Madibaland World Literary Festival
It's going to be the festival of the year, beams Darryl David!!! ‘It might very well be the only festival of the year, but boy will it make up for the many that we missed!’
At the end of April I announced nothing more than a dream to create the world's largest online literary festival. Four months later I can proudly announce the launch of the inaugural MADIBALAND BOOK FESTIVAL from the 20-30 November 2020. For those not familiar with South Africa, the festival name was inspired by a travel book of the same name by well - known writer and journalist Denis Beckett, which in turn was inspired by a man who needs no introduction, a man known the world over - Nelson Mandela - who was lovingly called Madiba in this part of the world. The festival is a partnership between the University of the Western Cape and Book Town Richmond, the only Book Town in SA and on the African continent. The University of the Western Cape which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary will take charge of the online architecture for the festival, leaving Book Town Richmond to concentrate on what they do best - create unforgettable book festivals. And when you see the line - up for the inaugural festival it is clear that this festival has the potential to become the flagship international book festival to come out of SA.
And few would argue with the statement above when you peruse through the list of writers set to speak at the inaugural festival. There are literally writers from every corner of the world. And the who's who of SA writers have assembled for this festival.
Although we are waiting on a few more writers to confirm their participation, including a large cohort from India, here is the preliminary line up for the MADIBALAND LITERARY FESTIVAL (see below.
The world’s largest literary festival | Darryl David | Books and writers (please read for context)
Our line up: (click on the live profiles to find out more)
2. John Connell: The Cow Book.
3. John Connell: The Running Book
5. Jacob Dlamini: Askari : A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-apartheid Struggle.
6. Jacob Dlamini: The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators and the Security Police
15. Emma Neale: Poetry.
24. Hugh Bland: Trappist Mission Stations of KZN
26. Ashwin Desai: Indian Indenture
28. Dominique Malherbe: Sarah Goldblatt Biography.
29. Chris Nicholson (SA judge): t.b.c
30. Erica Platter: Durban Curry.
31. Vernon Head: A Tree for the Birds
33. Fikile Hlatshwayo: Blacks do Caravan.
36. Joanne Hichens: Death And The After Parties
41. Antony Osler: Mzansi Zen.
42. Mike Lowry/ Steve Wimberley/ Phillip Kretzman: Inspirational Animal Stories
44. Vladimir Martinovski: Poetry.
45. Riana Scheepers: A Writers House t.b.c
46. Diana Ferrus: Poetry
50. Ronnie Govender in conversation with Rajendra Chetty (t.b.c)
51. ZP Dala / Sylvia Garib: Durban in words t.b.c
52. Philippe Menache & Darryl David: Churches of South Africa – A Platteland Pilgrimage
54. Sophy Roberts: The Lost Piano's of Siberia
56. Jerzy Koch: Pleks van plaas
58. Nico Moolman: Russia in the Anglo-Boer War
59. Mongane Wally Serote: Sikhahlel’ u-OR – praise poem to Oliver Tambo (t.b.c)
60. Mandla Langa: Dare not linger (t.b.c)
62. Ahmed Kathrada Foundation:
65. Lizzie Collingham: Curry : A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors.
70. Petro Hansen: Vervleg
71. Andries Bezuidenhout: Onplaats
72. Barry Cohen: Let me play: the story of the greatest Indian golfer SA has never seen
75. AM Kamaal: Nigeria/ Nome Patrick Emeka - Nigerian poets t.b.c
76. Carmen Miller: Canada's Little War: Fighting for the British Empire in the Anglo-Boer War
77. James Daschuk: Clearing the Plains
78. Pieter Louis Myburgh: Gangster State t.b.c
79. Chris Marais & Julienne du Toit: Karoo Roads
82. Erns Grundlingh – Sushi en Shosholoza: Rugbyreise en pelgrimstogte in Japan
83. Antjie Krog: Poetry
87. Obie Oberholzer: Photography
88. Christy Lefteri: The Beekeeper of Aleppo
89. Zanele Dlamini: Wounds of Ignorance
95. Clinton du Plessis: Poetry
96. Cameron McNeish: Scotland’s 100 Best Walks / There’s Always the Hills
97. John T. Edge: The Potlikka Papers : A Food History of the Modern South
100. Sjon: The Whispering Muse from Iceland. Author/ Academy Award nominated singer
101. Debbie Rodriguez: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.
102. Amy McDaid NZ: Fake Baby.
103. John Matisonn: Cyril’s Choices.
104. Sharon Gosling: The House of Hidden Wonders – in conversation with Hugh David
110. Thomas Mollett: The Anni Dewani Murder
113. Carla van der Spuy: Plaasmoorde t.b.c
114. In Memoriam: session dedicated to all writers who lay down their pen in 2020
117. John Costello: The Wild Coast
118. Raks Seakhoa: Halala Madiba - Poetry
119. Daniel Hugo: Die verdriet van Belgie / Oorlog en terpentyn
120. Lize Albertyn du Toit: Die Kinders van Spookwerwe
121. Paul Weinberg: On Common Ground: An exhibition of Peter Magubane and David Goldblatt
122. Bridget Krone: Small Mercies
124. Hector Kunene: Poetry
125. Sindiswa Seakhoa: Songs for Madiba – Music
129. Rajie Tudge: Teaching the Canna Bush
130. Lebohang Masango: Mpumi's Magic Beads
132: Raphael Malangin: Pondicherry
133. Sumathi Ramaswamy: Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of DisobedienceAlka 21-23 November
134. Cosmo Brockway & Harriet Compston& Karam Puri: Glorious Hotels of India
135. Salma Husain: Mughal Feast
136. Alka Pande: Masterpieces of Indian Art
137. Thomas Weber: Going Native: Gandhi's Relationship with Western Women
138. Jackie Kalley: KwaZulu Natal. The Garden Province
139. Elana Bregin: The Audacity of Hope
140. Jackie Kalley: Mlamulankunzi: The Story of Dick King
141. Charalamos Dousemetzis: Dimitri Tsafendas: The Man Who Killed Apartheid
(still to be announced)