July 2017 events

13 Jun 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.

  • Rat Race showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: NELM Theatre, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Saturday 1 July to Saturday 8 July 2017
    PEN SA member Ameera Patel will feature in Rat Race, which is showing at the National Arts Festival. The play is directed by Kyla Davis and also features Roberto Pombo.
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  • Wordfest 2017
    Where: Eden Grove Building, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
    When: Saturday 1 July to Friday 7 July 2017
    Wordfest is part of the National Arts Festival and is a series of events that celebrates multilingualism, reading, writing and promotes new and established authors.
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  • Brian Walter and the PE Helenvale Poets at National Arts Festival
    Where: Red Lecture Theatre, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Sunday 2 July 2017
    PEN SA member Brian Walter will be taking part in this three-person reading from multiple sources.
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  • “War Requiem”: Mondays at Six at St Clements
    Where: St Clements, Musgrave, Durban
    When: Monday 3 July 2017, 6 PM
    Bookings: Table bookings essential, phone St Clements: 031 202 2511
    The topic for this Mondays at Six at St Clements event is “The bombing of Coventry in November 1940 and the idea of redemption in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem”. PEN SA member Pieter Scholtz will be giving a reading of Wilfred Owen’s poems and Richard Aitken will discuss the destruction of the Coventry Cathedral and Benjamin Britten’s compositions for the reconsecration of the newly built cathedral.
  • PEN SA event at Think!Fest: Artistry, Critique and Activism
    Where: Ntsikana Room, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Wednesday 5 July 2017, 10 AM
    Cost: R40 full price or R30 concession
    PEN SA Centre Co-ordinator Lidudumalingani and Richard Pithouse will be looking at how artistry, critique and activism are interlinked.
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  • Nadia David’s play What Remains showing at Hiddingh Hall
    Where: Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town, Gardens, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 6 July to Wednesday 12 July 2017
    PEN SA Board Member Nadia David’s play What Remains will be showing at the Magnet Theatre. The play features Denise Newman, Faniswa Yisa, Shaun Oelf as well as PEN SA member Buhle Ngaba and is directed by Jay Pather.
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  • Ankobia showing at National Arts Festival
    Where: Rhodes Box, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July 2017
    Ankobia, which is co-written by PEN SA member Omphile Molusi, will be showing at the National Arts Festival. The play is co-written and directed by Monageng Vice Motshabi.
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  • Launch of Apartheid, Guns and Money by Hennie van Vuuren
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266
    Hennie van Vuuren will be launching his new book Apartheid, Guns and Money in conversation with PEN SA member Andrew Feinstein.
  • 67 Poems for Freedom
    Where: Freedom Park, Tshwane
    When: Tuesday 18 2017, 9 AM
    PEN SA member Allan Horwitz will be taking part in a poetry reading on Mandela Day. The event is free and starts with a tour of Freedom Park followed by the poetry readings from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The other poets taking part are Raphael d’Abdon, Zena John, Lisa Combrinck, Xitha Makgeta, Natalia Molebatsi, Yami Banda, Emma Bekker, Desiré Gird, Naomi Nkealah, Jonathan B. Tucker, Nkateko Masinga, and Andries Oliphant.
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  • Vrystaat Literature Festival
    Where: Bloemfontein
    When: Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 July 2017
    PEN SA members Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, Antony Altbeker, Paul McNally, Fred Khumalo will be taking part in the Vrystaat Literature Festival, which is part of the Vrystaat Arts festival.
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  • Launch of Firepool by Hedley Twidle
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 18 July 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Hedley Twidle will be launching Firepool, a collection of essays and creative non-fiction, in conversation with Rebecca Davis.
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  • Mike van Graan’s play State Fracture showing at Theatre on the Square
    Where: Theatre on the Square, Sandton, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 18 to Saturday 29 July 2017
    PEN SA member Mike van Graan’s play State Fracture, the sequel to Pay Back the Curry!, will be showing at Theatre on the Square. The play is directed by Rob van Vuuren and features Daniel Mpilo Richards.
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  • Discussion on The Truth about Crime by Jean and John L. Comaroff
    Where: Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Stellenbosch
    When: Thursday 20 July 2017, 1 PM to 2:30 PM
    PEN SA members Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe will be discussing The Truth about Crime with authors Jean and John Comaroff.
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  • Launch of Critique of Black Reason by Achille Mbembe
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 20 July 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Achille Mbembe will be launching his book Critique of Black Reason in conversation with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.
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  • Monageng Vice Motshabi and Omphile Molusi’s Ankobia showing at The Market Theatre
    Where: The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg
    When: Friday 21 July to Sunday 13 August 2017
    PEN SA member Omphile Molusi’s play, Ankobia, co-written with the play’s director Monageng Vice Motshabi, is showing at The Market Theatre.
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  • Short Story Writing Workshop with Niq Mhlongo
    Where: Bridge Books, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 22 July to Saturday 12 August 2017, 3 PM to 5 PM
    Cost: R1500
    PEN SA member Niq Mhlongo will be leading a short story workshop to be held on Saturday afternoons for four weeks.
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  • Launch of Selling LipService by Tammy Baikie
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 26 July 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: rsvp@jacana.co.za or 011 628 3200
    PEN SA member Tammy Baikie will be launching her book Selling LipService.
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  • Colours of Cape Town
    Where: 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 26 July 2017, 5:30 PM
    PEN SA member and former Justice of the High Court of South Africa Albie Sachs will be taking part in a night of solidarity with the LGBTI+ refugee community organised by Victor Chikalogwe and People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP).
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  • Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival
    Where: Cradock, Eastern Cape
    When: Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July 2017
    The 7th annual Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival is being held in Cradock.
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  • Finuala Dowling presents: Jane Austen and the Cape
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 27 July 2017, 6:15 PM for 6:30 PM
    Entry: R40
    Booking essential: 021 788 2266 or events@kalkbaybooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Finuala Dowling will be giving a talk titled “On the 200th Anniversary of her Death: Jane Austen and the Cape”.
  • FOCAL Poetry Circle featuring Ken Barris
    Where: Central Library, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 29 July 2017, 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM
    Enquiries: focalmr@gmail.com or 083 539 8442
    PEN SA member Ken Barris, who recently published The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions, will be the guest poet at the FOCAL Poetry Circle. This will be followed by an open mic session.
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