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Programme 2015

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ARE WE RUNNING (OR RUINING) OUR ECONOMY?
Lange Hall

Kevin Lings (The Missing Piece), energy expert Chris Yelland and Anthea Jeffery (BEE – Helping or Hurting?) outline the challenges and possible solutions with City Press Editor-in-Chief Ferial Haffajee.
(Sponsored by Baker & McKenzie)

TAKING POTSHOTS
Gym
With SASL interpreter

Blistering comedians Marianne Thamm & Nik Rabinowitz and author Rebecca Davis (Best White: And Other Anxious Delusions) let Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor (How to Marry a Politician and Survive) in on the fine art of cutting politicians down to size.

A SONG FOR THE DISPOSSESSED
Koch Wing

Loss takes many forms in the moving novels of John Boyne (A History of Loneliness), Gareth Crocker (The Last Road Trip) and Carol Campbell (Esther’s House). Journalist, and ‘Reading Matters’ host on Radio Today Sue Grant-Marshall takes them through their stories.

TALES & TRAILS THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA
Music Centre

Author Steven Boykey Sidley sifts the sands of history with Hazel Crampton (The Side of the Sun at Noon), and eminent historian and raconteur Bill Nasson (WW1 and the People of South Africa).

DRILLING INTO JOZI
Learning Centre

Tanya Zack (Wake Up, this is Joburg) and Nechama Brodie (The Joburg Book) excavate a city that’s rarely seen. Chaired by author Hamilton Wende.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
Culinary Corner

Maria Findt and Sarah de Lange (Gem) share fresh tips and innovative ideas on easy, satisfying suppers for the whole family.

STARTING ANEW
Chapel

Second marriages bring real challenges for children and parents as they adjust to their new families. Experienced family educator Flicky Gildenhuys (Blending Families) offers practical advice on navigating the difficulties and building happy homes. Jo Hamilton, Kingsmead’s Educational Psychologist, will guide the discussion.

AN OPEN LINE TO 702
Lange Hall
With SASL interpreter

For once John Robbie, Stephen Grootes and Xolani Gwala are on the receiving end of some hard questions from Debora Patta, Africa Correspondent for CBS News.

THE OPINIONISTA’S
Gym

Marianne Thamm shouts the odds with fellow columnists Darrel Bristow-Bovey (One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo), Khaya Dlanga (To Quote Myself) and Rebecca Davis (Best White: And Other Anxious Delusions) about the job of the commentator.

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EXTREME MARRIAGE
Koch Wing

Ultra athletes and adventurers Peter van Kets (The Eighth Summit), and Kim van Kets (Tri the Beloved Country) share epic anecdotes about rivers, roads and icy poles with media personality Tracy Going.

ON THE MATTER OF MONEY…
Music Centre

HotStocks host Paul Theron audits the books of Kim Potgieter (Retiremeant) and Maya Fisher-French (Maya on Money) who advise how best to make our money work for us.

TELLING WAR STORIES
Learning Centre

Mosibudi Mangena (Triumphs & Heartaches: A Courageous Journey by SA Patriots), Mandla Langa (The Texture of Shadows) and Glenn Moss (The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s) revisit the end years of apartheid with journalist David O’Sullivan, who covered some of the worst of the madness.

A HUNGER FOR LIFE
Culinary Corner

MasterChef judge and one of South Africa’s favourite celebrity chefs, Pete Goffe-Wood (A Life Digested) reminisces about his entertaining culinary adventures through the years with Anna Trapido (Hunger for Freedom).

HOPE SPRINGS
Chapel

Renowned motivational speaker and well-known Christian author Dr David Molapo (Habits – the DNA of Success) is famous for his message of hope. A devoted family man and successful businessman, he’ll offer inspiring advice on finding the positive in and around us.

BODYGUARD: AMBUSH
Joel Hall, free entrance, limited capacity 

Chris Bradford’s events are always action-packed. While writing his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in Samurai swordsmanship and in preparation for his thrilling new Bodyguard series; he embarked on an intensive course to become a qualified bodyguard! Come along for a demonstration of the close combat skills he has acquired and find out how they helped him write his latest book based in Africa – Bodyguard: Ambush.

He’ll also offer the audience a taste of the Young Samurai series as well some of the skills he’s learnt in this area.
Interactive, entertaining and full of action.

For more information on Chris Bradford and his books, please visit www.chrisbradford.co.uk.

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TURNING OURSELVES INSIDE OUT 

Lange Hall

How does it feel to expose oneself in autobiography and weekly columns? PJ Powers (Here I Am), Ndumiso Ngcobo (Eat, Drink & Blame the Ancestors) and Darrel Bristow-Bovey (One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo) bare all for 702’s Jenny Crwys-Williams.
(Sponsored by RMB Private Bank)

REDS UNDER THE BED
Gym

Just how much of a threat is the EFF? Ray Hartley (Ragged Glory) asks Jeremy Nell aka Jerm (Comedy Club) and Richard Poplak (Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle) how the political game is being changed.

OUR MOSAIC NATION
Koch Wing

Jaco van Schalkwyk, (The Alibi Club), Rehana Rossouw (What Will People Say), and GG Alcock (Third World Child: Born White, Zulu Bred) discuss what it means to be South African with 702’s Stephen Grootes.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Music Centre

Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests) and Craig Higginson (The Dream House) consider how a sense of place shapes a story. Chaired by journalist, and ‘Reading Matters’ host on Radio Today Sue Grant-Marshall.

OTHERWORLDY APPEAL
Learning Centre

Edyth Bulbring (The Mark), Liz de Jager (Banished) and Fred Strydom (The Raft) conjure vivid alternative universes under the wand of author and writing coach Mike Nicol (Power Play).

THE TASTE OF TASHAS
Culinary Corner

Natasha Sideris, the creator and founder of the hugely popular ‘tashas’ restaurants, shares the secrets of her success and discusses her new cookbook tashas with Anna Trapido (Hunger for Freedom)

THE DOCTOR’S IN THE HOUSE
Chapel
With SASL interpreter

South Africa’s favourite doctor, former Top Billing presenter Michael Mol, talks about his new book, The Best Day of Your Life, and discusses the Christian faith that sustains him.

THE BOOKS THAT BUILT ME
Lange Hall

Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests) John Hunt (The Space Between the Space Between) Belinda Bauer (The Shut Eye) and Mandla Langa (The Texture of Shadows) revisit their life’s reading. Led by Michele Magwood of the Sunday Times.

A LONG WAY FROM HOME
Gym

Christopher Hope (Jimfish), Jonny Steinberg (A Man of Good Hope) and Elaine Proctor (Rhumba) consider the agony of exiles and émigrés, and of writing away from their homeland. With 702’s Jenny Crwys-Williams.

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“THERE’S NO WAR THAT WILL END ALL WARS.”
Koch Wing

Distinguished historians – and old compadres – Bill Nasson (WW1 and the People of South Africa) and Tim Couzens (The Great Silence) chew over Haruki Murakami’s prophetic statement with newspaper veteran Richard Steyn.

TWISTED MYSTERIES
Music Centre

Miranda Sherry (Black Dog Summer), Alex van Tonder (This One Time) and Cayleigh Bright (Close to Home) explore the darkness at the centre of their thrillers. Chaired by journalist and author Kate Sidley.

GAINED IN TRANSLATION
Learning Centre
With SASL interpreter

Carol Campbell (Esther’s House), Jaco van Schalkwyk (The Alibi Club), Olivier Truc (Forty Days Without Shadow) and Karin Brynard (Weeping Waters) discuss the publication of their Afrikaans books in English, and the light a different language throws on their stories. Chaired by Lood du Plessis from Books Live.

CUT THE CRAVING
Culinary Corner

Karen Thomson & Kerry Hammerton (Sugar Free) discuss imaginative and practical ways to kill the sugar and carbohydrate addiction many people suffer from, with gastronome Peter Goffe-Wood (A Life Digested).

NATION-CHANGING WORK
Chapel

Dr Garth Japhet and Brian Helsby, directors at NGO Heartlines, talk about the work that they do and the challenges and rewards of turning Christian values into local movies (Nothing for Mahala) and the TV series Heartlines. Journalist Bruce Dennill finds out about their efforts to shift our nation’s values.

AFRICA RISING
Lange Hall

Richard Poplak (Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle) and Moeletsi Mbeki (Advocates for Change) imagine the brightening of the dark continent with Wits Vice-Chancellor and author Adam Habib.

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PAYING IT FORWARD
Gym

Journalist and broadcaster Bruce Dennill introduces Shafiq Morton (Gift of the Givers) and David Gemmell (Colour Blind Faith: The Life of Father Stan Brennan) and asks what place mercy and compassion can play in society today.

TOO DANGEROUS FOR WORDS
Koch Wing

Jeremy Nell aka Jerm (Comedy Club) and Rico of Madam & Eve fame sketch the impact of cartoons with satirist Christopher Hope (Jimfish)

DIGITAL OVERLOAD?
Music Centre

Digital doyen Ben Williams discusses the pros and cons of technology with Emma Sadleir & Tamsyn de Beer (Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex), techno guru Toby Shapshak and Alex van Tonder (This One Time).

FAITH, HOPE & HELL
Learning Centre
With SASL interpreter

Acclaimed Irish author John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A History of Loneliness) appraises the major themes of his broad body of work and shares his life as a writer with the Sunday Times’ Michele Magwood.

TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Culinary Corner

Dianne Stewart, Jessica Cairns and Lissa Stewart’s ‘Market Food’ showcases an irresistible range of top culinary entrepreneurs – and their recipes – from some of South Africa’s best markets. Kate Sidley (The Agony Chef) talks them through it.

AN HONOURABLE MARRIAGE
Chapel

Claudine Mofokeng-wa-Maketha (In Love & Intimate) talks to Pastor and Marriage Counsellor Wayne Bouwer about her remarkable 35-year marriage to Jerry.  In this inter-active discussion Claudine will share secrets which have helped them grow and flourish in friendship and independence over the years.

HOW GOOD COULD WE BE?
Lange Hall
With SASL interpreter

702’s Redi Tlhabi talks inspiration and ideals for a better nation with Glenn Moss (The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s), Songezo Zibi (Raising the Bar: Hope & Renewal in South Africa) and Sonja Kruse (The uBuntu Girl).

THE GORY DETAILS
Gym

Belinda Bauer (The Shut Eye), Mike Nicol (Power Play), Olivier Truc (Forty Days Without Shadow) and Karin Brynard (Weeping Waters) discuss their research and the importance of forensic accuracy in their crime novels.
Facilitator: EWN’s Alex Eliseev

GETTING FIXED: CLIMBING BACK INTO LIFE
Koch Wing

Marco Broccardo (Rocks: One Man’s Climb from Drugs to Dreams) and Anne Lapedus Brest (Catastrophe: Oy Vey, My Child is Gay and an Addict) chart the depths of dependency and the grit of recovery with EWN’s Gia Nicolaides (Reporting from the Frontline: Untold Stories from Marikana).

BIRDSONG
Music Centre

Vernon R.L. Head (The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World) and Prof John Ledger (Editor of Environment Magazine) share their fervour for bird watching with fellow enthusiast and author Hamilton Wende.

RISKY BUSINESS
Learning Centre

Advertising maestro and author John Hunt (The Art of the Idea) fires up ideas of successful entrepreneurship with Dragons’ Den South Africa stars Gil Oved & Polo Radebe (I’m In)

START ‘EM YOUNG
Culinary Corner

If you want to provide delicious organic food for your child, but don’t know how, Sarah Mc Kerron (The Savvy Kids Cookbook) will demonstrate some of her secrets and inspire you with her original ideas.

PJ POWERS “HERE I AM”
Lange Hall

“You have made a tremendous impact both on and off the stage, and you are one of those young people on whom the country pins so much hope.” – Nelson Mandela to PJ Powers, 1989