M&G Lit Fest 2012

Breyten: Poets 'trying to placate the unknown', report on Poetry night with Breyten Breytenbach, Rustum Kozain and Oswald Mtshali. Session 3 of the M&G Literary Festival: Thursday 30 August, Market Theatre. Report by Lara Buxbaum.

Dorfmann’s ‘apocalyptic world’ at The Market, report on Preparing for Dorfman’s Delirium: Pre-theatre discussion with Greg Homann, director, and the cast of Ariel Dorfman’s Delirium (playing at the Barney Simon Theatre at the Market). Session 4 of the M&G Literary Festival: Friday 31 August, Market Theatre. Report by Karl van Wyk.

Taking the mickey out of racists, tyrants, homophobes and hypocrites, report on Satire and the limits of freedom of expression, with Sandile Memela (chair), Glenda Daniels, Diane Victor, Chris Wadman and Zapiro. Session 5 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival, Saturday 1 September, Market Theatre. Report by Karl van Wyk.

Jo’burg: Africa’s best read, report on Joburg: City of Extremes, with Marie Huchzermeyer, Jonathan Noble and Thiresh Govender. Session 6 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival, 1 September, Market Theatre. Report by Lara Buxbaum.

Many literatures, few readers: The end of 'South African' literary culture? Report on One country, many literatures: looking at South African writing, with Michael Titlestad (chair), Craig Mackenzie and Margaret Lenta. Session 7 of the Mail and Guardian Literary Festival, Saturday September 1, Market Theatre. Report by Nedine Moonsamy.

Is the tablet still too hard to swallow for SA readers? Report on How I stopped worrying and learned to love the tablet: the changing landscape of print, with Nic Dawes (chair), Terry Morris, Verashni Pillay and Ben Williams. Session 8 of the Mail and Guardian Literary Festival, Saturday 1 September, Market Theatre. Report by Karl van Wyk.

Joburg a ‘haunted landscape', a ‘fictive city’, report on Joburg in fiction, with Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon (chair), Siphiwo Mahala, Eric Miyeni, Craig Higginson, André Kruger and Jane Rosenthal. Session 9 of the M&G Literary Festival: Thursday 30 August, Market Theatre. Report by Lara Buxbaum.

Gordimer: We are on the verge of discovery, report on No time like the present: Gordimer and Serote in conversation, with Craig Mackenzie (chair), Nadine Gordimer and Mongane Wally Serote. Session 1 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival: Saturday, September 1, evening session, Market Theatre. Report by Nedine Moonsamy.

Coovadia in the wars as intellectual fisticuffs erupt at Festival ‘war’ session, report on War, peace and transformation in new South African fiction, with David Medalie (chair), Imraan Coovadia, Karen Jayes, Steven Boykey Sidley and James Whyle. Session 12 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival: Sunday 2 September, Market Theatre. Report by Karl van Wyk.

Kasrils: Moral outrage sorely lacking in government, report on Stories of exile, with Ronnie Kasrils (chair), Lauretta Ngcobo, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko, and Barry Gilder. Session 13 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival: Sunday 2 September, Market Theatre. Report by Nedine Moonsamy.

Chamoiseau: Are you on the side of beauty? Report on Speaking in tongues: talking, writing, translating, with Georges Lory (chair), Patrick Chamoiseau and Breyten Breytenbach in debate about writing and translating. (Breyten Breytenbach and Patrick Chamoiseau appear courtesy of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.) Report by Lara Buxbaum.

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