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.

  • Rutanang Book Fair
    Where: Online
    When: Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 May 2017
    PEN SA member Kholofelo Maenetsha will be taking part in this year’s Rutanang Book Fair, which is being held online this year, using Facebook and Twitter.
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  • 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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  • Launch of The Swimming Lesson and other stories by Kobus Moolman
    Where: Epworth High School library, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
    When: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: pneethling@epworth.co.za
    PEN SA member Kobus Moolman will be launching his new book The Swimming Lesson and other stories, introduced by Elana Bregin.
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  • Launch of I Know How to Fix Myself by Ashley Makue
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Ashley Makue will be launching her chapbook I Know How to Fix Myself, which is part of the fourth New-Generation African Poets chapbook boxset.
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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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  • Launch of Free Association by Steven Boykey Sidley
    Where: Exclusive Books, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 4 May 2017, 6 PM
    PEN SA member Steven Boykey Sidley will be launching his new novel Free Association in conversation with Craig Higginson.
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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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  • Launch of Accident by Dawn Garisch
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 9 May 2017, 5:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Dawn Garisch will be launching her new novel, Accident, in conversation with Janet Giddy.
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  • You and I at Kalk Bay Books
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 9 May 2017, 6:45 PM for 7:15 PM
    Cost: R100
    Booking is essential: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266
    Kalk Bay Books is holding “an evening in contemplation of the bonds between writers and readers, and in celebration of the pleasures of reading”, compiled by PEN SA member Finuala Dowling and performed by John Maytham.
  • Launch of Accident by Dawn Garisch
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 10 May 2017, 6 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266
    PEN SA member Dawn Garisch will be launching her new novel, Accident, in conversation with Katherine Bull.
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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: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    PEN SA member Steven Boykey Sidley will be launching his new novel Free Association in conversation with fellow member Marianne Thamm.
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  • The writing and publishing of African narratives
    Where: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, APK Library, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 11 May 2017, 4:30 PM for 5 PM
    RSVP: By Thursday 11 May 2017 – Theodorah Modise on licevents@uj.ac.za or 011 559 2264
    UJ Library in partnership with Staging Post and Blackbird Books Publishers invites you to a discussion on “The writing and publishing of African narratives” with a special focus on several books including PEN SA member Unathi Magibeni’s Nwelezelanga: The Star Child.
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  • The life and activism of Cissie Gool
    Where: Cissie Gool House, 77 Mountain Road, Cape Town
    When: Friday 12 May 2017, 6:30 PM to 8 PM
    PEN SA Board Member Nadia Davids will be discussing the life and activism of Cissie Gool with architect Ilze Wolff at this Reclaim the City event.
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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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  • I am Pandarus by Michiel Heyns
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266
    PEN SA member Michiel Heyns will be launching his new novel I am Pandarus in conversation with fellow member Finuala Dowling.
  • Launch of Inside-Out Man by Fred Strydom
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 17 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Fred Strydom will launching his new novel Inside-Out Man in conversation with PEN SA member Rahla Xenopoulos.
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  • Christa Kuljian Discussion: “De-Colonizing Science? The Case of Human Origins Research”
    Where: WISER seminar room, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand
    When: Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6 PM
    RSVP: Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za
    PEN SA member Christa Kuljian will be discussing “De-Colonizing Science? The Case of Human Origins Research” with Hlonipha Mokoena, chaired by fellow PEN SA member Sarah Nuttall.
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  • George Bizos delivering Nadine Gordimer Lecture
    Where: Great Hall, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein Campus East
    When: Thursday 18 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    PEN SA member George Bizos will be delivering the annual Nadine Gordimer Lecture at Wits University.
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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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  • Write Through Your Heart workshop with Sandra Hill
    Where: Phakalane – centre for living ritual, Hout Bay, Cape Town
    When: Tuesday 23 May 2017 to Friday 26 May 2017, 9 AM to 1 PM
    Cost: R2400
    Book: 0827292351 or sandra@write-now.co.za
    PEN SA member Sandra Hill will be teaching a creative writing workshop which will focus on “observation, generative techniques, voice, specificity, evoking feeling, developing characters, crafting scenes, shaping and pruning, mapping process, and forging ways to keep writing in the life you have.”
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  • ISS Seminar: Can South Africa reshape its politics one more time?
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    The Institute for Security Studies is hosting a seminar titled “Can South Africa reshape its politics one more time?” with PEN SA member Judith February chairing a panel of speakers including PEN SA member Pippa Green and Mpumelelo Mkhabele and Adriaan Basson.
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  • Seminar: “What’s the Problem with Public Debate in South Africa Today?”
    Where: Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, East Campus, Wits University
    When: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6 PM to 8:30 PM
    The Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) and the Wits School of Journalism are hosting a seminar titled “What’s the Problem with Public Debate in South Africa Today?” with a focus on the media, and the “Huffington Hoax” in particular. Marius Roodt / Shelley Garland, Angelo Fick and Karima Brown will be speaking.
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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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  • Reddits Poetry Reading
    Where: Cafe D’Vine, New Street, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 26 May 2017, 6 PM to 8:30 PM
    Contact: Harry Owen – heo@hotmail.com
    The Reddits Poetry Reading is being held at Cafe D’Vine. People are invited to attend and share their poetry.
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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: info@xarrabooks.com 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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  • Jim Pascual Agustin poetry reading
    Where: Cape Town Central Library, Cape Town
    When: Saturday 27 May 2017, 2 PM to 3:45 PM
    PEN SA member Jim Pascual Agustin will be giving a poetry reading at the Cape Town Central Library.
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  • Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: African Flavour Books, Vaal Walk Shopping Centre, Vanderbijlpark
    When: Sunday 28 May 2017, 2 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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  • Future Knowledges and Afro Computation Lecture by Achille Mbembe
    Where: WISER seminar room, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand
    When: Monday 29 May 2017, 3 PM to 4:30 PM
    PEN SA member Achille Mbembe will be giving a lecture titled Future Knowledges and Afro Computation as part of the Wits WISER seminar series.
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  • Launch of Walking, Falling by Kelwyn Sole
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 31 May 2017, 5:30 PM
    RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
    Kelwyn Sole will be launching his poetry collection Walking, Falling.
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  • Launch of Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
    Where: Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Sammy Mark Square, Pretoria
    When: Wednesday 31 May 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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