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Congratulations to Alex Smith (@africa_alex), whose Devilskein & Dearlove has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal!

Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Join Nerine Dorman and Daniël Hugo for the Launch of The Guardian’s Wyrd in Cape Town

Book Launch: The Guardian's Wyrd

The Guardian's WyrdNerine Dorman and Daniël Hugo would like to invite you to come and celebrate the print release of The Guardian’s Wyrd with them on Saturday, 27 September 2014.

The event will take place from 10:30 AM to 12 PM at the Metal Machine Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio in Cape Town.

The author and illustrator will sign copies of The Guardian’s Wyrd and Hugo’s artwork will be be on sale.

Don’t miss it!

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Join SA Partridge, David Grier, Mike Lundy, Casey B Dolan and others at the West Coast Book Fair (26 – 27 September)

The first West Coast Book Fair is happening this weekend at Elkanah House in Sunningdale. The programme offers a feast of great local authors with something for every reader, young and old.

David Grier, co-author of the runaway success Real Meal Revolution; hiking expert Mike Lundy; well-known radio personality, actress and author Casey B Dolan; writing power couple Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus (writing as Greg Lazarus); award-winning YA novelist SA Partridge; hip foodie Carina Truyts and popular children’s author Elizabeth Wasserman will all be taking part in this weekend’s festivities.

The event is organised in support of Miles for Smiles and the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Ticket prices vary from R30 to R100 and can be purchased online via Computicket.

Dogtective William in SpaceReal Meal RevolutionYum-moSharp EdgesSisi gaan skool toe en ander storiesShadow Self
ParadiseLove Tastes Like StrawberriesWhen the Bough BreaksVets and Pets: Jamie and the Magic WhistleNew Hope for ADHD in Children and AdultsParadiseEasy Walks in the Cape Peninsula

Elkanah House will be hosting the first `West Coast Book Fair` at their High School campus at the end of September. The initiative will be held in support of “Miles for Smiles” and the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Forming part of a “Community Weekend”, the West Coast Book Fair hopes to bring visitors from all over the Western Cape together this month to celebrate our local authors, support charity and just have a good time with friends and family while enjoying good food and music.

On 26 September Elkanah House will present a cheese and wine tasting charity evening in their Theatre@Elkanah with guest speakers David Grier (co-author of “The Real Meal Revolution”) and Mike Lundy (Author of “Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula”). Proceeds for this evening will go to the “Miles for Smiles” initiative, in conjunction with Cipla`s “Operation Smile SA”.

Saturday 27 September will be run in conjunction with the Elkanah House Schoolyard Market. Visitors will be able to meet local authors, buy books or browse fresh food, crafts and other stalls while listening to live music performances. For children there will be “Story on a Blanket” spots where they can enjoy stories being read to them, and the PlayYard, where parents can sit back, relax and watch their little ones play and learn. Those attending are encouraged to donate books suitable for children aged 7-18. Bargain Books and Books Galore will donate a percentage of all sales. Proceeds and books donated will go to the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Tickets can be purchased from Computicket at R100 – this includes entry to the Friday evening charity event as well as the Saturday event. Visitors wishing to visit the Saturday event only can do so at Elkanah House High School, 85 Sunningdale Drive, Sunningdale, Table View. More information about the authors, guest speakers and beneficiaries can be found on

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Zombie Apocalypse and Vulture Capitalism: Late Night Sessions at Open Book

Some interesting conversations emerged during the Friday night sessions at the Open Book Festival. The Books LIVE team covered every word.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Open Book 2014: Zombie Apocalypse

The Girl with All the GiftsSharp EdgesZombies crawled from the woodwork at the Fugard Studio when Mike Carey spoke to Sharp Edges author SA Partridge about The Girl with all the Gifts.

Carey said The Girl with all the Gifts is a coming-of-age story where the main character, a zombie, learns about herself and her place in the world.

Partridge observed how the humans in the book came across as quite vile. Carey agreed, saying that all monsters show us a part of ourselves.

Carey and Partridge discussed the fascinating Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus, which inspired Carey’s idea for the “hungries” in his book, as well as comic books and the movie adaptation that’s in the works.

Books LIVE’s Lindsay Callaghan … um … “live” tweeted the event:


Another Great Day at Sea

Open Book 2014: Another Great Day at Sea

Another Great Day at SeaDevil's HarvestGeoff Dyer told Andrew Brown, author of Devil’s Harvest, about his writing non-fiction and working on Another Great Day at Sea

Dyer said the title of his book Another Great Day at Sea was part of the address to the ship’s company the captain gave every day. Dyer had his own room on the ship, and in his writing he painted a terrible picture of himself. However, he said he thinks that parts of his book are “screamingly funny”.

Books LIVE’s Jennifer Malec covered the gig:


Disaster Capitalism

Open Book 2014: Disaster Capitalism

Profits of DoomAntony Loewenstein spoke to John Maytham about Profits of Doom and the upcoming documentary about the book.

Loewenstein is an Australian author, journalist, activist, documentarian, and blogger. He told Maytham that Profits of Doom “challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it”.

Loewenstein read various books on disaster capitalism and looked at the similarities between countries where vulture capitalism occurs.

From fracking to the treatment of refugees in certain countries, Loewenstein and Maytham left no stone unturned.

Books LIVE’s Helené Prinsloo tweeted from the discussion, which she said made her brain hurt slightly:


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10 New Children’s Books Telling Women’s Stories Created at Women’s Month Book Dash

Karlien de Villiers

Just two short months ago three brand new books were launched by Book Dash. The occasion of Mandela Day was made more special by giving some 250 children at the Jireh Educare Centre their very own (in many cases very first) books. Book Dash is an utterly inspiring initiative, the brainchild of a remarkable trio, comprising Tarryn-Anne Anderson, Michelle Matthews and Arthur Attwell. “On a single Book Dash day, teams work fast to make beautiful children’s books that anyone can translate, print and distribute,” Anderson says.

Michelle Matthews and Glynis LloydIndia Baird and Arthur Attwell

The second Book Dash took place on the last Saturday of August, with nearly 40 women in the publishing industry joining hands. Their creative endeavours were volunteered in service of paying tribute to some of the women who have led South Africa in sports, medicine, arts and politics.

The writers, artists and illustrators, book designers and editors donated 12 hours of their time on that day to make 10 new titles available to the young readers who need to hear these stories, the book lovers of tomorrow who yearn to hold amazing books in their own hands. Present at the event were a number of young girls who were part of the Rock Girl Resilient Girls programme.

Human rights lawyer and founder of Rock Girl SA India Baird expressed her delight at the synergy taking place in this project. “Strong, independent women are the inspiration for Rock Girl. The collaboration with the creative community telling these stories is a genuine way to show support for women and girls facing violence in their lives every day. I have wanted to see this happen for a very long time.”

Melissa Fagan, Marike le Roux and Karlien de VilliersThe women whose life stories were told included: Basetsana Kumalo, Graça Machel, Zanele Situ, Phyllis Spira, Miriam Makeba, Wangari Maathai, Sindiwe Magona, Helen Martins, Dr James Barry and Albertina Sisulu. Baird said that the girls would distribute biographies to children around the Western Cape during the month of September. “This encourages them both to read and to follow in these heroines’ footsteps. The books will also be available online as part of the Rock Girl Wonder Women project, a World Design Capital initiative that will see statues of some of the women featured in biographies installed around Cape Town.

This Book Dash provided the writers with a substantial challenge. During National Book Week, Melissa Fagan posted a fascinating account of the anxiety she encountered going into the process and what she learned about relinquishing perfection. She articulates the experience in her blog post, “I made a Creative Commons kids book in 12 hours. Here’s why …”. She said, “There’s something about an almost impossible time limit for a task to motivate action. Write, illustrate and design a print-ready book in 12 hours – it sounds difficult, right? It was actually easy.”

Nazli Jacobs and Tarryn AndersonAs the author of this article I had the remarkable experience of writing children’s books at both events. The first time I participated in Book Dash, the narrative that arrived from the depths of my imagination was inspired by a series of photos. Created with Jesse Breytenbach and Andy Thesen, it became the children’s storybook A Fish and a Gift, one of the books that was handed out on Mandela Day. It was a scene I could imagine and I felt I had a handle on the story, was able to direct it wherever it needed to go.

The second time I wrote for Book Dash, I was aware of the enormous responsibility of portraying Albertina Sisulu’s life accurately and with a poetic sensibility that would resonate for children. It is well understood that children want to hear stories about children. The business of adults holds minimal interest for the young reader. So how does one narrate the heroine’s childhood, create the interest of what motivated and drove her to achieve success, and still represent their adult life in a way that remains fascinating? For me, that was hard.

Another tricky dimension were the difficult questions: Whose stories are we telling? Whose voices are we hearing? How do I sit with the tensions that the story needs to be told and children need books, but as a white woman I am now telling a black woman’s story?

Rock Girls

Those involved in the second Book Dash were predominantly women, though a few guys joined in the fun. Those who arrived bearing printers and paints, sketchbooks and laptops included: Mia du Plessis, Marli Fourie, Melissa Fagan, Karlien de Villiers, Marike le Roux, Alice Toich, Nazli Jacobs, Liz Sparg, Jesse Breytenbach, Andy Thesen, Jade Mathieson, Louwrisa Blaauw, Bianca de Jong, Thea Nicole de Klerk, Samantha Cutler, Roberto Pita, Nicola Rijsdijk, Maya Marshak, Karen Lilje, Cheréne Pienaar, Jano Strydom, Tess Gadd, Jacqui L’Ange, Wendy Morison, Nadene Kriel, Michelle Matthews, Jean de Wet and Bridgette Potton. Editorial expertise came from Lisa Treffry-Goatley, Glynis Lloyd and Tracy Blues.

Lisa Treffry-Goatley, Roberto Pita, Thea Nicole de Klerk, Samantha CutlerJacqui l'Ange, Wendy Morison and Nadene KrielThe entire team was supported by by Tarryn-Anne Anderson, India Baird and Arthur Attwell. Open access activist Kelsey Wiens, of Creative Commons South Africa, informed participants how the Creative Commons license works. She explained and answered questions about this process, which enables the rapid and cost effective dissemination of children’s books to the schools and homes where they are most needed.

Rock Girl participants tried their hands as journalists, interviewing the women making the books. This aspect was done in collaboration with the Children’s Radio Foundation and in due course a report on the day will be forthcoming.

Miriam MakebaAlthough the concept of Book Dash aims at providing books for children up to the age of five years, these titles have a broader appeal and older readers will delight in the books. Sidney Hendricks, a grade five teacher at Red River School in Manenberg, expressed her excitement at the prospect of using these autobiographies in her classroom. “There are very few books that share the stories of South African heroes, and even fewer that are about women. It is especially important to inspire our young girls to reach for their dreams, and to give them role models who come from similar backgrounds and families.”

The event was sponsored by the African Storybook Project, and co-hosted with Rock Girl. With smaller in-kind donations from Spier (wine), Hemelhuijs (sweet treats), Green Home (crockery), and the City of Cape Town’s Central Library (venue).

Feast, Famine and PotluckThe Little Red HenMa mère était une très belle femmeThe Parade

Ride the TortoiseCtrl Z my leweEmbracing DigitalKilling Time

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) and others tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #bookdash


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Wenners van die 2014 ATKV-Woordveertjies aangewys

Tydens ’n luisterryke en feestelike aand van woorde en wenners, is die ontvangers van vanjaar se ATKV-Woordveertjies op Vrydag, 12 September by D’Aria in Durbanville aangewys. Die Woordveertjies is vanjaar vir die sewende keer aangebied.

Sestien Woordveertjies is toegeken vir uitsonderlike prestasie rondom die Afrikaanse woord.

Die gasvroue vir die aand was Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp en Rolanda Marais en die rooi tapyt is behoorlik uitgerol om aan die uitgesoekte groep gaste ’n onvergeetlike aand van feesviering en woordkuns te bied. Hennie van Greunen was die regisseur.

’n Man van min belangChokers en survivorsDriehoekTe eenders, te andersKobra


  • Die kategorie Prys vir Liefdesroman se beoordelaars was Carina Hanekom, Leti Kleyn en Madri Victor met die wenner: Driehoek – Sophia Kapp (LAPA Uitgewers).
  • Die Prys vir Poësie is beoordeel deur Diana Ferrus, Danie Marais en Bernard Odendaal met wenner: Chokers en survivors – Nathan Trantraal (Kwela Boeke).
  • Die Prys vir Romanses se beoordelaars was Sharon Becornie, Didi Potgieter en Kobie van Aswegen. Vanjaar se ATKV-Woordveertjie gaan aan: Te eenders, te anders – Elsa Winckler (Satyn).
  • Die kategorie Prys vir Spanningslektuur is beoordeel deur Sam Cooper, Jerome Fortuin
    en Thys Human met die wenner: Kobra – Deon Meyer (Human & Rousseau).
  • Die Prys vir Dramateks is beoordeel deur Saartjie Botha, Juanita Swanepoel en Wim Vorster met die wenner: Rondomskrik – Rachelle Greeff.
  • Die Woordwystoekenning vir Woordeboeke en Taalgidse is beoordeel deur Anne-Marie Beukes, Leon de Stadler en Rufus Gouws met die wenner: Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal, Deel XIV, S – SKOOI (2013) – Uitgegee deur die Buro van die Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal.
  • Die Toekenning vir Leesbevordering in Afrikaans gaan vanjaar aan Reading for Life:

    In ʼn Bolandse gemeenskap geteister deur ongeletterdheid, gebrek aan tersiêre opleiding en talle tienerswangerskappe, maak die “Reading for life”-program ʼn unieke verskil deur leesgeletterdheid en die gevegkuns te kombineer. Die “Reading for life”-program versoen karate en boeke ten einde kinders aan te moedig om geletterde gemeenskapslede te word wat lief is vir lees en leer en met selfvertroue verantwoordelikheid vir hulle lewens neem.

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Wenners van die ATKV-Kinderboektoekennings vir 2014:

Bomani Meerkat en die veer van vriendskapProfessor Fungus en die skrikwekkende snotzillaStalmaats 14: RivierperdeSpringGerook

In hierdie afdeling stem die kinders self vir hulle gunstelingboeke en illustrasies.

  • Voorleeskategorie: Graad RR – 1
    Skrywer: Ewald van Rensburg (Christelike Media Publikasies) – Bomani Meerkat
    Illustreerder: Tanja Joubert (Christelike Media Publikasies) – Bomani Meerkat
  • Selfleeskategorie: Graad 4 – 5
    Skrywer: Jaco Jacobs (Lize Roux) (LAPA Uitgewers) – Stalmaats: Rivierperde
    Illustreerder: Celeste Vlok (LAPA Uitgewers) – Bastian Blom en die woedende weerwolf
  • Selfleeskategorie: Graad 8 – 10
    Skrywer: Eldridge Jason (LAPA Uitgewers) – Gerook
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Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) het regstreeks vanaf die prysuitdeling getweet met die hutshekkie #Woordveertjies:


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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for August 2014

The Sunday Times has started a monthly bestseller list, identifying the most popular books in South Africa.

After a dearth of local titles in the top five fiction list last month, it’s good to see two South African novels on the list this month; Deon Meyer’s Cobra takes top spot, and Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters sneaks in at number five. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, meanwhile, slips from top spot to number two.

The non-fiction list is again dominated by local books, however, with Zelda la Grange’s Good Morning, Mr Mandela keeping top spot, followed by The Real Meal Revolution, which recently won the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award.

Behind Palace Walls: Life in the Service of a Saudi Princess, by Cay Garcia, moves up two places, from fifth to third, while Mzilikazi Wa Afrika’s tell-all memoir Nothing Left to Steal enters the top five in fourth.

The information for the list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.

View the list:

Sunday Times Bestseller List July

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CobraCobra by Deon Meyer
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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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InvisibleInvisible by James Patterson
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TwistedTwisted by Lynda la Plante
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Broken MonstersBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
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Good Morning, Mr MandelaGood Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange
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Real Meal RevolutionReal Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot, Tudor Caradoc-Davies
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Behind Palace WallsBehind Palace Walls: Life in the Service of a Saudi Princess by Cay Garcia
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Nothing Left to StealNothing Left to Steal by Mzilikazi Wa Afrika
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Lean InLean In by Sheryl Sandberg
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Nicola Hanekom en Leandie du Randt kan breed glimlag na 2014 kykNET Silwerskermfees-toekennings

Die pad bysterGemaklik in jou eie lyfDie afgelope naweek is Afrikaanse films behoorlik gevier tydens die jaarlikse kykNET Silwerskermfees se spoggerige toekenningsgeleentheid wat Saterdagaand plaasgevind het.

Tydends die geleentheid het Nicola Hanekom, outeur van Die pad byster wat deur Protea Boekhuis gepubliseer is, die toekenning vir Beste Kortfilm Aktrise ontvang vir haar spel in Trippie – ’n verwerking van haar suksesvolle gelyknamige toneelstuk waarvan die teks ook in Die pad byster verskyn. Stian Bam, wat teenoor Hanekom te sien is in Trippie, het op sy beurt die prys vir Beste Kortfilm Akteur ontvang.

’n Ander skrywer wat ook breed kon glimlag na die glansgeleentheid is Leandie du Randt, outeur van Gemaklik in jou eie lyf (Struik Lifestyle), wat kan spog dat sy nie net in die rolverdeling van die beste kortfilm (Vuil Wasgoed) te sien is nie, maar ook deel van die twee speelfilms wat uitgestaan het op dié aand: Hollywood in my huis en Die Windpomp. Laasgenoemde het onder meer die toekennings vir Beste Film, Regisseur, Teks en Oorspronklike Musiek ingepalm terwyl Hollywood in my huis, wat tydens die fees vir die eerste keer aan ’n gehoor vertoon is, vereer is as beide die kenners én gehoor se gunsteling speelfilm. Hanekom speel ook in Hollywood in my huis.

Baie geluk aan al die wenners! Books LIVE sien uit om te hoor of enige romans uit hierdie opwindende films sal spruit …

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Die wenners van die kykNET Silwerskermfees is vanaand by ’n glansgeleentheid in Kampsbaai bekendgemaak. Die komediante Anne Hirsch en Francois Toerien, wat die gashere vir die aand was, het die gehoor laat skaterlag met hul weergawe van ’n Afrikaanse Oscars.

Karen Meiring, MNET: Direkteur van Afrikaanse kanale, het tydens haar toespraak kykNET se 15de verjaardagvieringe geloots met ’n terugblik op die geskiedenis van kykNET.

Die toekennings is hierdie jaar in twee afdelings verdeel. In die eerste afdeling kom die volledige
aanbod van Afrikaanse filmvrystellings vanaf 1 September 2013 – 31 Augustus 2014 in aanmerking vir die Jaarlikse Nasionale Silwerskermtoekennings. In die tweede afdeling is die films wat by die fees geloots is, asook die kortfilm kategorieë. Die kortfilms word gedurende die fees deur ’n paneel beoordeel terwyl die feesgangers vir die beste feesfilms gestem het. Die nominasies is op Saterdag 30 Augustus 2014 bekendgemaak en sluit kategorieë in vir Beste kortfilm, Beste Feesfilm asook Kykerskeuses.

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Beste Kortfilm
Vuil Wasgoed

Kortfilm Regisseur
Travis Taute en Nosipho Dumisa
Nommer 37

Kortfilm Akteur
Stian Bam

Kortfilm Aktrise
Nicola Hanekom

Kortfilm Teks
Daryne Joshua
Nommer 37

Spesiale Benoeming: Nuwe Ikoon
Albert Pretorius


Beste Film
Die Windpomp

Etienne Fourie
Die Windpomp

Vroulike Byspeler
Marga Van Rooi: Die Windpomp

Manlike Byspeler
Marius Weyers
Pad Na Jou Hart

Louw Venter

Anna-Mart Van Der Merwe
Stuur Groete Aan Mannetjies Roux

Oorspronklike Musiek
Johnny De Ridder
Die Windpomp

Etienne Fourie
Die Windpomp

Dwaine Faria Carrao
Pad Na Jou Hart

Beste Film Nie In Afrikaans
Forgotten Kingdom

Speelfilms By Fees

Kenner Keuse
Hollywood In My Huis

Hollywood In My Huis

Gehoor-Gunsteling Aktrise
Christia Visser
Hollywood In My Huis

Gehoor-Gunsteling Akteur
Deandre Reiners



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Riëtte Grobler resenseer Ctrl Z my lewe deur Cheréne Pienaar

Ctrl Z my leweUitspraak: wortel

Ctrl Z my lewe, oor ’n tienermeisie wat ná haar matriekjaar by haar vervreemde pa in die Spaanse stad Barcelona gaan woon, is so ’n bietjie soos ’n Vrydagaand se aksiefliek.

Nes enige goeie aksiefliek is die bestemming eksoties, ontvou die storielyn vinnig, is die skurke so goor as kan kom en van die karakters nie wie hulle voorgee om te wees nie.

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Bibi Burger resenseer Siobhán van die sirkus deur Jaco Fouché

 Siobhán van die sirkusUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

Fouché gebruik die sirkusomgewing om op ’n subtiele manier kwessies rondom identiteit, geslagsrolle, seksualiteit en verhoudings te verken. Soos Siobhán oor haar narklere sê: “As ’n mens vermom is, kan jy enigiets doen.” Wat Fouché se presiese boodskap rondom hierdie temas is, is nie duidelik nie. Ek beskou dit as ’n positiewe eienskap van die roman, omdat dit die werklikheid weerspieël. Volwassenes het nie noodwendig die antwoorde op hierdie kwessies nie, en dit is nie noodwendig by die volwasse kampleier, Klein-Piet, se lesse dat Siobhán die meeste leer nie, maar eerder by die goed waarmee hy self sukkel. Só probeer Fouché nie vanuit die posisie van volwasse skrywer antwoorde bied nie, maar beeld hy soos met sy ander romans op ’n genuanseerde manier karakters se soeke en reise uit en laat die interpretasiewerk aan die leser oor.


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Verskeie skrywers se werk te sien tydens vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees

Vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees, wat vandag begin en tot 30 Augustus in Kampsbaai draai, sluit ‘n hele paar boekverwante items op die program in met die mees opwindende geleentheid die glanstoekennings waar ‘n paar name wat al te bekend is aan die Books LIVE-gemeenskap benoem is.

Pad na jou hart, wat in boekvorm by NB verskyn het, is vir verskeie toekennings benoem insluitend Beste Redigering en Beste Teks. Leandie du Randt, outeur van Gemaklik in jou eie lyf wat by Struik Lifestyle verskyn het, is benoem vir haar hoofrol in Die Windpomp en Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee, waarvan die draaiboek deur Kobra-outeur Deon Meyer geskryf is, ding mee om onder meer Beste Film.

Pad na jou hartSuurlemoen!Gemaklik in jou eie lyfJoostOorseeDie pad byster150 Stories

Tydens hierdie vierdag-geleentheid word verskeie Afrikaanse films en kortfilms vir die eerste keer aan die publiek vertoon. Boekwurms kan uitsien na die film weergawe van Jaco Jacobs se gewilde jeugboek Suurlemoen (LAPA); ‘n kortfilm weergawe van “Trippie”; Nicola Hanekom se bekroonde drama wat deur Protea Boekhuis in Die pad byster gedruk is; asook ‘n kortfilm deur bekroonde dramaturg Tertius Kapp (sy jongste drama Oorsee verskyn eersdaags by NB); Leandie du Randt speel in die komiese Vuil Wasgoed, ‘n kortfilm met Simoné Nortmann en Bouwer Bosch; die langverwagte fliek Joost: Spel van Glorie, oor Joost van der Westhuizen (wie se biografie by Zebra Press verskyn het) se stryd teen motorneuronsiekte, maak sy buiging en Nataniël, ‘n ou hand in die skrywerswêreld wie se jongste boek 150 stories pas by NB verskyn het, maak sy kortfilm-debuut met die boeiende Almon, Henry.

Dit is natuurlik slegs ‘n paar hoogtepunte – daar kruip nog vele outeurs en bydraers tot boeke op die program weg! Kaartjies is ongelukkig reeds uitverkoop so as jy nog nie een het nie sal jy maar moet uitmis op hierdie aksie-belaaide naweek.

Hier is ‘n video oor dié geleentheid waar een van die organiseerders gesels oor die opwindende program:

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Gesels saam oor die fees deur die gesprek op Twitter (@SilwerskermFees) met die hutshekkies #Silwerskerm2014 #WDC692 en op die SilwerskermFees Facebook-blad te volg.

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Die vierde kykNET Silwerskermfees vind plaas vanaf 27 Augustus 2014 by die Bay Hotel in Kampsbaai. Die feesprogram bestaan elke jaar uit debuut kort-en vollengte films, besprekingspanele asook ‘n glans toekeningsgeleentheid. Die fees is ‘n vertoonkas vir die Afrikaanse filmbedryf en hierdie jaar sprei die fees sy vlerke nog breër met ‘n nuwe kategorie vir dokumentêre films, 15 nuwe kortfilms wat deur kykNET en Silwerskerm vervaardig word, 25 bestaande films en ‘n projek in samewerking met Kaapstad se World Design Capital-inisiatief.

Die kortfilms is beslis ‘n groot hoogtepunt op die program. Die doel van die kortfilms is om vir ‘n jonger generasie filmmakers die geleentheid te bied om hul talent te ontwikkel onder die leiding en mentorskap van gevestigde name in die filmbedryf. Die inskrywings vir hierdie kategorieë het hierdie jaar verdriedubbel en as gevolg van die hoëgehalte aansoeke wat ontvang is, is besluit om hierdie jaar 15 in plaas van die gebruiklike 13 films te vervaardig. Onder mentorskap van Mitzi Booysen, Herman Binge, André Scholtz en Deon Opperman is 24 voorstelle uit die talle inskrywings genooi om deel te neem aan die teksontwikkelingsessies. Uit hierdie groep is die finale 15 tekste gekies wat vir die fees vervaardig word. Die befondsing van die kortfilms word deur kykNET verskaf.

Volgens Silwerskermfees mentor Deon Opperman:

“Nes daar in sport vir “diepte” in spanne gesorg word deur hoë-standaard opleidingsgeleenthede aan die opkomende talent van die volgende generasie aan te bied, so bied Silwerskerm die geleentheid aan opkomende talent in die filmbedryf aan – vervaardigers, skrywers, regisseurs en produksiespanne – om hulle vaardighede te slyp ter voorbereiding vir groter, professionele projekte daarna. Dit is vir my ‘n besonderse plesier om as skryfmentor by Silwerskerm betrokke te wees. Dit is my diepste oortuiging dat hierdie projek in die jare vorentoe ‘n wesenlike impak op die standaard van Suid-Afrikaanse film sal hê.”

Die kortfilms spog met baie jong talent voor én agter die kamera’s soos Marisa Drummond, Jennis Williamson en JC Snooke (Stom), Eddie de Jager, Suzzi Swanepoel en Solomon Cupido (‘n Liefdeslobotomie), Bouwer Bosch en Bennie Fourie (Vuil Wasgoed), Jenna Dunster, Asleigh Harvey en Tessa Denton (Neem my saam). Twee bekende toneelstukke is vir die kortfilm genre verwerk naamlik Nicola Hanekom se Trippie en Charles Fourie se Agterplaas. Nog ‘n bekende dramaturg wat verantwoordelik is vir een van die kortfilms is Tertius Kapp (Iemand Anders). Oudergewoonte is daar ook heelwat bekendes wat ook in die rolverdeling te sien sal wees; Tinarie van Wyk-Loots (Juweeldiewe), Susanne Beyers, Pietie Beyers (Onder die Tafel), Elsabé Daneel, Marion Holm, Helene Truter en Antionette Louw (Totsiens, Pa), Andre Odendal, Harold Richter (Die Laaste Ure), Nataniël en Armand Aucamp (Almon, Henry), Shamilla Miller en Irshaad Ally (Nommer 37), Neels van Jaarsveld en Arno Jordaan (Ben se Begrafnis), Quentin Krog en Cindy Swanepoel (Eenrigting).

Die Silwerskermfees is ook trots om hul betrokkenheid by die Kaapstad World Design Capital-inisiatief bekend te maak. As deel van hierdie inisiatief maak die Silwerskermfees, in samewerking met AFDA en die Guga S’thebe Kuns en Kultuur sentrum in Langa, ‘n aantal kort 1-2 minuut films. Hierdie films beoog om ‘n visuele storie te skep deur die landskap en die taal van die gemeenskap te gebruik en sodoende ‘n unieke Suid-Afrikaanse narratief te skep. Die projek is ook verder ontwikkel in Hillbrow, Johannesburg en dié films sal ook tydens die fees vertoon word.

Die Bestaande film kategorie bestaan hierdie jaar uit 25 films. Inskrywings vir hierdie kategorie was oop vir alle films wat op plaaslike bodem vervaardig is. ‘n Dokumentêre kategorie word ook hierdie jaar by die Silwerskermfeesprogram gevoeg.

Oudergewoonte sluit die fees af met ‘n glanstoekenningsgeleentheid en net soos die propvol program vir 2014 die groei in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf weerspieël, met nuwe kategorië en projekte, sluit die toekenningsgeleentheid ook nuwe afdelings in.

In die eerste afdeling kom die volledige aanbod van Afrikaanse filmvrystellings vanaf 1 September 2013 – 31 Augustus 2014 in aanmerking vir die Jaarlikse Nasionale Silwerskermtoekennings.

Volgens Karen Meiring (M-Net: Direkteur van Afrikaanse Kanale) is dit ‘n baie opwindende tyd in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf:

“Die passie en energie wat daar in die rolprentbedryf is, is tasbaar. Die toewyding waarmee elke film vervaardig word weerspieël beslis in die standaard wat jaar na jaar oortref word. Die fees is baie trots op die erkenning en ondersteuning wat dit tot dusvêr kon bied aan filmmakers, maar die fees is beslis meer as net ‘n platform. Die fees se hoofdoel is die uitbreiding, groei en ontwikkeling van talent in die rolprentbedryf. Baie werksgeleenthede word geskep, maar belangriker nog, skep dit die geleentheid om ons eie stories op ons eie unieke manier te vertel binne die konteks en agtergrond van die mooiste filmstel ter wêreld: Suid-Afrika.”

Die tweede afdeling van die toekenningsgeleentheid is die Amptelike Silwerskermfeestoekennings. Hierdie afdeling sluit die feesfilms in en word tydens die fees deur ‘n paneel beoordeel. Die nominasies word op Saterdag 30 Augustus 2014 bekendgemaak en sluit kategorië in vir Beste kortfilm, Beste Feesfilm asook kykerskeuses.

Die nominasies lyk soos volg:

Beste Film

  • Pad na jou hart
  • Die windpomp
  • Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee

Beste Regisseur

  • Jaco Smit (Pad na jou hart)
  • Darrel James Roodt (Alles wat mal is)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die Windpomp)
  • Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat (Konfetti)

Beste Manlike Byspeler

  • Marius Weyers (Pad na jou hart)
  • Casper de Vries (Konfetti)
  • Marcel van Heerden (Pad na jou hart)

Beste Vroulike Byspeler

  • Marga van Rooy (Die Windpomp)
  • Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)

Beste Manlike Akteur

  • Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Neil Sandilands (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)
  • Armand Greyling (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Vroulike Akteur

  • Donnalee Roberts (Pad na jou hart)
  • Erika Wessels (Alles wat mal is)
  • Leandie du Randt (Die windpomp)

Beste Oorspronklike musiek

  • Benjamin Willem (Pad na jou hart)
  • Johnny De Ridder (Die windpomp)

Beste Kinematografie

  • Jacques Koudsdaal (Pad na jou hart)
  • Tom Marais (Stuur groete aan Mannetjies Roux)
  • Johan Prinsloo (Die Windpomp)

Beste Teks

  • Donnalee Roberts & Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Redigering

  • Dwaine Faria-Carrao (Pad na jou hart)
  • Louis Greeff, Mario Kowars & Mario Krawits (Die windpomp)
  • Zelmarie Degenaar (Konfetti)

Beste film (nie Afrikaans)

  • Anthony Silverston (Khumba)
  • Theo Nel, Harriet Gavshon, JP Pogieter, Mariki van der Walt, Donovan Marsh (Inumber)



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