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Fraught families – 4 novelists in conversation at WISER

Tracey FarrenJacques Pauw Michael Titlestad & Hazel Jelly Dog Days - Launch Invite

Fraught families: four novelists in conversation

Jelly Dog Days – Erica Emdon
Whiplash – Tracey Farren (short-listed for the 2009 Sunday Times Prize)
Counting Sleeping Beauties – Hazel Frankel
Little Ice Cream Boy – Jacques Pauw

WISER will host a discussion among four authors who have recently published novels.The panellists will engage their novels, each of which deals with a version of dysfunctional domesticity, family implosion and in two, how this has impacted on the adults who emerge. Whiplash and the Little Ice Cream Boy tell the stories of grown-up protagonists from fractured working-class worlds, while Jelly Dog Days that of a young girl who attempts to navigate her way out of a similarly bleak background. In Counting Sleeping Beauties an awful family tragedy is related, which threatens to destroy the neat, tidy suburban world of a middle-class, Jewish family.

The discussion will focus on the themes of marginality within, and the hidden interiority of, families, while also considering certain aspects of the craft of writing, such as the challenges of representing domestic drama, the demands of sustaining first-person narratives, questions of voice, and the ethics of representing disruptive and prospective violence. The writers will also comment on their sense of the particularities of South African domestic histories.

Date: 8 October 2009
Venue: WISER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building, University of the Witwatersrand
Time: 18:00-19:30


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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    September 11th, 2009 @09:46 #

    I'm really chuffed that Tracey is going to be at WISER. Those of you who live in Jozi - this discussion looks fascinating. Please spread the word.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    September 11th, 2009 @10:17 #

    Sounds intriguing. Was the pun intentional? Fraught = Vrot. Or is my imagination running away with me again?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    October 5th, 2009 @14:01 #

    WISER, Thursday, Jozi types - Reminder, do come along to this event if you can, it looks really interesting. Tracey will be going to Jozi specially for the event. Do RSVP to WISER. Will check out the contact nos for RSVPing.


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