Literary feast

2014-08-20 00:00

BOOK lovers should head off to Howick this weekend for the fifth annual Midlands Literary Festival at Yellowwood Cafe on Saturday and Sunday.

Once again there is a great mix of festival favourites — Chris Nicolson, whose debut short-story collection is to be unveiled; Dr Ian Player; Pietermaritzburg poet and playwright Kobus Moolman and the always popular and provocative Ashwin Desai — and some exciting festival first-timers.

Leading this group is Marguerite Poland. She will give an illustrated talk on her two recent books, The Abundant Herds: a Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People and Taken Captive by Birds, as well as say something about her forthcoming novel, The Keeper, due out next month.

Other speakers include Nicki von der Heyde (Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa), novelist and theatre personality Craig Higginson, who won the University of Johannesburg literary award for The Landscape Painter, who will speak on the interplay between his dramas and novels, and Barbara Siedle, whose Breathe the Dust is a memoir of her journeys in Africa as a wildlife artist.

Also in the line-up are Chris Albertyn (Keeping Time: the Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Huntley); Mike Hardwich on his memoir of being a KZN vet; Kerry Jones, compiler of the first picture-book dictionary of a San language; Di Smith (You’re Awesome); Beryl Arikum and dancer Tossie van Tonder (My African Heart).

Howick High School pupil Jonathan Williams will give a talk on the history of Japanese comics.

Tickets for the festival are R50 per day. Inquiries: Darryl Earl David at 082 576 4489 or or Sandra Murphy at 033 330 2461.


9 am — 9.30 am: Kobus Moolman – Left Over.

9.30 am — 10 am: Jonathan Williams – A Drifting Life (Japanese comic history).

10 am — 10.30 am: Kerry Jones — There’s a n!aq’u in my dictionary.

10.30 am — 11.15 am: tea.

11.15 am — noon: Marguerite Poland: Nguni — The Abundant Herds and Other Inspirations.

noon — 12.30 pm: Nicky von der Heyde — Field Guide to the Battlefields of SA.

12.30 pm — 1 pm: Craig Higginson — Working as a Novelist and Playwright.

1 pm — 1.30 pm: Beryl Arikum — Pilgrimage.


2.30 pm — 3 pm: Di Smith: You’re Awesome — Living a Fulfilled Life.

3 pm — 3.30 pm: Mike Hardwich — The Rhino and the Rat: Further Memoirs of a Vet.

3.30 pm — 4.15 pm: Tossie van Tonder: My African Heart.


10 am — 10.30 am: Ashwin Desai – The Archi-texture of Durban. A Skapie’s Guide.

10.30 am — 11 am: Darryl David – Interviews with Neville Alexander. The Power of Languages against the Language of Power.

11 am — 11.30 am: Chris Nicholson — Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers.

11.30 am — noon: Barbara Siedle — Breathe the Dust.


2 pm — 2.30 pm: Ian Player — Crisis in Rhino Protection.

2.30 pm — 3 pm: Chris Albertyn — Keeping Time: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Huntley (1964-1974).

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.