May 2017 events

06 Apr 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.

  • A reading by Nick Mulgrew
    Where: Bridge Books, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6 PM to 8 PM
    PEN SA member Nick Mulgrew will be giving a reading from his Edge Hill Award-nominated debut Stations, and a new story from his forthcoming collection The First Law of Sadness.
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  • A crash course in writing and getting published
    Where: Jacana Media, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 3 May 2017, 6 PM to 9 PM
    Cost: R600
    Melinda Ferguson, author, journalist and publisher of imprint MFBOOKSJOBURG, will present a crash course in writing and getting published.
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  • Gail Schimmel speaking at Friends of Modderfontein Library’s coffee morning
    Where: Thornhill Estate community centre, Modderfontein
    When: Friday 5 May 2017, 9:30 AM
    Cost: R20
    Info: 011 608 0421
    PEN SA member Gail Schimmel will be discussing her book The Park at the Friends of Modderfontein Library’s coffee morning. Refreshments will be served before the talk and The Park will be available for purchase.
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  • Siphiwo Mahala’s play The House of Truth showing at Soweto Theatre
    Where: Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Soweto
    When: Wednesday 10 to Sunday 21 May 2017
    PEN SA member Siphiwo Mahala’s play The House of Truth, which is about South African writer Can Themba, will be showing at Soweto Theatre this month. The play is directed by Vanessa Cooke and performed by Sello Maake ka Ncube.
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  • Launch of Free Association by Steven Boykey Sidley
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 11 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: or 021 462 2425
    Steven Boykey Sidley will be launching his new novel Free Association in conversation with PEN SA member Marianne Thamm.
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  • The Kingsmead Book Fair
    Where: Kingsmead College, Melrose, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 13 May 2017
    PEN SA members Diane Awerbuck, Tammy Baikie, Lauren Beukes, Andrew Brown, Karin Brynard, Tracey Farren, Christa Kuljian, Jacqui L’Ange, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Unathi Magubeni, Mohale Mashigo, Kopano Matlwa, Refiloe Moahloli, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, Yewande Omotoso, Ameera Patel, Michèle Rowe, Gail Schimmel, Bontle Senne, Iain Thomas and Sam Wilson will be taking part in this year’s Kingsmead Book Fair.
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  • Literary Crossroads with Imraan Coovadia and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
    Where: Goethe-Institut, Parkwood, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 7 PM
    PEN SA member Imraan Coovadia will be taking part in the Goethe-Institut’s Literary Crossroads series with Nigerian writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.
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  • Franschhoek Literary Festival
    Where: Franschhoek, Western Cape
    When: Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2017
    PEN SA board member Karina Szczurek and members Jim Pascual Agustin, Diane Awerbuck, Ken Barris, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Andrew Brown, Karin Brynard, Tim Butcher, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Victor Dlamini, Ann Donald, Dawn Garisch, Michiel Heyns, Colleen Higgs, Fred Khumalo, Christa Kuljian, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Michele Magwood, Justice Malala, Mohale Mashigo, Richard Mason, Helen Moffett, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, Nick Mulgrew, Mike Nicol, Claire Robertson, Jacques Rousseau, Albie Sachs, Karin Schimke, Gail Schimmel, Jonathan Shapiro, Marianne Thamm, Sam Wilson and Mark Winkler will be taking part in this year’s festival.
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  • Poetry in McGregor: A weekend of Leonard Cohen
    Where: McGregor, Western Cape
    When: Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 May 2017
    Poetry in McGregor will be celebrating the work of Leonard Cohen with a weekend of music, films and tributes.
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  • Refiloe Moahloli giving reading of How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?
    Where: Xarra Books, Midrand, Johannesburg
    When: Saturday 27 May 2017, 10 AM
    RSVP: or 011 312 7582
    PEN SA member Refiloe Moahloli will be giving a reading of her book How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?.
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