April 2017 events

09 Mar 2017

Below you’ll find a list of events featuring PEN South Africa members, as well as a selection of other noteworthy literary events, classes and workshops happening around South Africa. If there is an event you’d like us to feature let us know.

  • Unathi Magubeni at Wordiest Bond Book Club
    Where: Pretoria Botanical Gardens
    When: Saturday 1 April, 2017, 12 PM
    PEN SA member Unathi Magubeni will be discussing his book Nwelezelanga: The Star Child.
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  • Unathi Magubeni at Afro-Zwanaka Book Cafe
    Where: Afro-Zwanaka Book Cafe, Soshanguve, Pretoria
    When: Sunday 2 April, 2017, 1 PM
    PEN SA member Unathi Magubeni will be discussing his book Nwelezelanga: The Star Child.
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  • Launch of Change by Jay Naidoo
    Where: Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
    When: Monday 3 April 2017, 4 PM
    RSVP: jongihlanga@isivivanacentre.org.za
    Jay Naidoo will be launching his book, Change.
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  • Launch of Wings of Smoke by Jim Pascual Augustin
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 4 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 7882266
    PEN SA member Jim Pascual Augustin will be launching his poetry collection Wings of Smoke in conversation with fellow member Finuala Dowling.
  • Launch of Change by Jay Naidoo
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 4 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Jay Naidoo will be launching his book, Change, in conversation with Saliem Fakir.
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  • Launch of Asylum by Marcus Low
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 5 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Marcus Low will be launching his novel Asylum in conversation with PEN SA member Andrew Salomon.
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  • Launch of Change by Jay Naidoo
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 5 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    Jay Naidoo will be launching his new book Change in conversation with Louisa Zondo.
  • Launch of Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle edited by Shamim Meer
    Where: Exclusive Books, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 6 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: hydepark@exclusivebooks.co.za or 011 325 4298
    Shamim Meer, editor of Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle, will be discussing the book with PEN SA member Sisonke Msimang.
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  • Unathi Magubeni at Wits Writing Centre
    Where: Wits Writing Centre, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 6 April 2017, 1 PM
    PEN SA member Unathi Magubeni will be discussing his book Nwelezelanga: The Star Child.
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  • Launch of Delilah Now Trending by Pamela Power
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 6 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    Pamela Power will be launching her book, Delilah Now Trending, in conversation with PEN SA member Amy Heydenrych.
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  • Omphile Molusi’s play Itsoseng showing at The Market Theatre
    Where: The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg
    When: 7 April to 7 May 2017
    PEN SA member Omphile Molusi’s play Itsoseng will be showing at The Market Theatre. Directed by Lesedi Job, the play “looks at the fortunes and misfortunes of a South African township before and after the ‘miracle’ of the new democracy in 1994″.
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  • Unathi Magubeni at Book Club Society
    Where: Hector Peterson Memorial Acres, Soweto
    When: Saturday 8 April, 2017, 12 PM
    PEN SA member Unathi Magubeni will be discussing his book Nwelezelanga: The Star Child.
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  • The Swan Song by Buhle Ngaba showing at KKNK
    Where: KKNK, Oudtshoorn
    When: Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 April 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM daily
    PEN SA member Buhle Ngaba’s physical theatre piece The Swan Song will be showing daily at KKNK.
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  • Launch of Short Story Day Africa’s latest anthology Migrations
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Monday 10 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Short Story Day Africa will be launching their latest anthology Migrations. There will be a discussion between Mary Watson, Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona with Sibongile Fisher and Megan Ross (winner of and 2nd runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize).
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  • Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: University of Cape Town, Upper Campus, AC Jordan Building, A116
    When: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 5 PM for 5:30 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.
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  • Launch of Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle edited by Shamim Meer
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 12 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Shamim Meer, editor of Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle, will be in conversation with with PEN SA member Albie Sachs about the book.
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  • Launch of Dancing the Death Drill by Fred Khumalo
    Where: The Steve Biko Centre, King William’s Town
    When: Wednesday 12 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: rsvp@sbf.org.za
    PEN SA member Fred Khumalo will be launching his novel Dancing the Death Drill.
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  • Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: District Six Homecoming Centre, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 12 April 2017, 6 PM to 9 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.
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  • Reading of Poems on the sinking of the Mendi by Brian Walter, Cathal Lagan and Basil Somhlahlo
    Where: The Steve Biko Centre, King William’s Town
    When: Thursday 13 April 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: rsvp@sbf.org.za or 043 605 6700
    PEN SA member Brian Walter and Nkululeko Somhlahlo will be reading from Mendi, an anthology of poems originally published in 1994 on the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917.
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  • Launch of Dancing the Death Drill by Fred Khumalo
    Where: Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch
    When: Wednesday 19 April 2017, 5 for 5:30 PM
    RSVP: Dr Christoff Pauw on cpauw@sun.ac.za or 021 808 9331 by Thursday 13 April.
    PEN SA member Fred Khumalo will be launching his novel Dancing the Death Drill in conversation with Professor Grace Musila.
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  • Launch of The Shallows by Ingrid Winterbach
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 19 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Ingrid Winterbach will be launching her new novel The Shallows in conversation with PEN SA member Karin Schimke.
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  • Launch of Poems Packed For Travel by Brian Walter
    Where: 301 Milner Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria
    When: Wednesday 19 April 2017, 6:30 PM
    PEN SA member Brian Walter will be launching his poetry collection Poems Packed For Travel.
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  • Launch of From the Couch to the Circle by John R. Schlapobersky
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 20 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    John R. Schlapobersky will be launching his book From the Couch to the Circle in conversation with PEN SA member Albie Sachs.
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  • Jacana non-fiction masterclass with Patrick Conroy
    Where: Bridge Books, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 20 April 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    Cost: R150
    Patrick Conroy, author of Everest Untold, presents a Jacana Masterclass on writing non-fiction. The fee includes a copy of the book.
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  • Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: G.U.S. Gallery, Stellenbosch
    When: Thursday 20 April 2017, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.
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  • Launch of Poems Packed For Travel by Brian Walter
    Where: Johannesburg Observatory, Gill Street
    When: Friday 21 April 2017, 6 PM
    PEN SA member Brian Walter will be launching his poetry collection Poems Packed For Travel.
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  • POSTPONED: Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Bat Centre, Durban
    When: Saturday 22 April 2017, 1 PM to 3:30 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia. Please note that this event has been postponed.
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  • POSTPONED:Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
    When: Monday 24 April 2017, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia. Please note that this event has been postponed.
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  • Lauren Beukes and Sally Partridge speaking at FanCon
    Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre
    When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017
    PEN SA members Lauren Beukes and Sally Partridge will be speaking at FanCon.
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