If you didn’t get to Franschhoek for the annual literary festival this May, and can’t make the UCT summer school, the next best thing (well nearly the next best thing) is the one day event locally in Rosebank : The Kingsmead Book Fair this Saturday 21st May. Admittedly there are no mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch gables …. but it will be a day packed with debate, discussion and dissection of all things literary, cultural, social and political.
Registration for the day is R50 and sessions (R50 per session) start at 10. There are 6 time slots with multiple panel discussions in each session, so it’s really difficult to make decisions about which to attend.
There is something for everybody with panels on the state of the SA economy, on ‘state capture’, water security, the Rwandan genocide; the status of SA cricket; stories from survivors of rape, kidnapping and hostage-taking; renowned authors, film-makers and playwrights discussing their craft; visual artists in conversation; chefs and authors of recipe books demonstrating and sharing their love of food; and much more besides.
There is limited space for sessions and many get booked up so make sure you book in advance.