Abantu Book Festival returns
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
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.