Does the state of international/global politics reflect the state of SA politics? Peter Hain (Mandela: His Essential Life) and RW Johnson (Fighting for the Dream) discuss. Chaired by Fred Khumalo.
Human rights activist Greg Mills and former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti (Democracy Works) discuss the pitfalls and rewards of democracy in a state of inequality, with Jacques Rousseau in the chair.
International best-selling author Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) chats to Kate Sidley about the extraordinary events that led to her remarkable and moving story of love.
Historical fiction writers Zirk van den Berg (Parts Unknown), Clare Houston (An Unquiet Place), and Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora) discuss the allure of a good letter when mapping the past. Chaired by Steven Boykey Sidley.
In conversation with Mike Wills, Dan Wylie (Death and Compassion – The Elephant in South African Literature) explores the stories we have told ourselves about our relationship with animals, across three centuries of diverse literary genres.
Speculative fiction writers Tracey Farren (The Book of Malachi) and Masande Ntshanga (Triangulum, The Reactive) use the imagined to help us breach the boundary between what is and what could be. Fellow fantasist Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) chairs.
At a time when digital threatened to swallow print whole, foodie books survived and flourished. Lesego Semenya (Dijo – My Food Journey) and Karen Dudley (Set a Table) chat to Tamara LePine Williams about the delectable phenomenon that is a recipe book.
Vanessa Raphaely (Plus One), Louisa Treger (The Dragon Lady) and Mike Nicol (Sleeper) know how to keep readers on a knife’s edge. Lorraine Sithole (BookWormersGP) finds out how they do it.
Has politics become the enemy of society? Join Leon Schreiber (Coalition Country) and Adam Habib (Rebels & Rage) in conversation with Ralph Mathekga (Ramaphosa's Turn).
Peter Church (Crackerjack), Deon Meyer (The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in Time) chat with Africa Melane about the intricacies of creating – and sticking to – their plots.
Writers both reveal and discover themselves in their writing. Sue Nyathi (The White Room), Ingrid Winterbach (The Troubled Times of Magrieta Prinsloo) and Carol Gibbs (All Things Bright and Broken) delve into the psychology of fiction with Joanne Macgregor (The First Time I Died).
Tanya Pampalone, Loren Landau (I Want to Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis) and Rachel Matteau Matsha (Real & Imagined Readers – Censorship, publishing and reading under apartheid) speak of othering, alienation and familial connections. Paul Choy (Somewhere. Anywhere) leads the conversation.
Nkosinathi Sithole (No Matter When) and David wa Maahlamela (Stitching a Whirlwind: An anthology of southern African poems and translations) talk to Antjie Krog about the joys and challenges of the Africa Pulse project through which eight African literary works are now translated into English.
What power lies in writing your deepest stories for all to read, and how does it impact on the writers’ lives? Sylvia Neame (Imprisoned) and Landa Mabenge (Becoming Him) share the stories of their stories with Phehello Mofokeng.
Nancy Richards invites Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) and Lauri Kubuitsile (But Deliver Us From Evil) to reveal what it really takes to write that first book – and where they found motivation to write the next.
David Bristow (The Game Ranger, The Knife, The Lion and The Sheep) and Fred Khumalo (Talk of the Town) chat with Karabo Kgoleng about the art of the short story.
Heinrich van den Berg’s Moods of Nature perfectly captures the fragility, magnificence and importance of our wildlife. He shares his journey through the lens with fellow photographer Victor Dlamini.
Can you truly separate politics from morality? Should you? Barry Gilder (The List) and Greg Mills (Democracy Works) investigate with Jacques Rousseau.
Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Rutendo Tavengerwei (The Colours that Blind) and Qarnita Loxton (Being Lily) tell stories of the heart. What does this do to their own hearts, asks Lorraine Sithole?
Whether in fact or fiction, the search for truth can be as exhausting as it is revelatory. Pieter van Zyl (Gert & Joey) and Leon Schreiber (Coalition Country) share some of the astonishing truths they uncovered while writing their books, with Victor Dlamini.
Peter Hain (Mandela: The Essential Life) chats with fellow Madiba biographer Kate Sidley about writing the life of one of the most revered yet controversial men of our times.
A good novel often works because we see ourselves in the characters. Vincent Pienaar (Too Many Tsunamis) and Fiona Snyckers (Lacuna) discuss the appeal of creating real people in imaginary situations with Gail Schimmel (The Accident).
Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in Time) and Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) write of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They discuss how the fantastical often helps us face the darkly real, with Sara-Jayne King in the chair.
Through the eras of alchemy and religion, to the days of science, the dung beetle has been a symbol of life and renewal. Authors Helen Lunn and Marcus Byrne (The Dance of the Dung Beetles) share the wonders of these charming – and seemingly charmed – little creatures with Don Pinnock.
Hero Within and Other Writing came out of FunDza Literacy Trust's Bridging Divides project, where young people explored how inequality manifested in their lives. These stories remind us that society remains unequal and violent, yet they envisage a different future - a space you are privileged to share with Athenkosi Cetyana, Pamela Mali and Sicelo Kula (Taking Chances). Ros Haden chairs.
First book: tick! Second book: tick! At what point (if ever) is it time to give up your day job and start doing this full time? Wamuwi Mbao asks of Joanne Macgregor (The Time I Died) and Irma Venter (Circus).
Ekow Duker leads Deon Meyer (The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Lauri Kubuitsile in conversation about that eureka moment that got them going.
Melusi Tshabalala (Melusi’s Everyday Zulu), Karin Cronje (There Goes English Teacher), and Simon Sebag Montefiore (Letters That Changed The World) unpack the blight of miscommunication with Michael le Cordeur.
Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane (Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Kharnita Mohamed (Called to Song) and Sihle Khumalo (Rainbow Nation, My Zulu Arse) discuss what it will take to make the real changes that our society desperately needs to grow, with Sipho Hlongwane.
What do Harris Dousemetzis (The Man Who Killed Apartheid), Wandile Ngcaweni (We Are No Longer at Ease) and Zapiro (WTF) have in common? They are all uneasy in comfort zones. Tom Eaton finds out just how far they’d dare to go.
What does – or should – it take for an author to market their book; and isn’t that the publisher’s job? Barry Gilder (The List) and Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch) discuss their diverse tactics with Vanessa Raphaely.
Ingrid Winterbach and Tony Peake (North Facing) delve into the trickier elements of bringing a story together.
Amy Heydenrych (Shame on You) and Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) like to shift perspectives and stretch their understanding beyond relatability. Linda Kaoma finds out how they do it.
How do some writers move so seemingly seamlessly between the past and present in their storytelling? Trevor Sacks (Lucky Packet), Willem Anker (Red Dog) and Zanna Sloniowska (The House with the Stained-Glass Window) discuss the challenges of their own time travels with Dianne Stewart.
Mauritian photographer, TED talker and compulsive traveller Paul Choy is a self-made master of visual story telling. Bring your smart phone, your imagination and a receptive eye to this mind stretching workshop. R150 through webtickets.co.za.
Dennis Davis (Guide to Democrats) and John Dugard (Business as Usual) unpack the power of the law in dismantling oppression.
Sipho Hlongwane asks Harris Dousemetzis (The Man Who Ended Apartheid) and Rob Rose (Steinheist) about the risks, rewards, and sheer volume of work that goes into writing an exposé.
Wamuwi Mbao and acclaimed US-Nigerian author Chike Frankie Edozien discuss Lives of Great Men and what it means to have your very existence counter your culture and traditions.
Craig Foster (Sea Change) takes us into the depths of his research and experience tracking the sea life and exploring the mysteries of our kelp forests. Chaired by Mike Wills.
Amalia Rosenblum (Israeli novelist, screenwriter and couples’ therapist) and Darrel Bristow-Bovey share some of the less glamorous aspects of writing with Sara-Jayne King.
Some writers can’t help seeing the funny side. How else do you get the message across? Lerato Mogoathle (Vagabond) and Khaya Dlanga give the matter serious thought.
For Ming-Cheau Lin (Just Add Rice) and Lesego Semenya (Dijo - My Food, My Journey). cooking is people, history, family and traditions. Join them in conversation about the dishes that are still essential to you and your family gatherings. Kate Sidley does the stirring.
Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer (North) chat about the benefits and challenges of co-writing fiction and what it takes to become Frank Owen.
Iain Thomas’s (aka ‘pleasefindthis’) blog I Wrote This For You is now an internationally bestselling book of great depth and beauty. He reads and shares thoughts with Nancy Richards at the beautiful Leeu Estate. This event includes a delicious high tea. which will be served from 14h30-15h45. R200 through webtickets.co.za.
17:30-18:15 International author Steven Boykey Sidley draws on his own experiences and those of other authors, to sing a praise song to the strange and volatile bedfellows of bars and books, alcohol and fiction. R100 through webtickets.co.za.