Olive Schreiner Festival
for everyone who loves writing, reading and the Karoo
9, 10 August 2013
9:30 at Schreiner House (R25)
SHIREEN BADAT She introduces the multi-media Upstart programme that equips young people with language tools and life-skills, building literacy and confidence. Upstart (based in Grahamstown) is working with three Cradock high schools.
SIGI HOWES She discusses the South African War as seen through the eyes of that witty and observant young diarist, Iris Vaughan. Howes has studied the diary for a number of years, trying to identify all the places and characters mentioned, with the aim of validating the events described.
OLIVE SCHREINER Different voices present a tapestry of words from Schreiner’s writings (including fiction, letters & essays), ranging from her youth to maturity.
12:30 at Victoria Manor : talk, lunch (R75)
EZELLE MARAIS This accomplished cook introduces her new venison recipe book and explains some of her methods. Her lunch menu includes kudu schnitzels in yoghurt sauce; venison strips in sour cream; wild rice and green salad.
14:00 at Victoria Manor (R25)
MARGIE ORFORD The doyenne of SA crime literature brings her heroine, Clare Hart, to the Karoo: her fifth thriller will be on sale during the festival. Margie Orford comes to Cradock after speaking at literary events in the UK and the USA this year.
BARBARA MUTCH She talks about writing her family saga, The Housemaid’s Daughter that is being translated into a dozen languages. The fictional action of this successful first novel is set against real events in Cradock during 60 years from the 1930s.
WALKING TOUR: Cradock’s Literary Landmarks The tour pauses at key points for readings from texts by Olive Schreiner, Guy Butler, Karel Schoeman, Etienne van Heerden, Barbara Mutch et al. Last stop is the landmark Moederkerk where Ds Attie van Wyk presents a short recital on the magnificent organ.
18:30 at Victoria Manor : words, pictures, music, supper (R100)
CHRIS & JULIENNE MARAIS Renowned photo-journalists, they present a travelogue titled ‘The Beautiful Karoo’ , with images from their frequent trips into the remote corners of the Karoo from their home base in Cradock.
ROBERT PEARCE The award-winning poet/lyricist/dramatist, sets an upbeat mood for the evening with a repertoire of words and music (guitar) that includes his own work and "Kaapse" pieces by Adam Smal.
9:30 at Albert House (R100 full day including lunch)
OPEN MICROPHONE A fast-paced programme features three-minute readings of their own work by a variety of writers and poets. Popular blogger Ds Attie van Wyk, Tarkastad’s rhyming magistrate Jo Els, isi-Xhosa-speaking Prof Russell Kaschula and pastorie-mama Zenobia Kock have all booked their slots.
HARRY OWEN He introduces For Rhino in a Shrinking World, an international anthology of 130 poems by 108 poets. Two of his own poems are included. Owen produced the collection in response to a presentation by Bill Fowlds on the Kariega rhino tragedy. Five collections of his poetry have been published in the UK and South Africa.
LUNCH The menu includes a choice of two soups (potato and leek or Tuscan bean and bacon), followed by chicken with orange and star anise or French-style Springbok casserole, served with roast vegetables and chickpea/lentil salad.
ETIENNE VAN HEERDEN In conversation with Tim Huisamen, the renowned author discusses his novel In Love’s Place (translated by Leon de Kok from In Stede van Liefde, winner of the WA Hofmeyr and ATKV prizes). The protagonist is an ex-champion athlete with a secret life. Some of the action unravels in Matjiesfontein and the world of pigeon-racing: it’s a tangle of memorable imagery and unforgettable characters.
DOREEN ATKINSON She offers new ideas on ‘Women, Families and Communities in the South African War’. Professor Atkinson is an author and Trustee: Karoo Development Foundation. She is based in Phillipolis.
EXTRAS All day at Albert House: an exhibition of sculpture and paintings by established South African artists (eg Frans Boekkooi from Nieu Bethesda and Casey van der Leek from Bloemfontein); garden stalls offering specialised local food products and handcrafts. Books on sale will include new titles by writers featured during the festival, second hand books and some interesting Africana.
19:00 at Victoria Manor : poetry, three-course dinner (R150)
ALFRED SCHAFFER The eminent Dutch poet will read and discuss his own work. A leading light of the new generation of litterati, he says he is motived by unrest, anxiety, suspicion and curiosity. He is currently working in Western Cape.
CLINTON V DU PLESSIS The Cradock-based poet launches his new collection: Rangeer; introduced by Alfred Schaffer. Du Plessis relishes the creative freedom he enjoys from his position outside the literary ‘establishment’. He is concerned with universals rather than specifics like race or politics and his work has been included in a number of important collections of new South African writing.
PROGRAMME SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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