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Pan Macmillan Authors at the 2012 Franschhoek Literary Festival (11-13 May)

The 2012 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 11 to 13 May. Pan Macmillan authors to look forward to at the festival include James Hendry, Chris van Wyk, Steven Boykey Sidley, Fiona Forde, Mandy Wiener, Craig Higginson, Jonathan Jansen, Gus Silber, Alex Perry and Moeletsi Mbeki.

A Year in the WildEggs to Lay, Chickens to HatchEntanglementAn Inconvenient YouthKilling KebbleThe Landscape Painter
Letters to My ChildrenMobinomicsLifebloodArchitects of PovertyAdvocates for Change

Friday 11 May

Don’t fence me in
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (School Hall)
Tim Butcher explores the far reaches of adventure and the macho ego with Robert Fridjhon (Caterpillar Seas), James Hendry (A Year in the Wild) and John Dobson (Year of the Gherkin).

Growing up
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (School Hall)
John Maytham probes the very different childhoods of McIntosh Polela (My Father, My Monster) and Chris van Wyk (Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch).

Entanglement
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Library)
Tymon Smith in conversation with Steven Boykey Sidley (Entanglement).

Churnalism
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Congregational Church)
Tim Butcher conducts this discussion of media misdemeanours with Anton Harber (Diepsloot) who holds the Caxton chair of journalism at Wits and journalists Fiona Forde (An Inconvenient Youth) and Mandy Wiener (Killing Kebble).

Novel trio: BM + CH²
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Council Chamber)
Christopher Hope (Shooting Angels) talks to Brent Meersman (Reports Before Daybreak) and Craig Higginson (The Landscape Painter).

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Saturday 12 May

Great Teachers – too few great schools
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (School Hall)
Michele Magwood chairs a discussion on solutions for the education crisis with UFS Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen (Letters to My Children), Doron Isaacs of Equal Education, John Gilmour of LEAP Schools and Carole Bloch, Director of the PRAESA Early Literacy Unit at UCT.

Freedom of information?
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Church Hall)
Brett Murray’s poster from the 80s says it all: SAVE THE PRESS. Mike Wills conducts what could be a post-mortem with Anton Harber, Mandy Wiener, Mondli Makhanya and cartoonist Zapiro.

Script to stage
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (School Hall)
Director Janice Honeyman goes behind the scenes with three co-stalwarts of the South African stage: Pieter-Dirk Uys, Mike van Graan and Craig Higginson.

9.9 out of 10 authors earn peanuts…
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Hospice Hall)
…so why do they keep on writing? Edyth Bulbring delves into the issue with Chris van Wyk, Hawa Golakai (The Lazarus Effect) and Zukiswa Wanner (Men of the South).

Tweeting for Africa
14h30-15h30 (School Hall)
Jenny Crwys-Williams talks to three master tweeters who reach thousands with their wit and wisdom: Jonathan Jansen, Gareth Cliff (On Everything) and Gus Silber (Mobinomics).

An Inconvenient Youth
14h30-15h30 (Congregational Church)
Fiona Forde in conversation with Dennis Davis.

What do publishers want?
14h30-15h30 (Council Chamber)
Jeremy Boraine (Jonathan Ball) and a line-up of fellow publishers – Terry Morris (Pan Macmillan), Bridget Impey (Jacana) and Frederik de Jager (Umuzi) – mull over the all- important question all writers want to ask.

Aid to Africa under the spotlight
16h00-17h00 (School Hall)
Mike Wills chairs a debate based on Alex Perry’s book about a businessman’s approach to the eradication of malaria (Lifeblood: How to Change the World, One Dead Mosquito at a Time), with additional input by Petina Gappah.

Thinkers: Fanon, Biko & beyond
16h00-17h00 (Church Hall)
Lindy Wilson, who knew Steve Biko, in conversation with Moeletsi Mbeki (Architects of Poverty and Advocates for Change) and Achille Mbembe of WISER at Wits.

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Sunday 13 May

Learning from our mistakes
10h00-11h00 (School Hall)
Peter Harris chairs this essential discussion with Moeletsi Mbeki, Andrew Feinstein (The Shadow World) and Ray Hartley, editor of the Sunday Times.

Too much research too early?
10h00-11h00 (Council Chamber)
Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to Tan Twan Eng (The Garden of Evening Mists), Shamini Flint (Inspector Singh Investigates) and Craig Higginson – who started the ball rolling – about the issue of hoovering up too many details in advance research that can clog the writer’s imagination.

Rolling up our sleeves and…
11h30-12h30 (School Hall)
John Maytham chairs a discussion about our country’s way forward, with Jonathan Jansen and UCT economist Francis Wilson.

In a world where everyone is online, is foreign correspondence dead?
13h00-14h00 (Church Hall)
Tim Butcher talks to other foreign correspondents who have been through the sturm und drang: Alex Perry, Time Bureau Chief in Cape Town, and doyen Peter Younghusband.

The ANC 100 years on
13h00-14h00 (Council Chamber)
Oscar van Heerden discusses the century’s achievements and disappointments with Achille Mbembe, Fiona Forde and Ronnie Kasrils (The Unlikely Secret Agent).

Growing up: Joburg
14h30-15h30 (Church Hall)
Michele Magwood goes back to remembered city childhoods with Christopher Hope, Chris van Wyk, Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard de Nooy (The Big Stick).

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