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Check out the programme for this year's Franschhoek Literary Festival!

The quaint Western Cape town of Franschhoek will be accommodating South Africa’s literary greats from Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May.

This annual literary festival’s 2017 line-up can only be described as one which skrik’s vir niks.

Festival-goers can expect discussions and debates featuring Rebecca Davis, author of Best White and Other Delusions, in conversation with agricultural economist Tracy Ledger (An Empty Plate) and African diplomacy scholar Oscar van Heerden (Consistent or Confused) on the ever-dividing rift between South Africans; the Sunday Times‘ contributing books editor Michele Magwood asks publishers Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Publishing), Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books) and short story writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (recipient of the 2016 Caine Prize Winner for Memories We Lost, published in The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things) whether there’s a shortage of black fiction authors; and poet Rustum Kozain (Groundwork) will discuss Antjie Krog, Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse with the acclaimed poet herself.

And that’s just day one!

Find the full programme here.

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Best White and Other Anxious Delusions

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Lady Anne


An Empty Plate


The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories

  • The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 by Caine Prize
    EAN: 9781566560160
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Consistent or Confused

Book launch - Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog

Lady Anne : A Chronicle in Verse Antjie Krog will be giving a reading at the launch of the English translation of Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse.

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English edition of Antjie Krog's acclaimed Lady Anne "gripping, passionate, complex"

Lady Anne is one of Antjie’s Krog most acclaimed poetry collections. It was released in 1989, in the last tumultuous decade of apartheid, and received the Hertzog Prize in 1990. In an attempt to make sense of her own existence, Krog juxtaposes her own life in the midst of a world of racial injustice and discrimination, against that of the life and times of Lady Anne Barnard, of Scottish descent, during her stay in the Cape Colony in the late eighteenth century. Ultimately the collection transforms into a document of multiple voices, highlighting the complexity of a colonial legacy – still relevant 26 years later.

This English edition is done in collaboration with Bucknell University Press, US.

The critics say:

Stephen Clingman: “There is a rugged, gripping quality to Krog’s language, digging deep into the nature of South African life and her own self-challenging life
to it.”

Ingrid de Kok: “Krog engages . .. with originality and power, in poetic language of great beauty, passion and complexity.”

Lady Anne

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Breyten Breytenbach recipient of international literary award

The poet, novelist and artist Breyten Breytenbach has been awarded the 2017 Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.

Breytenbach is renown for his anti-apartheid activism and acclaimed poetry anthologies, many of which are in Afrikaans.

The Zbigniew Herbert Foundation, composed of an international panel of literary critics, announced Breytenbach as the recipient of this prestigious award on Monday in Warsaw, Poland. The award is named after the anti-communist Polish poet and philosopher, Zbigniew Herbert.

Jarosław Mikołajewski (Poland), who serves on the jury, stated:

Breytenbach is an outstanding poet and an outstanding person. Qualities found in his poems include moral tension, breadth and dynamic imagination. And his qualities as a person – a need to be on the side of the weakest, and an opposition to violence, to discrimination. His value as a person brought him admiration and seven years in prison. His value as a poet has brought him the Zbigniew Herbert Award.

The award ceremony will take place in Warsaw on the 25th of May.

Boekbekendstelling: Alles het niet kom wôd deur Nathan Trantraal

Alles het niet kom wôdRoché Kester, köordineerder van die gewilde Grounding Sessions sal met Nathan Trantraal in gesprek wees.

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Hier kom ’n ding: Nathan Trantraal se tweede digbundel verskyn op rakke

Alles het niet kom wod

Die bekroonde en opspraakwekkende digter, Nathan Trantraal, se tweede digbundel Alles het niet kom wôd is op 15 Februarie gepubliseer.

Aanhangers van dié gerekende digter kan enerse temas wat in sy debuutbundel, Chokers en Survivors verskyn het, verwag. Klas, ras, familielewe en politiek word met eerlikheid, rouheid, erns, en humor in Trantaal se digkuns vasgevang, maar met Alles het niet kom wôd sluit Trantraal die tema van seksualiteit in, en dig ook oor die stedelike en religieuse milieu van sy grootwordjare.

Danie Marais sal tydens Stellenbosch se Woordfees op 11 Maart om 17:30 in die ATKV-boektent met Trantraal in gesprek tree oor sy digbundels.

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