Abantu Book Fes­ti­val re­turns

CityPress - - Voices - AVANTIKA SEETH voices@city­press.co.za

For the sec­ond year in a row, the stim­u­lat­ing Abantu Book Fes­ti­val will be re­turn­ing to Soweto this year, and is set to take place from De­cem­ber 7 to 10. The fes­ti­val show­cases au­then­tic African lit­er­ary work. Last year the fes­ti­val saw the likes of Fred Khu­malo, Khadija Pa­tel, Euse­bius McKaiser and Don Mat­tera among some of the pro­lific au­thors in at­ten­dance. Tak­ing place once again at the Eyethu Life­style Cen­tre, last year’s pro­gramme in­cluded talks by Judge Dik­gang Moseneke tack­ling top­ics on land and lib­er­a­tion. The pro­gramme for this year is yet to be an­nounced, but if last year’s turnout is any­thing to go by, this year is set to be an­other hit with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional book en­thu­si­asts alike. Some of the au­thors who will be at­tend­ing this year’s fes­ti­val in­clude Gcina Mh­lope, Lebo Mashile, Marah Louw and Redi Th­labi. The fes­ti­val has brought to­gether a space for black writ­ers to show­case their works, while en­gag­ing in di­a­logue about cur­rent top­ics, and is not one to be missed. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit aban­tu­book­fes­ti­val.co.za

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The KwaZulu Natal South Coast will be abuzz this week when it hosts the Rams­gate Book and Art Fes­ti­val, from Novem­ber 10 to 12. Avid lit­er­ary folk can look for­ward to an ar­ray of ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, po­etry and sto­ry­telling read­ings. Fes­ti­val go­ers will also be up for a chance to win a hol­i­day for six peo­ple, spon­sored by Club Leisure Group.

There will be a va­ri­ety of book and food stalls, and lo­cal restau­rants such as the Cray­fish Inn, pop­u­lar for its fresh seafood dishes, will be host­ing au­thor talks and book-sign­ing ses­sions. On Novem­ber 12 there will be an early morn­ing na­ture walk fol­lowed by a 4km beach walk for R20, which will be do­nated to the Rams­gate Con­ser­vancy.

Those at­tend­ing can ex­pect to view art­works by lo­cals such as vis­ual artist Mn­qobi Sen­gane, and ac­claimed au­thor and artist Sbonelo Chiliza.

Gcina Mh­lope

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