June 2019 Events

03 Jun 2019

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.

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LITERARY FESTIVALS

National Arts Festival
Where: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
When: Thursday 27 June 2019 – Sunday 7 July 2019
About: The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.
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LAUNCHES, PANELS AND CONFERENCES

Launch of Boipelo’s Family Tree by Mantedieng Mantis Mamabolo
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Saturday, 1 June 2019 at 11:00 AM
About: The Book Lounge invites you to the launch of Boipelo’s Family Tree. There will be kids activities and book reading.
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Launch of New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby
Where: Wits Writing Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus, Wits University, Braamfontein
When: Tuesday, 4 June at 5 PM – 7 PM
About: Jonathan Ball Publishers and WITS School of Education invite you to the launch of New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby. Makhosazana Xaba and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers will be in conversation with the Sunday Times’ Jennifer Platt.
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Launch of Triangulum by Masande Ntshanga
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Masande Ntshanga will be in conversation with Carol-Ann Davids.
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Launch of Dance of the Dung Beetles by Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn
Where: Love Books, Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
When: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 at 6:00 PM
About: Love Books and Wits University invite you to the launch of Dance of the Dung Beetles. Byrne and Lunn will be in conversation with Simon Gear
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Book launch tour: People’s War by Anthea Jeffery
Where: Hyde Park Corner Exclusive Books, Johannesburg; Exclusive Books Menlyn, Pretoria; Exclusive Books V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 at 6:00 PM; Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 6:00 PM; Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 6:00 PM
About: Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books are thrilled to invite you to the book launch tour of People’s War by Anthea Jeffery. The author will be in discussion with Ishmael Mkhabela, John Kane-Berman and Frans Cronje.
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Launch of Experiments with Truth by Hedley Twidle
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Join Mervyn Sloman and Hedley Twidle in conversation as they discuss Hedley’s compelling new book Experiments with Truth.
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The State of Literary Studies in South Africa and Beyond
When: Thursday 6 June, 12:00 -1:15pm
Where: WiSER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building, East Campus, Wits University
About: You are warmly invited to the next in WISER’s continuing series on Literary Studies in South Africa
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Launch of Jan, Piet, Koos en Jakob by Loftus Marais
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Thursday, 6 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: You are invited to the launch of Loftus Marais’ new poetry anthology
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Launch of The Last Elephants compiled by Don Pinnock & Colin Bell
Where: Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall, Shop C331 & C332, Johannesburg, 2196.
When: Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 PM
About: Join Don Pinnock and Colin Bell in conversation with Smaragda Louw, Director & Chairperson for Ban Animal Trading (BAT).
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Launch of A Headmaster’s Story by Bill Schroder
Where: Atrium of the Bill Schroder Centre, Pretoria Boys High School
When: Friday, 7 June at 6:00 PM
About: Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of A Headmaster’s Story by Bill Schroder. Bill will be in discussion with Eugene Ashton.
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Launch of Umanzekhofi nezaKhe by Fred Khumalo
When: Saturday 8 June, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Where: 24 Albrecht St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 2043, South Africa
About: You are invited to the book launch of Fred Khumalo’s debut isiZulu fiction Umanzekhofi nezaKhe.
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Launch of Talk of the Town by Fred Khumalo
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Kwela and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Talk of the Town. Khumalo will be in conversation with Bongani Kona.
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Launch of A Book of Bones by John Connolly
Where: Exclusive Books, Hyde Park, Shop U30, Hyde Park Corner, 2196 Johannesburg; The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 6:00 PM; Friday, 14 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Jonathan Ball Publishers invites you to the launch of A Book of Bones. Connolly will be in discussion with Tamara Le Pines at the Joburg launch and Marianne Merten at the Cape Town launch.
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Launch of Verwoerd by Wilhelm Verwoerd
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Tafelberg and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Verwoerd. Wilhelm will be in conversation with Africa Melane.
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Launch of Jump by Lenerd Louw
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Thursday, 13 June at 5:30 PM
About: MFBooks Joburg and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Jump. Louw will be in conversation with Melinda Ferguson.
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POETRY

Rioters in Session Bids Farewell to Ashley Makue
Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
When: Friday 7 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
About: Hosted by Koleka Putuma.
Poetry by: Khadija Tracey Heeger, Pakama Mlokoti, Khanyisile Mbongwa, Alutho Mbendeni, Allison-Claire Hoskins, Thabile Makue.
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Off the Wall, weekly poetry readings in Observatory
Where: The Booke Shoppe Tokai, Shops 14 & 15, Tokai Junction, Corner of Main and Tokai roads
When: Every Mondayy 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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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.
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THEATRE

Strange Land at the market theatre
Where: Barney Simon, Market Theatre, Johannesburg
When: Until June 16
About: Strange Land, written by prolific South African playwright Anton Krueger, will star award-winning actor Renos Spanoudes in a heart-wrenching performance. The production is directed by Jade Bowers, as a reworked and reimagined historical production.

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