December 2017 events

21 Nov 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.

  • Literary Alliance’s Discussion of Dikeledi by Achmat Dangor
    Where: Bridge Books, 85 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 2 December 2017, 1:30 PM
    The Literary Alliance will be holding a book discussion of PEN SA member Achmat Dangor’s latest book, Dikeledi.
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  • Zapiro signing Hasta la Gupta, baby!
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 2 December 2017, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
    RSVP: or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Zapiro will be signing copies of his latest book, Hasta la Gupta, baby!.
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  • Literary Crossroads with Tsitsi Dangarembga and Achmat Dangor
    Where: Goethe-Institut South Africa, Parkwood, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 6 December 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    PEN SA member Achmat Dangor will be in conversation with Tsitsi Dangarembga at the Goethe-Institut’s Literary Crossroads series.
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  • Abantu Book Festival
    Where: Day events will be held at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo and the night sessions will be at Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Soweto
    When: Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December 2017
    PEN SA President Nadia Davids, as well as Board Members Gabeba Baderoon and Sisonke Msimang, will be speaking at this year’s Abantu Book Festival along with PEN SA members Keorapetse Kgositsile, Kopano Matlwa, Mandla Langa, Mohale Mashigo, Neo Maditla, Shubnum Khan, Zakes Mda and Zukiswa Wanner.
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  • Reading of Coast: Scenes from the trial of Dr Wouter Basson by Maggie Davey
    Where: The Ampitheatre, Wits Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
    When: Thursday 7 December 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: Contact by 3 December
    There will be a public reading of PEN SA member Maggie Davey’s play Coast: Scenes from the trial of Dr Wouter Basson.
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  • Launch of My Great Expedition by Justin Fox
    Where: David Krut Bookstore, Parkwood, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 9 December 2017, 11 AM
    Former PEN SA Board Member Justin Fox will be launching his new children’s book My Great Expedition.
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  • Launch of The First Law of Sadness by Nick Mulgrew
    Where: Bridge Books, Maboneng
    When: Sunday 10 December 2017, 1 PM
    RSVP: or 079 618 9290
    PEN SA member Nick Mulgrew will be launching his short story collection The First Law of Sadness.