Podcast Library

Listen to recordings of a selection of some of our favourite discussions from the 2019 Kinsgmead Book Fair: Read and Rise

Writing: the Sweet Sorrow

Craig Higginson (The White Room), Ekow Duker (Yellowbone), Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (The Theory of Flight) and Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) talk to fellow writer Efemia Chela about the highs and lows of the writer’s life.

The Faces of Feminism

Helen Moffett (Feminist Activist), Kabelo Chabalala (Young Men Movement), Rachel McKay (Kingsmead College Matric Student, Mohale Mashigo (Intruders),) and Sunday Times Lifestyle editor Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi chart the dramatic changes to the age-old movement. Guided by Angelo Fick.

Lessons from the Past

Eminent British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore (Written in History: Letters that Changed the World); Terry Kurgan (Everyone is Present); Mphuthumi Ntabeni (The Broken River Tent) sit down with top columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey to talk about momentous events in the past, how they enrich the way we live now and how they can illuminate tomorrow.

The Evil Next Door

Mike Nicol (Sleeper), CM Elliott (Sibanda and the Night Adder), and Tony Park (Scent of Fear) interrogate the nature of crime, real and imagined, with Mandy Wiener.

We, The People

How can democracy survive in these troublesome times? And, most importantly, what can ordinary citizens do to uphold it. Michelle Le Roux (Lawfare), Ferial Haffejee, Jane Duncan (Stopping the Spies), and Steven Friedman (Power in Action: Democracy, Citizenship and Social Justice) discuss this with Outlwile Tsipane.

Poetry is Medicine

Megan Ross (Milk Fever); Iain Thomas (I Wrote This for You); Busisiwe Mahlangu (Surviving Loss) share the solace of words in an inhumane world with Nolwazi Tusini.

The Comedy Channel

It is said that comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Hagen Engler (Black Twitter, Blitz and a Boerie as long as your leg), Melusi Tshabalala (Melusi’s Everyday Zulu), Rebecca Davis (Self Helpless – A Cynic’s Search for Sanity) and cartoonist Zapiro crack wise.

An Ancestry of Activism

Malebo Sephodi teases out the genes of the struggle as experienced by the next generation: Lukhanyo Calata (My Father Died For This), Rekgotsofetse Chikane (Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (The Land Is Ours) and Rehana Rossouw (New Times).

Bent, But Not Broken

Vanessa Raphaely (The Village) talks to Dawn Garisch (This Is How It Is), Mohale Mashigo (Intruders), Samantha Smirin (Life Interrupted) and Tumelo Buthelezi (The Last Sentence) about the paralyzing condition of depression and anxiety.

Water, Water, Nowhere

Helen Moffett (101 Water Wise Ways and 101 Waste Wise Ways), Kiara Nirghin (Youth Revolution) and Tiny Dlamini (Environmental Researcher) provide practical steps in saving water, and confront the greater crisis a warming world faces. With Phemelo Ncgobo.

New Visions

Meet some of the local contributors to New Daughters of Africa, the international anthology of writing by women of African descent. Fresh, vibrant voices have been gathered together to pay tribute to the heritage that unites them. With Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Reneilwe Malatji and Yewande Omotoso. Chaired by writer Efemia Chela.