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Sunday Times and Nal’iBali’s New Storytime Book Launched in Franschhoek

Press release from Nal’ibali:

The Sunday Times, in partnership with PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), launched the new Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storybook today (16 May 2013). Attended by the Western Cape Minister of Education, Donald Grant, the event celebrated ten new children’s stories commissioned by the Sunday Times and written by South African authors.

The illustrated stories will be printed in all our official languages, starting with English and followed with isiZulu and isiXhosa later this year. The storybooks are aimed at young children from Grade R to Grade 6 with the first 200 000 copies donated to schools, reading clubs, libraries and other NGO reading initiatives around the country.

The Sunday Times has already produced two such storybooks and distributed 2 million copies of these to schoolchildren nationwide. Having received a generous donation from Mrs Coralie Rutherford this year, Times Media has been able to commission a new book and incorporate it as part of a joint literacy initiative with PRAESA. The initiative, Nal’ibali, supports bilingual literacy development and encourages parents and children to engage with each other through reading and storytelling.

“We have been fortunate to work with a number of talented South African authors and illustrators in putting together this magical collection of stories. A treasured storybook can be just the thing to spark a love of reading in children and this is precisely our intention – to skill children to become readers for life,” comments Patti McDonald, publisher of Times Media Education’s supplements.
“Books and stories deepen our thinking and understanding by stretching our imagination while encouraging creative problem-solving. To have stories that our children can relate to in their home languages is an invaluable asset that we need to keep growing in our country,” comments Dr Carole Bloch, Director of PRAESA.

The Storybook launch, held at the Dalubuhle Primary School in Franschhoek, as part of the Franschhoek Literary Festival, was attended by the school’s pupils. It included a reading by Chris van Wyk of his contribution Mr Hare meets Mr Mandela in English and in isiXhosa by volunteer librarian Ms Siphokazi Mangwane.

Any donation to our readers’ fund will help us print, translate and distribute the books for free. Here are the details:

Account: ST Readers
Reference: Book
Standard Bank
Acc no: 001604783
Branch: Rosebank
Branch code: 004305

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Books LIVE covered the launch on Twitter:


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Day Three, Hour Four at the FLF: Eaton, Ngcobo, van Heerden, Jaffer and More!

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

@BOOKSA covered Funny Ha Ha at the Church Hall, featuring Edyth Bulbring, Ndumiso Ngcobo, Tom Eaton and Tymon Smith:


#flf2011 @tymonsmith: ‘If you’ve come for in-depth literary discussion, you’re in the wrong venue… Ndumiso will be taking his shirt off.’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 @tymonsmith to Ngcobo: you’re a sell-out, of course, being a black man paid to make middle-aged white women laughless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 @tymonsmith to Ngcobo: how do you get in touch with your inner white woman? Are there exercises?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 @tymonsmith was going to vote DA in the hopes that they would install an open-air toilet on the roof of his building.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Eaton: there’s no shortage of material. But some people find what I write for @hayibo unfunny. The ANCYL…less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 …and the kooks who think that what @hayibo publishes is true.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Ngcobo once wrote about his sexual shortcomings, and found readers taking umbrage at connotations about black men’s libidosless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 @tymonsmith: On the list of taboos, I would like to add jokes about short balding white men.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Bulbring: I laugh at funerals, weddings. Went to a Jewish wedding recently… @tymonsmith: I’m laughing alreadyless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Eaton: our society is currently getting terrified by Alzheimer’s… Our society is currently getting terrified by Alzheimer’s.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#flf2011 Ngcobo: when I put on weight, my wife asked, are you getting bigger or is your penis shrinking?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Eaton: it’s probably not ok to make fun of small, threatened, powerless minorities. Like white people.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Eaton launches into a story about a first date, which involved Titanic. Halfway through, his date started sobbing.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply



#FLF2011 Eaton proceeds to do an ASTONISHING Imraan Coovadia impression. ‘You know Tom, I think you’re a lot smarter than you look.’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Eaton: we have to stop making fun of the ANCYL because it’s become too easy.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Eaton produces an example: ‘Malema intentionally got 20% for woodwork, as an act of revolutionary resistance…less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 …against imperialist standards of numerical adequacy. You strike a piece of plywood, you strike a rock.’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 …& @tymonsmith tells a ‘Jewish joke’ – ‘an icebreaker for WASPS’ – whose punchline is ‘Rachel died. Toyota for sale.’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Men of Letters at the School Hall, featuring Etienne van Heerden, Michiel Heyns and Harry Garuba:


EvH: Place & displacement & homecoming as a theme in lit goes way back eg Homer’s Odyssey #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


EvH: It is especially the critical return to the home that is interesting in SA lit #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


EvH: In Lost Ground Michiel Heyns turns a whodunnit into a whydunnit #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MH was translating 30 Nights in Amsterdam while writing Lost Ground. Some influences might have occurred #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


EvH: Michiel Heyns is currently translating bio of JM Coetzee by John Kannemeyer #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MH: All my characters are clearly Afr but I write in Eng becoz it sounds artificial 2 me when I’m writing Afr #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MH: I like Umberto Eco’s idea of translation as negotiation. Every word is a decision #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


EvH: You may lose something in translation but u win in the sense that people from other countries can read about this new world #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Roads Less Travelled at the Congregational Church, featuring Justin Cartwright, Hamilton Wende, Douglas Rogers and Don Pinnock:


Roger: when my parents found out I was writing a book on Zimbabwe they had one request. ‘Please don’t depress us” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Cartwright: “it fascinates me that people think that this life is just a rehearsal” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


HW on writing Alexander the Great: “alexander slept with everyone, except perhaps his horse tho he may have been too drunk to know #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Wende: there comes a time when you become too old to be a war corrrespondent. You don’t want to die. That’s why I write novels now #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Douglas Rogers: I went to journalism school ‘but it didn’t teach me anything about how to be a journalist.’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Wende: when traveling abroad to places with weird food, stick to three rules: ‘water, beer, chicken’ #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@LieslJobson covered Struggle Stalwarts at the Hospice Hall, featuring Ronnie Kasrils, Lynn Carneson, Hugh Lewin and Zubeida Jaffer:


#FLF2011 RK’s book, The Unlikely Secret Agent was shortlisted last night for Alan Paton award. Audience delighted.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HL’s text explores culpability of harm inflicted by his “non-involvement” with bomb & ghastly reality of victim’s anguish.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Lynn reads of father’s arrest on New Years Eve. Sarah arrested at party. At 5’1″ was this necessary? Ruth arrested too @ 13yrs old.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 LC remembers security agents camping out in the fig tree. Her father was arrested wi Hugh Lewin. Kept in solitary for 13 months.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 HL cautions the sharpness of shards that emerge from rocks of reconciliation when thrown against mirror of examination.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Ronnie recalls home in Kalk Bay where he resigned from politics, 11 mo later
Eleanor had a stroke. A beautiful death is a mercy.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 RK insisted on pic of Eleanor on cover. They escaped SA disguised as Muslim couple, her hair dyed black!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Tim Butcher asks Ronnie was it worth it. RK says more to question. Worth struggling against unjust system. We have warts, but yes.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 RK embraces HL, remembers Joe Slovo & Trevor Huddlestone together. TH says to JS For a Communist, you’d make a very good Christian.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Quick as a wink, Slovo replies to Huddlestone, for a Christian, you’d make a bloody good Communist!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Day Three, Hour Three at the FLF: Zakes Mda, David Klatzow, Antony Altbeker, Julian de Wette and More

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

@carolynmeads covered Digging Deeper at the Hospice Hall, featuring Peter Godwin, Janice Galloway, David Klatzow, and Michele Magwood:


JG: You wouldn’t think that u need 2 research 4 ur memoir but u do. 1st u need 2 research who the hell u actually are #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Applause from audience 4 DK’s Seeped in Blood on Alan Paton prize shortlist #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


DK: The problem with “gut feeling” is it should stay in the gut #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JG: The most taboo word in my family was the word “sex” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PG: When Robert Mugabe went 2 NY 4 the UN meeting he visited a chemist with a list of cosmetics 2 buy 4 his young wife #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PG: A student of mine saw Robert Mugabe & a helper at the lipstick display reading out names like “mulberry burst” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PG: Most surprising 4 me about human nature is survivors don’t want revenge but validation #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@chiaxa covered Writing from Exile at the Church Hall, featuring Zakes Mda, Barbara Trapido, Julian de Wette, and Christopher Hope:


Hope: “South afrca doesn’t really exist except in the mind of others” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Trapido on globalism: it makes life more exciting but also more scary #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Trapido: fiction writers have ‘floaty’ identities, so writing characters is like trying out different identities #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Mda: home is many places, and sometimes no place at all #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Mda: I think my best works were written when I was living on the periphery #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


JdW on afrikaaner identity: “It was considered an honour to fail afrikaans at school” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Mda wrote a letter to Mandela, where he bemoaned what he saw as crony capitalism and corruption in the new south africa #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Mandela responded to z mda’s letter but “it was purely a PR excercise”. Mandela said “you are black and free, you should be happy”#flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@LieslJobson covered Do I Give Up The Day Job? at the School Hall, featuring Peter Harris, Antony Altbeker, Phakama Mbonami, Finuala Dowling and John Maytham:


John Maytham was offered R20k to write a book, so unlike other journos who have a book inside them, he does not #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM was paid R30k to do a VoiceOver for wine farm! He asks the panel what the cover price of bk is & what they make from it. #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Antony Altbeker says writing for a small Market. Books are expensive. Authors not earning. Who does make living in SA? #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM says maybe John Van de Ruit can. Peter Harris sold about 23k copies. #FLF2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 If Homemaking for the down at heart sells out FD could make R24k.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 AA needs six weeks unmolested to get momentum go. He would like FD to write English for Economists.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PM hunting for advertising is interesting & character forming. You find yourself on an evangelical mission.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 PH would like to write novel. JM says they only sell 1500 copies, not 23k!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 FD won’t give up day job even if paid handsomely. Her father did this & died an alcoholic, balding head leaning over Olivetti.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 It’s all about the volumes. Jake White autobiography sold 250k, but Peter Harris didn’t win world cup.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Jonathan Ball told AA he’s been in industry for 30 yrs & if fucken Dan Brown came into my fucken office I’d tell him to fuck off.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 JM says books have to get into spaza shops.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Nelleke de Jäger says Daily Sun has channeled new distribution into townships. Pubs looking @ cheaper books.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Self pubbed author in audience has sold R20k, suggests this as viable model. FD says most self pubs terrible. PM says viable optionless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 Only 12% of SAffers ever buy a book, including map books & Bible. Need to grow readers. Can’t force classics, must tackle basicsless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Two, Hour One at the FLF: Jansen, Garisch, Mbonambi, van Onselen & More

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@TymonSmith covered How to Fix Our Schools in the School Hall, featuring Jonathan Jansen, Anne van Zyl, Melvin King and John Maytham:


Jansen: It’s good to be home. I left in 1985 and haven’t been back since because of the problem of “overconcentration.” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: to fix school you need capacity and authority. Many schools actually have capacity so for me it’s not the primary problem. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: primary prob. is the lack of political authority to insist that teaching happens on a regular basis. Without that, forget it. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


AVZ: unions have a stranglehold over the SA education system. Unions say thou shalt not work after 2pm. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MK: the people who need to make it happen are not sitting in the room. I thin there is a way forward #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: did a talk the other day on what school reform can learn from the rhythm method of sex #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: Problem is there are no rhythms, no predictability. Question is how you get that rhythm. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: forget government doing anything in the next ten, fifteen years #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MK: school heads need retraining. Strong leadership is a good beginning to fixing a school. They Promote bad teachers as well #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: the system abhors excellence, it abhors good principals. Need to say “we are gatvol.” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: we did it in the 1980s, we can do it again. They don’t care about education but they do care abt political image #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


MK: no strategic thought in our schools. Absenteeism is high and normalized. Not acceptable. Teaching is an essential service. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JM: if I was young and black living in a township I would not have faith in education #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ to JM: that’s not true. Astounds me that kids are there at school and they are waiting. #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: if the future of the country depended on this audience I wld be depressed but if it dep on your children I wld be v optimistic #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


JJ: my staff are told on a regular basis that the only mortal sin is not to turn up to teach or they will be fired on the same day #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@sophcola covered Presenting the Past in the Congregational Church, featuring Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, Charles van Onselen, Francis Wilson and Nigel Penn:


Dhupelia-Mesthrie introducing Van Onselen, author of Masked Raiders, “the book that he doesn’t want to talk about today” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


And Penn doesn’t want to talk about “Written Culture” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


UDM – so I’ll give each author 10 mins to speak about what they don’t want to speak about #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CVO: the problem w/afropessimists is that they’re hopelessly too optimistic #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CVO: the aim is to try and write a book with a shelf-life of 10-15 years #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


CVO: It’s only a matter of time before we get “50 Great Dresses of Winnie Mandela” with an appendix on wigs #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


FW fascinated by the ambiguity of History, particularly the ambiguity of empire #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


FW managed to write the first draft of Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy w/out mentioning Jan Smuts #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Penn – “I don’t see myself as an intellectual” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


NP – I thought there was nothing more difficult than trying to follow ideas of a french literary theorist #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


…until I met Spanish literary theorists #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


Penn refers to Borges short story in which Pierre Mehnard rewrites Cervantes’ Don Quixote verbatim yet the text changes #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


RT @KerryHammerton: #flf2011 ‘South Africa aspires to being a failed state, but lacks what it takes’ Charles van Onselen Presenting the Pastless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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@carolynmeads covered Young, Black and Reading in the Hospice Hall, featuring Karabo Kgoleng, Phakama Mbonambi, Lauren Beukes and Marguerite Abouet:


KK: I have a problem with this “black & reading” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MA: I was not published because I’m black but because the publisher liked my stories #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


KK: France (where MA lives) is interesting because they don’t talk about race – it’s not an issue #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


LB: But we shouldn’t write tropes – there’s not simply 1 why of being black #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


KK: I took a “how black are u” quiz on FB & scored 3 out of 10 #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


LB on marketing fic 2 young readers: Yoza mobi has done an amazing job with cellphone stories #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


PM: We are planning a Wordsetc edition 4 younger readers #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


MA: Growing up in Ivory Coast until the age of 12 I did not read. It was only when I went 2 France that I discovered libraries #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Audience member: What if the title of this discussion was “Young WHITE & reading” #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


LB: Let’s make the fun books the “gateway drug” to the Tolstoys #flf2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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@liesljobson covered Blood, Guts, Sweat and Tears in the Church Hall, featuring Rosamund Kendal, Dawn Garisch, James Clelland and Jassy Mackenzie:


#FLF2011 JM: The common thread in all three writers’ books, being a doctor has influenced the book. All books are influenced by medicine.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DG: examines power dynamics, nurses in service. Nurses put others before themselves. Drs are often controlling, workaholics.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 JC: Wanted Angus to be politically incorrect. I’m a real coward, don’t use my own name to write. Didn’t want to ruin my career.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 RK explores abuse. JM couldn’t bear to turn pages watching relationship unfold, vacillating abuser now charming, now ghastlyless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DG is a boarding school survivor. Laid some ghosts to rest by exploring the themes in Trespass, alienation, despair.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 JM gave his character a wife he deserved. Married twice, but not one of his exs. Loved writing this character.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 JM solved prob of diff 2nd novel by having 3 failed ones 1st. Researching drugs, incest & prostitution.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 JM throws something interesting in, like married people having gay sex. Hasn’t done that research yet.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 RK: to stay in state hospital situation you have to be corrupt or saint. Helps to be in private practise, gives distance to matterless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 RK no time for Internet time gobblers. Writing a form of therapy. Write about what troubles me. Balancing study, family & writingless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#FLF2011 DG interested in poetry of body, need to look at symbol embedded in symptom.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


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