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).

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