June 2017 events

09 May 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.

  • Launch of Spire by Fiona Snyckers
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 1 June 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    PEN SA member Fiona Snyckers will be launching her new novel, Spire, in conversation with Gus Silber.
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  • Kimberley launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Sol Plaatje University, Luka Jantjie House, Chapel Street, Kimberley
    When: Thursday 1 June 2017, 6 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 The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions by Ken Barris
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 1 June 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Ken Barris will be launching his new collection The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions in conversation with fellow member Karin Schimke.
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  • Pietermaritzburg launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Bessie Head Library, Pietermaritzburg
    When: Friday 2 June 2017, 5 PM to 7 PM
    2016 PEN SA Student Writing Prize winner Koleka Putuma will be launching her debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.
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  • Refiloe Moahloli reading How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Exclusive Books, The Mall of the South, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 3 June 2017, 10 AM for 10:30 AM
    RSVP: mallofthesouth@exclusivebooks.co.za or 011 682 3215
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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  • Durban launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Bat Centre, Durban
    When: Saturday 3 June 2017, 1 PM to 4 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 Queer Africa 2 edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin
    Where: Wits Writing Centre, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
    When: Saturday 3 June 2017, 2 PM to 4 PM
    RSVP: karin.tan@wits.ac.za by the 29th of May
    MaThoko’s Books and Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) are holding a launch for Queer Africa 2 edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin.
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  • Launch of Critique of Black Reason by Achille Mbembe
    Where: Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER) Seminar Room, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 6 June 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: Najibha Deshmukh – Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za
    PEN SA member Achille Mbembe will be launching his new book Critique of Black Reason in conversation with Bongani Madondo, Candice Jansen, Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, Claudia Gastrow and Joshua Walker.
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  • PE launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay
    When: Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6 PM to 8:30 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 Get up! Stand up! by Mark Heywood at The Book Lounge
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA Board Member Mark Heywood will be launching his book Get up! Stand up! in conversation with Redi Tlhabi.
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  • Launch of Get up! Stand up! by Mark Heywood at Kalk Bay Books
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266
    PEN SA Board Member Mark Heywood will be launching his book Get up! Stand up! in conversation with fellow member Mark Gevisser.
  • The Fall showing at Baxter Theatre
    Where: Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 8 June to Saturday 24 June 2017
    The Fall, which is about the experiences of seven UCT graduates during the #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student movements, will be showing at the Baxter Theatre. PEN SA member Ameera Conrad co-directs and performs in the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award-winning play.
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  • Launch of The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories by Kobus Moolman
    Where: Caritas Library, Temenos, Mcgregor
    When: Friday 9 June 2017, 6:30 PM
    RSVP: Jenny Johnson on 023 6251908 / 084 675 1164 or info@mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za
    PEN SA member Kobus Moolman will be launching his poetry collection The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories.
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  • Naked Word Festival 2017
    Where: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Observatory, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 June 2017
    The theme for this year’s Naked Word poetry and spoken word festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age” and will feature poets from across the country.
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  • Nelspruit launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Stoep, Sonpark, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
    When: Thursday 8 June 2017, 6:30 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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  • Refiloe Moahloli giving reading of How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Exclusive Books, Cavendish, Claremont, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 10 June 2017, 10 AM for 10:30 AM
    RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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  • Launch of Inside Apartheid’s Prison by Raymond Suttner
    Where: Troyeville Hotel, Troyeville, Johannesburg
    When: Monday 12 June 2017, 7 PM for 7:30 PM
    Cost: R249 per person including dinner, R70 per person excluding dinner
    PEN SA member Raymond Suttner will be discussing his book Inside Apartheid’s Prison with Chris Langefeld.
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  • Launch of The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories by Kobus Moolman
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 13 June 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Kobus Moolman will be launching his poetry collection The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories, introduced by Meg Vandermerwe.
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  • Refiloe Moahloli reading and launch of How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Steve Biko Centre Children’s Library, King William’s Town (eQonce)
    When: Wednesday 14 June 2017, 2:30 PM for 3 PM for the children’s reading and 5:30 PM for 6 PM for the launch
    RSVP: Ms Phumza Mbunge at 043 605 6724/36 or rsvp@sbf.org.za
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading for children of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? in the morning and launching the book in the evening.
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  • Grahamstown launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
    When: Wednesday 14 June 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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  • Lara Foot’s play The Inconvenience of Wings showing at The Market Theatre
    Where: The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 14 June to Sunday 16 July 2017
    The Inconvenience of Wings, directed by PEN SA member Lara Foot and featuring Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu, is showing at The Market Theatre.
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  • Launch of Free Association by Steven Boykey Sidley
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 14 June 2017, 6 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    PEN SA member Steven Boykey Sidley will be launching his new novel, Free Association, in conversation with Richard Poplak.
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  • South Africa’s Children Book Fair 2017
    Where: The Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 June 2017, 9 AM to 5 PM daily
    The South Africa’s Children Book Fair, which is being held at The Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, “is aimed at promoting reading, encouraging children to develop their reading skills and giving them the basic foundation of learning”.
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  • King William’s Town launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Steve Biko Centre, King William’s Town
    When: Thursday 15 June 2017, 6 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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  • Refiloe Moahloli giving reading of How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Exclusive Books, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Ridge
    When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 10 AM for 10:30 AM
    RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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  • Refiloe Moahloli reading How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Exclusive Books, Ballito Junction, Durban
    When: Sunday 18 June 2017, 10 AM for 10:30 AM
    RSVP: ballito@exclusivebooks.co.za or 032 586 0042
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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  • Launch of Tim Noakes: The Quiet Maverick by Daryl Ilbury
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 22 June 2017, 5:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    John Maytham will speaking to PEN SA member Tim Noakes and Daryl Ilbury at the launch of Tim Noakes: The Quiet Maverick.
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  • Adré Marshall at Off the Wall Poetry
    Where: A Touch of Madness, Observatory, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 22 June 2017, 7:30 PM
    PEN SA Board Member Adré Marshall will giving a poetry performance at Off the Wall Poetry.
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  • Refiloe Moahloli reading How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Exclusive Books, Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 23 June 2017, 10 AM for 10:30 AM
    RSVP: rosebankmall@exclusivebooks.co.za or 011 447 3028
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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  • 1001 South African Stories project
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Friday 23 June 2017, 5:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Albie Sachs will be discussing the 1001 South African Stories project with Siphokazi Pangalele.
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  • Nadia David’s play What Remains showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: Graeme College, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July 2017
    PEN SA Board Member Nadia David’s play What Remains will be showing at the National Arts Festival. 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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  • Fred Khumalo: Dancing The Death Drill
    Where: Exclusive Books, Hyde Park Corner, Johannebsurg
    When: Thursday 29 June 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Fred Khumalo will be discussing his novel, Dancing the Death Drill.
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  • Launch of Queer Africa 2 edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 29 June 2017, 5:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Nick Mulgrew will be joining Sanet Nel and Thato Magano in a panel discussion at the launch of Queer Africa 2.
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  • Tjo!StoryFest!
    Where: Mamelodi Campus, University of Pretoria, Tshwane
    When: Friday 30 June to Saturday 1 July 2017
    PEN SA member Keorapetse Kgositsile will be taking part in the inaugural Tjo!StoryFest, which Festival Director Kgauhelo Dube says “is an exploration on how communities can practically assert and implement the unanimous need for ‘telling our own stories’”.
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  • Ameera Patel’s play Whistle Stop showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: Drill Hall, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 30 June to Saturday 8 July 2017
    PEN SA member Ameera Patel’s play Whistle Stop will be showing at the National Arts Festival. The play features Patel and Jaques De Silva and is directed by Frances Slabolepszy.
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  • Mike van Graan’s play Helen of Troyeville showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: Masonic Back, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 30 June to Saturday 8 July 2017
    Former PEN SA Board Member Mike van Graan’s play Helen of Troyeville will be showing at the National Arts Festival. The play features Dorothy Ann Gould and is directed by Lesedi Job.
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  • Mike van Graan’s play Pay Back the Curry showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: Masonic Back, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 30 June to Saturday 8 July 2017
    Former PEN SA Board Member Mike van Graan’s play Pay Back the Curry will be showing at the National Arts Festival. The play features Daniel Richards and is directed by Rob van Vuuren.
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  • Mike van Graan’s play State Fracture showing at the National Arts Festival
    Where: Masonic Back, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 30 June to Saturday 8 July 2017
    Former PEN SA Board Member Mike van Graan’s play State Fracture will be showing at the National Arts Festival. The play features Daniel Richards and is directed by Rob van Vuuren.
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