Mindscapes — crime writers come together

2011-09-07 00:00

IF you are heading up to Hilton for The Witness Hilton Arts Festival this year (and if not, why not?), don’t ­forget Mindscape, the non-theatre programme of talks, panel discussions and film.

There’s a strong bookish element, with stalls from both Bookworld and Exclusive Books to browse, and some lively entertainment.

Crime is never far from anyone’s thoughts … a reflection on the society we live in, not only in South Africa. It is also a hugely popular genre for writers.

Chris Marnewick, senior counsel at the Durban Bar and author of Shepherds and Butchers, The ­Soldier Who Said No and the brand new A Sailor’s Honour, will interview Sifiso Mzobe, whose Young Blood, set among the hijacking gangs of Umlazi township, won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for Fiction and was listed among the Sunday Independent’s Top Ten Books last year.

After the interview, the pair will be joined in a panel discussion by ­Pietermaritzburg’s Sue Rabie whose third novel, Fallout, has recently been released. Both of her earlier thrillers, Boston Snowplough and Blood at Bay were shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in Africa.

Darryl Earl David will speak about the book he co-authored with Philippe Menache, 101 Country Churches of South Africa, a book which will add a whole new dimension to your local travels; the always-popular lecturer Mike Lambert will talk about Homer’s epic poetry and why his Iliad and Odyssey still matter today, and Mary Perry will talk about the year she and her partner spent teaching English in China and how that gave rise to her book, ­Adonis and Bignose in China. She will also give a talk on the Terracotta Army.

Some of the Mindscapes talks are free, while others will charge a small entry fee.

For the full line-up, check a copy of the programme, or visit the website at www.hiltonfestival.co.za

The Witness Hilton Arts Festival runs from September 16 to September 18. — Books Editor.

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