Monthly Archives: September 2011

Social issues dominate Mgqolozana’s reception as a writer

EVENT: Thando Mgqolozana – A Man Who is Not a Man (Saturday, 24 September; The Fugard Studio) DENISE GRAY Thando Mgqolozana, author of A Man who is not a Man, talks The man sitting on the stage in the Fugard […]

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Die vrees en ekstase van ’n eerste versameling

GELEENTHEID: Eerste Versamelinge (22 September, Distrik 6 Museum) KARLIEN VAN DER SCHYFF ‘n Kykie na die digters se angs en vreugde met die publikasie van ‘n eerste bundel. Rustum Kozain, Andries Samuel, Bibi Slippers en Jasper van Zyl. Vir digters […]

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Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair

EVENT: Wame Molefhe – Launch (Sunday, 25 September; Fugard Studio) MANITZA KOTZE Wame Molefhe, author of Go Tell the Sun, talks to Rustum Kozain. The sun itself was in attendance at Wame Molefhe’s launch of Go Tell the Sun. The […]

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Outsiders or insiders?

EVENT: Outsiders or Insiders? Galgut, Kunzru, Mukherjee and Heyns (Sunday, 25 September; Fugard Studio) SEAN O’TOOLE Damon Galgut, Hari Kunzru and Neel Mukherjee discuss whether their characters are classical outsiders or reflective of a disconnected majority. Chaired by Michiel Heyns. […]


Two worlds married in perfect harmony

EVENT: Novel Sounds: Harding, Galgut, Galloway and Rose-Innes (Saturday, 24 September; Fugard Theatre) DAVID VERSTEEG Paul Harding, Damon Galgut, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Steven Galloway read from their latest novels, accompanied by music specially composed for this event. Featuring Brydon Bolton […]

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Slam cats search for the meaning of truth

EVENT: Slam Poetry (Saturday, 24 September; Fugard Studio) MANITZA KOTZE Poetry slam gives young people the opportunity to take their poems from the page to the stage. The British Council in partnership with Poet Coach Bulelwa Basse’s Lyrical Bass Project, […]

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Destiny, delicious rebellion and a computer

EVENT: Madeline Miller – Launch of Song of Achilles (Wednesday, 21 September; Fugard Studio) FRANCOIS OLIVIER Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles, talks to Professor Clive Chandler about her reworking of the myth of Achilles. Madeline Miller’s debut novel, […]

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Oor die Kimberley Hotel en lirieke wat nie in –y eindig nie

GELEENTHEID: Poësie van Lirieke (Vrydag, 23 September; Fugard Teater) KARLIEN VAN DER SCHYFF Ons ken hul as sangers, maar hul’s eindelik digters: Andries Bezuidenhout, Stef Bos, Toast Coetzer en Valiant Swart lees hul werk voor. Die blote feit dat Computicket […]

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Morality in parentheses: Coming of age in a township

EVENT: A Young Blood to Watch: Sifiso Mzobe (Friday, 23 September; Fugard Theatre) DENISE GRAY Sifiso Mzobe, 2011 Sunday Times award winner, discusses his acclaimed debut, Young Blood, with Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Harding. Sifiso Mzobe is a man who […]


Open Book pryk met Afrikaanse poësie

KARLIEN VAN DER SCHYFF Die Open Book fees het tussen 21 en 25 September drie merkwaardige Afrikaanse poësie byeenkomste opgelewer. Hierdie byeenkomste was die geesteskind van Verushka Louw van die Book Lounge in Kaapstad. Volgens Louw was Open Book ’n […]

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Of chameleons, taxi wars and novel titles for sale

EVENT: Free the Word PEN Dialogue: Agualusa and Coovadia (Friday, 23 September; Fugard Studio) KIRST SMIT José Eduardo Agualusa and Imraan Coovadia discuss their work. Chaired by Margie Orford. How similar are a chameleon and a gecko? Yes, they are […]

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Re-imagining the Greek myth

EVENT: Madeline Miller – Mythology (Sunday, 25 September; Lobby Books) MANITZA KOTZE Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles, talks to François Pauw about re-imagining ancient Greek mythology. “It was always Patroclus,” says Madeline Miller, a classic scholar and teacher […]

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’n Speurverhaal sonder ’n speurder

GELEENTHEID: Kerneels Breytenbach – bekendstelling van Piekniek by Hangklip (Saterdag, 24 September; Fugard teater) BARBARA BURGER Kerneels Breytenbach, skrywer van Piekniek by Hangklip, gesels met Michiel Heyns. By die bekendstelling van Kerneels Breytenbach se eerste roman in 18 jaar, Piekniek […]

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All dressed up (almost) but is there anywhere to go?

EVENT: Moeletsi Mbeki: SA’s Tunisia Moment (Saturday, 24 September; Townhouse Mostert) SEAN O’TOOLE Moeletsi Mbeki discusses SA’s possible upcoming Tunisia Moment with Judge Dennis Davis. Do intellectuals wear socks? Yes, it would seem, judging the foot traffic at the fest, […]

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In with the zef, out with the aerodrome

EVENT: Dictionaries Uncovered (Saturday, 24 September; Townhouse Mostert) SEAN O’TOOLE How words make it into a dictionary and others don’t as well as other interesting stories from the world of dictionaries. Rodney Trudgeon in conversation with Phillip Louw and Fred […]


From the mouths of babes… proverbs may come

EVENT: Storytime with Sindiwe Magona (Saturday, 24 September; Book Lounge) DANSON KAHYANA Launch of African Proverbs colouring in book and Sindiwe Magona reading. “I don’t think an African folktale can be hilarious,” says a six-year-old child to renowned author Sindiwe […]

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Of jewels and gems: A tale of two countries

EVENT: Dawn Promislow – Launch of Jewels and Other Stories (Saturday, 24 September; Lobby Books) DANSON KAHYANA Dawn Promislow, author of Jewels and Other Stories, talks to Harry Garuba. A little-thought-about truth is that the segregation of apartheid affected everyone, […]

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The gambling game of South African publishing

EVENT: A Word From the Publishers 2 (Saturday, 24 September; Townhouse Mostert) NICOLE EBERHARD

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Up close and personal with Michiel Heyns

EVENT: Michiel Heyns: Lost Ground (Wednesday, 21 September; Fugard Studio) DENISE GRAY Michiel Heyns, author of Lost Ground, talks to Patrick Gale Michiel Heyns is something of a literary celebrity. His novel The Children’s Day singlehandedly inspired me to develop […]


Our land: Back to the past, forward to the future

EVENT: This is my Land: Erpenbeck, Magona and UWC students (Friday, 23 September; Townhouse Imbizo) DANSON KAHYANA Jenny Erpenbeck, Sindiwe Magona and students from the UWC Creative Writing Programme explore notions of home, landscape and memory. Featuring readings in German, […]

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Living our grandparents’ dystopia

EVENT: Writing the Post Apocalypse (Saturday, 24 September; Lobby Books) NICOLE EBERHARD Steven Amsterdam (Things we Didn’t See Coming) and Julie Myerson (Then) discuss their most recent novels. On a beautiful sunny Heritage Day in Cape Town – the kind […]

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Die begin en die einde van die roman

GELEENTHEID: Andre P. Brink, Etienne van Heerden en Ingrid Winterbach: Die begin en einde van die roman (Friday, 23 September, The Fugard Studio) BARBARA BURGER Drie formidabele skrywers in gesprek met Louise Viljoen, insluitende voorlesings uit hul werke. Op 23 […]

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I can’t take this crinkum-crankum anymore: writers get their game on

EVENT: Writer Sports 3: Playing with forgotten words (Saturday, 24 September; Fugard Theatre) KIRST SMIT Ben Williams chairs five talented writers as they strive to provide the most accurate definitions for forgotten words. No smart phones or laptops allowed. Featuring […]

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In defence of Africa: no place for proscription or prescription

EVENT: Free the Word Pen Reading: Lovelace, Agualusa and Bulawayo (Friday, 23 September; Lobby Books) DANSON KAHYANA Readings by Earl Lovelace, José Eduardo Agualusa and NoViolet Bulawayo. Chaired by Margie Orford. The Caine Prize for African Writing, otherwise known as […]

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Hysterical realism, violence and a principled stand

EVENT: Hari Kunzru and Etienne van Heerden (Friday, 23 September; Fugard Studio) FINUALA DOWLING Hari Kunzru and Etienne van Heerden read from their work and take questions. Chaired by Christopher Hope. It’s a strange thing we do when we ask […]

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‘I don’t know’ – the reason for writing

EVENT: Stéphane Audeguy – Theory of Clouds (Friday, 23 September; Lobby Books) FINUALA DOWLING Stéphane Audeguy, author of Theory of Clouds, talks to Georges Lory. When I arrive at Lobby Books, the shop is empty. In an adjoining room I […]

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The consumerist ‘I want’ without the existential ‘I understand’

EVENT: Leon de Kock launches Bad Sex (Friday 23 September; Townhouse Imbizo) KAVISH CHETTY

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Geen nostalgie oor dié grysheid

GELEENTHEID: Wysheid met Grysheid (Wednesday 21 September; District 6 Museum) KARLIEN VAN DER SCHYFF Hennie Aucamp, Peter Snyders en MM Walters: Digters van oud vertel ‘n staaltjie uit die verlede en lees van hul werk voor. Toe digter Peter Snyders […]

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Using humour to convey horrific crimes

EVENT: Bussmann’s Holiday (Thursday, 22 September; Fugard Theatre) ALY VERBAAN Jane Bussmann performs her internationally acclaimed show based on the experiences she wrote about in The Worst Date Ever. Part gonzo war crime investigation, part Hollywood satire, part doomed love […]

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A closed-book festival

EVENT: Reading Cape Town: Who reads what and so what? (Wednesday 21 September; Hiddingh Hall) FINUALA DOWLING   Deborah Posel, Arthur Dick and Vincent Shabangu talk about how Cape Town reads. “Isn’t this an elitist pastime?’” Every South African literary […]

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Publishers smiling as local authors gain ground

EVENT: A Word from the Publishers 1 (Wednesday, 21 September; Fugard Theatre) MARIA GEUSTYN   Publishers Frederik de Jager, Alison Lowry and Veronica Klipp talk to Mervyn Sloman about publishing in SA. South African writers are selling better than they […]

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Clelland’s novel warrants stronger engagement

EVENT: James Clelland: Deeper than Colour (Friday, 23 September; Townhouse Imbizo) KAVISH CHETTY   James Clelland, author of Deeper than Colour, talks to Mervyn Sloman. A colleague recently remarked – certainly with a conspiratorial thrum – on a wish fulfillment […]

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Soon to-be-released books whet audience’s appetite

EVENT: Forthcoming Attractions 2 (Thursday, 22 September; Townhouse Imbizo) DANSON KHAYHANA   Imraan Coovadia, Steven Amsterdam, Margie Orford and NoViolet Bulawayo read from forthcoming works An audience of some two dozen people was enthralled by the readings of these four […]

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Bringing the gift of reading to the children of Africa

EVENT: African Children’s Literature (Wednesday, 21 September; Lobby Books) DANSON KHAYHANA   Veronique Tadjo, Sindiwe Magona and Tanya Barben in discussion with Glynis Lloyd. Significant challenges face the future of children’s reading and the authors who dedicate themselves to writing […]

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Bridging the digital divide

EVENT: Is That an App in Your Pocket? (Thursday 22 September; Lobby Books) KIRST SMIT   Shuttleworth Fellows Steve Vosloo and Arthur Attwell in discussion with Ben Williams. The e-book revolution is fast changing the literary field and how people […]

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The gay character in fiction: still relevant, or past its sell-by date?

EVENT: From Witnesses to Drivers (Wednesday, 21 September) MICHIEL HEYNS   Damon Galgut talks to Patrick Gale, Neel Mukherjee and Michiel Heyns about the currency of gay characters in modern literature. An unexpected turn of events resulted in me, an […]

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Bad Sex and sticky signifiers

Launch of Leon de Kock’s Bad Sex, Friday 9 September, Kalk Bay Book Shop, Kalk Bay. By Danson S. Kahyana

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Indian Ocean Africa and New Narrative Forms

Third Locations and Locutions lecture (Stellenbosch, 13 September 2011). Annel Pieterse

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Versindaba roer vanjaar die hartsnare

US Woordfees: Persverklaring Versindaba 2011 23 en 24 September, Stellenbosch Uitgereik op 30 Augustus 2011 Navrae: Melt Myburgh, Woordkunsprojekbestuurder, U.S. Woordfeeskantoor Tel: 021-808 2901, Sel: 082 812 1234, Die US Woordfees se Versindaba word vanjaar op 23 en 24 […]