PROGRAMME OF TOPICS AND DESCRIPTIONS: ALL VENUES

Friday 17th August


08h00: Outreach Programme - Various authors visit outlying schools to talk about literacy and the love of books.

08h30 for 09h00: Business Breakfast: In Math We Trust: Simon Dingle’s keynote presentation looks at the origins and dynamics of cryptocurrency, debunks myths surrounding Bitcoin and blockchains, and outlines what the new era of money means for you and your business. In it you'll learn where money comes from, how trust has evolved and what it means for people to become their own bank. (R120)
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

18h00 for 18h30: LOWVELD BOOK FESTIVAL COCKTAIL PARTY - Brush shoulders with the authors and facilitators.  (R150 - pre-booking essential) | Book Now

18h00: SHORT FILMS - directed by Sihle Hlophe, in discussion with Mpumi Mbethe (Rise FM)
Nomfundo tells the story about a conflicted young woman whose life is irrevocably changed when she has a transcendental encounter with someone from her past.
As I Am, a short film which has been screened at prestigious film festivals overseas, is about a sexually ambiguous man who claims his space as the eldest son, when his younger chauvinistic brother comes into town taking over the funeral procession of their late father.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now


Saturday 18th August

10h00 - 10h45: I Remember Nelson Mandela: Sahm Venter, Vimla Naidoo and Kate Sidley share their memories and insights of one of the most beloved icons: Nelson Mandela.  Facilitated by Nicky Manson (Editor Lowveld Living).  (R50)
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

10h00 - 10h45: The truth about fiction…  There’s a novel in the making on the front page of any South African newspaper.  Thriller writer Tony Park asks lawyer-turned novelist Peter Harris (Bare Ground) about the possibilities and pitfalls of turning current affairs into fiction.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

10h00 - 10h45: Faith and Courage: Join Tracy Going in discussion with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on his journey towards faith, from his boyhood in Alex as the son of a ZCC pastor to Bishopscourt and praying with Mandela.  He shares his feelings about his pastoral approach to the world icon, and how they influenced his thinking on ministering to church and nation.  (R50)
Venue: White River Gallery at Casterbridge | Book Now

10h00 - 12h30: Romy Sommer presents a Workshop... Conflict: using both internal and external conflict in your novel. (R100 - pre-booking advised)
Venue: Conference room in the Casterbridge Museum | Book Now

11h15 - 12h00: Award Winning Child Author, Stacey Fru in conversation with Jayne Bauling.  (R50)
Venue: White River Gallery at Casterbridge | Book Now

11h15 - 12h00: An introduction to Xafrica: Marius Bakkes (Lowvelder) introduces Sandy Ferrar, who will talk about her book Xafrica, Volume 1: Letters from the Southern Rift, a unique memoir of Africa, fascinating wildlife, magnificent landscapes, and charming and surprising human stories.  This journey of exploration, a personal record that blends scientific curiosity with happy accident, starts in South Africa and rapidly heads north, to be dominated by experiences gained during a three year stay in Malawi, “The Warm Heart of Africa”, beside the lake that fills the southern trench of the African Rift.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

11h15 - 12h30: Telling Stories: Fiction, Music and Astrophysics. Steven Boykey Sidley (Free Association) gives an intimate view of the power of stories that fuel and reveal all of literature and music and science, and the ways they have affected him.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

12h30 - 13h15: Bravery and Battle-lines: Millard Arnold (The Testimony of Steve Biko) leads a discussion with Fred Khumalo (Dancing the Death Drill) and MK veteran Ronnie Kasrils (A Simple Man).  Whose war is it anyway?  With the men on the SS Mendi, MK veteran Ronnie Kasrils’s brothers-in-arms and Millard Arnold's testimony of Steve Biko as a starting point, we discuss the different kinds of bravery and battle-lines in which writers, including journalists, participate, whether investigating corruption within a state structure or covering conflict areas around the world.  (R50)
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now



12h30 - 13h15: The Birder’s Guide to Africa: Michael Mills has an intimate knowledge of Africa’s birds and will be sharing with you an overview of birding on the African continent, which includes beautiful photographs of some of the region’s most unique and iconic birds.  Get your signed copy of his book at a special price of R400 during the book festival.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

13h30 - 14h15: The Madiba Appreciation Club: A cooking demonstration by Brett Ladds.  Brett will be demonstrating how to prepare Fresh Line Fish Thermidore as well as giving useful tips on healthy cooking and a few insights into his time working as the executive chef of the SA government and manager of the presidential guesthouse at Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria from 1994 to 1999 where he served both Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Venue: Deck of The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

14h45 - 16h15: Romy Sommer presents a Workshop... Marketing for 21st Century Authors (R80 - pre-booking advised)
Venue: Conference room in the Casterbridge Museum | Book Now


14h45 - 15h30: Churchill and Smuts The Friendship: Adam Cruise in conversation with Richard Steyn about his book Churchill and Smuts The Friendship which tells of the remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

14h45 - 15h30: Thuma Mina, Patriarchy and #metoo: Glenda Warburton hosts a discussion with Rehana Rossouw (New Times), Amy Heydenrych (Shame on You), Nechama Brodie (Knucklebone) and Dudu Busani Dube (Zulu Wedding).  What role can women writers have in thuma mina in the light of Patriarchy, #metoo?
Venue: White River Gallery at Casterbridge | Book Now

14h45 - 15h30: Kalahari Kaleidoscope: A presentation by Gus Mills on the arid Kalahari with reference to three books he and his wife have written on the arid Kalahari (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) namely “Hyena nights and Kalahari days”, “A guide to the Arid Kalahari” and their latest book “Kalahari Cheetahs”.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

15h45 - 16h30: Young Star of SA Literature: Child Author, Michelle Nkamankeng in conversation with Jayne Bauling.  (R50)
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema  | Book Now

16h00 - 17h00: Best Book Club Books: Kate Sidley presents her top Book Club picks.
Venue: Courtyard Café at Casterbridge | Book Now

16h00 - 16h45: Forgotten Tracks and Trails of the Escarpment and the Lowveld: A presentation by Dr Gerrit Haarhoff.  Join the author on a journey through time, and meet the people who shaped the tracks and roads of the region all those years ago.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

16h00 - 16h45: The Ones with Purpose: Bobo Lukhele (SABC news editor) talks to Nozizwe Cynthia Jele about her book The Ones with Purpose.  Are our dreams or ambitions to be sacrificed to the ties and demands of family?  Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s new novel is the story of one dysfunctional South African family navigating terminal illness, death, infertility and alcoholism.  Ultimately it is a moving account of loss, love and reconciliation.
Venue: White River Gallery at Casterbridge | Book Now

18h00: SHORT FILMS - directed by Sihle Hlophe, in discussion with Mpumi Mbethe (Rise FM)
Nomfundo tells the story about a conflicted young woman whose life is irrevocably changed when she has a transcendental encounter with someone from her past.
As I Am, a short film which has been screened at prestigious film festivals overseas, is about a sexually ambiguous man who claims his space as the eldest son, when his younger chauvinistic brother comes into town taking over the funeral procession of their late father.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

20h00: Party with Johnny and the Latin Blues Express.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

Sunday 19th August

10h00 - 10h45: Brutal Legacy: Tracy Going discusses her book with Tracy Todd - the roots of violence in Tracy Going’s childhood and an abusive relationship that made headlines.  Tracy’s story is uplifting in the realisation that healing is a lengthy and often arduous process and that self-forgiveness and acceptance is essential in order to fully embrace life.  (R50)
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

10h00 - 10h45: The Last Elephants: Adam Cruise presents his soon to be released book The Last Elephants.  It includes chapters from fellow wildlife journalists, filmmakers as well as renowned elephant biologists, elephant campaigners and writers from all over the world.  It's a comprehensive visual book about a beautiful being that faces extinction, an extinction that would make this planet very lonely without them.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

10h00 - 12h30: Romy Sommer presents a Workshop... Characters: creating believable characters who grow and change. (R100 - pre-booking advised)
Venue: Conference room in the Casterbridge Museum | Book Now

11h15 - 12h00: The Kruger National Park, a History: Dr Sollie Joubert presents his book The Kruger National Park, a History (pre-Kruger to 1994) about the early developmental history of Kruger to 1994.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

11h15 - 12h00: 11h15 - 12h00: The Book is the Thing.  Or is it?  SizweYende in conversation with Niq Mhlongo, Maruping Phepheng and Mancoba Mabuza.  Do today’s young writers have social and moral responsibilities when it comes to their work, or is it solely about great writing and sales figures? | Book Now

12h30 - 13h15: Extreme pursuits and challenging sports - the pinnacle - conquered through determination and courage.  Mpumi Mbethe (Rise FM) talks to Sibusiso Vilane (To the Top from Nowhere) and Walter Thornhill (Eye of the Child) about tenacity, resilience of mankind, ambition, endurance and loneliness.
Venue: The Barnyard at Casterbridge | Book Now

12h30 - 13h15: Makonjwa Trails: Tony Ferrar.  Tucked away in the most ancient corner of our land, hard against South Africa’s border with the kingdom of Swaziland, lies a hidden and spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance.  Tony Ferrar takes you on a journey into the mists of a distant past - more than 3 billion years ago.
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now

12h30 - 13h15: Waking up: Cracking the Crisis Code.  From Trauma to Triumph.  Dr Kobus du Toit’s inspirational true story; a story of medical negligence, near death experience and finally, miracle healing that defies medical science.  His story tells of what it takes to fully recover from a life-crisis and bears witness to the almost miraculous power within every person.  (R50)
Venue: White River Gallery at Casterbridge | Book Now

14h00: SHORT FILMS - directed by Sihle Hlophe.
Nomfundo tells the story about a conflicted young woman whose life is irrevocably changed when she has a transcendental encounter with someone from her past.
As I Am, a short film which has been screened at prestigious film festivals overseas, is about a sexually ambiguous man who claims his space as the eldest son, when his younger chauvinistic brother comes into town taking over the funeral procession of their late father.  (R50)
Venue: Casterbridge Cinema | Book Now
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