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Programme for the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival announced!

The quaint Western Cape town of Franschhoek will be accommodating South Africa’s literary greats from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May.

This annual literary festival’s 2018 line-up includes discussions ranging from the André P Brink memorial wherein Elinor Sisulu will focus on the life and times of Ahmed Kathrada, with an introduction by Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink); a panel discussion on what feminism looks like in 2018, featuring discussants Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning), Jen Thorpe (Feminism Is), Helen Moffett (Feminism Is) and social commentator and public speaker Tshegofatso Senne; and Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers) and Jan-Jan Joubert (Who Will Rule in 2019?) deliberating whether there’s a ‘recipe’ for an ideal South African president with international relations scholar Oscar van Heerden.

And that’s just day one!

Find the full programme here.

The Fifth Mrs Brink

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The Yearning

Feminism Is

The President's Keeper

Who Will Rule in 2019?

Book Bites: 11 March

Published in the Sunday Times

The Twinkling of an Eye: A Mother’s Journey
Sue Brown, Human & Rousseau, R230

The Browns are an ordinary family. They have two lovely children (Meg and Craig), good friends, and a home that welcomed others. They also have a ghastly cuckoo in the nest, a life-threatening tumour that was discovered in Craig’s brain when he was 12. His mother wrote this book after his death. The story is horrifyingly accurate. She spares no one in the telling of it. This is an unflinching book about a cruel death, but one that puts living at the centre of death. Jennifer Crocker @malleson30

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down
Anne Valente, William Morrow, R250

Valente takes you down the bloodied school corridor, under the desks in the classrooms, to the back of stacks in the library as Caleb Raynor guns down 28 of his fellow students, three teachers, three staff members and one principal. This is on October 8 2003 at 9:04am. This is fiction but seems very real (none of the teachers have guns). The part that does not feel real is that this is not the only tragedy to face the small town in St Louis. Three days after the shooting, the houses of the families of the victims start burning down. Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

The Wanderers
Meg Howrey, Simon & Schuster, R220

Three Nasa astronauts are chosen for a mission to Mars which will make them the first people on the Red Planet. Helen is a veteran astronaut with a complicated relationship with her daughter, Sergei is on the verge of divorce and Yoshi is trying to reach out to his distant wife. Why are they doing it? How will their significant others cope with their absence? A nuanced tale of adventure, terror and the complex emotional challenges of journeying to the outer limits as well as within. Nikki Temkin @NikkiTemkin

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"We condemn this jackboot move in the strongest of terms" - NB Publishers respond to the Hawks raid on the home of Jacques Pauw

The President's KeeperOn Wednesday afternoon Hawks officers raided the home of author Jacques Pauw.

We condemn this jackboot move in the strongest of terms and stand by our author and the right of the South African public to know how our law enforcement agencies go about their business.

The President’s Keepers brought to light abuse of and corruption at these agencies, and this raid is evidence of how the priorities are perverted.

They are choosing to shoot the messenger rather than investigating what Jacques Pauw has revealed in his book.
For more information on the raid see below:

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Read all about the women behind the Marigold co-operative

Beaders from left, Concilia Mukarobwa, Dzidzai Shemaiah Hwende, Siphiwe Dube, Similo Moyo and Thokozile Maseko. Image © Liz Whitter.
Making Marigold: Beaders of Bulawayo is a portrait of a women’s beading co-operative specialising in loomed beadwork, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Over 200 photographs reveal the sumptuous glamour of the Marigold beadwork and necklaces. Short, stand-alone narrative vignettes offer background insights into the making and development of the Marigold co-operative.

How did these women, whose skilled practice and creative impulses evident in every necklace, perfect this practice?

And what has sustained their efforts across the decades?

Joni Brenner is an artist who revisits the same subject – whether live model or skull – over and again, a practice that informs her understanding of learning through doing, looking closely and recognising shifts.

Her belief in the value of repetition underpins her fascination, and her collaboration, with the Marigold beading co-operative.

She is a Principal Tutor in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Elizabeth Burroughs is a researcher and writer whose interests include the role of languages in culture and identity, the nature of consciousness, and the processes of making.

She has worked primarily in the field of education, lecturing in English Literature and Linguistics, and as senior manager for Umalusi, the quality council for schools and college education in South Africa.

She now works as a freelance consultant and writer.

Times LIVE recently published a piece on the remarkable women behind the Marigold co-op:

In 2011, Johannesburg artist Joni Brenner saw a strip of loomed beadwork made in Bulawayo, draped it around her neck and asked if it could be joined to make a necklace.

When she wore her commissioned necklaces to the 2011 FNB JoburgArtFair, many people admired them and requested their own.

The necklaces were made by the Marigold co-operative, which specialises in loomed beadwork. The co-op was established in 1992 with about 20 women, most of whom had belonged to groups known as “School Leavers’ Clubs” where crafts and entrepreneurship skills were taught to young people who were unable, for various reasons, to complete their schooling.

In Marigold’s first decade or so, clients and commissions were plentiful. But Marigold’s fortunes, mirroring Zimbabwe’s waning economy and complicated political history, declined as resources and clients gradually ceased to be steadily available. People drifted away from Marigold in search of other employment.

However, three women – Siphiwe Dube, Sifiso Mathe and Teresa Nkomo, founder members of Marigold – managed through sheer persistence to save their co-operative.

Continue reading here.

Making Marigold

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Twee nuwe opwindende titels in Cressida Cowell se Hoe om jou draak te tem-reeks tref die rakke!

Harwarrus Horribalus Heldehelm die Derde was ’n swaardvegter, draak¬fluisteraar en die grootste Wiking-held wat nog ooit gelewe het. Maar dié reeks gaan oor toe hy nog gesukkel het om ’n held te wees. Kinders wat DreamWorks se film How To Train your Dragon uit 2010 onthou, kan Hiccup (oftewel Harwarrus) se avonture nou in Afrikaans lees!


Harwarrus moet die koning van die Wilderweste word. Kan hy die heks se Vampier-spioendrake uitoorlê én boonop voor Joelfees se Dag van Doem die koning se verlore toebehore by Alvin terugsteel? En is daar ’n bedrieër in Harwarrus se kamp wat hulle almal op die ou end gaan verraai?


Wie gaan as koning van die Wilderweste gekroon word … Harwarrus of Alvin die Verraderlike? Kan Harwarrus die draak Verwoed ompraat en die rebellie stopsit … of is dit die EINDE van die drake?

“Die slot is ’n dawerende sukses, vol vlamme en rook, liefde, eer en outydse opwinding.”
Philip Womack, Daily Telegraph<

Nou ’n DreamWorks-film

Cressida Cowell het grootgeword in die stad Londen en op ’n klein, onbewoonde eiland aan die weskus van Skotland, waar sy dit geniet het om stories te skryf, vis te vang, en die eiland te verken op soek na drake. Sy was oortuig daar het drake gelewe, en was altyd gefassineer met hulle.

Kobus Geldenhuys is bekend vir sy kinderboek¬vertalings van outeurs soos J.K. Rowling en Roald Dahl. In 2015 het hy die Elsabé Steenbergprys vir vertaalde kinder- en jeugliteratuur in Afrikaans ontvang vir Cressida Cowell se Hoe om jou draak te tem: Hoe om Drakonees te praat (Protea, 2014), en in 2016 is hy met die Alba Bouwerprys vir kinder- en jeugliteratuur bekroon vir sy vertaling van Michael Morpurgo se Hoekom die walvisse gekom het (Protea, 2015). Hy het by geleentheid ook Artes- en Safta-toekennings ontvang, en is verskeie kere benoem vir sy gesinchroniseerde vertalings van TV-reekse en animasiefilms vir die destydse SAUK-oorklankingsafdeling. Wanneer hy nie vertaal nie, skryf hy televisietekste vir Suid-Afrikaanse sepies en dramas soos Villa Rosa, Swartwater en Binnelanders.


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