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Modjaji authors at the Franschoek Literary Festival

Team TrinityMy First TimeEloquent BodyLava Lamp PoemsLooking for Trouble
Difficult to ExplainDifficult GiftsMissingThese are the Lies I Told You

We’re delighted that Jenny Hobbs has invited us to join in the lit fest party again. Here’s a round up of events that Modjaji authors are taking part in. We’ve got a plethora of poets featured, including Ingrid Jonker award winners Beverly Rycroft (missing) and Megan Hall (fourth child), as well as Kerry Hammerton (These are the Lies I told you) and Dawn Garisch (Difficult Gifts). I’m looking forward to Franschoek, it’s a lovely combination of seeing friends from all over, catch up, gossip, books, reading, delicious food, wine, and more books. Although Modjaji didn’t publish any novels last year, we have three authors who have been invited to the Sunday Times Shortlisting announcement on Saturday evening. I will wait for the actual longlist to post who they are, but you might be able to figure it out.

Friday the 17th May is our busiest day at the FLF.

[Session 9]: Rising eighteen (New High School Hall) 11h30 to 12h30
Samantha Page, editor of From Me to Me, is joined by comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz (South Africa: a long walk to a free ride), writer and writing mentor Osiame Molefe, author Fiona Snyckers (Team Trinity) and high school teacher Athambile Masola (a contributor to My First Time) to talk about strategies for surviving the final years at school.

Fiona Snyckers (Team Trinity) is also featured in this event:

[Session 24]: Trial by twitter (Church Hall) 14h30 to 15h30
Tweets are an instantaneous news medium with growing influence on public opinion. Fiona Snyckers quizzes Julian Rademeyer, Sam Wilson and non-tweeting journalist Ann Crotty about the pros and cons.

I’m in this session which will be very useful for writers, newish editors and anyone who wants to know what editors and publishers do to make a manuscript fit to go out in public.

[32]: Fiction editing in South Africa (Church Hall) 16h00 to 17h00
On a more serious note, John Linnegar of the Professional Editors’ Group talks to editor Maire Fisher, author/critic Brent Meersman (Reports Before Daybreak) and publishers Fourie Botha (Umuzi) and Colleen Higgs (Modjaji) about the local state of the art.

[33]: Writing a path through grief (Congregational Church) 16h00 to 17h00
Sean Davison (Before We Said Goodbye, After We Said Goodbye) has been much in the news since his house arrest in New Zealand . Here he talks to Mignonne Breier (Letters to my Son) about the healing process of writing, chaired by Dawn Garisch (Eloquent Body).

[36]: Poetry in the Screening Room 16h00 to 17h00
Mellow out for the evening with tasters of poetry by Oswald Mtshali (Sounds of a Cowhide Drum), Kerry Hammerton (These are the lies I told you), Justin Fox (The Marginal Safari) and Gus Ferguson (Holding Pattern).

On Saturday 18th May

[42]: Flash Memoir workshop (Library) (double event till 12.00, R120)
Learn tools to access the core of your life story – giving equal weight to the facts and the poetry of the matter – with Dawn Garisch.

On Sunday the 19th May

[85]: Poetry in the Screening Room 13h00 to 14h00
Three winners of SA’s prestigious Ingrid Jonker prize in conversation. Finuala Dowling (I flying) asks Bev Rycroft (missing) and Megan Hall (Fourth Child) why grief, love and dark wit make the best poems.

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