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: Science is cool (New High School Hall) UCT Emeritus Professor George Ellis talks to two young scientists, Ethel Phiri of Stellenbosch and Jeff Murugan of UCT, and Science and Technology editor Sarah Wild, author of Searching African Skies, about science as an exciting profession. Alexander McCall Smith (School Hall) The bestselling author is also an unforgettable speaker. This is the first of two chances to be royally entertained by him with Jenny Crwys-Williams asking the questions. Paul Geraghty (Church Hall) (for 5-10 year olds and anyone with a sense of humour) The award winning author of The Hunter and Dinosaurs in Danger will delight and inspire young readers with his exuberant storytelling and illustrations. His picture books encourage children to read, write, draw and think creatively. Great Gardens of South Africa (Congregational Church) Horticulturist Ida Raimondo discusses their gardening books with Nini Bairnsfather Cloete (Remarkable Gardens of SA), Jane Griffiths (Jane’s Delicious Garden, Delicious Herbs and Delicious Kitchen) and Bernadette le Roux (Roots, Shoots & Leaves). New voices at the FLF (Council Chamber) Sue Grant-Marshall chats to Jill Nudelman (Inheriting the Earth), Gareth Crocker (Journey From Darkness) and Liesl Jobson (Ride the Tortoise) about their new books. Epidemics (Hospice Hall) Howard Phillips of the Department of Historical Studies at UCT (Plague, Pox & Pandemics) gets into fascinating medical and social details with Jillian Reilly (Shame: Confessions of an aid worker in Africa). All About Writing workshop with Jo-Anne Richards & Fred de Vries (Library) (double session till 12.30, R120) A good story-teller can make us care about real-world issues, or about imagined people. Novelist Jo-Anne Richards and non-fiction writer Fred de Vries discuss how to get a story going, maintain the momentum and come to a dramatic climax and a satisfying resolution. Surprise event (Screening Room) (to be announced)
: Rising eighteen (New High School Hall) Samantha Page, editor of From Me to Me, is joined by comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz (South Africa: a long walk to a free ride), writer and writing mentor Osiame Molefe, author Fiona Snyckers (the Trinity series) and high school teacher Athambile Masola to talk about strategies for surviving the final years at school. The Power of Horowitz (School Hall) Michele Magwood introduces multi-talented Anthony Horowitz, best known for his Alex Rider series and The Power of Five supernatural thrillers, who will talk about his passion for creating spellbinding stories for devoted young fans and enticing new readers.
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: Cooking up a storm (Church Hall)
Irresistible and very different cookbooks with Sydda Essop (Karoo Kitchen), Jane-Anne Hobbs (Scrumptious) and Hilary Biller (Sunday Times FOOD Weekly Cookbook), chaired by food magazine editor Abigail Donnelly. : Assegais & commandos (Congregational Church) Bill Nasson (The War for South Africa) takes a trip into our warlike past with Willem Steenkamp (Assegais, Drums & Dragoons) and Trevor Emslie, publisher of a new Afrikaans translation of Deneys Reitz’s Commando. (In the audience will be Michael Reitz with his grandfather’s Mauser). Storytelling for little ones (Council Chamber) Children’s author Dianne Stewart and storytellers for ages 5 – 9. New voices (Hospice Hall) Lynda Gilfillan introduces three new writers with a Cape focus: Claire Robertson (The Spiral House), Ashraf Kagee (Khalil’s Journey) and Mark Winkler (An Exceptionally Simple Theory [of Absolutely Everything]) Surprise event (Screening Room) (to be announced)
: Technology wizards (School Hall) Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx, Toby Shapshak, editor of Stuff magazine, Marlon Parker, social entrepreneur and founder of community-oriented RLabs, and broadcaster Simon Dingle talk about the latest available technology. Dystopia in science fiction (Church Hall) Five top s.f. authors dissect the futures they predict, with Sarah Lotz (The Mall) chairing: Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), Cat Hellisen (The Sea is Rising Red), Karen Jayes (For the Mercy of Water) and Rachel Zadok (Sister-Sister).
: Jane Raphaely unedited (Congregational Church) Toni Younghusband in conversation with the doyenne of South African magazine editors about her autobiography Mampoer Shorts (Council Chamber) Joining Wits journalism professor Anton Harber to talk about his new initiative publishing longform journalism online are Dutch author Fred de Vries and writer Osiame Molefe. Crime conversation (Hospice Hall) Witness books editor Margaret von Klemperer (Just a Dead Man) talks crime-writing with Amanda Coetzee (Redemption Song), Consuelo Roland (Lady Limbo) and Rahla Xenopolous (Bubbles). Home From Home (Screening Room) Rhodes professor of poetry Chris Mann and Julia Skeen present their multi art show.
: : Andrew Miller (art in the yard gallery) …in conversation with Ann Donald about his Booker-shortlisted novel Snowdrops. Surviving childhood (School Hall) This event focuses on the devastation and effects of childhood trauma. Redi Thlabi (Endings & Beginnings) talks to Martinique Stilwell (Thinking up a Hurricane) and Mark Behr (The Smell of Apples), chaired by Melinda Ferguson. Trial by twitter (Church Hall)
Tweets are an instantaneous news medium with growing influence on public opinion. Fiona Snyckers quizzes Julian Rademeyer, various twitterati and non-tweeting journalist Ann Crotty about the pros and cons. : Carcassonne (Congregational Church) Novelist Christopher Hope chats to British author and playwright Kate Mosse about their engagement with France and one of its great historical cities. Three writers walk into a book deal… (Council Chamber) Sarah Lotz, Paige Nick and Helen Moffett talk about the exciting international publishing deal for their fun and feisty choose-your-own-adventure erotica series “A Girl Walks Into...” and how it’s giving them what all writers crave – the freedom to write full-time. Eastern Cape blues (Council Chamber) Anchien Troskie (Dis ek, Anna and Die Staat Teen Anna Bruwer), Ken Barris (Life Underwater) and Marguerite Poland (Taken by Birds) in conversation with Jo-Anne Richards (The Imagined Child). The Suitcase Under the Bed Seminar (Library) (double session till 5pm, R120) Experienced publishers Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald give practical advice about publishing for aspiring authors. Patricia Glyn … (Screening Room) … presents her riveting TEDx talk about what she learnt on her journey into the Kalahari with the late Khomani San leader, Dawid Kruiper, and his family.
: : flat water tuesday (art in the yard gallery) John Maytham talks to UCT academic and literary agent Ron Irwin about his new novel. Fifty shades of funny (School Hall) The combination of Sunday Times columnist Ndumiso Ngcobo and stand-up comedians Marianne Thamm and Nik Rabinowitz will have this audience laughing all the way home. Fiction editing in South Africa (Church Hall) On a more serious note, John Linnegar of the Professional Editors’ Group talks to editor Maire Fisher, author/critic Brent Meersman (Reports Before Daybreak) and publishers Fourie Botha (Umuzi) and Colleen Higgs (Modjaji) about the local state of the art. Writing a path through grief (Congregational Church) Sean Davison (Before We Said Goodby, After We Said Goodbye) has been much in the news since his house arrest in New Zealand. Here he talks to Mignonne Breier (Letters to my Son) about the healing process of writing, chaired by Dawn Garisch (Eloquent Body). Feeding Africa (Council Chamber) Leonie Joubert discusses her important and timely book The Hungry Season: Feeding Southern Africa’s Cities with sustainable development specialist Michelle Matthews. Jenny & Jenny (Hospice Hall) Jenny Crwys-Williams (JustJenny) and Jenny Hobbs (Napoleon Bones) – two longstanding friends with a passion for promoting books and reading – talk about their lives, their writing and the nuts and bolts of the FLF. Poetry in the Screening Room Mellow out for the evening with tasters of poetry by Oswald Mtshali (Sounds of a Cowhide Drum), Kerry Hammerton (These are the lies I told you), Justin Fox (The Marginal Safari) and Gus Ferguson (Holding Pattern).
Evening Events 18h00
FLF Wine Writer’s Prize presentation at Essence (By invitation only)
Sunday Times dinner at Reuben’s Join Sunday Times for a literary evening at Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar: Antony Beevor, Anthony Horowitz and Andrew Miller in discussion with Tymon Smith. Tickets: R550 each for four courses with a welcome drink of Porcupine Ridge wine. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert The Literary Liszt (NGK Church) R90, pay at the door Pianist Christopher Duigan plays music with literary connections by Romantic virtuoso Franz Liszt. (70 minutes)
Saturday 18 May
 Leadership and corruption (School Hall) Njabulo Ndebele, David Lewis of Corruption Watch and Andrew Miller discuss these crucial issues of our time, chaired by Shaun Johnson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. World War II (Church Hall) Distinguished war historian Antony Beevor (The Second World War) engages with French academic and novelist Laurent Binet (HHhH), chaired by Professor Bill Nasson of Stellenbosch (South Africa at War 1939-1945). SOS Africa (Congregational Church) Julian Rademeyer (Killing for Profit), Jacques Pauw (Rat Roads) and Jamala Safari (The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods) wrestle with the extent of some of our continent’s problems, chaired by Ray Hartley, former editor of the Sunday Times and The Times. Drug muled (Council Chamber) By the time Vanessa Goossen had spent 16 terrible years in a Thai prison, a lot of publishers were after her story – but newbie Melinda Ferguson prevailed. Literary lionesses of False Bay (Hospice Hall) Ann Donald of Kalk Bay Books, who knows them well, talks to novelists Finuala Dowling (Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart), Diane Awerbuck (Home Remedies) and Claire Robertson (The Spiral House). Flash Memoir workshop (Library) (double event till 12.00, R120) Learn tools to access the core of your life story – giving equal weight to the facts and the poetry of the matter – with Dawn Garisch. Poetry in the Screening Room Antjie Krog and Ingrid de Kok in conversation and reading new work.
: Taken by birds (art in the yard gallery) John Maytham talks to the author of this childhood memoir Marguerite Poland and bird illustrator Craig Ivor.
Alexander McCall Smith (School Hall) Michele Magwood engages with this most engaging of authors, polymath creator of The No 1 Detective Agency series and more than a hundred books (and counting) translated into over 45 languages. Does patriarchy lead to sexual violence? (Church Hall) ... or are submissive or absent mothers also at fault? A crucial debate for our troubled time between Redi Thlabi, Anchien Troskie and Mark Behr, chaired by Eusebius McKaiser (A Bantu in my Bathroom). Found in translation (Congregational Church) Editor Lynda Gilfillan asks Afrikaans authors Ingrid Winterbach (The Book of Happenstance/Die boek van toeval en toeverlaat), Eben Venter (Wolf Wolf) and Carel van der Merwe (Shadow/Skaduwee) whether translations do their original versions justice. Shock/horror (Council Chamber) Lauren Beukes, winner of the 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award, delves into the underworld of techno-terror with the co-authors of The Mall and The Ward, Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg. Karoo mosaic (Hospice Hall) Tim Cohen talks to writers whose books give intimate glimpses into Karoo lives: poet and activist Sydda Essop (Karoo Kitchen), poet Isobel Dixon (The Tempest Prognosticator) and Carol Campbell (My Childen Have Faces, about karretjie people) Poetry in the Screening Room Oswald Mtshali in conversation with Tessa Dowling about the republication of Sounds of a Cowhide Drum, now with Zulu translations.
Concert Schubert I: ‘Withered flowers’ (NGK Church) R90, pay at the door Pianist Albie van Schalkwyk joins Liesl Stoltz ( flute) and Christopher Duigan to play Schubert’s Trockne Blumen for four hands at one piano. (70 minutes)
: How to fix South Africa (School Hall) This Sunday Times book is a collection of articles written by leading South Africans who suggest solutions. Dennis Davis talks possibilities with Moeletsi Mbeki, Hlumelo Biko and the former editor who commissioned them, Ray Hartley. Bestsellers (Church Hall) World bestsellers Kate Mosse (the Languedoc Trilogy, of which Labyrinth was the first) and Anthony Horowitz, polymath author of over 35 books as well as many TV and movie scripts, plays and journalism, talk to Jenny Crwys-Williams. (TV alert: Ridley Scott filmed the Labyrinth mini series on location last year at the Cape Film Studios, and it will be on our screens soon) Pulp fiction (Congregational Church) Enter the exciting world of African graphic novels as Sean O’Toole exchanges notes with enthusiasts Katie Reid, Stacy Hardy and Ashraf Jamal. Peacocking (Council Chamber) Linguists Rajend Mesthrie and Tessa Dowling rap about South Africa’s rich compost of languages, including township slang. Favourite poems (Hospice Hall) Four poets – Finuala Dowling (I Flying), Ingrid de Kok (Other Signs), Karen Press (Slowly, as if) and Danie Marais (In die buitenste ruimte) – present their favourite poems. New voices (Screening Room) Sue Grant-Marshall of Radio Today talks to crime novelist Amanda Coetzee and medical specialist Mtutuzeli Nyoka who has written a first novel, A Hill of Fools.
: Ambassadors (School Hall) Our country’s representatives come from both sides of the political divide. Broadcaster Mike Wills talks diplomacy with Melanie Verwoerd, former ambassador to Ireland (The Verwoerd who Toyi-Toyied) and Tony Leon who took on Argentina (The Accidental Ambassador). What do publishers want? (Church Hall) Random House Struik MD Steve Connolly quizzes Melinda Ferguson (M F Books, a Jacana imprint with a focus on black women’s stories), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and American Ron Irwin, a UCT academic who teaches creative writing and doubles as a literary agent. Prodigal Daughters (Congregational Church) Annemarie Wolpe, Barbara Bell, Elizabeth Trew, Gonda Perez and Ruth Carneson talk to Palesa Morudu about their exiled lives during the Struggle. Social issues in fiction (Council Chamber) Lauren Beukes in conversation with Rebecca Davis. Where’s the chicken? (Council Chamber) With a foreword by Mamphela Ramphele, this brief practical book with fresh perspectives on creating a safer society in South Africa is by two academics who know what they’re talking about: John Cartwright and Clifford Shearing. Ndumiso Ngcobo asks the questions. Poetry in the Screening Room (to be announced)
: Don’t touch me on my dog (School Hall) How do we grow beyond the racism that still blights our country? Francis Wilson probes for answers from political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, Eusebius McKaiser and Zapiro, the cartoonist who can make us cringe with a few pen strokes. A sense of place (Church Hall) Christopher Hope engages with three authors whose recent novels have a strong sense of place: Ken Barris on growing up in PE, Alistair Morgan who sets The Land Within on a former family farm in the Karoo, and Ron Irwin who writes about an obsession with rowing in an American boys’ school. Researching war and cities (Congregational Church) Antony Beevor in conversation with Vivian Bickford-Smith of UCT. Critics on critics (Council Chamber) Sean O’Toole in conversation with Margaret von Klemperer, books editor of the Witness, and Fred de Vries (The Fred de Vries Interviews). Haunted by waters (Hospice Hall) A treat for trout fishermen: John Maytham talks to Duncan Brown (Are Trout South African?) with doyen Tom Sutcliffe in attendance. Author to author (Screening Room) Jo-Anne Richards in conversation with Rachel Zadok.
Evening Events 18h00
Sunday Times Literary Awards Shortlist announcement (Le Coq Restaurant, Huguenot Square) (By invitation only) Concert Voices for Africa FREE concert (NGK Church) A celebratory event featuring some of Cape Town’s most established operatic voices, including Beverley Chiat (soprano) with new talent from Anzwi Omzansi Africa National Singing Competition, a project initiated by London–based baritone Njabulo Madlala. The local Simunye Choir also feature in a selection of traditional songs Everyone welcome. (70 mins)
19h00 for 19h30
Dinner with talk show host and author Jenny Crwys-Williams at Pierneef à La Motte restaurant, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley. Enjoy dinner with some of the best authors around and Porcupine Ridge wines. Phone Jade Horn on 076 780 6383 or email email@example.com
19h30 Sunday Times dinner at Reuben’s
Join Sunday Times for a literary evening at Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar: Alexander McCall Smith and Kate Mosse in discussion with Michele Magwood. Tickets: R550 each for four courses with a welcome drink of Porcupine Ridge wine. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 19 May
: What’s going on in the ANC? (School Hall) Wouldn’t we all like to know? Moeletsi Mbeki and others take us behind the scenes, chaired by UCT’s Richard Calland. Steve Biko (Congregational Church) Christi van der Westhuizen of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and Suren Pillay of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC in discussion with Xolela Mangcu about his recent biography. A song of Africa (Council Chamber) Izak Dinesen wrote, “If I have a song of Africa, does Africa have a song of me?” Marguerite Poland (Taken by Birds) and Patricia Glyn (What Dawid Knew) tussle with the question. How have wars changed over the past century? (Hospice Hall) Antony Beevor in conversation with Hamilton Wende. Thomas Pringle (Screening Room) Bill Nasson talks to Randolph Vigne about his new biography Thomas Pringle, SA pioneer, poet and abolitionist.
: Liberal: fine ideal or dirty word? (School Hall) Expect a fiery debate as Tony Leon and Eusebius McKaiser square up to each other again with Dennis Davis in the chair. Literary prizes (Church Hall) Michele Magwood explores the substantial pros and sometimes-voiced cons with Kate Mosse, co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, and prizewinners Tan Twan Eng (The Garden of Evening Mists) and Finuala Dowling. Digging for the truth (Congregational Church) Investigative journalism under the spotlight with Jenny Crwys-Williams talking to Jacques Pauw, Julian Rademeyer and Antony Altbeker (Fruit of a Poisoned Tree).
Dis ek, Anna (Hospice Hall) Helen Naude in conversation with Anchien Troskie. (tweetalig) HHhH (Hospice Hall) Laurent Binet, whose novel HHhH about the assassination of Heydrich won the Prix Goncourt for a first novel in 2010, in conversation with Tymon Smith. Poetry in the Screening Room … with Isobel Dixon and others
Concert Schubert II: ‘ A consolation for our loneliness’ (NGK Church) R90, pay at the door Christopher Duigan plays solo piano music by Schubert including Four Impromptus, selections from Moments musicaux and Drei Klavierstücke. (70 mins)
: The Great African Society (School Hall) Francis Wilson chairs this discussion between Hlumelo Biko, one of our country’s vibrant new voices, and Aubrey Matshiqi.
: : Anthony Horowitz (Church Hall) … in conversation with John Maytham. Feisty women (Congregational Church) Journalist Gaye Davis conducts this quartet of spirited women writers: Pat Fahrenfort (A Spanner in the Works), Melanie Verwoerd and Melinda Ferguson (Hooked and Smacked). Moscow! Moscow! Christopher Hope who wrote the travel book in conversation with Andrew Miller. Child soldiers (Hospice Hall) Jamala Safari and Hamilton Wende (Only the Dead) agonise about one of the scourges that ravage our continent, chaired by Ndumiso Ngcobo. Poetry in the Screening Room Three winners of SA’s prestigious Ingrid Jonker prize in conversation. Finuala Dowling (I flying) asks Bev Rycroft (missing) and Megan Hall (Fourth Child) why grief, love and dark wit make the best poems.
: To frack or not to frack (School Hall) Former Business Day editor and Karoo resident Tim Cohen undertakes what is bound to be a fracktious debate between Ivo Vegter (Extreme Environment), environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan and Jonathan Deal of the Treasure Karoo Action Group. Prisms on the past (Church Hall) Lynda Gilfillan explores the possibilities of historical fiction with Laurent Binet, author of HHhH, and Claire Robertson, author of The Spiral House. Writing Africa (Congregational Church) Njabulo Ndebele, one of our country’s literary icons, in conversation with Oswald Mtshali and Mtutuzeli Nyoka. The Last Afrikaner Leaders (Council Chamber) Author Hermann Giliomee of Stellenbosch talks to Mike Wills. Vrede (Hospice Hall)
Jo-Anne Richards and Fred de Vries bought a weekend retreat which transformed gradually from utopia to dystopia. It became a strong thread through both their recent works – one fiction, the other non-fiction. Here they tease out their different treatments of a dorp which encapsulates many of South Africa’s issues. : Patricia Glyn… (Screening Room) … presents her riveting TEDx talk about what she learnt on her journey into the Kalahari with the late Khomani San leader, Dawid Kruiper, and his family.
Concert SCHUBERT III ‘The Trout’ (Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine) R150, concert only Schubert's Trout Quintet for violin, viola, cello, double-bass and piano played by Christopher Duigan (piano) and friends. Book a table for lunch from 12 noon or join the audience in time for the concert. Tel: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936
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