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M&G Literary Festival

28 Aug 2012 - 02 Sep 2012

Venue: Main Theatre
Age Restriction: All Ages

The Mail & Guardian in association with The Market Theatre presents
The Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 2012
For the third year running, this festival brings together authors and audiences for almost a week of debate at the theatre, from August 28 to September 2.
Among the novelists, poets, artists, activists, academics and struggle icons who will take part are Nadine Gordimer, Breyten Breytenbach, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mongane Wally Serote, Zapiro, Diane Victor, Imraan Coovadia, Lauretta Ngcobo and Ronnie Kasrils.
From its opening session, No Time like the Present: Gordimer and Serote in Conversation, to its final panel discussion, Stories of Exile, the festival aims to survey what is being written in and about South Africa, its society and people.
Mail & Guardian Online deputy editor Verashni Pillay will chair a cut-and-thrust with three authors from The Youngsters series: Anele Mdoda (It Feels Wrong to Laugh, but…; Picador Africa, 2012), Khaya Dlanga (In My Arrogant Opinion; Picador Africa, 2012) and Danny K (Take It from Me; Picador Africa, 2012).
Books versus e-books, print versus digital, the codex versus the tablet — these debates are all covered in How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Tablet: The Changing Landscape of Print, which will be chaired by M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes. The panel also includes Pan Macmillan publisher Terry Morris and Pillay.
Love Books will be selling books by the authors taking part in the festival, as well as a range of other titles from its shelves, outside the Market and Laager theatre venues.
Gramadoelas, the restaurant at the Market, is offering its famed dinner and lunch buffets for R100 — a 50% discount — during the festival. The lunch offer applies on September 1 and 2.
The festival is made possible by partnerships between the M&G and the Market Theatre, the France-South Africa Seasons 2012/2013, Gramadoelas at the Market, Love Books and South African publishers Human & Rousseau, Jacana Media, Jonathan Ball, Kwela Books, NB Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Books, Picador Africa, Random House Struik, UKZN Press, Umuzi, Unisa Press and Wits University Press.


Film screening: Tuesday 28 August, 7 pm, Market Theatre
(Moved from Saturday 1 September, 7.30 pm, Market Theatre)
Aliker (kreol productions, 2010; 108 mins)
Directed by Guy Deslauriers
Screenplay by Patrick Chamoiseau
Patrick Chamoiseau will speak before the screening. 
Aliker tells the story of Andre Aliker, a journalist in Martinique in the 1930s who battles against the island’s French colonial overlords.
ENTRANCE FREE, courtesy of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

Session 2: Wednesday 29 August, 7 pm, Market Theatre
The Youngsters
Anele Mdoda, Khaya Dlanga, Danny K and Gill Breslin in discussion with Verashni Pillay

*Session 3: Thursday 30 August, 7 pm, Market Theatre
Poetry night with Breyten, Rustum and Oswald
Breyten Breytenbach, Rustum Kozain and Oswald Mtshali perform their work, and talk poetry with Georges Lory and Corina van der Spoel
(Breyten Breytenbach appears courtesy of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013)

Session 4: Friday 31 August, 7 to 7.45 pm, Market Theatre
Preparing for Dorfman’s Delirium
Pre-theatre discussion with Greg Homann, the director, and the cast of Ariel Dorfman’s Delirium (playing at the Barney Simon Theatre at the Market)

Session 5: Saturday 1 September, 9.30 to 11 am, Market Theatre
Satire and the limits of freedom of expression
Chair: Sandile Memela
Panel: Glenda Daniels, Diane Victor, Chris Wadman and Zapiro

Parallel sessions 6 and 7, Saturday 1 September, 11.30 am to 1pm:

Session 6: Saturday 1 September, 11.30 am to 1pm, Market Theatre
Joburg: City of extremes
Chair: Marie Huchzermeyer
Panel: Thiresh Govender and Jonathan Noble

Session 7: Saturday 1 September, 11.30 am to 1pm, Laager Theatre
One country, many literatures: looking at South African writing
Chair: Michael Titlestad
Panel: Craig MacKenzie and Margaret Lenta

Lunch: 1 to 2.30 pm. Festival half-price lunch special at Gramadoelas (R100)

Parallel sessions 8 and 9, Saturday 1 September, 2.30 to 4 pm:

Session 8: Saturday 1 September, 2.30 to 4 pm, Market Theatre
How I stopped worrying and learned to love the tablet: the changing landscape of print
Chair: Nic Dawes
Panel: Terry Morris, Verashni Pillay and Ben Williams

Session 9, Saturday 1 September, 2.30 to 4 pm, Laager Theatre
Joburg in fiction
Chair: Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
Panel: Siphiwo Mahala, Eric Miyeni, Craig Higginson, André Kruger and Jane Rosenthal

Parallel sessions 10 and 11, Saturday 1 September, 4.30 to 6 pm:

*Session 10, Saturday 1 September, 4.30 to 6 pm, Laager Theatre
Speaking in tongues: talking, writing, translating
Patrick Chamoiseau and Breyten Breytenbach debate writing and translating with Georges Lory
(Breyten Breytenbach and Patrick Chamoiseau appear courtesy of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013)

Session 11, Saturday 1 September, 4.30 to 6 pm, Market Theatre
Learning to love reading: children and books
Chair: Penny Hochfeld
Panel: Shaeleen Tobin, Gill Murdoch and Melanie Burgin

Session 1: Saturday 1 September, 7.30 pm, Market Theatre
(Moved from Tuesday 28 August, 7 pm, Market Theatre)
No time like the present: Gordimer and Serote in conversation
Nadine Gordimer and Mongane Wally Serote, hosted by Craig MacKenzie
Cocktails and snacks to follow.

Session 12, Sunday 2 September, 10 to 11.30 am, Market Theatre
War, peace and transformation in new South African fiction
Chair: David Medalie
Panel: Imraan Coovadia, Karen Jayes, Steven Boykie Sidley and James Whyle

Session 13, Sunday 2 September, 12 to 1.30 pm, Market Theatre
Stories of exile
Chair: Ronnie Kasrils
Panel: Lauretta Ngcobo, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko and Barry Gilder

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Note: Festival half-price dinner special at Gramadoelas (R100) available from Wednesday evening to Saturday evening.

*Sessions 3 & 10 and the Film screening
Breyten Breytenbach and Patrick Chamoiseau appear courtesy of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

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