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Listen to Audio Recordings of Selected Events from the 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival

Did you miss out on the Franschhoek Literary Festival this year? Or is there an event you would like to relive? Good news! Audio recordings of a selection of events have been made available to listen to or download.

A Sportful MaliceVyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange uit die eenbeendanser se werkruimteWhat's Gone Wrong?The Fall of the ANC

Opposite MandelaFalse RiverThe Shining GirlsSouth Africa's Suspended RevolutionWater Music

The available events are:

Mbeki in Hindsight
The fall and gradual rehab of the former president was discussed by Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC) with Alex Boraine (What’s Gone Wrong?), Mark Gevisser (Thabo Mbeki: the dream deferred) and Tony Leon (Opposite Mandela).

SA’s Political Leadership Quagmire
Ray Hartley asked Adam Habib (SA’s Suspended Revolution), Rhoda Kadalie (In Your Face) and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC) if, in their opinion, our leaders are sinking or treading water to stay afloat.

Favourite Poems
Akwe Amosu, Finuala Dowling, Phyllis Muthoni and Douglas Reid Skinner each get 15 minutes to discuss their favourite poems by another poet.

Taboo Topics
John Maytham engages with novelists Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), Damon Galgut (Arctic Summer), and Michiel Heyns (A Sportful Malice) about their new books, their hesitations when it comes to themes, and their definite no-nos.

The Poet as Novelist
Breyten Breytenbach (vyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange) and Dominique Botha read between the lines of their poetry and their prose.

The Colonial Aftermath
Francis Wilson, who has a lifetime’s experience of the Eastern Cape and its heritage, talks to Margaret MacMillan (Daughters of the Raj) and Yewande Omotoso about lingering colonial traces in India and Nigeria.

SA PEN: The Importance of Reading
Margie Orford engages Carole Bloch of PRAESA, Mark Heywood (SECTION 27) and Elinor Sisulu (Pukupedia) about this critical skill for learning and a lifelong enjoyment of books.

‘That white smiley thing’
Redi Tlhabi, Hagen Engler, Eusebius McKaiser and Ndumiso Ngcobo mull over some of the assumptions South Africans make about each other, and face up to the difficult question: Can we change our attitudes, or is the historical damage too overwhelming?

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