March 2018 events

15 Feb 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, PANELS & CONFERENCES

  • Launch of The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee by Terry Shakinovsky and Sharon Cort
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 1 March, 6 p.m.
    About: Pan Macmillan invites you to the launch of The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee by Terry Shakinovsky and Sharon Cort. Pravin Gordhan will be in discussion with Connie Seoposengwe, Audrey Coleman and Terry Shakinovsky at The Book Lounge.
  • Launch of Footnotes for the Panther: Conversations Between William Kentridge and Denis Hirson
    Where: Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 1 March, 5:30 p.m. onward
    About: Fourthwall Books invites you to the launch of Footnotes for the Panther: Conversations Between William Kentridge and Denis Hirson.
  • Launch of Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner
    Where: African Flavour Books, Braamfontein, 20 Melle Street Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 3 March, 2:30 p.m. for 3 p.m.
    About: The Cheeky Natives will be in conversation with Zukiswa Wanner.
  • Launch of 65 Years of Friendship by George Bizos
    Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 6 March, 6 p.m.
    About: Umuzi and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of 65 Years of Friendship by George Bizos: A story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men. George Bizos will be in conversation with Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
  • Sex, Shrugs and Policy Holes, a WiSER panel on Sex and Sexuality in the Lives of Young South Africans
    Where: WiSER Seminar Room, Wits University, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 8 March, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
    About: Chair Gugu Mhlungu (NightTalk Presenter – Talk Radio 702), with presenters Pierre de Vos (“Race, Space, Sexuality and HIV”), Ishtar Lakhani (“Sex, Shrugs and Policy Holes: South Africa’s Continued Use of Legislation to Control Sexuality”), with discussant Duduzile Dlamini.
  • Launch of The Fatuous State of Severity by Phumlani Pikoli
    Where: Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall, Rosebank, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 8 March, 6 p.m. onward
    About: Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Phumlani Pikoli’s short story collection The Fatuous State of Severity. Pikoli will be in conversation with Kwanele Sosibo from the Mail & Guardian.
  • Launch of The First Law of Sadness by Nick Mulgrew
    Where: Ike’s Books and Collectibles, 48a Florida Road, Durban
    When: Friday 23 March, 6 p.m. onward
    About: David Philip Publishers invite you to the Cape Town launch of The First Law of Sadness by Nick Mulgrew. Featuring readings from the book and a discussion between Nick & Shubnum Khan.

POETRY

  • Jim Pascual Agustin at Kamili Coffee
    Where: Kamili Coffee, 48 Harrington Street, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 6 March, 5:30 p.m. for 6 p.m.
    More details
  • 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.
    Featuring Diane Awerbuck on 1 March; Jim Pascual Agustin on 15 March.
    More details
  • 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.
    More details

PLAYS

  • To Get to the Moon, a play by Dawn Garisch
    Where: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg
    When: 8–24 March 2018
    About: With Anthea Thompson & Adrian Galley. Directed by Roy Sargeant. Bookings at Computicket or at the Masque Theatre (021 788 1898).

WORKSHOPS

  • Weaving memories: a workshop in life writing by Wendy Woodward
    Where: 45 Timour Hall Road, Plumstead, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 17 March 2018, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: R675
    About: In this workshop you will be guided in writing aspects of your life. Exercises will encourage and nurture your imagination as your memories may cross over with the fictional. Bring 3-5 photographs as well as other objects from your past that hold meaning for you: an ornament, a theatre programme, a school magazine, a childhood book, for example. The workshop is designed for anyone who would like to be inspired about their personal histories and is suitable for beginning and more experienced writers. Participants can write poetry or prose. Weaving memories is facilitated by poet Wendy Woodward who taught in the Creative Writing Programme at the University of the Western Cape for nineteen years.
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