October 2015 Events

23 Sep 2015
October 2015 Events

Below you’ll find a list of events featuring PEN South Africa members, as well as a selection of other noteworthy literary events happening around South Africa. If there is an event you’d like us to feature let us know.

  • Moses Tladi UNEARTHED exhibition
    Where: South African National Gallery, Cape Town
    When: Ongoing
    This exhibition of Moses Tladi’s work is based on PEN SA member Angela Read Lloyd’s 2009 book, The Artist in the Garden, The Quest for Moses Tladi. Read more about the book as well as Angela’s piece on what this exhibition means to both her and the artist’s family here.

  • Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015
    Where: Various venues around Cape Town CBD and Langa
    When: Thursday 24 September to Sunday 4 October 2015
    The Cape Town Fringe Festival features dance and physical theatre, illusion, music, performance art and theatre.
    More details: Cape Town Fringe Festival
  • Launch of Notes from the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 1 October 2015, 5:30 for 6 PM
    PEN SA member Bridget Pitt will be launching her novel, Notes from the Lost Property Department with Jennifer Crocker.
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  • Discussion of A Writer’s Diary by Stephen Watson
    Where: Kalk Bay Books, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 1 October 2015, 6 for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za, 021 788 2266
    PEN SA member Finuala Dowling will be chairing a discussion around Stephen Watson’s compelling book, A Writer’s Diary, which has now been republished by Electric Book Works. Stephen Watson (6 November 1954 – 10 April 2011) was a distinguished and influential South African poet, essayist, academic and creative writing teacher.
  • Celebration of Songs and Secrets by Barry Gilder
    Where: Poppy’s Café, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Thursday 1 October 2015, 6 for 6:30 PM
    PEN SA Executive Vice-President Mandla Langa will be joining Barry Gilder for a celebration of Barry’s book Songs and Secrets and will be sharing stories from the struggle for freedom. Following the discussion, Barry will perform some of his old songs with Fraser McNeill and Danielle Bowler.
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  • Launch of Power Play by Mike Nicol
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Tuesday 6 October 2015, 6 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    PEN SA member Mike Nicol will be launching his new novel, Power Play, with Angela Makholwa.
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  • Jack Reacher celebration
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Wednesday 7 October 2015, 5:30 for 6 PM
    RSVP: 021 462 2425 or booklounge@gmail.com
    Penguin Random House and The Book Lounge are holding an event to celebrate Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher. PEN SA members Karin Brynard, Joanne Hichens, Helen Moffett and Paul Morris will all be speaking, with fellow member Karina Szczurek chairing the discussion.
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  • Launch of Notes from the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 7 October 2015, 6 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    PEN SA member Bridget Pitt will be launching her new novel with Aspasia Karras.
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  • Third Annual Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture
    Where: Unisa Cape Town Campus
    When: Thursday 8 October 2015, 5:30 PM for 6 PM
    Crain Soudien, CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council, will be delivering the third annual Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture.
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  • 19th Poetry Africa Festival
    Where: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
    When: Monday 12 October to Saturday 17 October 2015
    Spoken word and storytelling will be celebrated by 24 poets at the annual festival. Hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, Poetry Africa provides a space for intercultural exchange and dialogue by hosting an extensive community outreach programme with poetry readings, performances and workshops in community centres, campuses and also participate in a programme of visits to schools across Durban to share ideas about poetry.
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  • Launch of Tribe by Rahla Xenopoulos
    Where: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 15 October 2015, 5:30 for 6 PM
    RSVP: 021 462 2425 or booklounge@gmail.com
    PEN SA member Rahla Xenopoulos will be launching her new novel, Tribe, with Ruby Wax.
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  • Launch of The Magistrate of Gower by Claire Robertson
    Where: Love Books, Melville, Johannesburg
    When: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408
    PEN SA member Claire Robertson will be in conversation with fellow member Michele Magwood at the launch of Claire’s novel, The Magistrate of Gower.
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  • Charity Art Auction
    Where: Bistro 1682, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 29 October 2015, 6 30 PM for 7 PM
    Cost: R300
    Book: kathy@baboonmatters.org.za
    PEN SA member Zapiro has donated one of his works for this event in aid of Baboon Matters Trust.
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  • Bloody Parchment
    Where: Labia Theatre, Cape Town
    When: Thursday 29 October 2015, 6 PM
    PEN SA member SA Partridge will be overseeing this literary event, which forms part of SA Horrorfest.
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  • Reddits Poetry
    Where: Cafe D’Vine, Grahamstown
    When: Friday 30 October, 6 PM for 6:30 PM
    Harry Owen’s poetry group will be meeting for a Halloween evening of poetry and spoken word.
  • Launch of The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal – Volume 1
    Where: ArtEC Gallery, Port Elizabeth
    When: Saturday 31 October 2015, 1 PM for 1:30 PM
    The Eastern Cape Book Festival (ECBF) and Poetree Publications would like to invite you to the launch of The Eastern Cape Book Festival Poetry Journal – Volume 1, an anthology of poems by writers from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas.
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