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Die Woordenaars dig & drink weer saam volgende Sa’erdag

Met ’n slagspreuk wat “robbish het ook ’n stem” heet, lede wat uit Johan Jack Smith, Kabous Verwoerd, Neil van Deventer, Gérard Rudolf en Paul Riekert bestaan, en ’n wedersydse voorliefde vir Bacchus en poësie ’n gegewe is, is die Woordenaars ’n span om mee gereken te word.

Saterdag 26 Augustus gaan dié gedugte woordsmouse om agt namiddag by Shadowboxer byeenkom vir hulle volgende sessie van digkuns voordra en diep (genoeg) in die bottel tuur.

Luidens die Vleisbroek-event kan jy vlamme en f-bomme, liefde en verlange, en vrees en hoop verwag – en dit alles onder een dak.

Ja-nee, kyk. Stiek uit, want die poppe gaan dans.

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The South African Book Fair and National Book Week officially launches #OURSTORIES

Johannesburg, South Africa (Thursday, 17 August 2017) – The South African Book Fair (SABF) and National Book Week (NBW) officially launched on Thursday at the Market Square, Newtown. The event was an exploration of this year’s theme #OURSTORIES, which is a celebration of the established presence of National Book Week and the return of the South African Book Fair, under the auspices of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), in partnership with the Department of Arts & Culture and the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M).

The theme of this year’s upcoming SABF is #OURSTORIES, which sheds light on the stories and experiences that all South Africans have to communicate. In sharing #OURSTORIES we create spaces for learning and reaching across into each other’s worlds. By learning from each other we open possibilities for greater understanding of who we are, as a people.

Speaking at the launch event, Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the SABDC said: “The SABDC represents the South African book sector and all those involved in bringing books to you. We are proud to say this is the largest and most comprehensive campaign aimed at driving the importance of books and reading in the history of the country. Books have been kept away from many of our people during Apartheid and it is now time for us to write, read and own #OURSTORIES.”

Amongst those in attendance were NBW ambassadors Mogau Motlhatswi (Skeem Saam actress) and Mostoaledi Setumo (Generations & Green and Desire actress).

NBW Ambassadors Mogau Motlhatswi (Skeem Saam) and Motsoaledi Setumo (Generations and Greed & Desire) sharing a laugh at the SABF and NBW Launch


Performing artist, poet and writer Koleka Putuma performed material from her highly acclaimed poetry anthology Collective Amnesia.

Author and performing artist Koleka Putuma delivers a captivating reading from her anthology of poems titled Collective Amnesia


Director of Libraries and Archives at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Koekie Meyer gave an address highlighting the importance of telling our stories and reading amongst South Africans.

She also announced that the Gauteng Region is opening eight new libraries in this period, which will be home to 8000 – 15000 books each.

The launch event also gave special recognition to Joseph Lamani, who was presented with an award for the Most Innovative National Book Week Programme in 2016. This was the first award of its kind.

The SABF will take place from 8-10 September 2017 at Museum Africa, Newtown, boasting a diverse literary programme, which features the following authors: Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Deon Meyer, Marah Louw, Zakes Mda, Athambile Masola and many more.

Topics on the programme that are sure to catch attention include: “Hidden Figures: African Women in the Global Imagination”, “Colourism, gender and beauty” and “Racism: the immovable stain”.

With participation from a diverse group of scholars, authors, media practitioners and thought leaders, the 2017 SABF will be a space for a robust debate and engagement where those positioned differently in society can reach into each other’s worlds. Beyond these, writing workshops and test kitchens will also be a part of the programme.

The SABF offering provides something of interest to everyone, whether in politics, social justice, transformation, entertainment, food or visual art; this provides multiple vehicles through which #OURSTORIES can be delivered to the world.

National Book Week will take place across all nine provinces from 4-10 September. National Book Week is an opportunity to encourage individuals to discover, rediscover and share the joys of storytelling by engaging with the written word. The week will be focused on providing access to books, while promoting and cultivating a culture of reading across all nine South African provinces, reaching areas outside of urban centres and metros.

National Book Week is a programme by the South African Book Development Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA, with broadcast media support from SAfm.

For more information visit: or social media: Facebook (National Book Week SA), Twitter (@NBW_SA).

The SABF will take place at:
Venue: Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg
Dates: 8-10 September, 2017
Time: 10:00

Collective Amnesia

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Programme for the ninth Jozi Book Fair announced!

In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, the ninth Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September 2017 at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for schools, children, book clubs, women, men, academics, communities and the public. This year JBF’s jam-packed programme has more than 150 events for people of all ages, varied topics and interests, and all art forms, and 60% of events are hosted by the public. If schools want to participate, they need to register before 25 August. Entrance is FREE! See the full programme on the fair’s website:

Celebrating the theme, ‘Women and Literature’, the fair brings together two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pain, and Shailja Patel, an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

The theme ‘Women and Literature’ informs the fair’s content, historicising depictions of women by both women and men, in literature and the arts globally.

Some authors at the fair: Mohale Mashigo, Marah Louw, Malebo Sephodi, Reneiloe Malatjie, Jayne Bauling, Dumisani Sibiya, Ashwin Desai, Pregs Govender, Christa Kulijan.

Legends and JBF Patrons: Zakes Mda, James Mathews, Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile, Diana Ferrus.

The highlights of this year’s fair include:

Guests & Participants
The award-winning guests of the fair, Kopano Matlwa and Shailja Patel will be in conversation about their work and on several panels.

Internationally Acclaimed Authors
Shailja Patel (Kenya)
Lindsey Collen (Mauritius)
Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)

Conversations with authors
Media personality Penny Lebyane will be in conversation with Marah Louw on her book It’s me, Marah, Mohale Mashigo will be ‘misbehaving’ with Malebo Sephodi, author of Miss Behave, Reneilwe Malatji explores how relationships change as women gain independence with her book Love Interrupted and journalist Thandeka Gqubule will give insight into her book No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela.

The fair boasts over 20 skills workshops which include writing (short stories, poetry), photography, social media, philosophy for teens, meditation for youth and dance meditation.

Book launches include the second edition of Batjha Kaofela, an anthology of ten short stories by teens from schools in townships and three books on #Feesmustfall by Leigh Ann Naidoo, Oliver Metho and Crispen Chungo, self-publishers and small publishers.

Roundtable discussions include: Women and Literature (Lindsey, Kopano, Shailja), White Monopoly Capital: What FUTURE for SA?: (Chris Malikane, D. Gqubule) and Crisis of Feminism with Nomboniso Gasa.

Panel discussions include discussions on the Mining Charter with Oxfam

Exciting exhibitions: Market Photo Workshop (women photographers), sculptor exhibition – Imbali Yo Mfazi/The Legend Of Woman by Mazwi Mdima at Workers Museum.

Music: School bands and Moses Molekwa Foundation

Theatre: Inner City Youth will be performing three iconic plays (Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, The Island and For Coloured Girls) and Botoo by Ronnie Govender.

The JBF is proud to also bring to the public the screening of the film, Whale Caller directed by Zola Maseko. The film is adapted from the book The Whale Caller by Zakes Mda.


Book details


Spilt Milk


Period Pain



It's Me, Marah

Miss Behave


Love Interrupted

No Longer Whispering to Power


The Whale Caller

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Comics Fest programme is cooking at Open Book Festival

Brought to you under the Open Book Festival umbrella, the popular Comics Fest takes place on 9 and 10 September. With an array of activities, workshops, discussions and demonstrations, the sizzling hot programme is cooking with events that will delight fans of comic books, illustration and design – professional or amateur, young or old. The Open Book Comics Fest will again be running from the D6 Homecoming Centre and surrounding venues in Cape Town.

Seasoned illustrator Andy Mason will be hosting the Monster Battle Draw Off throughout the weekend, a friendly competition that starts on Saturday where you will be drawing flat-out for 6 rounds! Aspirant comic artists are welcome. The winner will go through to Monster Battle 3 on Sunday. Drawings will be auctioned to raise funds for future drawing workshops for young artists. Spectators are welcome.

Animation guru Mike Scott shares some skills in the Comics Fest Demo session on Saturday 9 September, or catch Hugh Upsher and Martin Mezzabota on Sunday 10thto learn how to create a zine from start to finish, and try your hand and making one.

On Saturday 9 September, Jess Bosworth (Unblush) and André Bozack (Art Facilitator at Heal the Hood, schools & Community Centres) speak to Kay Carmichael about challenges under-represented groups face entering the world of illustration and comic book creation in Skills and Space.

Schools learners should catch Draw Your Own Superhero on 7 September with Roberto Millan and Su Opperman to create a super-hero of your very own, and lose yourself in a word of comic books, original artwork and zines at the Open Book Marketplace that weekend.

“Comics Fest has been an integral part of the Open Book Festival programme and has proved to be a melting pot of ideas, connections, opportunities and inspirations and we are delighted to welcome the creators to the 2017 edition,” says Festival Co-ordinator Frankie Murrey. “Look out for our limited edition bags for sale on the Comics Fest Marketplace floor, which are the result of an initiative with uHlanga Press. Artists were asked to create an original artwork inspired by the words of some of the local poets they publish, which were transposed onto the bags. Funds raised go towards Open Box Library Project.”

Artists participating in Comics Fest include: André Bozack, Andy Mason, Ashe Ah-Sing, Ben Geldenhuys, Ben Winfield, Caitlin Mkhasibe, Carla Botes, Clyde Beech, Danelle Malan, Daniël Hugo, Danielle Albertyn, David du Plessis, Deon de Lange, Dianne Makings, Frank Lunar, Gabriel Metcalfe, Gabriella Jardine, Hugh Upsher, Jess Bosworth Smith, Karl Schulschenk, Kay Carmichael, Kit Beukes, LoyisoMkize, Martin Mezzabotta, Maya LeMaitre, Moray Rhoda, Nick L’Ange, Nina Pfeiffer, Readers Den, ReeTreweek, Roberto Millan, Robyn-Jade Hosking, Sector Comics, Sjaka S. Septembir, Su Opperman, Unblush Collective, Wessie van der Westhuizen, Zapiro and Ziyaad Rahman.

For full details see Visit the individual author pages on the website for a list of the events in which they are participating.

Comic Fest will take place on 9 September from 09h30 to 18h00 and on 10 September from 09h30 to 17h00.

All tickets for events on the Comics Fest programme need to be booked through Webtickets ( unless otherwise stipulated.

The seventh Open Book Festival will take place from 6 to 10 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre, A4 Arts Foundation, Central Library Cape Town and The Book Lounge from 10:00 to 21:00 each day. For further information visit

The Open Book Festival is made possible thanks to the support of its sponsors and partners: Leopard’s Leap, The Fugard Theatre, The District Six Museum, Snapplify, Open Society Foundation, Kingdom of the Netherlands, City of Cape Town, Townhouse Hotel, Penguin Random House, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan Publishers, The French Institute of South Africa, The Canada Council for the Arts, African Centre for Cities, PLAAS, NORLA, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden, Dutch Foundation for Literature, PEN SA, the Confucius Institute and the Goethe-Institut.

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Programme for Open Book Festival 2017 announced

The full programme of events has been announced for the seventh Open Book Festival. The Festival takes place from 6 to 10 September, and this year there are more than 140 exciting events to choose from.

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre, venues also include the A4 Arts Foundation, District Six Homecoming Centre, Central Library, Elsie’s River Library, Kuyasa Library, and PH Centre. The Festival presents a world-class selection of panel discussions, workshops, readings, performances and more, designed to inspire, stimulate and entertain audiences, featuring more than one hundred local and international authors.

“We are proud to be announcing our biggest Festival yet, and we thank everyone who supported our Thundafund campaign, which has, in part, enabled us to compile this year’s extensive programme,” says Festival Director Mervyn Sloman.

“We have once again worked hard to bring you a phenomenal line up of South African and international authors across a range of genres talking about topics that are engaging, relevant and thought-provoking,” says Sloman. “The nature of the open discussions and debates between authors and audiences and the conversations that continue beyond the event, are what make the Festival unique.”

Key to the success of the festival has been collaborations with partners and 2017 is no different. There is a series of four events focusing on access to land curated by PLAAS and audiences can look forward to a similar segment of programming themed around cities curated by the African Centre for Cities. In addition to the strong political content the festival has become known for, there are multiple opportunities to engage with your favourite local writers as well as some exciting voices from around the world. Paul Beatty, the current Man Booker winner will be a highlight for many. A strong selection of writers from other parts of the continent will also be featured – names to look out for include Chibundu Onuzo, Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Ayobami Adebayo.

There are several books that will be launched at the festival, including Bonang Matheba’s From A to B, Pumla Gqola’s, Reflecting Rogue, Glynnis Breytenbach’s Rule of Law, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh’s Democracy and Delusions, Mark Shaw’s Hitmen for Hire and Prince Mashele’s Fall of the ANC Continues.

Following the huge success of #cocreatePOETICA last year, this year’s line-up includes Dutch poets Akwasi, Dean Bowen and Sjaan Flikweert, headline names such as Koleka Putuma, Toni Stuart, Gabeba Baderoon and Jolyn Phillips. InZync returns to the Open Book stage as does the Open Book Poetry Slam. Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement is also joining the line-up.

There’s plenty of excitement and entertainment for the younger visitors – Central Library will be home to a range of events for children on Saturday the 9thSeptember. Don’t miss ‘Storytime in the Gardens’ on Friday the 8th September, an initiative between Central Library and Open Book which will feature a host of local storytellers. Alex Wheatle, winner of the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, will be at the festival doing events at schools, public libraries as well as on the main festival programme.

Comics Fest takes place on 9 and 10 September with an array of activities, workshops, discussions and demonstrations for illustrators, designers and comic book lovers. This year seasoned illustrator Andy Mason will be hosting the Monster Battle Draw Off throughout the weekend.

“Our partners Leopard’s Leap Wines will again host their fantastic #WordsforWine. Bring a pre-loved or new book to exchange for a glass of Leopard’s Leap wine.Books will be donated the Open Book Library Project and other charities. Check the programme for times. They will also be announcing the winner of their innovative Flash Fiction competition,” adds Sloman.

The 2017 programme is now available at

Visit the individual author pages on the website for a list of the events in which they are participating.

The seventh Open Book Festival will take place from 6 to 10 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre, A4 Arts Foundation, PH Centre, Central Library Cape Town, Elsie’s River Library, Kuyasa Library and The Book Lounge from 10:00 to 21:00 each day. For further information visit

Tickets to events range from R45 to R100. Day Passes (which provide one access ticket to six events per day) are R150 and Festival Passes (5 Day Passes with one ticket access to six events per day) cost R600. There are also a number of free events but tickets must still be booked for these events to secure a place.

Bookings are through Webtickets

The Open Book Festival is made possible thanks to the support of its sponsors and partners: Leopard’s Leap, The Fugard Theatre, The District Six Museum, Snapplify, Open Society Foundation, Kingdom of the Netherlands, City of Cape Town, Townhouse Hotel, Penguin Random House, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan Publishers, The French Institute of South Africa, The Canada Council for the Arts, African Centre for Cities, PLAAS, NORLA, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden, Dutch Foundation for Literature, PEN SA, the Confucius Institute and the Goethe-Institut.

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Book bites: 30 July 2017

Dying to LiveDying to Live
Michael Stanley (Orenda Books)
Book mystery
When a witchdoctor goes missing and a body is discovered in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, detectives David “Kubu” Bengu and Samantha Khama are called in to solve another head-scratcher of a case. While the police try to piece it all together, a group of malefactors continue their quest for a plant that will increase one’s longevity. Themes of rhino-horn smuggling, biopiracy, corruption and greed permeate Michael Stanley’s sixth crime novel, while the beautiful setting of Botswana captures the imagination. Kubu is an endearing protagonist both as a detective and a dad, devoted to his family. This is a crime story with a generous dose of tenderness.
- Anna Stroud @annawriter_

A Piece of the WorldA Piece of the World
Christina Baker Kline (HarperCollins)
Book buff
An historical fictionalised account about the life of Christina Olson, the woman in Andrew Wyeth’s famous 1948 painting Christina’s World. Olson, who lived in the Maine farmhouse in the painting, suffered from a debilitating neuromuscular disease and the book describes her determination to live life as full as possible despite this. Olson’s life straddled two world wars and one ancestor who was a judge in the Salem witch trials. Through the Wyeth painting, now in the Museum of Modern Art, she transcended the piece of New England where she felt trapped. An enjoyable read. – Vuyo Mzini @vuyomzini

Spire Spire
Fiona Snyckers (Clockwork Books)
Book thrill
In remote Antarctica, the South Pole International Research Establishment houses a frozen box of viruses. Dr Candice Burchell, surgeon and virologist, is called to the infirmary after an employee falls fatally ill. The centre is ravaged by an outbreak of diseases that haven’t been dealt with since the Middle Ages. More people turn up dead. Dr Burchell is about to be left all alone – or is she? Snyckers’ novel drops a stone into the pit of your stomach. – Kelly Ansara @QueenKelso

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KZN August writing retreat with Elana Bregin

The Art and Heart of Writing Your Story: A hands-on inspirational retreat for those who have a burning story to write but need help finding the fire-starter

This is an inspirational writing retreat for those who have a story to write but need help to get going / complete it. In the beautiful setting of BRC gardens, hills, birds, windchimes and stars, participants will begin the journey of finding, clarifying and shaping the story they really want to tell, and learn how to use the different stages of the writing process to their advantage.

Venue: Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo
Starts: Monday 14 August 2017 (evening) Ends: Thursday 17 August (lunchtime)
Cost: R1 600 for workshop (R1 300 before end July)
+ 3 nights BRC accommodation

To book / for more info: or 0714930791

The creative act of writing involves much more than plotting a good storyline and putting the right words together. It is a process of reflection, mindful observation – an engagement with yourself and the world around you at the deepest and most satisfying levels of awareness. It is also a potent healing tool that can give you the objective distance to detach yourself from your over-familiar internal script and see your life in different and wider perspective.

Whether your intention is to write a personal memoir, fictionalised novel, or simply renew your creative fire, this retreat is designed to put you in touch with the dynamic processes that ignite our stories, and give you the tools and insights to accomplish your writing goal. It will explore both the practical strategies of getting your story written and the inspirational aspects that fuel it.

The retreat will have periods of silent reflection, group sharing and active writing, as well as individual consultation slots for those who are feeling stuck. We will undertake scenic walks, sensory sitting, and other activities that feed the creative spirit in us.

Elana Bregin is a seasoned author, editor and creative-writing facilitator who has been dancing with words since she first learnt how to write them. In her 10 years of working as a publishing-house editor she accompanied many authors, both novice and experienced, on the writing journey. She has a particular interest in the therapeutic aspects of story-writing and its ability to reconnect us with personal meaning and the wider currents of life in which we are embedded.

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Binyavanga Wainaina to deliver a talk at Wits University

Binyavanga Wainaina is a celebrated Kenyan writer with a storied career. Wainaina recently moved to Johannesburg and this will be his first big public talk in South Africa.

Achal Prabhala and Danai Mupotso will introduce Wainaina, covering his accomplishments over the past 15 years, and conversing with him on multiple aspects of his writing career including:

His satirical piece for Granta magazine which garnered international recognition on “how to write about Africa“.

A scathing letter directed to the Caine Prize, and his memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place.

Prabhala and Mupotso will also discuss Wainaina’s coming out essay that made world headlines.

The event will take place on Tuesday 25 July, 6 PM at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Humanities Graduate Centre’s Seminar Room.

One Day I Will Write about This Place

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Short story writing course with Niq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo is leading a new short-story workshop aimed at both new and experienced writers. The workshop runs over four weeks, held on consecutive Saturday afternoons. Based on his own success with his short story collection Affluenza, and his three novels, Niq guides writers in developing their creativity.

Your writing skills will grow through in-depth, professional feedback on how to develop elements of your story including characters, dialogue, plot and setting.

You will also read and discuss the work of other writers in the group. Held on Saturday afternoons, the course is designed for anyone seeking to improve their writing.

To help writers expand their range of reading, participants in the course received a 15% discount on any books bought at Bridge Books during the month of the workshop.

Workshop details

Sessions will be held 3-5pm at Bridge Books on the following Saturdays:

22 July

29 July

5 August

12 August




Writers will be expected to have completed a story by the end of the course.

About Niq Mhlongo

“My advice to wannabe writers is to write, and do not try to sound like any writer except yourself. The world is waiting for your unique story that is still trapped in your head. Get it out before it drives you insane. How did I get there myself? There was a story that was troubling me and giving me sleepless night. After getting it out, I felt healthier again. Reading a lot of literature will only help boost your confidence and give you an idea of how to write. But you must still write. I write stories that get published because I believe in my stories. I don’t tell the story like other writers. I use my original voice.” (Interview in Panorama Magazine)

Niq Mhlongo was born in 1973 in Soweto. In addition to Affluenza, Niq has written three novels – Dog Eat Dog, After Tears and Way Back Home.


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Dog Eat Dog


After Tears


Way Back Home

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Jozi’s Books & Blogs Fest 2017

Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival is a gathering of Jozi’s Best-selling authors, award winning journalists, acclaimed bloggers and future literary artists.

Showcasing the literary greats so as to inspire and challenge the young and old in our communities to become more involved in reading and writing.

When: Sunday, 30th July 2017
Where: SBSM INDEPENDENT SCHOOL, Gate 3, 24 Salvia Street, Extension 3, Lenasia
Time: 9h30 to 16h00
Please note: The programme is subject to change without prior notice.
General Admission Ticket: R10 for adults and R5 for children

There will be stalls selling educational books, educational toys and children’s books in the school hall.

Parking will be available in the neighbouring school grounds.

The Bookseller will have a pop-up-stall where readers will be able to buy copies of the participating authors’ books, as well as have their books signed. Credit card facilities are available.

For the full programme and a list of literary personnel please see:

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