Noseweek editor Martin Welz chats with Tom Eaton and Anton Harber as they dish the dirt on the misdeeds of the news world.
Bill Nasson and Vivian Bickford-Smith (Illuminating Lives) and John Laband (The Eight Zulu Kings: From Shaka to Goodwill Zwelethini) bring their extensive knowledge to two books that will fascinate Africa history buffs and students alike. Linda Kaoma is in the chair.
Tony Peake and Samantha Smirin (A Life Interrupted) discuss the essence of friendship, love and identity, with Karabo Kgoleng.
An elephant is poached somewhere in Africa every 15 minutes, every day. The Last Elephants might be their last hope. Compilers of this vitally important book, Colin Bell and Don Pinnock join Dan Wylie as they talk about why the survival of elephants matters with John Maytham.
Democracy Works asks how we can nurture and consolidate democracy in Africa. Greg Mills shares solutions with Dennis Davis.
Sometimes it’s about the story; other times it’s about the words. If you’re lucky, it’s about both. Creators of fine prose, Darrel Bristow-Bovey and Botlhale Tema reflect on the art of beautiful writing with Pippa Hudson.
Who are feminists really fighting for? Fiona Snyckers and Ena Jansen (Like Family) discuss how good intentions can sometimes get in the way of impactful results in the pursuit of equality.
Charles Abrahams (Class Action), Lerato Mogoathle and Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) tell not only their stories, but the stories of their time and circumstances. What can we learn from their personal views of their world, asks Sue Grant-Marshall?
Back by popular demand, author and writing coach Dianne Stewart shares the skills specific to the writing of personal memories. R150 at webtickets.co.za.
Christopher Duigan (piano) plays ‘Mostly Mozart’ including the Sonata in F K. 332 and music by Greig and Debussy. R100 through www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.
Ralph Mathekga shares his insights on political identity, and why we are all political beings, with Victor Dlamini.
Just when you think times are tough, they get tougher. Thank goodness for the sharp wit of Zapiro (WTF) and Hagen Engler (Black Twitter, Blitz & A Boerie As Long As Your Leg). Mike Wills finds out how they keep going.
‘The News’ used to be relatively reliable and accessible, but now we don’t know where to find it or whether we can trust it. Nancy Richards asks Yves Vanderhaeghen (Afrikaner Identity: Dysfunction and Grief) how this came to be
Has civil society become complacent, allowing lawlessness to be normalised on the streets, in parliament, in places of learning – or is it a sign of something deeper? Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane and Peter Hain discuss with Africa Melane.
We all have those books that shifted our beliefs and behaviours, and which set us on a new course. Mark Winkler and Vincent Pienaar share theirs and invite you to share yours. Chaired by Phehello Mofokeng.
Super chefs Lesego Semenya and Bertus Basson (Being Bertus Basson, by Russel Wasserfall) talk to Tamara LePine Williams about food as sustenance, business, fashion and love.
Born in Cape Town, based in Europe, Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) has seemingly seamlessly slipped into the role of thriller writer. She chats with Ann Donald about her journey.
Adam Habib, Wandile Ngcaweni and Saskia Bailey (Whatever) debate what it means to have an education. Jonathan Jansen (distinguished professor SU Faculty of Education) chairs.
Pippa Hudson wants to know how three such nice authors get into the heads of murderous villains. Or is it the other way around? She asks Mike Nicol (Sleeper), Louisa Treger (The Dragon Lady) and Deon Meyer (Woman in the Blue Cloak) for enlightenment.
In creating this rich anthology, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selected more than a hundred letters, of extraordinary delight and diversity, from ancient times to modern day. He chats with Fred Khumalo about what it took – and what he learned.
Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum and Ekow Duker (Yellowbone) discuss the sorcery behind the creation of believable minds in imaginary characters with Mohale Mashigo.
When we think of stories, we think of people, but animals have their own tales to tell. Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn and Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) speak for the animals with Karabo Kgoleng.
With Bill Nasson in the chair, fiction author Clare Houston and biographer Sue Grant-Marshall discuss why we are so drawn to the past.
Writing convincing dialogue can be a writer’s biggest challenge. Fiona Snyckers and Heather Morris share the tricks they’ve learned to get it right. Chaired by Alison Lowry.
For anyone who wants to write but ‘can’t find the time’. Non-fiction writer Dominique Malherbe (Somewhere In Between) and novelist Gail Schimmel (The Accident) both juggle families, legal careers and writing. They share what works for them and what doesn’t with Nancy Richards.
Athol Williams (Pushing Boulders) and Guyanese-American Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture) – both contributors to the new anthology We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture – discuss the value of telling personal truths to global audiences. With Michael Le Cordeur in the chair, supported by Commonwealth Writers.
Join Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author of the ground-breaking new book Gangster State, in conversation with Cape Talk political journalist Lester Kiewit about how he uncovered Ace Magashule’s alleged corruption, dodgy deals and a relationship with the Guptas, ultimately leading to personal enrichment and his rise to power.
What are we getting so wrong with politics that the law has to constantly intervene? And can the judiciary survive the deluge? Judge Dennis Davis and Michelle le Roux attempt to answer these questions, with Ralph Mathekga in the chair.
Meaning well doesn’t always translate to doing good. Sipho Hlongwane talks privilege, patronage, and denial with Chike Frankie Edozien.
Join Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams and Wamuwi Mbao in a conversation about claiming victimhood to displace the burden of guilt.
What’s so captivating about murder? John Maytham investigates this odd interest of ours with Irma Venter, Louisa Treger and Joanne Macgregor.
Carsten Rasch (Between Rock & A Hard Place) and Hagen Engler swap stories of their South Africa then and now with Tom Eaton.
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.
Acclaimed Guyanese-American author Gaiutra Bahadur will guide you through the art of saying it all in few words. This workshop is ideal for lovers of poetry, commentary and short story writing. R150 through webtickets.
Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch), Zanna Sloniowska and Chase Rhys (Kinnes) turn the familiar into fiction in three of the most unputdownable books. Melinda Ferguson asks them how they did it.
There’s nothing like learning from the pains and joys of others. Erns Grundling and Khaya Dlanga share their adventures and inspire us to remember our own.
Tamara LePine-Williams raises the question we’re all asking: what is our collective responsibility in halting the desecration of planet Earth? with Duncan Brown (Wilder Lives – Humans and our Environments).
Everyone has it in them to create great change. John Dugard, Wandile Ngcaweni and Ray Ndlovu (In the Jaws of the Crocodile) discuss what it takes to be a change-maker with Jacques Rousseau.
Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora), Craig Higginson and Ivan Vladislavic open their hearts to us as they discuss writing about love with Lorraine Sithole.
Steven Boykey Sidley talks to truth seekers Harris Dousemetzis and Anton Harber (South African Muckraking) about the war against misinformation and lies.
Whether history or current affairs, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Sue Nyathi (The Gold Diggers) use their areas of expertise to fuel their fiction. They talk of how they filter reality through their stories, with Alison Lowry.
Is YA only meant for the young, and what (if any) benefits can be gained from being a cross-generational reader? Rutendo Tavengerwei and Lauri Kubuitsile chat with writer, writing teacher and oral poet Primrose Mrwebi.
Clare Houston, Máire Fisher (The Enumerations) and Meg Vandermerwe (The Woman of the Stone Sea) tell us what brought them to the point of putting pen to paper. Chaired by Dianne Stewart.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey journeys through Japan, outer space, inner space, horror movies and the monasteries of Mount Athos in pursuit of the quietest place on Earth, and one of the keys to creativity. R100 through webtickets.
Enjoy dinner with some of the cream of festival authors in one of SA’s top restaurants; authors at all tables, party atmosphere, great winelands food. Wines sponsored by Porcupine Ridge. Enquiries and bookings: email@example.com