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Hermanus FynArts 2018 (8 – 17 June): authors who journey to unravel issues

Festival goers can expect ten exhilarating days celebrating the arts at Hermanus FynArts, the annual arts festival and winter school that will take place from 8 – 17 June 2018. A unique and quality event on the South African Arts Calendar, this classic-feel festival showcases top South African artists, speakers, chefs, wine makers of note, and more. With something for everyone, the programme is filled with exhibitions, music, talks, demonstrations, workshops, tastings, films and events for children.

Knowing where you come from, understanding and experiencing diverse cultures and communities are topics for discussion at the sixth annual Hermanus FynArts festival, from 8 to 17 June. During the Strauss & Co lecture and presentation series, five authors will be interviewed about their books from which they will also read in a separate session.

In his newly-published book, The Café de Move-On Blues, the long-awaited sequel to White Boy Running, Christopher Hope travels to find out just who South Africans think they are and where they think they’re going. He recounts his great trek around South Africa to visit toppled and assaulted statues and monuments, ranging from Cecil Rhodes to Saartjie Baartman. Fellow-writer and journalist Bryan Rostron will talk to him about this, his latest book. In a separate session Christopher will read selected tales from an earlier work, The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky, described by reviewers as a ‘little jewel-box’ of a book. These stories were originally commissioned and recorded by the BBC and read by the author.

Sindiwe Magona, writer, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker, will talk about her books and her remarkable life, with Nancy Richards, well known as a former presenter on SAfm Literature. Sindiwe’s jouney from domestic worker in the suburbs of Cape Town to the United Nations in New York where she worked for 20 years, and her substantial oeuvre of writings for both children and adults form the basis of the discussion. In a separate session, Storytime with Sindiwe Magona, children will be in for a special treat when they are invited to doss down on blankets on the stage of the Auditorium while Sindiwe reads them stories.

Small towns and the Afrikaans culture are common threads in the work of Sally Andrew and Jennifer Friedman. Sally, author of the Tannie Maria mystery series set in the Klein Karoo, and Jennifer, whose book Queen of the Free State, is about growing up Jewish in a small town in the 1950s and ’60s, will talk to Petrovna Metelerkamp, a publisher and an authority on the life of Ingrid Jonker. Sally and Jennifer will also join forces for a book reading.

The Keeper of the Kumm – Ancestral Longing and Belonging of a Boesmankind is the spiritual journey of Sylvia Vollenhoven in search of her roots, telling the story of a battle-hardened, 21st century journalist who has to journey with her 19th century ancestor to delve into the hardest story of them all: Who am I really? In the process of writing she is cured of a debilitating illness that had left her bedridden. Sylvia will be interviewed by media personality Shado Twala. In a separate session she will read extracts from her book.

Award-winning poet Alfred Schaffer, who is partly Dutch, partly Aruban and a lecturer in Afrikaans-Nederlands at Stellenbosch University, will read from his poetry in Dutch, with English and Afrikaans translations. He will also read poems by other Dutch and Belgian poets, with English translations.

The full FynArts programme, also in e-booklet format, is at hermanusfynarts.co.za. Bookings can be made at Webtickets, also at selected Pick n Pay stores and on 060 957 5371.

The Café de Move-on Blues

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White Boy Running

 
 
 

The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky

 
 
 

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

 
 
 
Queen of the Free State

 
 
 

Keeper of the Kumm

 

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