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Day Three, Hour One at the FLF: Malala, du Preez, Moolman, Miller and More!

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

@TymonSmith covered Mzansi in the Hospice Hall, featuring Karabo Kgoleng, Sifiso Mzobe, Khaya Dhlanga and Max du Preez:


Sifiso: Mzansi is Zulu for south and we’ve been calling [SA] that since I was young #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Du Preez: Think it’s really helpful. Is Afriforum Mzansi, I don’t think so. Julius, no. Helen Zille? Maybe. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: in my language it doesn’t work. “is jy suid?” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: to me it’s taken on a whole new meaning. The essence of the good things about our society. Mzansi Africa = funky stuff abt SA #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM: if Max can be Karabo’s oom, that’s very Mzansi #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: not sure why I disagree so strongly. I think it’s just another hip word that will disappear over time. Not as shallow as ayoba #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: Mzansi for me is very ayoba. SABC is so not Mzansi. Soweto is so Mzansi. It’s a cool place, the capital of SA. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KK my mother is Xhosa. KD this explains your beauty. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Zapiro from the floor: ‘bafana bafana’ will win out. These words get into popular consciousness and don’t disappear #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: if Nelson mandela’s real name was rolihlahla, white people wouldn’t have liked him so much #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: don’t need to use the word in writing but the writing should reflect the concept. Love Mahala website. It’s totally Mzansi #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: when mbeki was kicked out. Young black people on f-book devastated but rural places, happy. Social media = loud minority #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: Ubuntu has lost it’s currency. Abused by romanticized versions we were given. Not a lot of Ubuntu around us at the moment #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: Mzansi is post-rainbow nation. We’ve moved on and we need a new word and so we have Mzansi #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: problem is not the words we use but that we haven’t clearly defined who we are #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: quote of the day from Malema in Sunday Times: “SA does not need a smiling president.” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@sophycola covered Challenging Lives in the Council Chamber, featuring Melinda Ferguson, Leslie Swartz, Kobus Moolman and Fiona Snyckers:


thus begins what Snyckers describes as “the graveyard shift” – venue is packed despite #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


FS, to panel: is there a transformative power in writing about your experience? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KM is conflicted – “art is not therapy” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KM: “the poem is for the poem’s sake first” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF counters, “I wrote myself back to life” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF: “I would write to stay alive” #flf2011 advises kids to write if they’re strugglingless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KM mentions Sipho Mkhize, from Tilling, who he met while SM was in prison #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM said that poetry was the only way he could stay sane in prison #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


FS – do we try to protect the people in our lives from our stories? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF: this is very much my story, but has meant some damaged relationships #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF: my sister said, “but it didn’t happen like that”, MF’s response to this is “well then, write your own story” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


LS struggled with this, made decisions based on whether people would get hurt or not #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


LS: has a friend who says “the only false memory is the memory of the happy childhood” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KM wanted to provide Tilling writers w/”safe place” where their words could be respected & w/out shame #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF has been clean for over 11 years now #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF is somewhat embarrassed to be on panel because she made decisions, she caused her “disability” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


FS asks authors to read extracts from their books #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF begins, she is using R100 notes as bookmarks #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Again, huge round of applause for KM as for LS both with punchy pieces #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


LS: Google the words “they told me I would never walk” … “they told me I would never walk, and I danced” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


LS: but what about the other narratives, “they told me I would never walk, and I never walked” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Leadership and Innovation in the School Hall, featuring Justice Malala, Jonathan Jansen, Francis Wilson and Camaren Peter:


Panel start talking about the “toilet election” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CP:There is an issue with services in rapid urbanisation. Rapid urbanisation now is due 2 pass laws that prevented it in the past #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CP: 2nd issue is education which is a disaster #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CP: 3rd issue is land which is actually code 4 access to resources #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: Education is just 1 manifestation of the crisis of leadership we are in #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: Here we have leaders singing “Shoot the Boer” – I don’t buy this nonsense that it’s becoz of struggle history #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CP: We need 2 acknowledge our own failures & not just blame. You hear blame all over – u hear it in Franchhoek! #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: The problem with student is they don’t listen 2 what u say – they observe what u do! #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: So no matter how much u try to prepare them 4 leadership, it takes Julius Malema 3 min 2 break down what we’ve built #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


CP: Why can we organise the building of great stadiums but we cannot get a little rural school running properly? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: With Reitz-boys initially they had a “get lost” attitude but eventually I could see real change #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: My biggest problem now is girls falling deeply in luv in inter-racial relationships & saying “My pa gaan my doodmaak!” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: My hope lies with the youth to bring about change #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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Day Two, Hour Four at the FLF: Rickard, Makhanya, Snyckers, Moolman, de Kock and More!

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MM: A culture of hating the media is emerging #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Panel is speaking about Mzilikazi Africa who was arrested because of article on head of police #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


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Day Two, Hour Two at the FLF: Wende, Dlanga, Partridge, Weaver, Godwin and More

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

@TymonSmith covered Masculinities at the Church Hall featuring Khaya Dlanga, Sifiso Mzobe, Ndumiso Ngcobo and Melinda Ferguson:


Ncgobo: sifiso mzobe, the other guy with the big, shiny head #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NN: khaya dlanga, during the day he perpetuates capitalism by making consumers feeling secure. In English: advertising. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NN: the reason Melinda is on this panel is that just like that other famous white woman Michael Jackson, she used to be black boy #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NN: Argument out there about malema, mabalula about whether or not black men perceived as threatening esp. If you assert yourself #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Dlanga: have to constantly reassure people that you’re not going to attack them. One cld say that our history plays a role #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM: on young blood. Wanted people to understand the mindset because people are too judgmental and wanted to show their side #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM: there are people living in places in SA where there is no difference between a hero and a villain # #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MF: still not sure what to contribute or why I’m here but I do like young black men so maybe that’s why #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Audience gets touchy at MF’s suggestion that f-hoek is a white village #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: anger is understandable but shouldn’t be expected as part of the idea of what makes a young black man #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NN: can’t have a conversation btwn young black men without bringing up the notion of ” #the black man’s libido.” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NN: I did have relationships across the colour line when I was younger. (to his wife) sorry baby #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: First time a white woman touched me at school in the 90s I had an image of going to jail for talking to her #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


KD: race is not over and it’s not about to be. I’m most comfortable with white people who are not uncomfortable talking about race #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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LieslJobson@ covered Zimbos featuring Peter Godwin, Douglas Rogers, Ian Holding and Heidi Holland:


#FLF2011 more chairs brought in, benches too for Zim discussion! http://t.co/iujcEOpless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 More to say about White Zimbos? PG suggests that those in the diaspora find themselves increasingly expert the further way you are.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG believes flowering of black Zimbos, including those born in diaspora, who will write. But writing is hard. More stories coming.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG: As rookie reporter writing about Matabeleland massacre I got furious calls from whites saying stay outof politics.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG don’t withdraw into lager. Stay involved in politics. You have to be full citizens or isolation makes you vulnerable.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG SA now on 4th prez. Zim never got beyond 1st. Real test of democracy is when standing govt loses election.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DG level of corruption not just in govt, but ordinary people will cheat a& rob you. Interesting troika in Zambi a month ago.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DG, Mugabe is I’ll. We hope it’s nothing trivial, but suspect that even after he’s gone ZANU so entrenched, probably stay.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DR Mugabe dying, infighting in ZANU. Every dictatorship ends. Wont carry on forever. Were in an end game.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HH touches on Arab awakening. Many hoping this would come to southern Africa. But do the math. ZANU can manage the small numbers.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG says Anc is allergic to MDC. Trying to reinvent ZANU from outside.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PG never got public revulsion of the order of Congo, Rwanda. Because of MDC commitment to peace, body count never gets high enoughless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered What’s Different About Writing for Teens? featuring Sally Partridge, Edyth Bulbring, Sarah Lotz and Fiona Snyckers:


SL: I go 2 schools where there are basically zero resources & when I ask who’s read Twilight 50% put up there hands #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


EB: Teachers sometimes act as gatekeepers – don’t want to have my books because I write about the scratch-scratch game #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


SAP – The Education Dept was okay with The Goblet Club until the characters killed the principal #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


FS: Sarah you’re very anarchic-looking: can teen fic ever be totally subversive? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


SL: Well, I decided to not use swear words in Deadlands – don’t know why coz every teen I know swears. Do u agree? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



SAP: I wrote The Goblet Club when I was a teen. At that awkward stage would be mortified if anyone knew, so used a pseudonym! #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Panel talking about #readsa which they all support. The mission is to deliver books 2 schools where there are none #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Lekker English on the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible featuring Rajend Mesthrie and Arja Salafranca:


RJ feels as the only non-christian in the room that its appropriate that he talk about the KJ bible #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ says many ppl say the KJB is ‘the DNA of our soul… And the english language’. RJ says take this with pinch of salt #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



RJ: the KJB makes excessive use of the word ‘now’ which gives a greatr sense of immediacy over previous versions #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: KJB is great lit in ordinary prose, its given us ‘prodigal son, fly in the ointment, east of eden’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


AJ on ‘im going to lavatory’: sounds polite to some and sounds like going to a mental institution to others #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


AJ says every1 suld get on twitter. She says its perfect for using new words and slang #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ on SA Indian english: how do these strike you: ‘healthy’ means fat or overweight like Jewish word ‘husky’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: rule of thumb: if you use the word to talk to your grandmother, its not slang’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ: “high-way Sheila’ – when journalists have nothing to report they do a highway shelia – myth about a ghost who stalks highways #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


RJ in the QnA session: mesthrie says he hates the words educator and learners and teacher (audience applause) #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


AJ is asked her favourite term: ‘fok in die moer en van voer af’ (I think) #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


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@sophcola covered Slog – Slog – Sloggin’ Over Africa featuring Tim Butcher, Hamilton Wende, Jonny Steinberg, Tony Weaver and Mike Wills:


Title of panel is taken from a Rudyard Kipling poem #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Begin w/Butcher who “chose” DRC and Liberia #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Butcher says these journeys are not slogs but rather inspiring #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


He claims that the only slog part is reading his books #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


TB: I challenge you to find a single newspaper headline about the Congo that doesn’t in some way use Conrad #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JS went to Liberia as a detective to discover “truths” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


TW talks about misconceptions in Ethiopia, “Must finish your supper cause there’re starving children in Ethiopia” is a myth #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


According to TW you have to look hard to find starving children in Ethiopia #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


TB on the thrill of journalist encounters, meeting a guy who quit job with 3-word telegram “upstick job asswards” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Day One, Hour Three at the FLF: Leon de Kock, Douglas Rogers, Sifiso Mzobe, Jacques Pauw and More

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

@TymonSmith covered Bestsellers at the Hospice Hall, featuring Colin Cotterill, Tony Park, Douglas Rogers and Donald Paul


DP: publishing’s a murky business that no one really knows much about. Quoting anthropologist Thompson book Merchants of Culture #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CC: my first editor reminded me of my high school English teacher. Now I have an editor who asks me b4 changing anything #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DR: had more editing on a travel story on f-hoek than I ever had on my book. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply



DR: I’m on my third agent. My first was great but when she wanted to veto my second book I moved on. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DR: the second agent took a month to get back to me. She represented Franzen when he wrote freedom. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


TP: I always advice people who ask that they should go it alone. Having an agent helps but it’s not the most important thing #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DR: kindle singles are interesting especially for long form journalism. No editor money comes straight to you #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


TP: publishers don’t do any market research. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: publishers are lovely people. They’ll take your left hand while you’re looking at your right. But they’re lovely people #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: if you want to be a bestseller, die! The last lecture, stieg larsson. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CC: they put bestselling author on the front of my book after I was put on the bestselling list of a bkshp in south fork Oregon #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


DP: there are three things that make a bestseller…and nobody knows what they are #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@sophcola covered Exactly What is a Krimi? at the Council Chamber, featuring Jassy Mackenzie, Sarah Lotz, Sifiso Mzobe and Mike Nicol


#flf2011 JM prefers ‘thriller’ to ‘krimi’ because these books are thrilling w/a better resolutionless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SL – read somewhere that ‘crime fiction is literary fiction with its shirt sleeves off’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM – Wessel Ebersohn said if the reader doesn’t finish the book in 2/3 days, you have failed as a writer #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


“Krimi” is a word of German import, but has been referred to by margie orford as “Cremora” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM: this could be a useful analogy for crime fiction, “Cremora” would be those thrillers with cats on the cover & no real murders #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply



According to JM, countries are divided into source, transport and destination w/regards trafficking; SA is all 3 #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Discussion turns to the cop figure in crime fiction – is a corrupt cop more exciting? #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM argues that the cops in the townships, the setting for Young Blood, often seem insignificant #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM talks about the violence in her books – animals and children are no-nos #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


But apparently Nicol kills animals at whim #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM was told that Young Blood wasn’t violent enough so he is trying to make his next book as bloody as possible #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SL doesn’t enjoy reading gore-porn like Roger Smith #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MN – nothing nicer than describing the blood splattering, though I don’t own a gun and can’t watch it on TV #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SL acts out court scenes with lawyer husband Charlie to ensure authenticity #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SM explains to the audience what drifting is and how to do it – when the tires are ruined, you steal another to replace them #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


SL – on getting criminal characters out of system: you do feel like you need a shower afterwards #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Transitions: Journalists-turned-novelists at the Congregational Church, featuring Jacques Pauw, Hamilton Wende, Jenny Hobbs and Jenny Crwys-Williams


JP: I’ve never thought of myself as a novelist.But Little Ice Cream Boy just happened during a sabatical. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JP: I actually asked Ferdi Barnard if I could write his biography. He said that if he told all he would never get parole. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



JH used 2 write a column under the pen name Blossom in Darling in the 70s #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HW: A sense of place is important. It was easier to write about Afghanistan because I had been there as foreign correspondent #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HW: I never turn my laptop off when I’m in the shower because I’ll often get an idea an rush out to capture it. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HW: I take a lot of photos on my travels and it helps because a sense of place and discription is NB #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JP: I have a little voice recorder. As journalists we are always observing. I speak my ideas into the recorder #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Letters to South Africa at the School Hall with Leon de Kock and several SA poets and rappers


De kock says, maybe cynically’ Letters to SA should perhaps be callled ‘Poets Moaning and Whining’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


De kock gives an example of Ginsbergs poem for comparison #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


De kock. “America I give you all and nothing…go fuck yourself with your atom bomb” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Danie marais speaks next with “a middle class rap for white boys who can’t rap” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


De kock says ppl may think these poets are spoilt brats. If so,’ then write ur own letter’ #flf2011 http://yfrog.com/h2lidhojless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



Music poem: DK ‘ these poems aren’t supposed to be nice, friendly and proper, theyr supposed to be effective #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply




De kock says of hanker’s austere poem, ‘if you think that poor bugger is unhappy, wait till you hear Marius Swartz #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



De kock introduces Malika ndlovu: ‘who says protest poetry is dead, its very much alive #flf2011 http://yfrog.com/h7o7ydljless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Ndlovu says her letter is of very few words, “what’s happening in this country silences me” #flf2011 http://yfrog.com/h77cvjrjless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


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Snaps and Tweets From the Opening Gathering at the FLF

The FLF held a welcoming function at the Franschhoek town hall last night; writers from all reaches of the extensive 3-day programme found their way through for a glass of Porcupine Ridge wine. Here is a “Twitter gallery” of photos from the event. Just click the “yfrog” link to view!







Jenny Hobbs, FLF founder & organiser (& author of Kitchen Boy) @ #flf2011 http://yfrog.com/h3ughpwjless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply










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A Few Post-FLF Tidbits

Philip Gourevitch

We present a video and some photographs that we weren’t able to post while this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival was on. Better late than never!

We start with the farewell speech that FLF patron Christopher Hope gave at the pre-fest banquet at La Brasserie on Thursday evening:

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During the festival, a rumour surfaced that Hope’s was being pressed to remain the patron for a fifth year at the very least. Time will tell!

Here’s a gallery of miscellaneous snaps taken over the three days:

Marianne Thamm, Ndumiso Ngcobo, Jacob Dlamini and Tyrone AugustNdumiso NgcoboJacob DlaminiTyrone AugustJohn CarlinJann TurnerRonnie Govender and Jann TurnerMark Behr Tim NoakesChris Thurman, John Carlin, Ndumiso Ngcobo, Tim Noakes and Jeremy BoraineToby Mundy, Aher Arop Bol, Philip Gourevitch, Alex Perry and Andrew Brown


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Tom Watt, John Carlin, Chris Thurman Discuss The Beautiful Game at the FLF

Tom Watt, Chris Thurman and John Carlin

A big part of soccer is the rivalry between one team and the other, but at the same time this game has the power to eliminate divisions in society on economic, social, racial and political levels. “It is called the beautiful game because it belongs to us all.” This is what Tom Watt, author of The Beautiful Game said in a discussion about the upcoming Fifa 2010 World Cup with John Carlin (Invictus) and Chris Thurman (Sport versus Art) at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

A Beautiful GameInvictusSport Versus ArtOn the one hand soccer can be very “tribal” with fans stick to their teams no matter what: “When going to a game, you actually only watch 11 players, the other team is just this foggy thing that you don’t notice,” Watts said. He is an avid Arsenal supporter. “If you take the tribalism out, you are missing a big part of soccer. You cannot even really begin to understand it.”

On the other hand, soccer teams in the European leagues are becoming more and more multicultural. Traditional national borders and racial differences are not of importance when the players for these teams are chosen. “And the multiculturalism spills over into the crowd,” Watt continued, “I’m very proud to be an Arsenal supporter because the crowd at their games is always one of the most culturally diverse in the world.”

In June, when the Fifa World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the country will play host to people from all over the world and we will experience firsthand what Watt speaks about.

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FLF Live! Is Sport the New Politics? with Ndumiso Ngcobo, Jeremy Boraine, John Carlin and Tim Noakes

BOOK SA editor Ben Williams livetweeted the Is Sport the New Politics? panel in the Franschhoek School Hall. Read a selection of tweets from the event:


#flf10 …and Chris Thurman gets things going. “Is sport the new politics” is a richly ambiguous question, he says, then makes the introsless than a minute ago via web


#flf10 “Sport has also been a unifying factor” chiefly in the sphere of raceless than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Noakes: administrators manage sport for their own agenda. Sees that sport’s real benefactors are the people at the top. Sport = mafialess than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Now Ngcobo jumps in: “When Francois Pienaar lifted the trophy in 1995, I admit I was watching soccer.”less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Ngcobo: In 1995, I told myself, “I will *not* watch rugby”. Instead, I watched another game that Englishmen brought us.less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Carlin: Slabbert recalled a moment from the 1995 rugby wc: a tear-streaked Afrikaner chanting “That’s my president!” at the finalless than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Boraine’s turn. “Last night I was thinking about the question before us. Perhaps it shd be inverted: ‘Is politics the new sport?’”less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Thurman: What about sport and the literary experience? (Quotes JM Coetzee about SA’s terrible sportswriting)less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Carlin (who’s a sportswriter, among other things): Coetzee’s so bloody miserable, isn’t he?less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Boraine calls sport, rather memorably, “ritualised barbarism”. The writing about it will necessarily be secondary.less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 …and I’ve noticed that the only people who complain about vuvuzelas are people who don’t normally go to football matchesless than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Carlin: I think we’ve come to the crux of the matter: S Africans will be united as never before through hatred of FIFAless than a minute ago via web

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FLF Live! Doing it Weekly with Ndumiso Ngcobo, Jacob Dlamini, Tyrone August and Marianne Thamm

BOOK SA editor Ben Williams livetweeted the Doing it Weekly session at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on column-writing with Ndumiso Ngcobo, Jacob Dlamini, Tyrone August and Marianne Thamm. Here is a selection of tweets from the event:


#flf10 Welcome to the “Doing it Weekly” panel discussion at the FLF. BOOK SA coming to you live from the School Hall in Franschhoekless than a minute ago via web


Thamm introduces the panel and asks, “What gives you the right to your column?” #flf10less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 August: “Your own individual voice gives you the right.” Dlamini: “If the anti-columnist is the specialist then we are the antiwonks”less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Ngcobo: “I just like to write fluff!”less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Ngcobo: I never studied writing, I’ve a scientific background. So I have a method, which starts with… white noise!less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Ngcobo: I end up taking 4-5 showers a day, simply for the noise.less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 August: Sometimes I ask myself, Did I get it wrong? Once I compared the Zim youth brigade to the Hitler youth brigade…less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Question from the audience: “what’s the diff between columns and blog posts?”less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Thamm: There’s a vast difference. Blogs look like writing, smell like writing, feel like writing… but they’re not writing.less than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Thamm: Asks the audience, Do you read columns? A resounding “yes!” in the school hallless than a minute ago via web


#flf10 Dlamini calls for a moment of silence for The Weekender.less than a minute ago via web

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FLF on Carte Blanche Tonight

Tune into Carte Blanche this evening – M-Net, 7:00 pm – for an insert on the recent Franschhoek Literary Festival. Here’s the blurb:

Franschhoek Literary Festival

It’s a street party with a difference – a place where you come, not just to meet authors of your favourite reads, but also to gather with the rest of the literary world – publishers, satirists, poets and fellow book lovers. Carte Blanche reads between the lines.
Presenter: Jenny Crwys-Williams
Producer: Diana Lucas

The show is also set to have segments on US comedian/singer Wayne Brady, the Takalani home for the mentally disabled in Soweto and a modelling scam.

After the show has been aired, the transcript may become available on the Carte Blanche website – click here to post a comment.


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