Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival

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Thursday 9 August Women's Day

Time

Event

Information

Meeting Location

Price Per Person

13.00 -

Opening lunch, featuring Hillary Lewis Soma on "Sisters Triumphant: how the spirit of two Schreiner sisters  (Henrietta and Olive) triumphed over adversity"

All welcome

Schreiner Tearoom

R100 per person; includes lunch and afternoon session

14.30-16.30

Illustrated talk by Jeanette Eve on flora in Olive Schreiner's writings and Hillary Lewis Soma on "Sisters Triumphant: how the spirit of two Schreiner sisters  (Henrietta and Olive) triumphed over adversity", and  “Olive Schreiner, a Formidable Woman” by Lisba Vosloo (Film screening in Afrikaans)

All welcome

Schreiner House Museum

18.00 for 18.30

Karoo Sop and Dop Evening, featuring guest speakers EKM Dido, the first black woman to publish a book in Afrikaans, and Sigi Howes on the child author Iris Vaughan and her diary

All welcome

Victoria Manor

R75 per person; includes Karoo soups and breads

Friday 10 August

09.00-12.00

Guy Butler morning; poems, readings and guided walking tour of the buildings in Cradock associated with Guy Butler, ending at Albert House, Dundas Street

All welcome

Schreiner House Museum ending at Albert House

R100 per person; includes morning session, walking tour, lunch and Frans Boekkooi sculpture exhibition

12.00-14.15

Clinton V du Plessis’s Flitse poetry launch, introduction by
Melt Myburgh; Frans Boekkooi and Darryl Earl David on “Art Inspired by Literature”

All welcome

Albert House - Dundas Street

14.15-17.00

Guided trip to the Mountain Zebra National Park by Basil Mills, departing from Albert House, Dundas Street

RSVP essential - limited seats

Departing from Albert House

R150  per person; includes transport and entry fee

19.00

Guests meet at NG Church Hall for Literary Dinner, wine, food  and book pairing; launch of Etienne van Heerden's book Haai Karoo (he’ll be interviewed by Tim Huisamen) and Aubrey Jones on his book Scott’s Forgotten Surgeon, Dr Reginald Koettlitz, polar explorer 

All welcome

NG Church Hall

R150 per person; includes a 3-course dinner and wine. If you don't drink wine, bring your own drinks.

Saturday 11 August

09.15-11.30

Elwyn Jenkins talks about little houses and other children's spaces in The Child's Day by Olive Schreiner and The Chronicles of Peach Grove Farm by Nellie Fincher, and an illustrated talk by Chris and Julie Marais on "Moments that bind you to the Karoo"

All welcome

Schreiner House Museum

R100 per person; includes morning and afternoon sessions and lunch

13.00-16.30

Stephen Gray book launch Taking Off with Olive Schreiner, followed by a LitNet Hot Topic chaired by LitNet's Bibi Slippers:  Cultural crossover, is it happening? Three trilingual writers: EKM Dido, Peter Mtuze, Russell Kaschula debate.

All welcome

Victoria Manor

11.30-12.30

An Audience With Miss Hobhouse: Play by Tony Jackman

All welcome

Victoria Manor

R75 per person

10.00 -12.00

LitNet Learners Indaba, chaired by LitNet's Bibi Slippers. Inspirational Stories of Success by EKM Dido, Peter Mtuze, Russell Kaschula – How growing up in the Eastern Cape inspired  these three great writers

Cradock learners

Cradock Primary School

No charge

19.00-20.00

An Audience With Miss Hobhouse: Play by Tony Jackman

All welcome

Victoria Manor

R75 per person

20.00-

Dinner at Victoria Manor

All welcome

Victoria Manor

R120 per person; includes a 3-course dinner

Now in its third successful year, the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival will run from 9 to11 August 2012 in Cradock. There will be a special emphasis on women to coincide with National Women’s Day on Thursday, 9 August. Headline authors launching books will include the likes of Etienne van Heerden, Stephen Gray, Clinton V du Plessis and Aubrey Jones. Excursions, a highlight of the festival, will include a trip to the Mountain Zebra National Park.

The first outing of the festival, the Spirit of Schreiner Festival, which celebrated the life and work of the noted late Victorian and Edwardian writer, social commentator and feminist Olive Schreiner, took place in Cradock in July 2010. Now the event has been broadened to all Karoo or Karoo-born writers and has been renamed the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival, in honour of Schreiner and other writers from these vast plains.

A comprehensive programme has been organised for the 2012 event, which includes talks and discussions by noted South Africans.

The “celebrating women” theme on Thursday 9th will be carried by Jeanette Eve, Hillary Lewis Soma, EKM Dido and Sigi Howes.

The programme will kick off with Jeanette Eve, author of A Literary Guide to the Eastern Cape: Places and the Voices of Writers, who will give an illustrated talk on flora in Olive Schreiner's writings. Hillary Lewis Soma will talk about "Sisters Triumphant: how the spirit of two Schreiner sisters, Henrietta and Olive, triumphed over adversity". EKM Dido, the first black woman to publish a book in Afrikaans, Die storie van Monica Peters, was born and schooled in the Eastern Cape. Sigi Howes, head of the Education Museum in Cape Town, will talk about “A Great Thing Happened in Cradock” – about the well-known child diarist Iris Vaughan who lived in Cradock from 1892 to 1897.

On Friday morning, August 10 a selection of the works of Guy Butler, Cradock’s famous son, will be read in a session at the Schreiner House. Later Basil Mills, famous raconteur, explorer and senior technical and education officer at NELM, will guide a walking tour of the buildings in Cradock associated with Guy Butler, ending at Albert House in Dundas Street.

At lunchtime, Cradock local Clinton V du Plessis will launch his poetry collection, Flitse. His poetry and short stories have been published in a number of local and foreign literary journals. His work is mainly in Afrikaans, with an occasional English poem. He has published four collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. Also at Albert house Frans Boekkooi and Festival founder Darryl Earl David will talk about “Art Inspired by Literature”. Frans will show two sculptures that were inspired by Etienne van Heerden's novel Die Swye van Mario Salviati (translated into English under the title The Long Silence of Mario Salviati), which features a sculptor, Jonty Jack, and his creations "Visman Steier" (Staggering Merman) and "Veerman" (Feather Man).

On Friday afternoon there will be a guided trip to the Mountain Zebra National Park, again led by raconteur and explorer Basil Mills.

On Friday evening the Festival will present a “food, wine and book pairing” evening. The evening will feature the launch of Etienne van Heerden’s Haai Karoo, which is a collection of his previously published stories. Also featured will be Aubrey Jones, out from London, who will talk about his book Scott’s Forgotten Surgeon, Dr Reginald Koettlitz, polar explorer. This year is the centenary celebration of the conquering of the South Pole. Koettlitz and his wife are buried in Cradock.

Saturday morning will see Elwyn Jenkins talk about “little houses and other children's spaces” in The Child's Day by Olive Schreiner and The Chronicles of Peach Grove Farm by Nellie Fincher. Jenkins is Professor Emeritus and Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of English Studies at Unisa. Also on Saturday morning Chris and Julie Marais, Cradock locals and award-winning journalists, will present an illustrated talk on “Moments that bind us to the Karoo”.

At lunchtime Stephen Gray, a regular at the Schreiner Festival, will be launching his poetry collection, Taking Off, which is related to many of the Schreiner stories. Recently he has edited two Schreiner collections for Penguin Modern Classics, Words in Season and a new edition of The Story of an African Farm.

LitNet will host two indabas, chaired by Bibi Slippers. The underlying theme will be how you can rise above your circumstances and will feature EKM Dido, Russell Kaschula and Peter Tshobisa Mtuze. EKM Dido is the first black women to have written a novel in Afrikaans. Peter Mtuze’s dad was a farm worker, who went on to become Deputy Registrar of Rhodes University. Russell Kaschula grew up in the Transkei and is now the head of African Languages at Rhodes University. They will also debate the topic "Cultural Cross-over – Is it happening?" as members of a LitNet panel. 

The grand finale of the festival is a play called An Audience with Miss Hobhouse written by journalist and playwright Tony Jackman. It is a one-act play about the Cornish-born British aristocrat Emily Hobhouse and her battle to expose the harsh conditions under which the British forces in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 held Boer prisoners of war, chiefly women and children. The play was written for Lynita Crofford, who plays both Hobhouse and Tant Alie, a Boer prisoner of war, a character based on a real woman whose diary Hobhouse translated into English. The play highlights both Hobhouse's fight to expose conditions in the British concentration camps in South Africa and her desire to operate as an equal to men in a patriarchal society.

Also expect relaxing times by the fireside, traditional Karoo kos at the Victoria Manor Hotel, and plenty of old-fashioned Karoo hospitality.

To book for the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival contact Die Tuishuise or Lisa Ker at 048 881 1650, or e-mail [email protected]. And please like us on Facebook.

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