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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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Complete 2009 FLF List of Participants

Alexandra FullerAlex SmithAndré Brink by die geblikte verseDerek van der Merwe, Andrew Brown and Arthur Minaarkaganof@anf.jpg Janine van Rooy - BlaqpearlChristopher HopeEben VenterEdyth BulbringFinuala DowlingFred KhumaloHelen Moffett and Tim NoakesHenrietta Rose-InnesJake Gordin, Jeremy Gordin and Anika EbrahimJustin CartwrightKoos Kombuis, Wimbledon WalkaboutLebo MashileMandla LangaMax du PreezMichiel HeynsMike van GraanPippa Green and Trevor ManuelReuben RiffelShaun JohnsonSindiwe MagonaTan Twan EngZubeida JafferTom EatonLeila Khaled and Dennis DavisPeter Harris

The confirmed participants list for the 2009 Franschhoek Literary Festival:

Alexandra Fuller: Zimbabwe writer now living in Wyoming. (Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Scribbling the Cat, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant)

Alex Smith: Cape Town novelist and travel writer (Algeria’s Way, Drinking From the Dragon’s Well)

André Brink: leading South African novelist (recent memoir: A Fork in the Road / ’n Vurk in die Pad)

Andrew Brown: Cape Town advocate, novelist and police reservist (Coldsleep Lullabye, Street Blues)

Aryan Kaganof: Cape Town filmmaker, novelist (Uselessly) and poet

Blaq Pearl: Cape Town performance poet

Christopher Hope: South African novelist now living in France (My Mother’s Lovers) and FLF Director

Dennis Davis: South African judge and legal authority (Precedent & Possibility)

Diale Thlolwe: thriller writer from Ekurhuleni, East Rand (Ancient Rites)

Dianne Stewart: author of children’s books (Folk Tales from Africa), creative writing teacher and compiler (Durban in a Word) from KwaZulu Natal

Eben Venter: Afrikaans novelist now living in Australia (Horrelpoot / Trencherman)

Edyth Bulbring: Johannesburg journalist and author (The Club)

Elwyn Jenkins: retired Pretoria professor who specialises in South African children’s literature and has served on official SA place naming bodies (Falling into Place)

Finuala Dowling: Cape Town academic, poet and novelist (Flyleaf, Notes from the Dementia Ward)

Fred Khumalo: Johannesburg journalist and novelist (Seven Steps to Heaven, Touch my Blood)

Helen Moffett: Cape Town writer and editor (Bob Woolmer’s Art & Science of Cricket)

Henrietta Rose-Innes: Cape Town novelist and short story writer (The Rock Alphabet, “Poison” won the 2008 Caine Prize)

Jeremy Gordin: Johannesburg journalist, editor, publishing executive and biographer (Zuma: a Biography)

Justin Cartwright: South African novelist now living in England (The Song Before it is Sung, To Heaven by Water – due in April)

Koos Kombuis: rock star and satirist from Somerset West (The Complete Secret Diaries of God)

Lauren Beukes: author, cartoon scriptwriter and journalist (Moxyland)

Lebo Mashile: actor, TV presenter and performance poet (Flying Above the Sky) from Johannesburg

Mandla Langa: ANC activist, ex-Icasa chairperson and novelist (The Lost Colours of the Chameleon), now based in Johannesburg

Max du Preez: journalist, columnist, political analyst and documentary film maker, now living in the Western Cape (Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats)

Michiel Heyns: Stellenbosch academic, novelist (The Typewriter’s Tale) and translator (Agaat)

Mike van Graan: playwright (Green Man Flashing, Bafana Republic) and Director of the African Arts Institute

Peter Harris: South African human rights lawyer and businessman (In a Different Time)

Petina Gappah: Zimbabwean lawyer, novelist and short story writer (An Elegy for Easterly) now living in Geneva

Pippa Green: Johannesburg journalist, broadcaster and biographer (Choice, Not Fate: The Life and Times of Trevor Manuel)

Rajend Mesthrie: Cape Town academic and linguist (World Englishes)

Reuben Riffel: Franschhoek chef at Reuben’s (Reuben Cooks … Food is Time Travel)

Roger Smith: screenwriter, film and TV producer and thriller writer (Mixed Blood) now living in Cape Town

Ronelda Kamfer: Cape Town author and poet (Noudat Slapende Honde)

Shaun Johnson: Cape Town journalist, CEO of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and novelist (The Native Commissioner)

Sindiwe Magona: motivational speaker, poet, playwright, actor, author of children’s books and novelist (To My Children’s Children, Beauty’s Gift)

Suzette Kotze-Myburgh: editor who lives in Stellenbosch

Tan Twan Eng: advocate and novelist from Malaysia (The Gift of Rain)

Tim Noakes: Cape Town sports scientist and academic (Bob Woolmer’s Art & Science of Cricket)

Tom Eaton: Cape Town novelist and author (The Wading, Bob Woolmer’s Art & Science of Cricket)

Tracy Gilpin: short story writer and novelist (Double Cross), now working in communications in Cape Town

Vikas Swarup: diplomat, Deputy High Commissioner for India in Pretoria, and best- selling novelist (Q&A – now the movie Slumdog Millionaire – and Six Suspects)

Willem Anker: Stellenbosch academic and novelist (Siegfried)

Zubeida Jaffer: journalist and political analyst from Cape Town (Our Generation, Love in the Time of Treason: The Life Story of Ayesha Dawood)


Ben WilliamsJenny Crwys-WilliamsJohn MaythamKarabo KgolengShaun Johnson and Michelle MagwoodPhakama MbonambiToby Mundy and Richard FordLouise GranthamNèlleke de Jager introduces Magona and AchmatTerry MorrisVictor Dlamini

Ben Williams: of the BOOK SA website, from Cape Town

Jenny Crwys-Williams: author, critic, journalist and broadcaster from Johannesburg

John Maytham: Cape Town critic and broadcaster

Karabo Kgoleng: Johannesburg broadcaster and critic

Michele Magwood: Johannesburg columnist and critic

Phakama Mbonambi: publishing editor of Wordsetc

Toby Mundy: CEO and Publisher at Atlantic Books, UK

Louise Grantham: Johannesburg publisher

Nelleke de Jager: Cape Town publisher

Terry Morris: Johannesburg publisher

Victor Dlamini: Johannesburg-based communications executive and critic


Hugh HodgeMhlobo Jadezweni

Hugh Hodge: editor of New Contrast and organiser of Cape Town’s Off the Wall open mike poetry sessions (English and Afrikaans)

Mhlobo Jadezwini: Stellenbosch academic and author (Xhosa)

Certain photos courtesy Victor Dlamini, Anastacia Haddon, PEN American Center, Christo Doherty and Christine van der Merwe.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 16th, 2009 @14:39 #

    Oops, Tom Eaton is missing from this line-up. He's on a panel with me and Tim Noakes.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    February 16th, 2009 @15:47 #

    BookSA represent!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    February 16th, 2009 @15:56 #

    Wow, what a list...Can't wait!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tom</a>
    February 16th, 2009 @19:04 #

    Ben, first your immortal "Blah blah blah" tagline for The Wading, now this. Was it because I said yes when you asked me, "Does this skirt make my bum look fat?" that balmy afternoon in Pep? I'm SORRY, okay?! I thought you said you wanted HONESTY after all the lies.

    I'm so hurt I could vomit. Please never contact me again.

    I miss you. Call me.

    But I won't answer because you're a PIG.

    Mmmm. Bacon...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 16th, 2009 @19:54 #

    Ben, you're in the pig-pen...

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 16th, 2009 @21:12 #

    Tom, you're in.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    February 17th, 2009 @08:55 #

    Did someone say bacon?


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