The Midlands Literary Festival is ten years old

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The tenth Midlands Literary Festival will take place from 31 August to 1 September 2019 at the Fern Hill Hotel in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

The programme in brief:

On Saturday morning, the following authors will be at the podium: Fiona Snyckers (Lacuna), Julia Martin (The Blackridge house), Fred Khumalo (Talk of the town), Zanele Njapha (An eye for love), Cuba Ikaneng and the Young Authors Book Initiative, Ekow Duker (Yellowbone), Siya Khumalo (You have to be gay to know God) and Steve Wimberley (Dr Grumble).

On Saturday afternoon, it will be Peter Storey (I beg to differ), Hugh Bland (The trappist missions: KwaZulu-Natal’s forgotten treasure), Ralph Mathekga (Ramaphosa’s turn and When Zuma goes), John Roff (Poems for the nature-hungry soul), Richard Hunt (Spirit of the Drakensberg) and Ronnie Kasrils (Catching tadpoles).

Sunday morning will see the following authors at the podium: Martin Prozesky (Honest to goodness), Chris Hoare (“Mad Mike” Hoare: The legend), Gloria Kaverne (“Achieving the international bestseller dream”), Elana Bregin (Not wanted on the voyage), Izak de Vries in conversation with the award-winning authors Luke Molver and JL Powers as well as the maverick Hannes Barnard on “Representing Africa”, Khaya Dlanga (These things really do happen to me), Peter Church (Bitter pill, Dark video and Crackerjack) and Mogau Seshene (The lazy makoti’s guide to the kitchen).

On Sunday afternoon, Sonja Kruse (The ubuntu girl) and Desiree-Anne Martin (We don’t talk about it. Ever) will be on the podium, while Ashwin Desai will present an hour of storytelling for kids.

The full programme can be downloaded here

Lunch can be booked on arrival at Fern Hill Hotel (R120 for a buffet, or R60 for a baguette).

Tickets can be bought through Quicket.

Tickets are R100 per morning or afternoon (approximately 6 sessions each), or R300 for the entire festival. This includes a cup of tea or coffee.

The festival has its own Facebook page.

Here is what the younger readers can expect

The Midlands Literary Festival is already encouraging the next generation of festivalgoers. #MidLit2019 is partnering with the Young Authors Book Initiative (YABI) to inspire young readers and writers.

On Friday morning, Howick Prep School will receive a visit from Lori-Ann Preston, Kim Broughton and John Roff.

The Midlands Literary Festival has organised a workshop with big names for Friday afternoon:

  • Elana Bregin will explain how to write a good story.
  • Zanele Njapha will show how writing can serve our communities.
  • Fiona Snyckers will share guidelines and tips for writing dialogue.
  • Luke Molver will explain the history of comics and how to create your own. Molver, whose books are produced by Story Press Africa in Pietermaritzburg, has recently won a major award in the USA, when Shaka rising was named an Honor Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards. Molver will receive his award at the Smithsonian Institution, and he will visit schools in the USA, just as he will in Howick. His books are distributed by Catalyst Press in the USA and by Lapa in South Africa.
  • Sonja Kruse will give advice on how to link electronically to a wider community of story writers.

On Saturday morning, the first YABI book will be launched at #MidLit2019. Fifteen YABI students will be part of this. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a free storytelling session in the Fern Hill Chapel from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

National Book Week

National Book Week is celebrated from 2 to 6 August across South Africa. A number of authors participating in #MidLit2019 will be visiting Midlands schools to share their knowledge and inspiration with learners.

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