three novels for adolescents before her first adult novel, Griet skryf ‘n sprokie, became a bestseller, winning the M-Net, Eugène Marais, and ATKV prizes in 1992. Since then she has been a full-time writer of fiction for all ages; producing novels, a collection of humorous essays, a collection of short stories, children’s picture books and numerous stories included in anthologies. She lives in the south of France with her French husband, Alain Claisse. They have three sons and a daughter.
Oscar is a scholar of International Relations (IR), where he focuses on International Political Economy, with an emphasis on Africa, and the SADC in particular. He completed his PhD & Masters studies at the University of Cambridge (UK) from 2006-2010. He lectures IR at the University of the Witwatersrand (part time) and was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Johannesburg, under the NRF chair for International Relations and African Diplomacy (Prof Chris Landsberg).
Hennie van Vuuren is an activist, writer and director of a the non-profit organisation Open Secrets focusing on accountability for economic crimes and human rights violations. He has worked for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Right2Know, Institute for Security Studies and Transparency International and as a fellow of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. In 2011 he co-authored The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything.
Irna van Zyl has had an illustrious 30-year career in media. She was an executive director at and co-founder of New Media Publishing, which publishes Woolworths Taste, Visi, Golf Digest, Finweek and Eat Out, among other publications. In 1985 she was appointed as chief sub-editor at Die Burger, the first woman to occupy the position, and she has worked as editor for Afrikaans magazines De Kat and Insig. She made her writing debut in 1995 with a collection of short stories, Grootmensspeletjies. Dead in the Water, translated from the Afrikaans Moordvis is her first novel.
Award-winning journalist, filmmaker and writer. Her film in development, The Keeper of the Kumm, was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival. Her play of the same name featured at SA’s National Arts Festival. The Kumm play and film are based on the book short-listed for the City Press inaugural non-fiction award and published by Tafelberg. A play she co-authored, My Word, Redesigning Buckingham Palace, was chosen for a run on London’s West End. Another of her plays, Cold Case, Revisiting Dulcie September, won both a Standard Bank Audience Award and the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts at the National Arts Festival.
Chrystal Williams is a poet currently residing in Pniel in the Western Cape. She is a third year law student at Stellenbosch University and is a young and refreshing voice. She has proved to be brave and unapologetic through expressing herself in Afrikaans and has gained traction by speaking her authentic truth by using her life experience and environment as inspiration for her poetry. A mentee of the popular Inzync Poetry Sessions, Chrystal obtaining third place in the Open Book Slam 2016.
SAM WILSON lives in Cape Town. By day he makes cute TV shows, and he is currently writing and directing the cartoon series Munki and Trunk which has been picked up for international distribution by Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit). By night, he writes dark thrillers. His first novel, Zodiac, is a crime story set in a version of America that is divided by astrological signs rather than race or religion. So far, Zodiac has been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish.
MARK WINKLER is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Safest Place You Know, Wasted, and An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Absolutely Everything. Wasted was longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, and published in French-language territories in January 2017. His short story “When I Came Home” was shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and “Ink” was awarded third place in the 2016 Short Story Day Africa competition.
Ingrid Winterbach is an acclaimed Afrikaans novelist. Five of her novels have been translated into English, the most recent being The Shallows (2017). She has been awarded the prestigious Hertzog Prize (twice), the University of Johannesburg Literary Prize (twice), and the M-Net Award (four times). Winterbach was born in Johannesburg and educated at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch. She is also a visual artist and lives in Stellenbosch.
Sam Woulidge is the slightly insecure, always hungry person behind the Confessions of a Hungry Woman / Tastes that Bind column that's been appearing monthly in Woolworths Taste magazine for the past 11 years. Her book Confessions of a Hungry Woman was a compilation of some of these columns and a selection of recipes given to her by her various friends. She writes a lot better than she cooks. She ghostwrote Reuben at Home after having spent many hours talking food and family memories with her friend Reuben Riffel. She once again takes absolutely no credit for the recipes in that book but is determined to try them all.