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Day Three, Hour Two at the FLF: Rayda Jacobs, Doreen Baingana, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Mike Nicol and More!

Tweets from the second hour of day two of the FLF. For programme information, click here.

@sophycola covered Skop, Skiet en Donder featuring Tony Park, Mike Nicol, Colin Cotterill and Jenny Crwys-Williams:


CC would like to thank the organizers for putting him on a panel, the name of which he can’t pronounce #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MN – ANC cadres having sushi off of a dead body legitimized crime fiction #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


A working title for one of CC’s novels was “The Devil’s Vagina” – apparently the name of a tree #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


RT @vandamonde: Colin Cotterill lives in Thailand gets interesting ideas from crime there. Tony Park admits his homeland is boring #flf2less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Encountering burglars in his house, @MikeNicol borrowed phrase he heard an advocate say to a judge the previous week #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Phrase was “jou ma se poes”, @jcwLIFE translates for CCless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Panelists discuss requests they get for mentions in their novels #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


On being compared to Alexander McCall-Smith, CC: I set out to kill McCall-Smith…in print #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CC: I was going to kill him quite violently, but then I looked into his eyes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Panelists discuss consistency between novels, CC hires someone to compile a database of facts/character attributes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply



RT @isobeldixon: CC on what he calls ‘the lost people of Amazon’, who only read books to find fault. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@MikeNicol quotes one of his favourite chapters in a book which reads “fuck you”. @tonyparkblog: “my mother didn’t like that one” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@tonyparkblog on being compared w/Wilbur Smith: only two differences between me and Wilbur, about 30 books and 30 million dollars #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@tonyparkblog wishes he could write like Deon Meyer, “his books make me cry” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


A reader to @MikeNicol at the #flf2011 “I think you have the most perverted mind I’ve ever come across”, MN responds: “thank you”less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CC takes a picture of the audience because he “collects audiences” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CC puts in a request for audience to all look like they’re enjoying themselves #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


And on that note, discussion is concluded, I reckon the audience really did enjoy themselves #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Oh Cape Town! My Cape Town! featuring Rayda Jacobs, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Gus Ferguson and Karin Schimke:


RJ: Definitely think of myself as a Capetonian. I have family in USA, but will never move there permanently #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: Yes I am a product of displacement – three marriages, that should tell u something #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HRI: Like most African cities CT remains interesting, in flux, can continue 2 write about it #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


GF: I get irritated with people who say ‘Isn’t CT just the most beautiful city?’ I like it but I don’t luv it #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


GF: I think we should just break down Table Mountain, throw it into the sea, creating some fun islands & use the space 4 parking #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


GF: There is a lot of division in CT, it’s not this utopia #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


KS: In certain suburbs u can feel like a total foreigner. Diff people know diff Cape Towns #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


GF: No u can’t luv CT it’s 2 awkward & unfair #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HRI: As writer we have a responsibility in the way we romanticise Cape Town #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: I could write a good book about what would happen when Moslems move into Franchhoek #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: I would like 2 write about other CT women: Najwa Petersen & Ellen Pakkies. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HRI: Certain parts of CT where writers cluster have been written about a lot eg the Kalk Bay ghetto. Plumstead not so much… #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


KS: Also not Gugulethu & Khayelitsha. So there’s much 2 still be written about #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HRI: Literally if u think about the skeletons dug up in the city while we’d been walking around above them #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Audience member: Don’t think there is such a thing as a “real CT” – Jamie Oliver wrote about Mzoli’s as the “real SA” – problematic #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Secret Women’s Business featuring Edyth Bulbring, Doreen Baingana, Marguerite Abouet and Arja Salafranca


Baingana on sharing secrets: fiction is a form in which your secrets can be made public #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingana on writing about women: interested in the transformation of girls into women, and becoming an object of desire #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


DB on collaborating with her husband: “But all writing is collaborative, you collaborate w/ the unconscious, and with the reader #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingana on short story form: “Reader brings as much to the table as the writer” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingana: “short stories are more like real life; incidents happen w/out explanation” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Abouet on the ‘normalcy’ her stories: I wanted to write about the Cote D’Ivoire we don’t see in the media and news: the family life #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingana on writing ‘issues’: HIV is an issue in my book, but its not an HIV-story that I was trying to write. It was a love story. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Salafranca agrees: “I don’t write stories borne out of *issues*” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Bulbring asks Baingara about her personal philosophy: “Fake it till you make it” jokes Baingara #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


AS: My life philosophy? Follow your heart. Find something that moves you #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Panel discusses twitter and Facebook: everyone except Salafranca seems creeped out, dismissive and unenthused (I cower in shame). #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingara says something is lost in the twitter generation. (Audience murmurs in agreement, woman next to me especially) #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Salafranca on the intrusion of photojournalism, twitter, etc: You have to embrace it, especially as a writer #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


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Day Two, Hour Five at the FLF: Harris, Rose-Innes, Coovadia, Jansen, Sisulu and More!

Tweets from the fifth hour of day two of the FLF. For programme information, click here.

@BOOKSA covered Critical Factors at the Hospice Hall, featuring Imraan Coovadia, Michiel Heyns, Tymon Smith and Karin Schimke:

#flf2011 Schimke: has book reviewing gotten worse? Coovadia: everything’s gotten worse. Including the Sunday Times.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 @tymonsmith (of the Sunday Times): the shrinking of the books pages is the biggest – and most boring – conversation in my life.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Schimke to Smith: you don’t have to defend your newspaper, don’t worry. Smith: I have no intention of defending the Sunday Timesless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 @tymonsmith It’s helpful to give a review copy to a person who has a grudge against the author…less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Heyns is quite firm that interest in writers and interest in their books should remain separate for reviewers.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Heyns enjoyed Coetzee’s Boyhood, but not because it gave access to Coetzee, & same w/ Galgut’s Strange Roomless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Coovadia: I think it’s important not to be too pragmatic about reviews. They can take as many shapes as books can.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Heyns to Coovadia: what is a book review, then, if it is not a review of a book? Coovadia: I’m in favor of irresponsible reviewing.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Earlier, @tymonsmith claimed full credit for ensuring Salman Rushdie’s alienation from South Africa.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Schimke: there are books that are unequivocally terrible. Heyns: yes, would you like a list?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Schimke: the review I’ve read that I liked the most was for a movie. 3 words: ‘agge nee man’.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@tymonsmith to Coovadia: I’ll never punish you for writing a bad book. Coov: I’ll test that by writing a bad book. Or another bad book.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply



@tymonsmith: Don’t be silly. Then I’d have to get it published & send it to someone like me.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Coovadia says that all writers have inner reviewers that they secretly want to unleash upon the literary world.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Birth at the Congregational Church, featuring Peter Harris in conversation with Mike Wills:


Wills said Harris was the most tired man he had ever seen during the 1994 working at the IEC #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: murder of chris hani had an unintended effect: a glimpse into the abyss of the future of the country, and a wake up call #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: 3am at one of the voting counts, someone hacked into t system and changed t vote for 3 parties. Withholding t results #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: buthelezi said he was going to withdraw frm election bcoz his pic on ballot ‘makes me look like a tokolosh!’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Harris: “facts are the most powerful things in these stories” “the facts will knock your socks off” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PH on upcoming election: “anc will pick up on cope’s fallout in certain areas, DA will see more support too” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Peter Harris on upcoming election: “DA has proven to be a very serious political force” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Can Books Help to Heal a Nation? at the School Hall, featuring Jonathan Jansen, Elinor Sisulu, Carole Bloch and Karabo Kgoleng:


ES: @PukuBooks was created to promote children’s books #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CB: We want 2 create conditions in which children want 2 read & write #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


ES: We should take that money used 2 buy the sushi eaten from women’s bodies & rather use it 2 buy books #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CB: we have a school system that doesn’t value narrative #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


ES: I wish someone would do a reading campaign in prisons & that some1 would do research on what’s read in prison, if at all #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


KK mentions Yoza Mobi & their stories for youth on cellphones #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CB: The importance of storytelling & narrative should be brought back into education #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Session concludes with JJ: Can we stop now? Blue Bulls are playing in a minute #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@LieslJobson covered Short Stories Africa at the Council Chamber with Harry Garuba, Doreen Baingana, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Meg van der Merwe:


#FLF2011 MV left SA as young child, examines fraught topic of leaving home. Found it healing. Wanted to look at concept of homelessness.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HRI the short story presents a fractured view, mosaic form. Trying to address a variety of experiences.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 MV You don’t have to like character, but must allow them to speak their story, give space to present their world.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HG asks about writing under shadow of Coetzee. Clinical prose almost becomes laboured. Is this a technique?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HRI says MV treads the line very competently. Lit can be corrupt when one humanises the inhuman, eg rape scene in Lolita.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HRI courses should be more frank, sometimes feel fraudulent as implication is you’ll end up a published author. Go in wi eyes openless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 MV suggests that ss like a cup of coffee, rather than leisurely 5 course meal. Novel about endurance. SS about moment in time.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 variety of questions coming from floor. Complaint from floor about covers. MV says don’t judge book by it’s cover.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Day Two, Hour Three at the FLF: Zakes Mda, Tim Couzens, Max du Preez, Anna Trapido and More!

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Tweets from the third hour of day two of the FLF. For programme information, click here.

@BOOKSA covered Writing Me at the Congregational Church, featuring Zakes Mda, Janice Galloway, Jane Katjavivi and Jenny Crwys-Williams:


@jcwLIFE introduces the panel #FLF2011 ‘You can tell Galloway’s from Scotland b/c she thinks it’s hot’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 @jcwLIFE ponders the difference between memoir & autobiography. You can squeeze in several of the former – a serial-form obituary!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Katjavivi: in some ways, all autobio is to do with death. I was facing a sense of my own mortality, I was writing for my children.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Mda: Jane’s book is pure memoir, it has a lyrical cast, whereas mine is lyrical and chronological, a hybrid memoir/autobioless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@jcwLIFE manages to sneak in a reference to her recent interview with Tony Blair about his autobio – ‘Janice, please don’t wince’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 @jcwLIFE drifts into Tony Blair’s sex life… Galloway is squirming, much hilarity in the Congregational Churchless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf20211 Galloway now says that Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes is essentially all made up. His publisher convinced him to call it a memoir.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf20211 @jcwLIFE turns to Mda’s ‘all-inclusive’ approach to biography. Hs first sexual experience, at 6, is in the book. Why?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Mda turns to the example of James Frey. ‘The problem was the book was categorized as non-fiction’. Compare Coetzee’s Boyhood.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Mda wrote his autobio in 3 months – & rejected @isobeldixon‘s suggestions for revisions. ‘I wanted this book to get away from me.’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 This panel is a two-pillared affair – Mda on one side, Galloway on the other. @jcwLIFE & Katjavivi sheltering in the middleless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@liesljobson covered Other People’s Money at the Hospice Hall, featuring Justin Cartwright in conversation with Shaun Johnson:



#FLF2011 Zeitgeist book about the economic times. Simon, a character in book, says making money about creating something out of nothing.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 SJ book explores valuation of art, classic juxtaposition between art & money.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Does art win or does money? Don’t want to demonise bank. Everyone in grip of delusion but bankers of a different order.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 JC tries to say something fresh. Uses Saul Bellows description of professor’s eyebrows being caterpillars on the tree of knowledge.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 OPM going to be a film? If I had ten quid for every time somebody said this I’d be a millionaire, says JC. But perhaps this timeless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Writing Madiba at the Church Hall, featuring Tim Couzens, Anna Trapido, Mike Nicol and Max du Preez:


TC: This book(Conversations with myself) was the most terrifying thing that had ever happened 2 me #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


TC: It is the first book ever to reproduce Mandela’s words unmediated. Even Long Walk 2 Freedom is a construct #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MN: My idea is Nelson Mandela doesn’t exist. We created this construct of him. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


TC: Madiba’s letters are controlled but sometimes can’t help himself & the voice breaks free eg erotic passages about Winnie #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


TC: Kathrada tapes give u access 2 Madiba’s real voice. His fav saying “gee whiz” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


TC: Several other people before Mandela could have been “a Mandela” but things didn’t go their way eg Sol Plaatje #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Who Really Dunnit? at the School Hall, featuring David Klatzow, Jacques Pauw, Antony Altbeker and Jeremy Boraine:


JB’s cheeky intro to Klatzow: “expert in pyro forensics and blood alcohol levels” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Pauw talks abt apartheid conspiracy abt controlling birth rates of africans and dispersing mandrx in order to calm down the riotors #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


DK says aggressive affirmative action exacerbates conspiracy crimes. Eg jackie selebi #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Altbeker: there’s no intelligence and detective ability in the police, so they just shoot. We’r very good at shooting #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JB: there are more conspiracy theories than conspiracies #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Klatzow: “wouldn’t it be argued that Kebble was vastly improved by death? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


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Day One, Hour Four at the FLF: Barbara Trapido, Jonny Steinberg, Finuala Dowling, Kei Miller and More

1994 And All That

Tweets from the fourth hour of the FLF. For programme information, click here

@tymonsmith covered 1994 And All That at the School Hall, featuring Peter Harris, Carmel Rickard, Jonny Steinberg, and John Maytham:


PH: I wanted to stress just how fragile those times were and how the election became necessary to our survival #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM: story of a man with elephantitis so determined to vote he wld nt let someone else make his cross. Took him fifteen minutes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JS: what the elections meant to prisoners in 1994. Gangs saw themselves as political and that they would receive amnesty #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: the issue of prisoners and their right to vote was fiercely debated behind the scenes. Threat of riots forced the issue #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CR: can’t tell you what it was like living in the region at that time when 400 people would die every month in Anc, Ifp violence #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CR: I now live in the middle of the free state
JM: do you have an enclosed toilet? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM: how much was the media to blame for creating anxiety before the elections? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JS: had an aunt who told me that her domestic worker had told her who was behind the violence. Who? Answer: the Blacks. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: the TRC – what was good for the goose was good for the gander #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JS: can’t ask the ANC not to control the judiciary – any party that rules for a long time anywhere will try #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Peter Godwin asks a question about transitional justice and lessons for Zimbabwe. How to do it there? #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


PH: people furious at not seeing the fruit of what they were promised and unless they do, fractures will continue. END of session #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Durbs by the Sea

@carolynmeads covered Durbs by the Sea at the Church Hall, featuring Imraan Coovadia, Barbara Trapido, Shubnum Khan, and Ndumiso Ngcobo:


SK: Main thing that stands out about growing up in Durban is the giant cockroaches! #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


BT: The Durban of my youth was very racist colonial place #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


BT: We all believed we were “British” – until u get to England and realise it’s a settler construct #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


IC: If u go back 2 Durban now, it’s a strange alienating place filled with shopping malls #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


IC: My own Durban growing up was different. When I was 13 I was already a communist. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


IC: Durban’s a place where u can’t help but hear all the diff types of Eng. It’s something unique it can bring 2 SA fiction #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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Minefields

@chiaxa covered Minefields at the Council Chamber, featuring Finuala Dowling, Kei Miller, Doreen Baingana and Christopher Hope:


Hope “if patriotism is the refuge of the scoundrel, then memory is the refuge of writers” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Miller’s novel begins ‘once upon a time in jamaica, there was a leprechaun’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


On whether her latest novel is autobiographical, dowling says: it’s autobiographical but also everyones biography #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Miller says he often feels nostalgia for things he’s never experienced #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Baingana “memory is remaking what happened the way you want it to be” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Miller: its my duty to capture and shape the beauty of others’ memories and be the voice they don’t have #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


On fiction versus reality a reader says to dowling “I really like your men but they’re not real” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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Publish and be Damned

@liesljobson covered Publish and be Damned at the Congregational Church, featuring Ben Williams, Phakama Mbonambi, Hugh Hodge and Joe Vaz:


#FLF2011 Hugh Hodge of New contrast says many are writing and submitting, but few subscribe. Subscriptions run @ R200 for paper, R100 ePub.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Welcome to Gus Ferguson in bright green cycling jacket! http://t.co/m81qsRKless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Hurdle for New Contrast submissions -must be subscribers. If everyone who sends stories sent me R100 per year, we’d be rolling.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Costs for Wordsetc – R95 000, New Contrast R 35 000, Something Wicked think he said R25 000.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HH publishes what he receives, genre wise,mostly sh stories & poetry. Doesn’t beautify the writing or Hodge-ify it.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Gus never rejects poetry from prisoners in case they get out! This to answer serious query from Elinor Sisulu re poetry in prisons.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


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Day One, Hour One at the FLF: Zakes Mda, Sam Wilson, Peter Godwin, Colin Cotterill and More

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Tweets from the first hour of the fifth FLF. For programme information, click here.

@TymonSmith covered Perspectives in the Franschhoek School Hall, featuring Zakes Mda, Antony Altbeker, Justice Malala and Karabo Kgoleng

Zakes Mda: I really don’t know who my writing influences are, I just write and hope that I have my own voice. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Altbeker – influences for first book Orwell and Naipaul. New book – Joan Didion very competent at writing bat things she dent know #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Malala – from thrillers I learnt to write quickly and developed hunger for news #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Mda – the books Justice read are the same ones I read. Hadley Chase, comic books. Those were twnshp staple reading material #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


In 1986 when Mcbride bombed Magoo’s. He was a hero to me, can’t deny that. Malala. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Altbeker – interested in Jacob Dlamini’s approach to history. SA too invested in easy idea of rainbow nation #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Altbeker – challenge in any S.African to write about what we had to give up to create the rainbow nation #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Malala – people happy that steinberg’s new book is on Liberia bcse they’re relieved that he’s not looking at us anymore #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@sophycola covered A Real Tweet in the Church Hall, featuring Sam Wilson (1), Sam Wilson (2), Steve Vosloo and Michael Rice


Steve Vosloo argues that there is no culture of reading and writing in SA #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


That’s where Yoza comes in w/130 000 reads of their stories and 40 000 comments #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@WombatSam: When spelling mistakes slipped through the cracks, comments poured in from readers correcting them, using SMS-speak! #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Michael Rice, who assures us he is not on Twitter, is an education specialist #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Rice is interested in how eReaders and iPads could be used in schools #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


The Kindle could ensure that all children start the school year with their textbooks downloaded on their reader #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@laurenbeukes wants to know what Rice is doing to make this happen. Rice is setting up a team with PRAESA to est viability #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


He will also be working with @arthurattwell who will investigate the technology behind the possibility of a specialised device #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Elinor Sisulu of puku.co.za brings up the issue of author royalties #flf2011 will lack of money not lower content value?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@SamWilson1 who is chairing the panel said she would fill any awkward silences, so far she hasn’t needed to #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Vosloo – publishing world needs editors now just as much, their role changes slightly but you stand out on amazon w/a good editor #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Twitter fiction? @WombatSam mentions his account @GenreStories where everyday he writes a new story in a different genre #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@SamWilson1 reminds us that you can also hire @WombatSam to scream your tweets off table mountain #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


@WombatSam: A guy even used me to propose to his wife! Luckily she said yes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Bush Wars in the Congregational Church Hall, featuring Peter Godwin, James Clelland, Jacques Pauw and Edyth Bulbring


Peter Godwin: “I was an accidental soldier”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Jacques Pauw: “When Max and I started Vrye Weekblad I was called up to training camp. I stole docs there which we published!”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Edyth Bulbring: “Let’s move on to the question of evil”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Mugabe’s an interesting dictator. He’s not ur typical Idi Amin.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Peter Godwin: “He’s highly educated and that is often more dangerous, when people are drawn in 2 some kind of ‘gr8t idea’”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Pauw: “Little Ice Cream Boy is a fictional work about killer Ferdie Barnard and it’s written in first person.Had 2 think like him!”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


James Clelland: “I don’t think there are any innocents in a war”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Jaques Pauw: “Look at Eugene de Kock, he’s probably the personification of evil in SA but if u meet him, he’s so soft spoken”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


James Clelland: “I’m working on a nice little family drama: Incest,prostitution…the research is fascinating!”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Jacques Pauw is working on a book about a Rwandan refugeeless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Serious vs Hilarious in the Council Chamber, featuring Andy Mason, Marguerite Abouet, Colin Cotterill, Jeremy Nell and Leonora van Staden

Cotteril says he is a seriously damaged person which is why he writes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Scamping: quick drawing portraying narrative essence in a few lines #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Madam and Eve cartoonists S francis and Rico also rely on scamping. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Illustrator Leonora van Staden she’s she’s not an angry young feminist anymore, Now she’s an “adventure historian” #flf2011less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Jeremy Nell: “Ignorance is a multi-billion dollar industry. And we cartoonists want our share” #flf2011less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Jeremy Nell on Sa politics and cartooning: “Malema is a cartoonist who doesn’t draw” #flf2011less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


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2009 Franschhoek Literary Festival Programme

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The Franschhoek Literary Festival is pleased to present three days of literary feasting this 15, 16 and 17 May.

Our 2009 programme has been released and is available for viewing: you can click the images above to view the individual days’ events, download the programme as a pdf, or visit our homepage for all the details.
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Complete 2009 FLF List of Participants

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The confirmed participants list for the 2009 Franschhoek Literary Festival:
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Celebrate the Donation of R100 000 Worth of Books to Franschhoek Valley High Schools at Groendal High School

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The 15th of October 2008 sees a new stage in the Franschhoek Literary Festival’s commitment to promoting literacy in the Franschhoek valley. After two extremely successful years the FLF is now in a position to donate 29 class libraries to the two local high schools – Groendal High and Franschhoek High.
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