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Programme Highlights: National Arts Festival and Think!Fest 2013

The annual National Arts Festival, which is held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, will be on from 27 June – 7 July 2013. We’ve gone through the programme (of 244 pages!) and picked out some of the literary highlights from the main programme and Think!Fest.

It seems that the Wordfest National Authors Programme is on again this year, after last year’s cancellation following the withdrawal of funding from the National Arts Council, although we have yet to see a programme.

Fitness for Old FartsThe Madonna of ExcelsiorEvita\'s Bossie SikelelaNothing But the TruthBlood Knot and Other Plays

On the main programme, look out for Tim Plewman (author of Fitness for Old Farts) in his one man satire, The Last Moustache and Pieter-Dirk Uys in Adapt or Fly and An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH!. Kobus Moolman’s stage adaptation of Zakes Mda’s The Madonna of Excelsior is on, as is The Island, written by John Kani, Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona.

Rural Resistance in South AfricaEating from One PotWalter and Albertina SisuluJane Raphaely: UneditedKilling for ProfitWhat Dawid KnewChallenging BeliefsAfter We Said GoodbyeJohannesburgKings of the WaterDivine Justice

Authors to look out for at Think!Fest include Lungisile Ntsebeza, Sarah Mosoetsa, John Kani, Elinor Sisulu, Jane Raphaely, Julian Rademeyer, Patricia Glyn, Tim Noakes, Sean Davison, Sarah Nuttall and Mark Behr.

Joanne Hichens will be launching the anthology Bloody Satisfied, the result of the Short Sharp Stories competition initiated by the National Arts Festival, announcing the overall winner of the award and sharing details about the 2014 competition.

Redeeming the PastSleeper's Wake

Michael Laspley, co-author of Redeeming the Past, will be speaking at SpiritFest, and the film adaptation of Alistair Morgan’s Sleeper’s Wake will be screened as part of the main Film Festival.

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