All events take place in or near the Eden Grove Building, Lucas Avenue, just below the Botanical Gardens.
Each event lasts an hour, unless otherwise stated, and has a question and answer session. Book at Computicket or buy tickets at the door.
Saturday 29th of June
10:00Registration Foyer12:30Free(30 minutes)13:00Singer-songwriters live at the Readers and Writers Restaurant. FreeOriginal music Foyer14:30R 10Talk and discussion Seminar Room 215:30R 10Talk and discussion Launch Pad16:00Programme overview16:30FreeTalk and panel discussion Red Lecture Theatre
Sunday 30th of June
09:00Free Performances and readings Red Lecture Theatre10:30FreeTalk and discussion Red Lecture Theatre11:30R 10Talk with visuals Seminar Room 212:30Free(30 minutes)13:00Singer-songwriters live at the Readers and Writers Restaurant .FreeOriginal music Foyer14:00New Readers Publishers introduce four new books in isiXhosa dealing with contemporary issues. FreePerformances and readings Red Lecture Theatre17:00FreeTalk and discussion Red Lecture Theatre
Monday 1st of July
09:00Free Street parade High Street09:30FreeLiterary ceremony Outside Eden Grove10:00FreePerformances and readings Red Lecture Theatre10:30R 10Talk and discussion Seminar Room 211:30R 10Talk and discussion Seminar Room 212:30Free(30 minutes)13:00Singer-songwriters live at the Readers and Writers Restaurant. FreeOriginal music Foyer13:00FreeReadings15:30FreePerformances and readings Launch PadFreePerformances and readings Launch Pad17:00FreeTalk and panel discussion Red Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 2nd of July
09:00Free Performances and readings Red Lecture TheatreWordfest 2013Programme
Wordfest 2013 Programme
our literary newspaper for details of each day's Wordfest programme.Arrival of 80 Eastern Cape and Free State writers. English, SeSotho, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans.Meet the authors and book-signing. Dawn Garisch, Fred Hendricks and Alex Dodd. Van Schaik BookshopAlex Dodd and Liana Meadon introduce an exciting digital initiative,
, founded by Anton Harber andothers. Superbly written mini-booksthat tell significant contemporary South African stories and can be downloaded and read on a pc, smartphone, tabletor ereader like any ebook.Wisdom literature. Dawn Garisch, medical doctor, poet, philosopher, launches
an elegant introductionto better holistic health.Eastern Cape and Free State writers. English, SeSotho, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans.Red LectureTheatreDALRO Event. Dr Fred Hendricks launches
The Promise of Land.
Scholarly, deeply-felt analysis of a national crisisstill crying out for resolution.Eastern Cape and Free State writers present their work. English, SeSotho, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans.Reality literature. Siphiwo Mahala and Russell Kaschula, two bilingual writers of different colour, debate identity asthey talk about their work.Paul Myburgh launches
The Bushman winter has come
. Enthralling account of years spent living with a first nationgroup in the bush.Meet the authors and book-signing. Paul Myburgh, Siphiwo Mahala, Russell Kaschula and Thembela Kepe. Van Schaik BooksDALRO Event. Thembela Kepe launches
Rural Resistance in South Africa.
A fresh look at the Mpondo revolts with adiscussion on their relevance today.
Readers, writers, language activists and educationalists march from top of High Street to cathedr
Crystal Warren of the National English Literary Museum presents
The Year in Books
- an overview of another hugelyproductive year.Hetta Pieterse and Hardus Koekemoer launch the first ever
in Afrikaans -
Tasteful, artisticrendition of a world classic.Meet the authors and book-signing. Hardus Koekemoer, Hetta Pieterse, Phatekile Holomisa and Kobus Moolman.Van Schaik BooksKobus Moolman reads from his new book of poems
(Dye Hard Press) plus readings by MA creative writingstudents. St Peter's BuildingOpen Mike. Harry Owen and team open a space in the festival for new and established poets and writers. Get upthereand show the soul of SA. Event begins with Dan Wylie reading (mostly) from his most recent book
Sailor: Poems for my Father
.Nkosi Phatekile Holomisa launches
According to Tradition.
Controversial assertion and defence of indigenous culturalvalues.Eastern Cape and Free State writers present their work. English, SeSotho, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans.