Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za from 18 March 2017
Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za from 18 March 2017
Politically, socially and economically, it seems there is an ever-widening rift between South Africans. Rebecca Davis (Best Whites) asks journalist and agricultural economist Tracy Ledger (An Empty Plate) and international relations and African diplomacy scholar Oscar van Heerden (Consistent or Confused) how far we are from equality, and what it looks like.
Tamara LePine-Williams (ClassicFM) peels back the layers of Groendal's own Reuben Riffel (Reuben at Home) and his author Sam Woulidge to reveal this remarkable 'local to legend' story.
Paige Nick (Dutch Courage) is on a quest to find a plot, with Francois Bloemhof (Double Echo), Mike Nicol (Agents of the State) and Martin Steyn (Dark Traces).
Victor Dlamini meets up with Joanne Harris (A Different Class), Joanne Macgregor (Recoil Trilogy) and Pamela Power (Delilah Now Trending) to ask about using social media to connect with readers.
Rustum Kozain in conversation with Antjie Krog about one of her most acclaimed poetry collections, recently re-released, Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse.
Michiel Heyns (I Am Pandarus) and SJ Naude (The Third Reel) discuss their writing, their new books and what it means to be a professional author.
Speculative fiction authors Helen Brain, Marcus Low, Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer use their genre to explore the modern crises of isolation and social disparity.
Judge Dennis Davis hears the stories of two extraordinary writers, Deborah Lipstadt (Denial: Holocaust History on Trial) and Philippe Sands (East West Street), whose works chronicle the fight to establish and defend international laws for human rights and justice.
General Johan Booysen and author Jessica Pitchford (Blood on Their Hands) share his side of the story in this shocking true tale power and politics, deceit and betrayal, with BDFM Editor-in-chief Peter Bruce asking the questions.
Joanne Hichens (Die Laughing) speaks to Nandipha Tshabane, Ndibulele Sotondoshe and Zimkhitha Mlanzeli about how their writing came to be published in Love Reading, an anthology of poetry, prose and nonfiction, published by the FundZa Literacy Trust and Cover-to-Cover.
Thandeka Gqubule (No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela) speaks to Mamphela Ramphele (Dreams, Betrayal and Hope), Mary Ingouville Burton (The Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and Rafique Gangat (Bending the Rules) about how their experiences influence their thoughts on South Africa’s future.
This is the question publisher Melinda Ferguson (MFBooks) asks of fellow publishers Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Publishing), Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books) and short story writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (2016 Caine Prize Winner).
How do we understand our human past? Historian Bill Nasson (History Matters) asks researcher Christa Kuljian (Darwin's Hunch), Francis Wilson (Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy) and novelist Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg) about the search for truth through science and fiction.
Contributors and the author of the Giving Back Childhood Celebrity Story Cookbook, a unique collection commissioned by the Children’s Hospital Trust to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, will share the childhood memories and recipes of 50 South African celebrities. A portion of book sale proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital to build a bigger and better ICU for some of our country’s sickest children. Includes yummy snacks from recipes included in the book! R100 through Webtickets.
isiShweshwe The History and Indigenisation of Blueprint in Southern Africa, as presented by the author Juliette Leeb-Du Toit.
Seasoned journalist and editor of the Sunday Times Travel supplement Paul Ash takes participants on a journey in which they learn to distil their own life experiences into words that will entertain readers. The workshop will include practical advice on travel writing, how to write a personal story that speaks to others, how to structure a humorous column, plus tips on approaching media outlets with a view to publication. Participants will learn how to write in a way that shows - not tells - the reader the story. R150 through Webtickets.
With SAfm’s Nancy Richards in the chair, Jonathan Ancer (Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson) and Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy) talk about what it takes to research, remember and write about some of the villains and heroes of South Africa’s recent history.
Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man) leads the conversation with Steven Boykey Sidley (Free Association), Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) as they discuss labels, boxes and literature, and the books they have chosen to write.
From what we eat, to whether, one day, we’ll have anything left to eat, author Tracy Ledger (An Empty Plate) opens the discussion with Leonie Joubert (The Hungry Season) and Anna Trapido and Mpho Tshukudu (Eat Ting) to consider the place food has in our lives and wellbeing.
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) considers the ways writers find to practice their craft, with Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes), Miranda Sherry (Bone Meal for Roses) and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father's Cattle, and translator of Dinosaurs, Diamonds, and Democracy).
Prolific author and psychologist Joanne Macgregor (Recoil Trilogy), delves into the mind of one the world's most beloved fictional heroes.
Ishara Maharaj (Namaste Life) and Dennis Cruywagen (The Spiritual Mandela) discuss the joys and challenges of writing of spiritual matters in a contemporary world.
Are they easier than long fiction, more lucrative than nonfiction, more popular than Harry Potter? Jolyn Philips (Tjieng Tjang Tjerrie) asks fellow writers Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg), Ken Barris (The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions) and Marita van der Vyver (You Lost Me) what it is about this form that appeals to them as they discuss the challenges of writing in the short form.
Justice Malala explores the people and places that helped define one of the country’s top legal minds, Judge Dikgang Moseneke (My Own Liberator).
Darrel Bristow-Bovey invites Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Season of Crimson Blossoms) to share how they reveal their love and knowledge of Africa through fact and fiction.
Joanne Hichens asks crime writers Irna van Zyl (Dead in the Water), Karin Brynard (Our Fathers) and Sally Andrew (Tannie Maria & the Satanic Mechanic) about the role of women in detective and crime fiction, which fictional crime characters they love or hate, and how their own characters fit into this history.
With historian Bill Nasson (History Matters) in the chair, biographer Elsabe Brits (Emily Hobhouse: Beloved Traitor), Mary Ingouville Burton (The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace) and Oscar van Heerden (Consistent or Confused) share how they go about researching the history of their stories of the past.
Sue de Groot (Sunday Times Lifestyle editor) considers the trends in fiction and poetry and asks Antjie Krog (Lady Anne) and South African-Filipino poet Jim Pascual Agustin (Wings of Smoke) how these influence their reading and writing.
Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia) leads the conversation with Sean Christie (Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard) and Sylvia Vollenhoven (The Keeper of the Kumm) about their experiences in writing their own stories.
Obie Oberholzer (Obie - A Photographic Story Book) finds the words to tell you about his life in pictures.
Palesa Morudu contemplates the impact of science on the broader issues of race, space, identity and colonialism, with philosopher Jacques Rousseau and researcher Christa Kuljian (Darwin's Hunch).
Most writers can’t survive on writing alone. Mario Cesare (Heart of a Game Ranger) leads the conversation with lawyer Andrew Brown (Good Cop, Bad Cop), advertising executive Mark Winkler (The Safest Place You Know) and banker Tuelo Gabonewe (Sarcophagus) talk about how they survive as writers, and why they keep writing.
For every dystopian horror, there is a hero. Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man) asks fellow writers Diane Awerbuck, Helen Brain and Sam Wilson (Zodiac) about their favourite heroes and the role their own lead characters play in their latest works.
Africa Melane asks authors JT Lawrence (Grey Magic), Kiprop Kimutai (The Water Spirits) and Miranda Sherry (Bone Meal for Roses) how they speak to and through this generation, and the challenges they face in doing so.
Karina Szczurek welcomes you to the third annual lecture in honour of her late husband. Victor Dlamini will deliver the lecture on: “André Brink, dissident, lover, dreamer had this to say: 'A country can't love you. At most it may need you. It's much the same as people.'”
Journalist/illustrator/cartoonist Carlos Amato leads the conversion with writer/illustrator Alex Latimer (South), Dale Halvorsen (graphic novelist Joey Hi-fi) and Mieke van der Merwe (Beautiful South Africa) on how pictures create stories, and words create pictures in the mind of the reader.
Where do writers start when creating a fictional world? Pamela Power exchanges ideas about the creative impetus, the lifeblood of storytelling, with Marcus Low and Qarnita Loxton (Being Kari).
Journeying lightly through psychology, palaeontology, popular culture and the movie Jaws, Darrel Bristow-Bovey discusses fear, creativity, risk-taking and the artistic imperative of vulnerability, as well as his travels around the world to find and confront the shark that is pre-destined to eat him. R100 through Webtickets.
Cape Town poet Roché Kester brings Sipho Ndebele, Vusumuzi Mpofu and Chrystal Williams to her unique Grounding Sessions show. All poets and lovers of the spoken word are invited to join in the open-mic session, or just sit back and enjoy the magic. (To participate in the open mic, email Roche at email@example.com.) R50 through Webtickets.
Christopher Duigan plays a classical recital of French music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Jean-Phillippe Rameau with compositions drawing inspiration from the East, the exotic underworld, and reflections of the magical world that surrounds us. R100 through Webtickets or pay at the door.