Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme

franschhoek literary festival



FRIDAY 10h00-11h00

1 State of the nation, state of the world (NG Church): Does the state of
international/global politics reflect the state of SA politics? Peter Hain (Mandela: His
Essential Life) and RW Johnson (Fighting for the Dream) discuss. Chaired by Fred

2 The fine print on the ballot paper (New School Hall): Human rights activist Greg
Mills and former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti (Democracy Works) discuss
the pitfalls and rewards of democracy in a state of inequality, with Jacques Rousseau
in the chair.

3 One-on-one with Heather Morris (Old School Hall): International best-selling
author Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) chats to Kate Sidley about the
extraordinary events that led to her remarkable and moving story of love.

4 Yours sincerely (Church Hall): Historical fiction writers Clare Houston (An Unquiet
Place), and Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora) discuss the allure of a good letter when
mapping the past. Chaired by Steven Boykey Sidley.

5 Those who kill, those who protect (Congregational Church: In conversation with
Mike Wills, Dan Wylie (Death and Compassion – The Elephant in Southern African
Literature) and Ian Glenn (First Safari - Searching For Francois Levaillant) explores
the stories we have told ourselves about our relationship with animals, across three
centuries of diverse literary genres.

6 The worlds we created (Council Chamber: Speculative fiction writers Tracey
Farren (The Book of Malachi) and Masande Ntshanga (Triangulum, The Reactive)
use the imagined to help us breach the boundary between what is and what could be.
Fellow fantasist Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) chairs.

7 Take one cup of… (Hospice Hall): At a time when digital threatened to swallow
print whole, foodie books survived and flourished. Lesego Semenya (Dijo – My Food
Journey) and Karen Dudley (Set a Table) chat to Tamara LePine-Williams about the
delectable phenomenon that is a recipe book.

8 For the thrill of it (Travellers Lodge): Vanessa Raphaely (Plus One) and Mike
Nicol (Sleeper) know how to keep readers on a knife’s edge. Lorraine Sithole
(BookWormersGP) finds out how they do it.

FRIDAY 11h00-12h00

9 Masterclass: Written History (Library): Historian and storyteller Simon Sebag
Montefiore (Written in History, Jerusalem, Romanovs) found his richest stories while
digging through the past. In this workshop, he shares his research experience with
those who want to write their own histories. R150

FRIDAY 11h30-12h30

10 Flogging the dead horse (NG Church): Has politics become the enemy of
society? Join Leon Schreiber (Coalition Country) and Adam Habib (Rebels & Rage)
in conversation with Ralph Mathekga (Ramaphosa's Turn).

11 Stirring the plot (New School Hall): Peter Church (Crackerjack), Deon Meyer
(The Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in Time) chat with
Africa Melane about the intricacies of creating – and sticking to – their plots.

12 An open book (Old School Hall): Writers both reveal and discover themselves in
their writing. Sue Nyathi (The Gold Diggers), Ingrid Winterbach (The Troubled Times
of Magrieta Prinsloo) and Carol Gibbs (All Things Bright and Broken) delve into the
psychology of fiction with Joanne Macgregor (The First Time I Died).

13 Who lives here anyway? (Church Hall): Tanya Pampalone, Loren Landau (I
Want to Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great
Metropolis) and Rachel Matteau Matsha (Real & Imagined Readers – Censorship,
publishing and reading under apartheid) speak of othering, alienation and familial
connections. Paul Choy (Somewhere. Anywhere) leads the conversation.

14 Translating the classics (Congregational Church): Nkosinathi Sithole (No
Matter When) and David wa Maahlamela (Stitching a Whirlwind: An anthology of
southern African poems and translations) talk to Antjie Krog about the joys and
challenges of the Africa Pulse project through which eight African literary works are
now translated into English.

15 The story of me (Council Chamber): What power lies in writing your deepest story
for all to read, and how does this impact on a writer’s life? Landa Mabenge
(Becoming Him) share the story behind his story with Phehello Mofokeng.

16 In the beginning (Hospice Hall): Nancy Richards invites Michelle Sacks (You
Were Made for This) and Lauri Kubuitsile (But Deliver Us From Evil) to reveal what it
really takes to write that first book – and where they found motivation to write the next.

17 Short tall tales (Travellers Lodge): David Bristow (The Game Ranger, The Knife,
The Lion and The Sheep) and Fred Khumalo (Talk of the Town) chat with Karabo
Kgoleng about the art of the short story.

18 Moods of Nature (The Franschhoek Theatre): Heinrich van den Berg’s Moods of
Nature perfectly captures the fragility, magnificence and importance of our wildlife. He
shares his journey through the lens with fellow photographer Victor Dlamini.

FRIDAY 13h00-14h00

19 Calibrating a brittle compass (NG Church): Can you truly separate politics from
morality? Should you? Barry Gilder (The List) and Greg Mills (Democracy Works)
investigate with Jacques Rousseau.

20 The lovers (New School Hall): Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz),
Rutendo Tavengerwei (The Colours that Blind) and Qarnita Loxton (Being Lily) tell
stories of the heart. What does this do to their own hearts, asks Lorraine Sithole?

21 En route to the truth (Old School Hall): Whether in fact or fiction, the search for
truth can be as exhausting as it is revelatory. Pieter van Zyl (Gert & Joey) and Leon
Schreiber (Coalition Country) share some of the astonishing truths they uncovered
while writing their books, with Victor Dlamini.

22 One-on-one: Peter Hain (Church Hall): Peter Hain (Mandela: The Essential Life)
chats with fellow Madiba biographer Kate Sidley about writing the life of one of the
most revered yet controversial men of our times.

23 The truth in fiction (Congregational Church): A good novel often works because
we see ourselves in the characters. Vincent Pienaar (Too Many Tsunamis) and
Fiona Snyckers (Lacuna) discuss the appeal of creating real people in imaginary
situations with Gail Schimmel (The Accident).

24 Another time. Another space (Council Chamber): Imraan Coovadia (A Spy in
Time) and Mohale Mashigo (Intruders) write of ordinary people in extraordinary
circumstances. They discuss how the fantastical often helps us face the darkly real,
with Sara-Jayne King in the chair.

25 Why the world needs dung beetles (Hospice Hall):Through the eras of alchemy
and religion, to the days of science, the dung beetle has been a symbol of life and
renewal. Authors Helen Lunn and Marcus Byrne (The Dance of the Dung Beetles)
share the wonders of these charming – and seemingly charmed – little creatures with
Don Pinnock.

26 Young people's stories for change (Travellers Lodge)
Hero Within and Other Writing came out of FunDza Literacy Trust's Bridging Divides
project, where young people explored how inequality manifested in their lives. These
stories remind us that society remains unequal and violent, yet they envisage a
different future - a space you are privileged to share with Athenkosi Cetyana,
Pamela Mali, Sicelo Kula (Taking Chances). Ros Haden chairs.

27 From hobby to career (The Franschhoek Theatre): First book: tick! Second book:
tick! At what point (if ever) is it time to give up your day job and start doing this full
time? Wamuwi Mbao asks of Joanne Macgregor (The Time I Died) and Irma Venter

FRIDAY 14h30-15h30

Michael le Cordeur
28 How I found my first story (NG Church): Ekow Duker leads Deon Meyer (The
Woman in the Blue Cloak) and Lauri Kubuitsile in conversation about that eureka
moment that got them going.

29 Know what I’m saying? (New School Hall): Melusi Tshabalala (Melusi’s
Everyday Zulu), Karin Cronje (There Goes English Teacher), and Simon Sebag
Montefiore (Written in History) unpack the blight of miscommunication with Michael
le Cordeur.

30 Renovating the rainbow? (Old School Hall): Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi) Chikane
(Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Kharnita Mohamed (Called to Song) and
Sihle Khumalo (Rainbow Nation, My Zulu Arse) discuss what it will take to make the
real changes that our society desperately needs to grow, with Sipho Hlongwane.

31 Risky writers (Church Hall): What do Harris Dousemetzis (The Man Who Killed
Apartheid), Wandile Ngcaweni (We Are No Longer at Ease) and Zapiro (WTF) have
in common? They are all uneasy in comfort zones. Tom Eaton finds out just how far
they’d dare to go.

32 Marketing your book (Congregational Church): What does – or should – it take
for an author to market their book; and isn’t that the publisher’s job? Barry Gilder
(The List) and Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch) discuss their diverse tactics
with Vanessa Raphaely.

33 One-on-one: Research, fact checking and consistency (Council Chamber):
Ingrid Winterbach and Tony Peake (North Facing) delve into the trickier elements of
bringing a story together.

34 Write what you don't know (Hospice Hall): Amy Heydenrych (Shame on You)
and Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) like to shift perspectives and stretch
their understanding beyond relatability. Linda Kaoma finds out how they do it.

35 Forgetting the present (Travellers Lodge): How do some writers move so
seemingly seamlessly between the past and present in their storytelling? Trevor
Sacks (Lucky Packet) and Zanna Sloniowska (The House with the Stained-Glass
Window) discuss the challenges of their own time travels with Dianne Stewart.


36 Workshop: Stories on camera (The Franschhoek Theatre): Mauritian
photographer, TED talker and compulsive traveller Paul Choy is a self-made master
of visual story telling. Bring your smart phone, your imagination and a receptive eye to
this mind stretching workshop. R150 through

FRIDAY 16h00-17h00

37 One-on-one: Freedom and the law (NG Church): Dennis Davis (Lawfare) and
John Dugard (Business as Usual) unpack the power of the law in dismantling

38 At what cost? (New School Hall): Sipho Hlongwane asks Harris Dousemetzis
(The Man Who Ended Apartheid) and Rob Rose (Steinheist) about the risks, rewards,
and sheer volume of work that goes into writing an exposé.

39 How to be (Old School Hall): Wamuwi Mbao and acclaimed US-Nigerian author
Chike Frankie Edozien discuss Lives of Great Men and what it means to have your
very existence counter your culture and traditions.

40 Sea Change (Church Hall): Craig Foster (Sea Change) takes us into the depths
of his research and experience tracking the sea life and exploring the mysteries of our
kelp forests. Chaired by Mike Wills.

41 What no one told me about being a writer (Congregational Church): Amalia
Rosenblum (Israeli novelist, screenwriter and couples’ therapist) and Darrel
Bristow-Bovey share some of the less glamorous aspects of writing with Sara-Jayne

42 To wit (Council Chamber): Some writers can’t help seeing the funny side. How
else do you get the message across? Lerato Mogoathle (Vagabond) and Khaya
Dlanga give the matter serious thought.

43 Let’s talk about food (Hospice Hall): For Ming-Cheau Lin (Just Add Rice) and
Lesego Semenya (Dijo - My Food, My Journey). cooking is people, history, family and
traditions. Join them in conversation about the dishes that are still essential to you and
your family gatherings. Kate Sidley does the stirring.

44 One-on-one: Call us Frank (Travellers Lodge): Diane Awerbuck and Alex
Latimer (North) chat about the benefits and challenges of co-writing fiction and what it
takes to become Frank Owen.

45 I Wrote This for You (Leeu Estate): Iain Thomas’s (aka ‘pleasefindthis’) blog I
Wrote This For You is now an internationally bestselling book of great depth and
beauty. He reads and shares thoughts with Nancy Richards, at the beautiful Leeu
Estate. This event includes a delicious high tea. which will be served from 14h30-
15h45. R200 through



46 A book walks into a bar (Hospice Hall): International author Steven Boykey
Sidley draws on his own experiences and those of other authors, to sing a praise
song to the strange and volatile bedfellows of bars and books, alcohol and
fiction. R100 through



Concert 1 (NG Church)
Charl Du Plessis (piano) plays a varied programme of music by Chopin, Piazzolla,
Gershwin and his own improvisations. R100 through and at the


SATURDAY 10h00-11h00

47 Believe it or not (NG Church): Noseweek editor Martin Welz chats with Anton
Harber and Tom Eaton as they dish the dirt on misinformation and misdeeds in the
news world.

48 Bringing history to life (New School Hall): Bill Nasson and Vivian BickfordSmith (Illuminating Lives) and John Laband (The Eight Zulu Kings: From Shaka to
Goodwill Zwelethini) bring their extensive knowledge to two books that will fascinate
Africa history buffs and students alike. Linda Kaoma is in the chair.

49 When the heart speaks (Old School Hall): Leon de Kock (The Lovesong of
Andre P Brink), Tony Peake and Samantha Smirin (A Life Interrupted) discuss the
essence of friendship, love and identity, with Karabo Kgoleng.

50 The last chance for elephants? (Church Hall): An elephant is poached
somewhere in Africa every 15 minutes, every day. The Last Elephants might be their
last hope. Compilers of this vitally important book, Colin Bell and Don Pinnock join
Dan Wylie as they talk about why the survival of elephants matters with John

51 In search of a democratic solution (Congregational Church): Democracy Works
asks how we can nurture and consolidate democracy in Africa. Greg Mills shares
solutions with Dennis Davis.

52 Choosing my words (Council Chamber): Sometimes it’s about the story; other
times it’s about the words. If you’re lucky, it’s about both. Creators of fine prose,
Darrel Bristow-Bovey and Botlhale Tema reflect on the art of beautiful writing with
Pippa Hudson.

SATURDAY 10h00-11h00

53 The women left behind (Hospice Hall): Who are feminists really fighting for?
Fiona Snyckers and Ena Jansen (Like Family) discuss how good intentions can
sometimes get in the way of impactful results in the pursuit of equality.

54 Not just me (Travellers Lodge): Charles Abrahams (Class Action), Lerato
Mogoathle and Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) tell not only
their stories, but the stories of their time and circumstances. What can we learn from
their personal views of their world, asks Sue Grant-Marshall?

SATURDAY 10h00-12h00

55 Workshop: Writing memoir (Library): Back by popular demand, author and
writing coach Dianne Stewart shares the skills specific to the writing of personal
memories. R150 through

SATURDAY 11h30-12h30

Concert 2 (NG Church)
Christopher Duigan (piano) plays ‘Mostly Mozart’ including the Sonata in F K. 332
and music by Greig and Debussy. R100 through and at the

56 Getting personal about politics (New School Hall): Ralph Mathekga and Judith
February (Turning and Turning) share their insights on political identity and why we
are all political beings, with Victor Dlamini in the chair.

57 You just have to laugh (Old School Hall): Just when you think times are tough,
they get tougher. Thank goodness for the sharp wit of Zapiro (WTF) and Hagen
Engler (Black Twitter, Blitz & A Boerie As Long As Your Leg). Mike Wills finds out
how they keep going.

58 What happened to the news? (Church Hall): ‘The News’ used to be relatively
reliable and accessible, but now we don’t know where to find it or whether we can trust
it. Nancy Richards asks Yves Vanderhaeghen (Afrikaner Identity: Dysfunction and

59 Is society beyond all hope? (Congregational Church): Has civil society become
complacent, allowing lawlessness to be normalised on the streets, in parliament, in
places of learning – or is it a sign of something deeper? Rekgotsofetse (Kgotsi)
Chikane and Peter Hain discuss with Africa Melane.

SATURDAY 11h30-12h30

60 Books that changed me (Council Chamber): We all have those books that shifted
our beliefs and behaviours, and which set us on a new course. Mark Winkler, Zanna
Sloniowska and Vincent Pienaar share theirs and invite you to share yours. Chaired
by Phehello Mofokeng.

61 More than just a meal (Hospice Hall): Super chefs Lesego Semenya and Bertus
Basson (Being Bertus Basson, by Russel Wasserfall) talk to Tamara LePine
Williams about food as sustenance, business, fashion and love.

62 One-on-one with Michelle Sacks (Travellers Lodge): Born in Cape Town, based
in Europe, Michelle Sacks (You Were Made for This) has seemingly seamlessly
slipped into the role of thriller writer. She chats with Ann Donald about her journey.

SATURDAY 13h00-14h00

63 Schools of thought (NG Church): Adam Habib, Wandile Ngcaweni and Saskia
Bailey (Whatever) debate what it means to have an education. Jonathan Jansen
(distinguished professor SU Faculty of Education) chairs.

64 In two minds (New School Hall): Pippa Hudson wants to know how three such
nice authors get into the heads of murderous villains. Or is it the other way around?
She asks Mike Nicol (Sleeper), Louisa Treger (The Dragon Lady) and Deon Meyer
(Woman in the Blue Cloak) for enlightenment.

65 One-on-one: Letters That Changed the World (Old School Hall): In creating this
rich anthology, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selected more than a hundred
letters, of extraordinary delight and diversity, from ancient times to modern day. He
chats with Fred Khumalo about what it took – and what he learned.

66 A mind of their own (Church Hall): Joanne Macgregor (The First Time I Died),
Amalia Rosenblum and Ekow Duker (Yellowbone) discuss the sorcery behind the
creation of believable minds in imaginary characters with Mohale Mashigo.

67 Wild thoughts (Congregational Church): When we think of stories, we think of
people, but animals have their own tales to tell. Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn and
Francoise Malby-Anthony (An Elephant in My Kitchen) speak for the animals with
Karabo Kgoleng.

68 For the love of history (Council Chamber): With Bill Nasson in the chair, fiction
author Clare Houston and biographer Sue Grant-Marshall discuss why we are so
drawn to the past.

69 Authentic voices (Hospice Hall): Writing convincing dialogue can be a writer’s
biggest challenge. Fiona Snyckers and Heather Morris share the tricks they’ve
learned to get it right. Chaired by Alison Lowry.

SATURDAY 13h00-14h00

70 Full time everything (Travellers Lodge): For anyone who wants to write but ‘can’t
find the time’. Non-fiction writer Dominique Malherbe (Somewhere In Between) and
novelist Gail Schimmel (The Accident) both juggle families, legal careers and writing.
They share what works for them and what doesn’t with Nancy Richards.

71 Write for the worlds (The Franschhoek Theatre): Athol Williams (Pushing
Boulders) and Guyanese-American Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of
Indenture) – both contributors to the new anthology We Mark Your Memory: Writing
from the Descendants of Indenture – discuss the value of telling personal truths to
global audiences. With Michael Le Cordeur in the chair, supported by
Commonwealth Writers.

SATURDAY 14h30-15h30

72 Gangster State (NG Church): Join Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author of the groundbreaking new book Gangster State, in conversation with Cape Talk political journalist Lester Kiewit about how he uncovered Ace Magashule’s alleged corruption, dodgy deals and a relationship with the Guptas, ultimately leading to personal enrichment and his rise to power.

73 Lawfare (New School Hall): What are we getting so wrong with politics that the
law has to constantly intervene? And can the judiciary survive the deluge? Judge
Dennis Davis and Michelle le Roux attempt to answer these questions, with Ralph
Mathekga in the chair.

74 Beyond good intentions (Old School Hall): Meaning well doesn’t always
translate to doing good. Sipho Hlongwane talks privilege, patronage, and denial with
Chike Frankie Edozien.

75 Self-othering (Church Hall): Join Yves Vanderhaeghen, Ena Jansen, Charles
Abrahams and Wamuwi Mbao in a conversation about claiming victimhood to
displace the burden of guilt.

76 Fascinations most foul (Congregational Church): What’s so captivating about
murder? John Maytham investigates this odd interest of ours with Louisa Treger,
Irma Venter and Joanne Macgregor.

77 Tell it like it is (Council Chamber): Carsten Rasch (Between Rock & A Hard
Place) and Hagen Engler swap stories of their South Africa then and now with Tom

78 The lives of other people (Hospice Hall): Darrel Bristow-Bovey talks about the
intricacies and responsibilities of writing the lives of others, with Leon de Kock.

79 Workshop: Finding your short form (Library): Acclaimed Guyanese-American
author Gaiutra Bahadur will guide you through the art of saying it all in few words.
This workshop is ideal for lovers of poetry, commentary and short story writing. R150

SATURDAY 14h30-15h30

80 Tales of the town (Travellers Lodge): Eva Mazza (Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch),
Zanna Sloniowska and Chase Rhys (Kinnes) turn the familiar into fiction in three of
the most unputdownable books. Sara-Jayne King asks them how they did it.

81 What life has taught me (The Franschhoek Theatre): There’s nothing like
learning from the pains and joys of others. Erns Grundling (Walk It Off) and Khaya
Dlanga share their adventures and inspire us to remember our own.

SATURDAY 16h00-17h00

82 Our only world (NG Church): Tamara LePine-Williams raises the question we’re
all asking: what is our collective responsibility in halting the desecration of planet
Earth? with Duncan Brown (Wilder Lives – Humans and our Environments).

83 The power of one (New School Hall): Everyone has it in them to create great
change. John Dugard, Wandile Ngcaweni and Ray Ndlovu (In the Jaws of the
Crocodile) discuss what it takes to be a change-maker with Jacques Rousseau.

84 The lover boys (Old School Hall): Mark Winkler (Theo & Flora), Craig
Higginson and Ivan Vladislavic open their hearts to us as they discuss writing about
love with Lorraine Sithole.

85 The muckrakers (Congregational Church):Steven Boykey Sidley talks to truth
seekers Harris Dousemetzis and Anton Harber (South African Muckraking) about
the war against misinformation and lies.

86 The world is a source (Council Chamber): Whether history or current affairs,
Simon Sebag Montefiore and Sue Nyathi (The Gold Diggers) use their areas of
expertise to fuel their fiction. They talk of how they filter reality through their stories,
with Alison Lowry.

SATURDAY 16h00-17h00

87 Not young adults only (Hospice Hall): Is YA only meant for the young, and what
(if any) benefits can be gained from being a cross-generational reader? Rutendo
Tavengerwei and Lauri Kubuitsile chat with writer, writing teacher and oral poet
Primrose Mrwebi.

88 The story behind the story (Travellers Lodge): Clare Houston, Máire Fisher
(The Enumerations) and Meg Vandermerwe (The Woman of the Stone Sea) tell us
what brought them to the point of putting pen to paper. Chaired by Dianne Stewart.



89 Silence is the sea (Church Hall): Darrel Bristow-Bovey journeys through Japan,
outer space, inner space, horror movies and the monasteries of Mount Athos in
pursuit of the quietest place on Earth, and one of the keys to creativity. R100 through


Dinner with Jenny Crwys-Williams at Pierneef, La Motte. Enjoy dinner with some
of the cream of festival authors in one of SA’s top restaurants. Authors at all tables,
party atmosphere, great winelands food. Wines sponsored by Porcupine Ridge. Email


CANDLE LIGHT SOIRÉE Saturday 18 May 19h00. BON BON FINALE Sunday 19 May 13h00.

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner or lunch and concert
performance combined. Pianist Christopher Duigan plays 'Another Twenty Popular
Piano Solos’ including music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt.
Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936.



90 Tipping points (New School Hall): At what point do systems cease to work, and
why do governments, institutions and society allow this state to exist? Adam Habib
and Peter Hain discuss this timely topic with Martin Welz.

91 Imagining the unimaginable (Old School Hall): Hlumelo Biko (Re-imagine
Africa), Peter Storey (I Beg to Differ) and Sue Nyathi offer a deep understanding of
the human psyche and its ability to create visions of future hope and possibilities.
Chaired by Georgina Guedes.

92 The whataboutism of corruption (Church Hall): Tom Eaton looks corruption in
its ugly face with Leon Schreiber and Ralph Mathekga.

95 Writing to genre (Council Chamber): To make it as a commercial writer, is it
better to stick to type or mix it up? Pippa Hudson asks Lauri Kubuitsile and Craig

94 I’m still here (Hospice Hall): When the world crashes down on you, what is it that
breaks? Landa Mabenge and Desiree-Anne Martin (We don't talk about it. Ever)
have both been through trials of fire, but what does that actually mean, and how did
they come back? Amalia Rosenblum finds out.

SUNDAY 11h30-12h30

95 The long shadow of apartheid (New School Hall): Apartheid officially ended in
April 1994, but it still has an horrendous effect on human rights in South Africa. John
Dugard and Harris Dousemetzis discuss the whys and the what-nows with Victor

96 What is a man? (Old School Hall): Landa Mabenge, Chike Frankie Edozien and
Tony Peake discuss the essence of manhood and how the term is being redefined
with Africa Melane.

SUNDAY 11h30-12h30

97 Re-imagining a nation (Church Hall): Ray Ndlovu shares his own informed
insights into the current state – and future opportunities for – our most powerful
neighbour, Zimbabwe, with Mike Wills.

98 Visual storytelling (Congregational Church): Photographers Paul Choy and
Heinrich van den Berg (Mood of Nature) tell richly detailed tales without words. They
discuss their art with John Maytham.

99 The mind of the poacher (Council Chamber): Conservation biologist, journalist
and co-author Kimon de Greef (Poacher: Confessions from the Abalone Underworld)
reveals the dark underbelly of environmental theft with extraordinary compassion, in
what promises to be a riveting conversation with Francoise Malby-Anthony.

100 Unlocking the riches of a multilingual repertoire (Hospice Hall)
The United Nations declared 2019 as the Year of Indigenous languages, but
languages don't exist in isolation of each other. Could multilingualism be a path to
turning young children into readers? Carolyn McKinney (Language and Power in
Post-Colonial Schooling) and Babalwayashe Molate look at some exciting new
approaches with Halala Winner! co-author Xolisa Guzula.

101 Are South African’s ready to engage with African art? (Bordeaux House
Gallery): There has been little interest in art produced by those beyond our borders.
Democracy promised a more pan-African view. Are we able to appreciate art from
countries from which we have been historically disconnected? Mary Corrigall of
Corrigall & Co African Art Specialists, DRC artist Patrick Bongoy and Emma
Bedford of Aspire Art auction house discuss with Tamara LePine-Williams.

SUNDAY 11:30-12:40

Concert 3 (NG Church)
Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) and Daniel Pinoit (cello) plays Beethoven's Cello
Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 5. R100 through and at the door.

SUNDAY 13h00-14h00

102 Is the ANC fit to govern? (New School Hall): Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s
explosive new book Gangster State interrogates the depths of ANC secretary-general
Ace Magashule’s alleged murky dealings – and the subsequent impact on the integrity
of the ruling party. The obvious question is raised, by Ralph Mathekga.

103 Going wild (Old School Hall): Climate change is destroying Earth as we know it.
What can we do to change that? Duncan Brown explores how we can un-tame
ourselves to stop the degradation of our home, with Lorraine Sithole.

104 Have pen, will travel (Church Hall): Lerato Mogoathle, Erns Grundling and
Sihle Khumalo (Rainbow Nation My Zulu Arse) share travel tales with the happy
wanderer that is Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

105 Close to home (Congregational Church): Hermann Lategan (Opstokers,
fopdossers en tweegat-jakkalse) talks language, culture, people and anything else
South African that amuses, bemuses or infuriates, with Hagen Engler.

106 Beware the critics (Hospice Hall): Good story, great writing, excellent research?
What do reviewers and social commentators look for in a book, and are they always
100 percent honest in their assessments? Sue Grant-Marshall leads the conversation
with Gail Schimmel and Fiona Snyckers.

107 Beyond Mugabe – New Zim fiction (Council Chamber): Sue Nyathi and
Rutendo Tavengerwei share their insights into the wealth of new, creative and often
insightful fiction writers and writing emerging from Zimbabwe. Chaired by Ekow

108 One-one-with Graham Viney (Travellers Lodge) John Maytham talks to
historical writer Graham Viney (The Last Hurrah - South Africa and the Royal Tour
1947) about this fascinating story of a pivotal moment in South African history.

CANDLE LIGHT SOIRÉE Saturday 18 May 19h00. BON BON FINALE Sunday 19 May 13h00.

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner or lunch and concert
performance combined. Pianist Christopher Duigan plays 'Another Twenty Popular
Piano Solos’ including music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt.
Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936.