January 2018 events

10 Jan 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.

LAUNCHES AND PANELS

  • Alternate Voices: Makhzin, a panel discussion at Zeitz MOCAA
    Where: Scheryn Collection Arena, Level 0, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 13 January 2018, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
    About: In conjunction with the exhibition of Publishing Against the Grain at Zeitz MOCAA, Alternate Voices: Makhzin, will function as a platform to discuss the material conditions that dictate the way we write ourselves into the world. Panelists include Makhzin founder Mirene Arsanios (via Skype), as well as Palesa Motsumi and PEN SA Member Nick Mulgrew. This discussion will be moderated by Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA.
    RSVP: sven.christian@zeitzmocaa.museum
    This event is free and open to a maximum of 100 people.
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  • Launch of My Dark Country: A Culture of Violence by Danielle Murray
    Where: Scoobs Theatre of Books, Monte Casino, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 23 January 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: The book tells the story of how the Owl Rescue Centre came to exist and the challenges the centre has met along the way, specifically pertaining to crime and their unconventional lifestyle as conservationists.
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  • Launch of The Love Sheet by Barbara Fairhead & Jacques Coetzee
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 24 January 2018, 5:30 p.m.
    About: Fairhead and Coetzee have produced a collection that is distinguished by its crafting as well as its beauty. Their voices gather resonance in conversation, until the poems reveal a hunger for shared experience, and a receptiveness to the intimacies of each moment. Reading these poems at one sitting is akin to stumbling onto a recital by two very accomplished soloists—perhaps in a clearing, in a forest. This is a brave and beautiful book, and the cumulative impact of the poems is nothing short of astonishing.
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  • Launch of Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones by Emma Sadleir & Lizzie Harrison
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Friday 26 January 2018, 5:30 p.m.
    About: Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones is the book every teenager (and their parents) should read. It covers all of the major issues teenagers face in the digital age, including cyberbullying, sexting, addiction, internet safety, porn, anxiety, depression, privacy and reputation, and does so within a South African context. Accessible, informative and even fun, this book will help guide you to a happy, rewarding and, most importantly, safe online life.
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  • Alternate Voices: Exhausted Geographies, a panel discussion at Zeitz MOCAA
    Where: Scheryn Collection Arena, Level 0, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 27 January 2018, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
    About: In conjunction with the exhibition of Publishing Against the Grain at Zeitz MOCAA, Alternate Voices: Exhausted Geographies will focus on the long-lasting effect of the colonial blueprint, as seen in the development of both former British colonies, Karachi and Cape Town. Panelists include Exhausted Geographies’ Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani (via Skype), as well as Pumflet co-founder Ilze Wolff. This discussion will be moderated by Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA.
    RSVP: sven.christian@zeitzmocaa.museum
    This event is free and open to a maximum of 100 people.
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  • Launch of WIN! by Jeremy Maggs
    Where: Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 30 January 2018, 6 p.m.
    About: Imagine learning from South Africa’s best of the best in their respective fields – be it business, sport, politics, entertainment or philanthropy – and having access to decades of experience in strategic planning, business and change management, human resources development, and the nitty-gritty of building a personal brand that extends to your business and everyone you employ. Look no further than the 200 pages of WIN! Inspiring Interviews with SA’s Top 20 Leaders by Jeremy Maggs.
  • Launch of Navigate by Karin Schimke
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 5:30 p.m.
    About: The Book Lounge and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Karin Schimke’s new volume of poetry Navigate. Jolyn Phillips will introduce Karin, who will also read from her book.
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POETRY

  • 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.
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  • Rioters in Session, a poetry reading by women of colour
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 25 January 2018, 6:45 p.m.
    About: Rioters in Session hosts their second annual 25th of January show, this year, at The Book Lounge. RiS was founded in 2017 by Ashley Makue, Koleka Putuma, Khanyisile Mbongwa and Allison-Claire Hoskins as an organised and intuitive community for POC poetry womxn to share their work in a soft and safe space with a gentle audience. This year’s event features best-selling author of Collective Amnesia, Koleka Putuma, internationally acclaimed poet, Toni Stuart, Current State of Poetry South African National slam champion, Ashley Makue, Current State pf Poetry Western Cape Provincial slam champion, Afeefa Omar and New Yorker poet and model, Jheanelle Garriques. Hosted by poets Allison-Claire Hoskins and Roche Kester.
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  • Reddits Poetry, monthly poetry nights in Grahamstown
    Where: Cafe D’Vine, 31 New Street, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 26 January 2018, 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.
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  • Intimate Theatre, a monthly performance and art space at the Labia Theatre
    Where: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town
    When: Friday 26 January 2018, 8 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
    About: Join the Intimate Theatre every last Friday in 2018, where fantastic line-ups of performers, poets and artists take over the Labia Theatre to share their work and stories.
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PLAYS

  • Another One’s Bread, a new play by Mike van Graan
    Where: Mannie Manim Theatre, Market Theatre, Johannesburg
    When: 10 January–4 February 2018; nightly (other than Mondays) at 20:15 and at 15:15 on Sundays.
    About: The complex dynamics of food insecurity, nutrition and hunger play out in a new theatre production written by PEN SA member Mike van Graan (When Swallows Cry), and directed by award-winning veteran TV actress, Pamela Nomvete.
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EXHIBITIONS

  • Publishing Against the Grain, an exhibition of small journals and magazines
    Where: Scheryn Collection Arena, Level 0, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
    When: 18 November 2017–29 January 2018
    About: Publishing Against the Grain highlights the current state of publishing and art criticism as it actively exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and radio, as well as other innovative forms. Visitors can read and interact with these publications in a dedicated reading room.
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