Fearless. Risky writers Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Sorry, Not Sorry) and Richard Poplak (columnist, Daily Maverick) dare you to shift your thinking. Chair Gus Silber invites you to join the conversation.
Looking back at the wisdom of our struggle stalwarts gives us hope for the future. Karabo Kgoleng invites Thami ka Plaatjie (Sobukwe), Toni Strasburg (daughter of Rusty Bernstein, Memory Against Forgetting) and Mandla Langa (Dare Not Linger) to tell us more about the remarkable people they knew.
Research, pacing, procrastination, expletives and wine. Times columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey exposes the realities of writing the next 300 words with Mick Herron (This is What Happened), Henrietta Rose-Innes (Nineveh, Green Lion) and Claire Robertson (Under Glass).
Sunday Times literary editor Michele Magwood catches up with Gordon Forbes (I'll Take The Sunny Side), Richard Steyn (Churchill & Smuts), and James Clarke (Overkill: The Race to Save South Africa's Wildlife) as they chat about sport, politics, and life as they see it
Writer and activist Elinor Sisulu reflects on the life and times of activist Ahmed Kathrada – as reader, thinker and writer. Introduction by Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink)
Reinher Behrens (CEO Franschhoek Tourism) chats to one of South Africa’s most beloved TV journalists Ruda Landman (Tell Me Your Story) about how our choices shape our lives and our country.
Writer Christa Kuljian explores our oceans' wonders, treasures and threats in a fascinating visual experience, with Mike Bruton (The Annotated Old Four Legs), Margo Branch and George Branch (Living Shores).
Carol Mashigo (The Yearning) investigates the challenges and successes of modern feminism with Jen Thorpe (Feminism Is), Helen Moffett (Feminism Is) and social commentator Tshegofatso Senne.
The way we think, the way we see the world, is informed by what we read. Christopher Hope (Move-on Blues), Irna van Zyl (Death Cup) and Thuli Nhlapo (Colour Me Yellow) share their favourite influencers. Literary critic Wamuwi Mbao leads the conversation.
The indefatigable Kate Turkington (Bringing up Kate) has climbed every mountain and forged every stream; author Pamela Power invites you to share in some of her marvellous adventures, followed by a delectable sweet and savoury tea at the beautiful Leeu Estates. R200 for both through Webtickets.
What kind of president does South Africa truly need, and are we convinced that such a person exists? Jacques Pauw (The President's Keepers) and Jan-Jan Joubert (Who Will Rule in 2019) stir the pot with international relations scholar Oscar van Heerden.
When they're repeatedly observed and exposed, how does one find a new angle on the public figures that influence our lives. Pieter du Toit (Enemy of the People), Zapiro (Hasta la Gupta, Baby) and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC Continues) discuss their unique approaches, with Victor Dlamini.
SA's in a state of economic crisis. How did we get here and how do we pull back from the brink? Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (Democracy and Delusion) leads the conversation with Claire Bisseker (On the Brink) and Frans Rautenbach (SA can work).
Sam Beckbessinger (How to Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup), John Hunt (The Boy Who Could Keep a Swan in His Head), and TisoBlackstar senior commentator Peter Bruce discuss the real key to business success: people. Wayne Joseph leads the conversation.
Renowned Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom (An Egyptian Novel) discusses her life and work with literary critic and author Karina Szczurek.
Nature enthusiast Bridget Hilton-Barber invites twitchers to share their own stories with birding authors Vernon Head (Featherings) and Peter Steyn (Memories of a Birdwatcher).
The three shortlist Sol Plaatje Poetry Award winners Jim Pascal Agustin (with a poem about the Coligny Saga), René Bohnen (First People) and Moses Shimo Seletisha (Mahlalewa) present their selected pieces. Facilitated by Rabbie Serumula. R30 through Webtickets.
Editor and writer Alison Lowry explores how authors create authentic characters whose actions create believable stories; with Johan Vlok Louw (A Gap in the Hedge), Kate Furnivall (The Betrayal) and Bianca Marais (Hum If You Don't know the Words).
Facts and figures are not words we associate with poetry, but they can be powerful links to theme and memory. Jolyn Phillips and Karin Schimke introduce writers to ways of gathering information for poems. R150 through Webtickets.
The South African National Finals of national high school poetry-speaking competition will be held at the FLF for the third time this year. Grade 10-12 students recite both International and South African poems, in front of an audience, and three judges decide on a winner. R25 through Webtickets.
Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi) discusses what motivates her as a writer, mother and academic, with Michele Magwood.
Who holds the most power in story and character development: the author or the hero? Helen Moffett asks Deon Meyer (Fever), Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) and Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X series).
Ralph Mathekga (News 24), and Rebecca Davis (Mail & Guardian) are two of our sharpest thought leaders. CapeTalk presenter Africa Melane asks what it takes to keep their finger on the pulse.
Making the reading experience an enjoyable one is what Jassy Mackenzie (Bad Seeds), Tony Park (The Cull), and Kate Mosse (Burning Chambers) do; but how do they strike the balance between pleasing and provoking? Author Steven Boykey Sidley (Imperfect Solo) finds out.
History gives us the facts; fiction takes over to help us understand, cope with, and be motivated by the past. Editor and author Fred Khumalo discusses with Mzuvukile Maqetuka (Camdeboo Stories), Joyce Kotze (Beyond Forgiveness) and Claire Robertson.
The 1962 Makerere Conference of African Literature contended that such literature starts with what Mukoma wa Ngugi calls the 'Makerere Generation'. Phehello Mofokeng, Litheko Modisane and Mandla Langa explore this contentious thinking.
Their ability to try thoughts on like ideological garments is what makes Hedley Twidle (Firepool), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) and Irish poet Joseph Woods (Monsoon Diary) consummate writers. Critical thinker Jacques Rousseau explores how they do it.
Our planet's wildlife is under threat from poaching, climate change, and urbanisation. Tamara LePine-Williams discusses why this matters with Richard Peirce (Nicole), James Clarke and Josh Crickmay (Josh Crickmay's Big Year).
When we're teetering on the edge of chaos, we can try to cling to the status quo or find ways to move on. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Mark Heywood (Get up! Stand up!) offer some suggestions, with Peter Bruce in the chair.
The era of demure dames in aprons is behind us, but women still battle to claim their constitutional right to equality. Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Rehana Rossouw (New Times) and Carien du Plessis (Woman in the Wings: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) hash out the challenges with feminist writer Danielle Bowler.
Are the precious ties that bind us as Africans unravelling? Radio veteran and literary critic Karabo Kgoleng opens the conversation with Nompumelelo Mqwebu (Through the Eyes of an African Chef), Alick Chingapi (Through a Black Iris), and Francis Wilson (Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy).
Sexting, catfishing, bullying - a parent's nightmare; their teen's reality. Sally Partridge (Mine) and Emma Sadleir (Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones) discuss the challenges Generation Z face, with Pamela Power.
Books, wine, snacking, yacking: is that all there is to a great book club? Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes) invites you to bring yours to chat with Angela Makholwa (The Blessed Girl) and Louise Gelderblom (The Book Club Cookbook) about making book-clubbing an even richer experience.
People break in different ways. Physically, emotionally, or both. Authors and survivors Tracy Going (Brutal Legacy) and Lauren Segal (Cancer: A Love Story) tell Carol Mashigo how their experiences lead to a new truth.
Photographers Millard W Arnold (The Testimony of Steve Biko) and Daniel Naude (Cattle of the Ages) share their images as they discuss their skills, techniques and vision with columnist and photographer Victor Dlamini.
Pessimism is easy; optimism requires courage and action. Daniel Baxter (One Life at a Time), Thabo Makgoba (Faith and Courage) and Frans Rautenbach (South Africa Can Work) discuss hope as a tool for change, with Alison Lowry.
Whether you’re Facebooking, tweeting or Instagramming, the same basic principles of good and effective writing apply as for any other media communication. Gus Silber shares some thoughts and techniques on making your public networking more connected, relevant, engaging and memorable. R150 through Webtickets.
Putting their lives, financial security and reputations on the line, Jacques Pauw, Zapiro and Mark Shaw (Hitmen for Hire) brave the deep end of waters muddied by injustice. Journalist Mandy Wiener (Ministry of Crime) asks them how they find the courage.
Palesa Morudu chats with renowned writer and thinker Sisonke Msimang about life, identity and belonging.
Fred Khumalo joins Homeless Writer’s Project contributors David Majoka, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli and editor Harriet Perlman in conversation about the magnificent book that formed the film.
Drones are surveying, robots are building, and cryptocurrency is funding our lives. Sam Beckbessinger (How to Manage Your Money) and Simon Dingle (In Math We Trust) discuss the political and personal implications of the bank balance of the future, with dystopian author Lauren Beukes.
What makes for a gripping first paragraph? Fiction authors Bianca Marais, Christopher Hope and Phumlani Pikoli (The Fatuous State of Severity) share the ones they wish they'd written themselves with acclaimed writer Bridget Hilton-Barber.
Siya Khumalo (You Have to be Gay to Know God), Christi van der Westhuizen (Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa) and gender warrior Tshegofatso Senne discuss the meaning of gender in terms of political and social identity.
Storytellers Nolubabalo Rani, Gilly Southwood and Philippa Kabali-Kagwa will entrance you with their telling of folktales and personal stories that explore our diversity and common humanity. Perfect for the whole family.
Thuli Nhlapo, Sara-Jayne King (Killing Karoline) and Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose) discuss how colour and race impact the way we see and are seen, with Oscar van Heerden.
We don't want to go there, but the suspense won't let go. Jenny Crwys-Williams asks thriller writers Tony Park, Deon Meyer and Gregg Hurwitz how they keep us hooked.
SA’s top steelpan player, award-winning composer and acoustic guitarist meets SA’s leading indigenous-contemporary-crossover artist and multi-instrumentalist to create music that 'transcends circumstance'. Tickets: R150.00 through Webtickets.
In early 2018 Darrel Bristow-Bovey moved to Ikaria, a remote Greek island in the north-eastern Aegean where average life-expectancy is over 100, to learn if it's possible to disconnect from the modern world, and whether being less connected means being happier and more creative. In a talk that ranges between neuroscience, the Apocalypse, The Little Prince, mindfulness, Greek myths and the virtues of the afternoon nap, Darrel discusses saving your life by switching off your phone, and how far you have to go to find yourself. R100 through Webtickets.
An often darkly humorous and thought-provoking journey into being South African, African, and human. Written and performed by Ter Hollmann, directed by Moses Rasekele. R100 through Webtickets.
Director Akin Omotoso presents the international award-winning film Vaya, the movie that inspired the book Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg. The audience is invited to chat with the director and authors after the screening. R120 through Webtickets.