19, 20, 21 May 2017
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New School Hall
[83] Does the ANC deserve a future?
with: Justice Malala; Khulu Mbatha; Pieter-Louis Myburgh; Ralph Mathegka

[83] Does the ANC deserve a future?

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
New School Hall

As South Africa witnesses apparently unending turmoil within the ANC, Justice Malala asks Khulu Mbatha (Unmasked: Why the ANC Failed to Govern), Pieter-Louis Myburgh (The Republic of Gupta) and Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) if they think the party can, or should, survive.

Old School Hall
[84] Rattling the cage of discrimination
with: Sifiso Ndlovu; Anastacia Tomson; Griffin Shea; Marianne Thamm

[84] Rattling the cage of discrimination

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Old School Hall

Sifiso Ndlovu (The Thabo Mbeki I Know), Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia), Griffin Shea and Marianne Thamm (Hitler, Verwoerd and Me) interrogate the systems that divide South Africans, and how we can dismantle them.

 

                

Church Hall
[85] Real change, right now
with: Zahira Asmal; Jay Naidoo; Paul Hoffman

[85] Real change, right now

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Church Hall

Zahira Asmal in conversation with Jay Naidoo (Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today) and Paul Hoffman (Confronting the Corrupt) about why (and what) significant, immediate, action must be taken to save our country, and what will happen if we ignore the urgency.

Congregational Church
[86] From plot to print and beyond
with: Kate Sidley; Gail Schimmel; Jennifer Friedman; Richard Mason

[86] From plot to print and beyond

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Congregational Church

Kate Sidley asks Gail Schimmel (The Park), Jennifer Friedman (Queen of the Freestate) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) about the path they’ve followed from conceptualising their books, to getting them into print, and then into the public eye and hands.

 

                                                

Council Chamber
[87] A few good editors
with: Alison Lowry; Helen Moffett; Phehello Mofokeng; Thabiso Mahlape

[87] A few good editors

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Council Chamber

Alison Lowry and fellow editors and publishers Helen Moffett, Phehello Mofokeng and Thabiso Mahlape discuss the consistent criticism around the literary world of ‘poor editing’ and the state of the industry in South Africa

Hospice Hall
[88] Choosing what to remember
with: Shamim Meer; Bridget Hilton-Barber; Sam Scarborough

[88] Choosing what to remember

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Hospice Hall

Shamim Meer asks Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy) and Sam Scarborough (Trapped) how they decided what to leave in and what to take out when writing their memoirs.

Elephant & Barrel
[89] From 500 words to 50 000
with: Thandeka Gqubule; Marita van der Vyver; Paul McNally; Rian Malan.

[89] From 500 words to 50 000

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
11:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Thandeka Gqubule finds out about the different challenges of writing journalism and writing books, with Marita van der Vyver, Paul McNally and Rian Malan.

               

 

 

The Hub
[90] Workshop: Hide & Seek Poetry
with: Jolyn Phillips; Karin Schimke

[90] Workshop: Hide & Seek Poetry

Sunday, 21 May
10:00:00
12:00:00
The Hub

Sometimes the writing comes easily, but what do you do when the spring dries up or you have more sand than compost in your head? Come and learn to hunt and gather words at a two-hour poetry workshop with poets Jolyn Phillips and Karin Schimke. R120 through Webtickets.

 


 

New School Hall
[91] Sophie Hannah in her own words
with: Darrel Bristow-Bovey; Sophie Hannah

[91] Sophie Hannah in her own words

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:00:00
New School Hall

Travel writer and shameless fan Darrel Bristow-Bovey finds out more about one of the UK’s most successful crime writers, Sophie Hannah (Closed Casket, The Narrow Bed).

Old School Hall
[92] Mastering the past
with: Bill Nasson; Fred Khumalo; Philippe Sands; Tim Butcher

[92] Mastering the past

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Old School Hall

Historian Bill Nasson (History Matters), with Fred Khumalo (Dancing the Death Drill), Philippe Sands (East West Street) and Tim Butcher (The Trigger), consider the challenges and obligations of understanding the past.

Hospice Hall
[93] Playing with words
with: Sue de Groot; Blaq Pearl; Shirmoney Rhode; Claire Robertson

[93] Playing with words

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Hospice Hall

On knowing the rules of writing, and how to break them: Sue de Groot tests the boundaries of poets Blaq Pearl and Shirmoney Rhode (Nommer 20 Delphi Straat), and novelist Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower).

Congregational Church
[94] The author as chemist
with: Ann Donald; Ekow Duker; Joanne Harris; Michael Sears

[94] The author as chemist

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Congregational Church

Ann Donald asks Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes), Joanne Harris (Different Class) and Michael Sears aka half of Michael Stanley (the Detective Kubu series) how they balance the elements of plot, character and theme to create literary page-turners.

Council Chamber
[95] Writing my family
with: Daniel Browde; Neil Sonnekus; Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa; Hagen Engler

[95] Writing my family

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Council Chamber

Negotiating the path between family sensitivities and the author’s right to write the story as they choose is a skill that Daniel Browde, Neil Sonnekus and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa have all developed. They tell Hagen Engler how they did it.

Church Hall
[96] Can South Africa escape the poverty trap?
with: Peter Bruce; Brian Kantor; Jeremy Seekings; Nicoli Nattrass

[96] Can South Africa escape the poverty trap?

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Church Hall

Peter Bruce talks economics, policy and education with Brian Kantor, Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass.

Elephant & Barrel
[97] Armchair refs
with: Carlos Amato; Tom Eaton

[97] Armchair refs

Sunday, 21 May
11:30:00
12:30:00
Elephant & Barrel

Sometime sportswriters Carlos Amato and Tom Eaton lob a few balls around the patchy pitch of sports journalism and commentary in South Africa — whether on the page, the small screen or the airwaves.

 

                

NG Church
[97a] Classical music concert #3: Trio Frontier play Beethoven and Brahms
with: Junnan Sun; Aristide du Plessis; Christopher Duigan

[97a] Classical music concert #3: Trio Frontier play Beethoven and Brahms

Sunday, 21 May
12:15:00
00:00:00
NG Church

Trio Frontier – Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Aristide du Plessis (cello) with pianist  Christopher Duigan – play  Beethoven’s youthful Trio in B-flat Op. 11, contrasted with the Brahms Trio Op. 114, one of the composer’s most touching and beautiful ‘twilight’ works. R100 at Webtickets or pay at the door.

New School Hall
[98] Is it hard writing for easy reading?
with: Alison Lowry; Lesley Pearse; Rian Malan

[98] Is it hard writing for easy reading?

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
New School Hall

From popular fiction to incisive commentary to evocative columns, the best writers make it seem effortless, but how much mental sweat goes into achieving this end? Alison Lowry asks two very different authors: Lesley Pearse and Rian Malan.

Old School Hall
[99] The price of honesty
with: Steve Boykey Sidley; Lerato Tshabalala; Rafique Gangat; Zapiro

[99] The price of honesty

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Old School Hall

Speaking your mind, sharing your thoughts, talking truth to power — the risks for those who dare are great in a Twitterised world. Steven Boykey Sidley asks Lerato Tshabalala, Rafique Gangat and Zapiro how they have handled personal attacks.

Church Hall
[100] What can we learn from novels?
with: Richard Mason; Greg Fried; Lisa Lazarus; Sally Andrew

[100] What can we learn from novels?

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Church Hall

Richard Mason asks Greg Fried, Lisa Lazarus and Sally Andrew about the extraordinary things fiction can teach readers of all ages.

Congregational Church
[101] The funny thing about writing
with: Rebecca Davis; Fred Khumalo; Gail Schimmel; Paige Nick

[101] The funny thing about writing

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Congregational Church

 How easy is it to write funny, and how and why do writers use humour to get a message across? Rebecca Davis asks Fred Khumalo, Gail Schimmel and Paige Nick.

                                                

Council Chamber
[102] What publishers want
with: Ester Levinrad; Phehello Mofokeng; Thabiso Mahlape; Colleen Higgs

[102] What publishers want

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Council Chamber

In preparation for next year's projected Porcupine's Den event (think 'Dragon's Den' for writers), would-be authors get to pick the brains of publishers Ester Levinrad (Jonathan Ball), Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Books) and Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books), led by Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books). Other publishers are welcome to attend and weigh in on the discussion.

 

                

Hospice Hall
[103] My first novel
with: Fiona Melrose; Kiprop Kimutai; Carol Mashigo

[103] My first novel

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Hospice Hall

First-time novelists Fiona Melrose and Kiprop Kimutai share the pain and the pride of getting their first books on the shelf, with Carol Mashigo in the chair.

Elephant & Barrel
[104] The polylinguists
with: Tom Dreyer; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Jennifer Friedman; Jolyn Phillips

[104] The polylinguists

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
14:00:00
Elephant & Barrel

Tom Dreyer asks Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (English/Hausa), Jennifer Friedman (English/Afrikaans) and Jolyn Phillips (English/Afrikaans/French) whether the ability to speak and write in different languages is a help or a hindrance?

Café Bon Bon
[105] Autumn music weekend concert #5: Bon Bon Finale
with: Junnan Sun; Aristide du Plessis; Christopher Duigan

[105] Autumn music weekend concert #5: Bon Bon Finale

Sunday, 21 May
13:00:00
00:00:00
Café Bon Bon

R500 includes a three-course meal. Book at Café Bon Bon: 021 876 3936. After the meal, Junnan Sun (clarinet), Aristide du Plessis (cello) and Christopher Duigan (piano) play afternoon music by JS Bach, Saint-Saëns, Bella-Kovacs, Piazzolla and the evergreen 'The Swan' from 'Carnival of the Animals' for a spirited festival music finale. 

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