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Come see Modjaji's Stellar Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Franshhoek Literary Festival

 
This year’s edition of the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival is being held from the 19th to the 21st of May. Modjaji is proud to have some its authors among the ranks who will soon file into town to fill it with vibrant ambience and all the bookish conversation one could dream of.

Tickets are priced at R70 per event, and are on sale via Webtickets. A limited number of student tickets are available for R20 per event – verification will be required.

Don’t miss our authors discussing their work at these not-to-be-missed panel discussions:

Philippa Mamutebi Kabali-KagwaFlame and SongPhilippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
 
FRIDAY 14h30-15h30
[25] Writing their continent (Old School Hall): Darrel Bristow-Bovey invites Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Season of Crimson Blossoms) to share how they reveal their love and knowledge of Africa through fact and fiction.
 
SATURDAY 10h00-11h00
[45] The transformative power of reading (Council Chamber): Jacques Rousseau discusses the intellectual, social and personal impact of reading, with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song).
 
SUNDAY 11h30 – 12h30
[95] Writing my family: (Council Chamber): Negotiating the path between family sensitivities and the author’s right to write the story as they choose is a skill that Daniel Browde, Neil Sonnekus and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa have all developed. They tell Hagen Engler how they did it.
 

Jolyn PhillipsTjieng Tjang Tjerries and other storiesJolyn Phillips

 
FRIDAY 13h00-14h00
[23] I write short stories because… (Elephant & Barrel): Are they easier than long fiction, more lucrative than nonfiction, more popular than Harry Potter? Jolyn Philips (Tjieng Tjang Tjerrie) asks fellow writers Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg), Ken Barris (The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions) and Marita van der Vyver (You Lost Me) what it is about this form that appeals to them as they discuss the challenges of writing in the short form.
 
SUNDAY 10h00 – 12h00
[90] Workshop: Hide & Seek Poetry (The Hub) Sometimes the writing comes easily, but what do you do when the spring dries up or you have more sand than compost in your head? Come and learn to hunt and gather words at a two-hour poetry workshop with poets Jolyn Phillips and Karin Schimke. Tickets R120 through Webtickets.
 
SUNDAY 13h00 – 14h00
[104] The polylinguists (The Hub) Tom Dreyer asks Jennifer Friedman (English/Afrikaans) and Jolyn Phillips (English/Afrikaans/French) whether the ability to speak and write in different languages is a help or a hinderance?
 
Dawn GarischAccidentDawn Garisch
 
SATURDAY 13h00-14h00
[63] Dark things brought to light (Elephant & Barrel): Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man), Dawn Garisch (Accident) and Dale Halvorsen (Survivors’ Club with Lauren Beukes) discuss the darker side of human nature as reflected in their writing, and why readers feel the need to be disturbed.
 
Ishara MaharajNamaste LifeIshara Maharaj
 
FRIDAY 13h00-14h00
[22] The power to move us (Hospice Hall): Ishara Maharaj (Namaste Life) and Dennis Cruywagen (The Spiritual Mandela) discuss the joys and challenges of writing of spiritual matters in a contemporary world.
 
 
Colleen HiggsLooking for TroubleLava Lamp PoemsHalfborn WomenColleen Higgs
 
SUNDAY 13h00 – 14h00
[102] What publishers want (Council Chamber): In preparation for next year’s projected Porcupine’s Den event (think ‘Dragon’s Den’ for writers), would-be authors get to pick the brains of publishers Ester Levinrad (Jonathan Ball), Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Books) and Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books), led by Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books). Other publishers are welcome to attend and weigh in on the discussion.
 
Karin SchimkeBare and BreakingKarin Schimke
 
SUNDAY 10h00 – 12h00
[90] Workshop: Hide & Seek Poetry (The Hub) Sometimes the writing comes easily, but what do you do when the spring dries up or you have more sand than compost in your head? Come and learn to hunt and gather words at a two-hour poetry workshop with poets Jolyn Phillips and Karin Schimke. Tickets R120 through Webtickets.
 
Helen MoffettStrange FruitStrayHelen Moffett
 
SATURDAY 14h30-15h30
[70] What is feminism, and who ‘owns’ it? (Ebony Gallery): Helen Moffett (Prunings) asks the questions of poet and singer Blaq Pearl and Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books).
 
SUNDAY 10h00-11h00
[87] A few good editors (Council Chamber): Alison Lowry and fellow editors Helen Moffett, Phehello Mofokeng and Thabiso Mahlape discuss the consistent criticism around the literary world of ‘poor editing’ and the state of the industry in South Africa.
 
Michelle HattinghI'm the Girl Who Was RapedMichelle Hattingh
 
SATURDAY 16h00-17h00
[73] From victim to survivor (Old School Hall): Michelle Hattingh (I’m the Girl Who Was Raped) uncovers stories of courage, faith and perseverance in the face of opposition and adversity as told by Grizelda Grootboom (Exit), Lindiwe Hani (Being Chris Hani’s Daughter) and Shamim Meer (Memories of Love and Struggle).
 
Shirmoney RhodeNomme 20 Delphi StraatShirmoney Rhode
 
SUNDAY 11h30 – 12h30
[93] Playing with words (Hospice Hall): On knowing the rules of writing, and how to break them: Sue de Groot tests the boundaries of poets Blaq Pearl and Shirmoney Rhode (Nommer 20 Delphi Straat), and novelist Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower).

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Bekendstelling: Uittogboek deur Johan Myburg

Johan Myburg se nuutste digbundel uitdagend, meesleurend en betowerend

Uittogboek – ’n bundel wat van fyn vakmanskap, tematiese en stilistiese verskeidenheid en intellektuele diepgang getuig – is ’n hoogtepunt in die digter Johan Myburg se oeuvre.

Temas soos die doodsbesef, die mens se verganklikheid en die optekening van laaste dinge word op subtiele en sensitiewe wyse benader en met ironie en humor deurspek.

Die samebindende gegewe van die bundel is die Romeinse keiser Hadrianus (76–138 n.C.), en die bundel open met sy bekende sterfgedig in Latyn en Myburg se trefsekere vertaling daarvan in Afrikaans.

Myburg bewys homself met hierdie publikasie as ’n digter wat nie slegs formele verse nie, maar ook vrye verse en langer prosagedigte kan skryf wat die leser op verskeie vlakke uitdaag, gevange hou en betower.

Binne die bestek van drie digbundels het Johan Myburg hom gevestig as een van die mees gerekende digters in die Afrikaanse digkuns; in hoofsaak omrede elke publikasie van hom van ʼn fyn vakmanskap getuig wat nie net sy eie nie, maar die totale digkuns verruim.

Hy debuteer met Vlugskrif (1984). Sy volgende bundel, Kontrafak (1994) word met die Eugène Marais-prys bekroon. In 2008 verskyn die indrukwekkende Kamermusiek; ʼn bundel waar die kamer die sentrale ruimte is waarbinne handeling afspeel. Benewens digter is Myburg ook ’n joernalis en kunskritikus.

Hy woon en werk in Johannesburg, het filosofie, sielkunde en teologie gestudeer en is tans besig met nagraadse studie in visuele kunste.

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Carina Stander se Die Bergengel ’n allegoriese fantasieverhaal van grootword

“ … daar is sekere vermoëns wat alle Bergengele oor alle eeue heen in hul wese moes inweef. Vermoëns soos die Dissipline van Feesviering (om elke klein vredesverdrag te vier), die Dissipline van Geheimhouding (om vir twee dekades aaneen die nasie sonder erkenning te dien, vermom as gewone werker) en die Dissipline van Gemeenskap en Afsondering.

Vir ’n Bergengel is daar altyd die wisseling tussen binne en buite: of hy is ’n alleenloper wat tevrede is met sy eie geselskap, maar deur meegevoel gedryf word na die trop, of hy is ’n kuddewese wat moet leer om gelukkig te wees as ’n eenkantling.

Om ’n Bergengel te wees, is om alleen deur die ondergrondse gange van ’n kapel te stap terwyl daar gesing word – jy hoor nie net die musiek en die stemme nie, jy hoor ook hoe dit eggo in die toekoms.”

In Gabriëllië het nege jaar reeds verloop sedert daar enige teken was van ’n Bergengel en glo die jonger generasie byna nie meer aan die bestaan van dié mitiese kreature nie.

Eron Verberger, seun van die klokmakersegpaar Gibor en Alida Verberger, word egter gedwing om met nuwe oë na fantasie én werklikheid te kyk wanneer hy saam met sy pa op ’n lewensveranderende avontuur vertrek.
 
 
Wie is die misterieuse Reënboogmaker met wie hulle pad elke nou en dan kruis?

Is die brande wat deur die land trek werklik net vure van vernuwende “skoonbrand”, soos die Regiohoofde beweer, of is dit die gevreesde Vuurstorms waarvan die geskiedenis vertel?

’n Mistieke en allegoriese fantasieverhaal van grootword en groei wat tot volwasse sowel as jong volwasse lesers sal spreek.


Carina Stander
is benewens gepubliseerde skrywer en digter (Die vloedbos sal weer vlieg (2006), woud van nege en negentig vlerke (2009) en Wildvreemd (2011)) ook ’n talentvolle kunstenaar met ’n honneursgraad in Beeldende Kunste. As vryskutjoernalis vir onder andere Finesse en Lééf het sy reeds twee Media24-toekennings ingepalm en haar reisartikels verskyn gereeld in tydskrifte soos soos Weg! en Sarie. In 2016 het ’n vervolgverhaal uit haar pen, “Die naakte waarheid”, in Beeld verskyn. Sy woon in die Tsitsikamma saam met haar man en twee seuns.
 

Bergengel

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Die vloedbos sal weer vlieg

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Woud van nege en negentig vlerke

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Gedigte in Ruan Fourie se ’n ope brief aan Dorian Gray oorskry die grense tussen werklikheid, verbeelding en kuns

In hierdie debuutbundel word ’n liefdesgeskiedenis vertel soos dit deur verskillende stadiums beleef word deur die spreker.

Aan die begin soek die spreker na ’n manier om sy liefde duidelik genoeg uit te druk; dan volg die ontnugtering en die belewenis van die geliefde as ’n leë dop, en uiteindelik volg die misnoegde ervaring van mislukking.

Die hele bundel staan in gesprek met Oscar Wilde se roman, The Picture of Dorian Gray, waarin die jong Dorian Gray wens dat sy afbeelding in ’n skildery sal verouder, terwyl hyself jonk bly.

Die gedigte verwoord in hierdie bundel die aftakelingsproses en boots die briefvorm van die Wilde-roman implisiet na. Soos in die roman word die grense tussen werklikheid, verbeelding en kuns in die gedigte dikwels oorskry. Die atmosfeer van verval van die Wilde-roman word ook in talle van die gedigte opgeroep.

Ruan Fourie is in 1994 in Bloemfontein gebore en is tans ’n honneursstudent aan die NWU. Van sy gedigte is op Versindaba gepubliseer en hy het ook as digter deelgeneem aan die Byderhand-projek by Aardklop 2015, wat die ATKV-Aartvarkprys vir Grensverskuiwende Werk gewen het
 

 

'n ope brief aan Dorian Gray

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Read a feature on Jeff Opland and Pamela Maseko, the main editors and translators of the Jeff Opland Series on Xhosa writers

These features were published in The Sunday Independent.

A feature on Jeff Opland and Pamela Maseko, the main editors and translators of the Jeff Opland Series on Xhosa writers, recently appeared in the Sunday Independent.

Read an extract from the two pieces here:

It is common when thinking of a literary archive in the South African indigenous languages, to focus only on the knowledge of literary heritage of a few authors and their selected writings.

In particular, writings that were used at the point of the introduction of literacy for didactic purposes are the only considered as a literary canon of the language.

It is also common that these selected writings are studied and appreciated only for their literary attributes or as far as they are able to tell us about the biographies of their writers.

The meaningful value of a literary archive is embodied in a letter written in the newspaper Isigidimi, in 1887 by Wellington W. Gqoba. Writing in his capacity as an editor, he says, “But there are reasons for me not to remain idle but to deal briefly with minor aspects of … chronological stories of our national stories … motivated as I am by national envy in doing so. My fervent desire is that our history should be well known and brought into print because all nations who possess a history continue to live and do not die even if they are fragmented.

We are taught the events of the nations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, of the English and so on, who they were and what they are today. Thus, they are very much alive, because even we who never shared their experiences or saw them, at least today we know something about them. Through their historical books, we see them, we discuss them and make an example of some of their sayings and habits as reflected in their present day legacy.”

Gqoba argues that a literary heritage reflects and preserves the national, social and cultural identity of a nation. He posits that from these we can deduce the knowledge and intellectual thoughts of the society on whom the writings are based, knowledge that can be shared with other nations.

He is the author of the first volume in the Opland Xhosa Literature Collection Series. Most of his works, which appeared mainly in Isigidimi were copied and collected by Professor Jeffrey Opland and form part of Opland’s Library Collection.

The Gqoba volume was published in 2015 and was translated and co-edited by Opland, Maseko and Kuse. The works reflect, through various literary genres, the intellectual thought of the isiXhosa-speaking Nguni people of the Eastern Cape, reflecting the African ways of knowing.

As Series Editors, Opland and Maseko are driven by the possibilities that these works can add to the body of knowledge in various disciplines in the academy.

They say it is sad that the academy is silent about African intellectual thought when Africa is teeming in its presence. The right to speak your language, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, is not enough, if one cannot use it to understand, share and process knowledge in the context of one’s past experiences, and ways of knowing.

Continue reading the features on Opland and Maseko here:

Pamela Maseko Sunday Independent Article

 
 

DLP Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange

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William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe esinembali