March 2016 events

02 Feb 2016

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.

  • Jenny’s Favourite Reads
    Where: Delta Café, Craighall Park, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 2 March
    Cost: R175
    RSVP: bookings@jennyandco.co.za
    PEN SA member Jenny Crwys-Williams will be hosting a tea and discussing five of her favourite reads of March.
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  • Cape Town launch of Stations by Nick Mulgrew
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 3 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    PEN SA member Nick Mulgrew will be discussing his debut short story collection, Stations, with fellow PEN SA member Masande Ntshanga.
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  • Launch of Short Story Day Africa’s new anthology, Water
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 8 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    Water, Short Story Day Africa‘s 2015 anthology, was edited by PEN SA members Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek and includes stories by PEN SA members Christine Coates, Louis Greenberg and Mark Winkler. Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek will be discussing the book at the launch, along with some of the contributors, including Mark Winkler and Christine Coates.
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  • Launch of Continental Shift by Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak
    Where: Exclusive Books Hyde Park, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 9 March, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: 011 325 4279, hydepark@exclusivebooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Kevin Bloom will be launching Continental Shift with his co-author Richard Poplak, in discussion with Jay Naidoo.
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  • Launch of Mongrel: Essays by William Dicey
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 9 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Mike Nicol will be interviewing William Dicey at the launch of Mongrel: Essays.
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  • PEN event: Free the Word! at the Orbit
    Where: The Orbit, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 10 March, 7:30 PM
    RSVP: Shireen.Rubenstein@wits.ac.za
    PEN International, PEN South Africa, and the University of Witwatersrand are delighted to invite you for an evening of readings, discussion, and debate in Johannesburg’s celebrated jazz venue The Orbit. Poet Laureate, Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, and Professor Chris Wanjala, literary critic, Kenya will be in conversation with Simona Škrabec, chair of PEN International’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee.
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  • Launch of The Sword and the Pen by Allister Sparks
    Where: Exclusive Books Hyde Park, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 10 March, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: 011 325 4297, hydepark@exclusivebooks.co.za
    PEN SA member Allister Sparks will be launching his new book, The Sword and the Pen, in conversation with Richard Steyn.
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  • Mandla Langa and Ingrid Winterbach at Woordfees
    Where: Stellenbosch University, HB Thom-Foyer
    When: Thursday 10 March, 12 PM
    Cost: R50, R60 at the door
    PEN SA Executive Vice-President Mandla Langa and Ingrid Winterbach will be in conversation with Michiel Heyns.
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  • Literary Crossroads event with Zukiswa Wanner and Panashe Chigumadzi
    Where: Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 10 March, 7 PM
    RSVP: sinenhlanhla.buthelezi@johannesburg.goethe.org
    PEN SA member Zukiswa Wanner and Panashe Chigumadzi will be discussing “the power of words and the words of power” at the Goethe-Institut’s latest Literary Crossroads event.
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  • Nuruddin Farah discussing Maps at the BBC World Book Club
    Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town
    When: Friday 11 March, 2 PM
    RSVP: The Fugard, 021 461 4554
    Nuruddin Farah will be in Cape Town for the BBC World Book Club to discuss Maps, which has its 30-year publication anniversary this year.
    More details (including how to send questions in for Nuruddin)
  • The Central Library Poetry Project Workshop
    Where: Central Library, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 12 March, 10 AM to 12 PM
    Registration: poetryatplayza@gmail.com
    This is the first of the Poetry at Play monthly workshops, which will culminate in the publishing of a poetry anthology toward the end of 2016. Each month they will be working and writing on a different theme and will be unearthing poetry that fits into these themes. The workshops will be hosted by Winslow Schalkwyk.
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  • Launch of The Sword and the Pen by Allister Sparks
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Monday 14 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425
    Allister Sparks will be launching his new book, The Sword and the Pen, in conversation with John Maytham.
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  • Mondays at Six at St. Clements featuring Rick Andrew and Pieter Scholtz
    Where: St. Clements, Musgrave, Durban
    When: Monday 14 March, 6 PM
    PEN SA member Pieter Scholtz will be reading from his new book, Breaking the Rocks, joined by Rick Andrew
    reading from Heads and Tails.
    More information: Contact Pieter Scholtz on kwasuka1@mweb.co.za for more information.
  • Blown Away by Books Festival
    Where: Southern Peninsula, Cape Town
    When: Monday 14 March to Saturday 19 March
    This is the second year of the Blown Away by Books Festival, which coincides with National Library Week each year and involves events at the libraries of Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele, Simon’s Town, Kommetjie and Ocean View. PEN SA members Bridget Pitt, Colleen Higgs, Christine Coates, Claire Robertson, Diane Awerbuck, Jacqui L’Ange, Mark Gevisser, Mike Nicol, Michèle Rowe, Rahla Xenopoulos and SA Partridge will be taking part in the festival.
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  • Launch of Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of Andre Brink & Ingrid Jonker
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 16 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: 021 462 2425, booklounge@gmail.com
    Breyten Breytenbach will be facilitating a conversation with Karina Brink, Simone Venter, Francis Galloway and Karin Schimke.
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  • 18th Time of the Writer Festival
    Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban
    When: Wednesday 16 March to Monday 21 March
    PEN SA members Imraan Coovadia, Kirsten Miller, Mandla Langa, Thando Mgqolozana and ZP Dala will be taking part in this year’s Time of the Writer festival.
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  • Knysna Literary Festival
    Where: Knysna
    When: Thursday 17 March to Sunday 20 March
    PEN SA members Finuala Dowling and Lauren Beukes will be taking part in the Knysna Literary Festival.
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  • Durban launch of Stations by Nick Mulgrew
    Where: Khaya Records/Ike’s Books, Durban
    When: Thursday 24 March, 6:30
    PEN SA member Nick Mulgrew will be launching his debut short story collection, Stations, in conversation with Tiny Mungwe.
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  • Jacana Masterclass with James Whyle
    Where: Jacana Media, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 31 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    Cost: R60 for students and pensioners, R100 for adults. This includes a copy of the author’s latest book.
    PEN SA member James Whyle will be teaching a Jacana Media creative writing Masterclass.
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  • Launch of Gang Town by Don Pinnock
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 31 March, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: 021 462 2425, booklounge@gmail.com
    PEN SA member Don Pinnock will be launching his new book, Gang Town, at The Book Lounge, in conversation with fellow member Liesl Jobson.
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