April 2018 events

27 Mar 2018

Below you’ll find a list of literary events featuring PEN South Africa members, as well as a selection of other noteworthy launches, classes, performances, exhibitions, readings and workshops happening around South Africa.

If there is an event you’d like us to feature please let us know.

WORKSHOPS

  • Storytelling Workshop with Naane le Moya
    Where: Bridge Books Maboneng, 274 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 21 April 2018, 10 a.m.
    About: Does your work include standing in front of people? Do you deliver speeches often? Or do you just want to learn how to tell a story? If you’ve answered yes to these questions then this workshop is for you! The workshop will help you remember key words of your speech without the use of cards, how to aid your point with gestures and how to speak in a way that will make it impossible for anyone not to hear you! Purchase tickets here.

LAUNCHES, PANELS & CONFERENCES

  • Launch of The Fatuous State of Severity by Phumlani Pikoli
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 5 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Koketso Sachane.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Paddington Bear visits Skoobs Theatre of Books
    Where: Skoobs, Theatre of Books, Shop 74 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg
    When: Friday 6 April 2018, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
    About:Paddington is celebrating 50 years this year so come and meet him.
  • Launch of Sorry not Sorry: Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa by Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Cape Town)
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Monday 9 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Marianne Thamm.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Launch of The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 10 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Sally Partridge.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Launch of Sorry not Sorry: Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa by Haji Mohamed Dawjee (JHB)
    Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 11 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Ferial Haffajee.
    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za
  • ICA Great Texts/Big Questions lecture by Toni Stuart
    Where: University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, 31–37 Orange Street, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 11 April 2018, 6 p.m. (refreshments from 5:30 p.m.)
    RSVP: ica@uct.ac.za
  • Launch of Death Cup by Irna Van Zyl
    Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 12 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Pamela Power.
    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za
  • Launch of Soweto Under the Apricot Tree by Niq Mhlongo
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 12 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: In conversation with Mervyn Sloman.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Launch of In the World, Essays on Contemporary South African Art by Ashraf Jamal
    Where: A4 Arts Foundation, 23 Buitenkant St, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 12 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Launch of Like Sodium in Water by Hayden Eastwood
    Where: Bridge Books Maboneng, 274 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 17 April 2018, 6:30 p.m.
  • Launch ofWalking to Australia by David Robbins
    Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: Douglas Irvine and David Wiliams will be in conversation with the author.
    RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za
  • “On Suspicion and the Contemporary”, a WiSER conference
    Where: WISER seminar room, WISER, Wits University, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 18 April 2018–Friday 20 April 2018.
    More info
  • Book review morning at Skoobs Theatre of Books
    Where: Skoobs, Theatre of Books, Shop 74 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 19 April 2018, 11 a.m.
    About: Nikki Hendry from Struik Christian Media will be with us to discuss some of the latest inspirational and faith based books.
  • Launch of Like Sodium in Water by Hayden Eastwood
    Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6 p.m.
  • ICA Great Texts/Big Questions lecture by Siyabonga Mthembu (The Brother Moves On) & Itai Hakim
    Where: University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, 31–37 Orange Street, Cape Town
    When: Friday 20 April 2018, 6 p.m. (refreshments from 5:30 p.m.)
    RSVP: ica@uct.ac.za
  • “Literature against Stalinism: South Africa’s left opposition, 1930-1960”, a seminar presented by David Johnson
    Where: WISER seminar room, WISER, Wits University, Johannesburg
    When: Monday 23 April 2018, 3 p.m.
    About: Participants must read the paper prior to the seminar. The paper will typically only be available on the Friday preceding the seminar.
    More info
  • Launch of Shapes, Shades & Faces by Moferefere Lekorotsoana
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: Moferefere will be in discussion with Harry Garuba as well as doing readings from the collection.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • ICA Great Texts/Big Questions lecture by Claire Robertson
    Where: University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, 31–37 Orange Street, Cape Town
  • When: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 6 p.m. (refreshments from 5:30 p.m.)
    RSVP: ica@uct.ac.za
  • Launch of The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy by Bhekisisa Mncube
    Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 6 p.m
  • Launch of Coalition Country: South Africa after the ANC by Leon Schreiber
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: Leon will be in conversation with Riaan de Villiers.
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com
  • Launch of I’m Still A Kaffir by Vukulu Sizwe Maphindani
    Where: Bridge Books Maboneng, 274 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
    When: Friday 27 April 2018, 6:30 p.m.
    About: This book is a reflection of the author’s life as a young Black man in present day South Africa. This, besides being a letter, is a call to the indoctrinated black nation that is plagued in an era of psychological remote control.

POETRY

  • Between the Cracks, a reading by Siphokazi Jonas
    Where: Erin Hall, Rondebosch, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 21 April 2018, 3:30 p.m.
    About: Join writer and performer, Siphokazi Jonas, on this poignant and poetic reflection on her journey as a performance poet. In this stripped down, intimate reading, she gets Between the Cracks, sharing not only personal experiences and challenges and victories. Come and hear stories of the most unusual and often exciting places where her work has travelled, including the motivation behind of some of your favourite poems. Siphokazi will recount the humorous, and at times heartbreaking, encounters with audience members over the years and poems which have had the most impact. As a special treat, she will also read extracts from her first ever poetry journal, written at 14, the first poem she ever published, as well as new poems which will appear in her upcoming debut poetry collection.
    Tickets available here
  • Off the Wall, weekly poetry readings in Observatory
    Where: A Touch Of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Observatory, Cape Town
    When: Every Thursday night, 7:30 p.m.
    About: Off the Wall poetry invites established poets to give readings every Thursday night, followed by an open-mix session. The open-mic session is for anyone, from first-timers to veterans, to perform their own poetry or that of other poets.
    Featuring Diane Awerbuck on 1 March; Jim Pascual Agustin on 15 March.
    More details
  • Reddits Poetry, monthly poetry nights in Grahamstown
    Where: Cafe D’Vine, 31 New Street, Grahamstown
    When: Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    About: Reddits has been running monthly poetry nights in Grahamstown for over a decade. Come for featured readings and an open mic.
    More details

PLAYS

  • Green Man Flashing, a play by Mike van Graan
    Where: Auto and General Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton
    When: Tuesday 10 April 2018, to Saturday 12 May
    About: The Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton will be presenting international award-winning South African playwright Mike van Graan’s brilliant play Green Man Flashing – a fast-paced political thriller written in a filmic style.
    More info

EXHIBITIONS

  • The Reading Room (Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi & Alphabet Zoo)
    Where: Goethe Institut Johannesburg, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 5 April 2018, 6:30 p.m.; exhibition open until 22 June.
    About: This project offers a sustained engagement with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s body of work Heroes. Nkosi’s portraits are veiled – a function of technique, as well as her conception of what constitutes a “hero”. The faces shift between recognition and obscurity, and come to stand for a community.
    More details
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