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Jacana Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 – 19 May)

The 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 17 to 19 May. Jacana authors to look forward to at the festival include Ashraf Kagee, Bill Nasson, Consuelo Roland, David Lewis, Howard Phillips, Liesl Jobson, Margaret von Klemperer, Melinda Ferguson, Oswald Mtshali, Redi Thlabi, Samantha Page, Sarah Wild, Vanessa Goosen and Zapiro.

Khalil's JourneySouth Africa at War, 1939-1945Lady LimboThieves at the Dinner TablePlague, Pox and PandemicsRide the TortoiseJust a Dead ManThe Kelly Khumalo StorySounds of a Cowhide Drum /  Imisindo Yesighubu Sesikhumba SenkomoEndings and BeginningsFrom Me to MeSearching African SkiesBut Will It Stand Up in Court?

Friday 17 May

Science is cool
10 AM – 11 AM (School Hall)
UCT Emeritus Professor George Ellis talks to two young scientists, Ethel Phiri of Stellenbosch and Jeff Murugan of UCT, and Science and Technology editor Sarah Wild, author of Searching African Skies, about science as an exciting profession.

New voices
10 AM – 11 AM (Council Chamber)
Sue Grant-Marshall chats to Jill Nudelman (Inheriting the Earth), Gareth Crocker (Journey From Darkness) and Liesl Jobson (Ride the Tortoise) about their new books.

New voices
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Hospice Hall)
Lynda Gilfillan introduces three new writers with a Cape focus: Claire Robertson (The Spiral House), Ashraf Kagee (Khalil’s Journey) and Mark Winkler (An Exceptionally Simple Theory [of Absolutely Everything])

Epidemics
10 AM – 11 AM (Hospice Hall)
Howard Phillips of the Department of Historical Studies at UCT (Plague, Pox & Pandemics) gets into fascinating medical and social details with Jillian Reilly (Shame:Confessions of an aid worker in Africa).

Rising eighteen
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (New High School Hall)
Samantha Page, editor of From Me to Me, is joined by comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz (South Africa: a long walk to a free ride), writer and writing mentor Osiame Molefe, author Fiona Snyckers (the Trinity series) and high school teacher Athambile Masola (a contributor to My First Time) to talk about strategies for surviving the final years at school.

Assegais & commandos
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Bill Nasson (South Africa at War, 1939-1945) takes a trip into our warlike past with Willem Steenkamp (Assegais, Drums & Dragoons) and Trevor Emslie, publisher of a new Afrikaans translation of Deneys Reitz’s Commando. (Michael Reitz will bring his grandfather’s Anglo Boer War Mauser rifle).

Crime conversation
1 PM – 2 PM (Hospice Hall)
Witness books editor Margaret von Klemperer (Just a Dead Man) talks crime-writing with Amanda Coetzee (Redemption Song), Consuelo Roland (Lady Limbo) and Rahla Xenopolous (Bubbles).

Surviving childhood
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (School Hall)
This event focuses on the devastation and effects of childhood trauma. Redi Thlabi (Endings & Beginnings) talks to Martinique Stilwell (Thinking up a Hurricane) and Diane Awerbuck (Home Remedies), chaired by Melinda Ferguson.

Poetry in the Screening Room
4 PM – 5 PM (The Screening Room)
Mellow out for the evening with tasters of poetry by Oswald Mtshali (Sounds of a Cowhide Drum), Kerry Hammerton (These are the lies I told you), Justin Fox (The Marginal Safari) and Gus Ferguson (Holding Pattern).


Saturday 18 May

Leadership and corruption
10 AM – 11 AM (School Hall)
Njabulo Ndebele (Fine Lines from the Box), David Lewis of Corruption Watch (Thieves at the Dinner Table) and AD Miller discuss these crucial issues of our time, chaired by Shaun Johnson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

World War II
10 AM – 11 AM (Church Hall)
Distinguished war historian Antony Beevor (The Second World War) engages with French academic and novelist Laurent Binet (HHhH), chaired by Professor Bill Nasson of Stellenbosch (South Africa at War 1939-1945).

Drug muled
10 AM – 11 AM (Council Chamber)
By the time Vanessa Goossen had spent 16 terrible years in a Thai prison, a lot of publishers were after her story – but newbie Melinda Ferguson prevailed.

Does patriarchy lead to sexual violence?
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM (Church Hall)
… or are submissive or absent mothers also at fault? A crucial debate for our troubled time between Redi Thlabi and Anchien Troskie, chaired by Eusebius McKaiser (A Bantu in my Bathroom).

Poetry in the Screening Room
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM (The Screening Room)
Oswald Mtshali in conversation with Tessa Dowling about the republication of Sounds of a Cowhide Drum, now with Zulu translations.

What do publishers want?
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Church Hall)
Random House Penguin publisher Steve Connolly quizzes Melinda Ferguson (M F Books, a Jacana imprint with a focus on black women’s stories), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and American Ron Irwin, a UCT academic who teaches creative writing and doubles as a literary agent.

Don’t touch me on my dog
4 PM – 5 PM (School Hall)
How do we grow beyond the racism that still blights our country? Francis Wilson probes for answers from political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, Eusebius McKaiser and Zapiro, the cartoonist who can make us cringe with a few pen strokes.

Critics on critics
4 PM – 5 PM (Council Chamber)
Sean O’Toole in conversation with Margaret von Klemperer, books editor of the Witness, and Fred de Vries (The Fred de Vries Interviews).


Sunday 19 May

Feisty women
1 PM – 2 PM (Congregational Church)
Journalist Gaye Davis conducts this quartet of spirited women writers: Pat Fahrenfort (A Spanner in the Works), Melanie Verwoerd and Melinda Ferguson (Hooked and Smacked).

Writing Africa
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Njabulo Ndebele, one of our country’s literary icons, in conversation with Oswald Mtshali and Mtutuzeli Nyoka.

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