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NG Church
[47] Believe it or not
with: Martin Welz, Tom Eaton, Anton Harber

[47] Believe it or not

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
NG Church

Noseweek editor Martin Welz chats with Tom Eaton and Anton Harber as they dish the dirt on the misdeeds of the news world.

New School Hall
[48] Bringing history to life
with: Bill Nasson, Vivian Bickford-Smith, John Laband, Linda Kaoma

[48] Bringing history to life

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[49] When the heart speaks
with: Tony Peake, Samantha Smirin, Karabo Kgoleng

[49] When the heart speaks

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Tony Peake and Samantha Smirin (A Life Interrupted) discuss the essence of friendship, love and identity, with Karabo Kgoleng.

Church Hall
[50] The last chance for elephants
with: Colin Bell, Don Pinnock, Dan Wylie, John Maytham

[50] The last chance for elephants

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

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.

Congregational Church
[51] In search of a democratic solution
with: Greg Mills, Dennis Davis

[51] In search of a democratic solution

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Democracy Works asks how we can nurture and consolidate democracy in Africa. Greg Mills shares solutions with Dennis Davis.

Council Chamber
[52] Choosing my words
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Botlhale Tema, Pippa Hudson

[52] Choosing my words

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[53] The women left behind
with: Fiona Snyckers, Ena Jansen

[53] The women left behind

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Travellers Lodge
[54] Not just me
with: Charles Abrahams, Lerato Mogoathle, Francoise Malby-Anthony

[54] Not just me

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Travellers Lodge

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?

Library
[55] Workshop: Writing memoir
with: Dianne Stewart

[55] Workshop: Writing memoir

Saturday, 18 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
Library

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.

NG Church
CONCERT 2
with: Christopher Duigan

CONCERT 2

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
NG Church

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.

Old School Hall
[56] Getting personal about politcs
with: Ralph Mathekga, Victor Dlamini

[56] Getting personal about politcs

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

Ralph Mathekga shares his insights on political identity, and why we are all political beings, with Victor Dlamini.

New School Hall
[57] You just have to laugh
with: Zapiro, Hagen Engler, Mike Wills

[57] You just have to laugh

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[58] What happened to the news?
with: Nancy Richards, Yves Vanderhaeghen

[58] What happened to the news?

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

‘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

Congregational Church
[59] Is society beyond all hope?
with: Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane, Peter Hain, Africa Melane

[59] Is society beyond all hope?

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[60] Books that changed me
with: Mark Winkler, Vincent Pienaar, Phehello Mofokeng

[60] Books that changed me

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

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. 

Hospice Hall
[61] More than just a meal
with: Lesego Semenya, Bertus Basson, Tamara LePine Williams

[61] More than just a meal

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Travellers Lodge
[62] One-on-one with Michelle Sacks
with: Michelle Sacks, Ann Donald

[62] One-on-one with Michelle Sacks

Saturday, 18 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Travellers Lodge

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.

NG Church
[63] Schools of thoughts
with: Adam Habib, Wandile Ngcaweni, Saskia Bailey, Jonathan Jansen

[63] Schools of thoughts

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
NG Church

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.

New School Hall
[64] In two minds
with: Pippa Hudson, Mike Nicol, Louisa Treger, Deon Meyer

[64] In two minds

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[65] One-on-one: Letters That Changed the World
with: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Fred Khumalo

[65] One-on-one: Letters That Changed the World

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

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.

Church Hall
[66] A mind of their own
with: Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum, Ekow Duker, Mohale Mashigo

[66] A mind of their own

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Joanne Macgregor, Amalia Rosenblum and Ekow Duker (Yellowbone) discuss the sorcery behind the creation of believable minds in imaginary characters with Mohale Mashigo.

Congregational Church
[67] Wild thoughts
with: Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn, Francoise Malby-Anthony, Karabo Kgoleng

[67] Wild thoughts

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

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.

Council Chamber
[68] For the love of history
with: Bill Nasson, Claire Houston, Sue Grant-Marshall

[68] For the love of history

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

With Bill Nasson in the chair, fiction author Clare Houston and biographer Sue Grant-Marshall discuss why we are so drawn to the past.

Hospice Hall
[69] Authentic voices
with: Fiona Snyckers, Heather Morris, Alison Lowry

[69] Authentic voices

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

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.

Travellers Lodge
[70] Full time everything
with: Dominique Malherbem Gail Schimmel, Nancy Richards

[70] Full time everything

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Travellers Lodge

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.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[71] Write for the worlds
with: Athol Williams, Gaiutra Bahadur, Michael le Cordeur

[71] Write for the worlds

Saturday, 18 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

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.

NG Church
[72] Gangster State
with: Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Lester Kiewit

[72] Gangster State

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
NG Church

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.

 

New School Hall
[73] Lawfare
with: Dennis Davis, Michelle le Roux, Ralph Mathekga

[73] Lawfare

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[74] Beyond good intentions
with: Sipho Hlongwane, Chike Frankie Edozien

[74] Beyond good intentions

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Old School Hall

Meaning well doesn’t always translate to doing good. Sipho Hlongwane talks privilege, patronage, and denial with Chike Frankie Edozien.

Church Hall
[75] Self-othering
with: Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams, Wamuwi Mbao

[75] Self-othering

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Church Hall

Join Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles Abrahams and Wamuwi Mbao in a conversation about claiming victimhood to displace the burden of guilt.

Congregational Church
[76] Fascinations most foul
with: John Maytham, Irma Venter, Joanne Macgregor, Louisa Treger

[76] Fascinations most foul

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Congregational Church

What’s so captivating about murder? John Maytham investigates this odd interest of ours with Irma Venter, Louisa Treger and Joanne Macgregor

Council Chamber
[77] Tell it like it is
with: Carsten Rasch, Hagen Engler, Tom Eaton

[77] Tell it like it is

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Council Chamber

Carsten Rasch (Between Rock & A Hard Place) and Hagen Engler swap stories of their South Africa then and now with Tom Eaton

Hospice Hall
[78] Why the world needs dung beetles
with: Helen Lunn, Marcus Byrne, Don Pinnock

[78] Why the world needs dung beetles

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Hospice Hall

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

Library
[79] Workshop: Finding your short form
with: Gaiutra Bahadur

[79] Workshop: Finding your short form

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
16:30:00
Library

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.

Travellers Lodge
[80] Tales of the town
with: Eva Mazza, Zanna Sloniowska, Chase Rhys, Melinda Ferguson

[80] Tales of the town

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
Travellers Lodge

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.

The Franschhoek Theatre
[81] What life has taught me
with: Erns Grundling, Khaya Dlanga

[81] What life has taught me

Saturday, 18 May
14:30:00
15:30:00
The Franschhoek Theatre

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.

NG Church
[82] Our only world
with: Tamara LePine-Williams, Duncan Brown

[82] Our only world

Saturday, 18 May
NG Church

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). 

New School Hall
[83] The power of one
with: John Dugard, Wandile Ngcaweni, Ray Ndlovu, Jacques Roussea

[83] The power of one

Saturday, 18 May
New School Hall

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.

Old School Hall
[84] The lover boys
with: Mark Winkler , Craig HIgginson, Ivan Vladislavic, Lorraine Sithole

[84] The lover boys

Saturday, 18 May
Old School Hall

Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora), Craig Higginson and Ivan Vladislavic open their hearts to us as they discuss writing about love with Lorraine Sithole.

 

Congregational Church
[85] The muckrakers
with: Steven Boykey Sidley, Harris Dousemetzis, Anton Harber

[85] The muckrakers

Saturday, 18 May
Congregational Church

Steven Boykey Sidley talks to truth seekers Harris Dousemetzis and Anton Harber (South African Muckraking) about the war against misinformation and lies. 

Council Chamber
[86] The world is a source
with: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Sue Nyathi, Alison Lowry

[86] The world is a source

Saturday, 18 May
Council Chamber

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.

Hospice Hall
[87] Not young adults only
with: Rutendo Tavengerwei, Lauri Kubuitsile, Lauri Kubuitsile chat with writer, writing teacher and oral poet Primrose Mrwebi

[87] Not young adults only

Saturday, 18 May
Hospice Hall

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.

Travellers Lodge
[88] The story behind the story
with: Clare Houston, Máire Fisher, Meg Vandermerwe, Dianne Stewart

[88] The story behind the story

Saturday, 18 May
Travellers Lodge

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.

Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
Candle Light Soirée
with: Christopher Duigan

Candle Light Soirée

Saturday, 18 May
19:00:00
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner or lunch and concert performance combined. Pianist Christopher Duigan plays 'Another Twenty Popular Piano Solos' including music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt. Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936
Church Hall
[89] Silence is the sea
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey

[89] Silence is the sea

Saturday, 18 May
17:30:00
18:30:00
Church Hall

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.

Pierneef, La Motte
Private function: Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams

Private function: Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams

Saturday, 18 May
18:30:00
00:00:00
Pierneef, La Motte

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: bookings@jennyandco.co.za

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