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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme Now Live

The programme for this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival is now live on the event’s website. The annual three-day celebration of books and writers is being held from Friday 16 May to Sunday 18 May.

Tickets can be booked from Wednesday 19 March at midday on Webtickets. Check back periodically for any additions or amendments to the programme.

Some highlights from the 2014 programme:

FRIDAY 16 MAY 2014

Army of the LeftDark WindowsApocalypse Now NowThe ThreeThe Fall of the ANCWhat's Gone Wrong?Thabo MbekiBare & BreakingFalse RiverBom BoyThe Shining GirlsArctic SummerMeditasiesKlawerjas

Are there boundaries to your imagination?: Savannah Lotz (aka Lily Herne) grills Louis Greenberg (Dark Windows), Charlie Human (Apocalypse Now Now) and Sarah Lotz (The Three), about their limits, if they have any.

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

Writing Through the Pain: Karin Schimke (Bare & Breaking) probes the healing power of words with Dominique Botha (False River), Yewande Omotoso (Bom Boy) and Helen Walne.

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.

Adam Small in Samespreking: Joan Hambidge (Meditasies) bespreek met Adam Small (Klawerjas) die unieke bydrae van sy werk tot die Afrikaanse dramakuns en digkuns.

Revelling in South African English: Journalist Rebecca Davis talks to three authors who expand the boundaries of SAE: Nadia Davids (An Imperfect Blessing), Kgebetli Moele, and Claire Robertson (The Spiral House).


Black Widow SocietyKobraOf Cops and RobbersWater MusicMarrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren't BlackKingUntitledNinevehHomemaking for the Down-at-Heart Lost and Found in JohannesburgRichard RiveRediscovery of the OrdinaryThe Garden of Evening MistsPhilida

Criminal Intentions: Four éminence grises of SA crime fiction – Angela Makholwa (Black Widow Society), Deon Meyer (Kobra), Mike Nicol (Of Cops & Robbers) and chief interrogator Margie Orford (Water Music) – convene to define their objectives and plot forthcoming mischief.

For Love or Money?: ‘Why do you write, if not for money?’ is the question Hagen Engler asks of novelists Gareth Crocker, Sarah Lotz and Kgebetli Moele.

What’s to Become of Biography?: Now that letters are becoming extinct and handwritten records rare, where will biographers find their hard material? Henrietta Rose-Innes asks of poet/novelist Finuala Dowling, Mark Gevisser, and Shaun Viljoen (Richard Rive: A partial biography).

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

Truth be Told: Does fiction do a better job of telling the truth, as Doris Lessing averred? Michele Magwood explores the issue with novelists Damon Galgut, Njabulo Ndebele and Tan Twan Eng (The Garden of Evening Mists).

Literary Doyen: Victor Dlamini in conversation with André Brink about his novel, Philida, set on a Franschhoek farm in the slave era, and his long and distinguished career in South African letters.

SUNDAY 18 MAY 2014

The Daughters of MarsSouth Africa at War, 1939-1945South African BattlesWorld War TwoWalkThe Big StickThe True Story of David Munyakei, Goldenberg WhistleblowerInvisible FuriesTo Catch A CopThe Accidental AmbassadorMy Big Fat Gupta WeddingLiterary Landscapes

Between Reality and Imagination: Michele Magwood discusses the process of creating fiction from observed and lived experiences in specific cultural contexts, with Israeli Shifra Horn, Australian Thomas Keneally, and Malaysian Tan Twan Eng.

War Stories: Bill Nasson invites fellow war experts Tim Couzens, Norman Stone and James Whyle to recount some of the strange and lesser-known tales of conflict they have unearthed during their researches.

Writing in Two Languages: Victor Dlamini talks to three writers whose work is published simultaneously in their mother tongues and English – Dominique Botha, Richard de Nooy and Billy Kahora – about the differences between their two versions, and the difficulties involved in cross-translation.

The Considered Canon
Taking into account their dual roles as academics and novelists, Imraan Coovadia, Nadia Davids and Michiel Heyns give their views on what is generally considered the South African literary canon – and whether the very idea of a canon is too exclusionary.

Rocking the Boat: SA society is blessed with mavericks who are not afraid to speak truth to power. Manning the oars in this galley, with Rebecca Davis as coxswain, are ex-politician Tony Leon, commentator Prince Mashele, journalist/comedian Marianne Thamm and cartoonist Zapiro.

African Pastoral: Harry Garuba discusses recent novels embedded in rural landscapes: Dominique Botha’s False River in the Free State, André Brink’s Philida in historical Franschhoek, and Claire Robertson’s The Spiral House set in the 18th century Cape and then-Northern Transvaal.

Book details

  • Literary Landscapes: From Modernism to Postcolonialism by Harry Garuba, Ina Grabe, Merry M Pawlowski, Carrol Clarkson, Johan Geertsema
    EAN: 9780230553163
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