Events

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "The letter began with the words: ‘If you are reading this then I am dead’. It was typed in neat bullet points, listing a series of violent abductions perpetrated by a gang trying to cover up the murder of a 37-year-old woman named Tandiwe ‘Betty’ Ketani." Excerpt taken from Alex Eliseev's Cold Case Confessions which launches at the Book Lounge. Details here.

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    The annual SA Writers College Short Story Competition is held to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story form. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in South Africa and who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). This year's theme is The Gift.
    Details here.

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo is the story of Marubini, a young woman whose past starts spilling into her present. She resides in Cape Town and seems to be living a comfortable life, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends. It isn’t until she suffers a ‘seizure’, after she is haunted by a song and figure from her past, that things start to change.
    Details here.

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books
    David Cornwell's latest offering, Like it Matters, will be the point of discussion at Kalk Bay Books. He will be in conversation with Toast Coetzer.
    Details here.
  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016
    18h00African Flavour Books

    Panache Chigumadzi will be launching her book Sweet Medicine. But more importantly, the author will be doing a reading as well!
    Details here.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016
    19h30Amazink

    A collective of internationally renowned poets will be on stage at the next InZync Poetry Session. Poets include South Africa’s poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, struggle poet James Matthews, multitalented musician Neo Muyanga, Efe Paul Azino (Nigeria), Maram al-Massri (Syria/France) and local voices Dejavu Tafari and Chrystal Williams. The night will be filled with many languages, many stories, many heartwords and many, many fires. Hosted by Adrian ‘Diff’ van Wyk and beats by Cupfuss.
    Details here.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    10h00Spier Wine Estate

    This unique literary project comprises a week-long gathering, in the Western Cape, of internationally acclaimed literary voices, for discussion and debate, reading and writing, translation and travelling. It brings about a vibrant space of creativity, interaction and celebration for the participant ‘band’ of poets, translators, minstrels and musicians. Here, poets dance with words, languages, forms of expression, versions of their lives, the history of the land and its peoples, wind and stones.
    Details here.

  • Mon
    09
    May
    2016
    18h00Senate Room, Wits University

    Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola gives her inaugural lecture on Miriam Tladi's authority, voice, and the Black feminist imagination.

  • Tue
    10
    May
    2016
    18h00Love Books, Mellville

    Love thy neighbour? Easier said than done...

    Yewande Omotoso talks to Elinor Sisulu about "The Woman Next Door".

  • Tue
    10
    May
    2016
    19h30Methodist Church Minor Hall, Observatory

    Isobel Dixon will be doing a poetry reading.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    10h30Exclusive Books, Rosebank

    Yewande Omotoso will be discussing her latest novel, "The Woman Next Door", at this monthly Exclusive Books coffee morning.
    Details here.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    18h00Beefcakes, Cape Town

    Nick Paige launches her novel Dutch Courage. The narrative is focused on "Grace Hendriks who has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs her to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam, no alarm bells go off … until she finds herself onstage with only a pole for support and her knickers in a knot."
    Details here.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The launch of Pleasure by Nthikeng Mohlele. The novel works with "the notion of pleasure in all its guises is one of the oldest and most enduring grand themes of literature, presented here through the eyes and thoughts of writer and dreamer Milton Mohlele. Thoughtful, eccentric and besieged by the erotic and the sensual, the profane and the redemptive, Milton thinks and writes on pleasure as it is both experienced and imagined."
    Details here.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books
    Patrick Flanery penned I Am No One and will be in conversation with Mark Gevisser about "the tenuous link between fear and paranoia in our post-Snowden lives; a world of surveillance and self-censorship, where privacy no longer exists and our freedoms are inexorably eroded."
  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    Sun
    15
    May
    2016
    Franschoek

    The Frranschoek Literary Festival comprises of informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks.
    Details here.

  • Mon
    16
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Bongani Madondo will be talking about his book, Sigh the Beloved Country. Bongani Koni, UCT MA Creative Writing student and Chimurenga Editor-at-Large, will be asking the hard questions.
    Details here.

  • Mon
    16
    May
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Amin Cajee writes about his exile and MK training opening up a hidden history. Cajee will be in conversation with Terry Bell.

    RSVP: events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 0217882266

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Chinelo Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees gives us another way to see the Biafra War giving further nuance to a contested narrative.
    Details here.

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    19h00Goethe-Institute, Johannesburg

    Guests: Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/Barbados/South Africa) and Jumoke Verissimo
    Moderator: Ndumiso Ngcobo
    Omotoso and Verissimo will share their texts, speak about the postcolonial spaces of today and how the world needs a change of attitudes, role models and institutions, how a writer and her world can influence what we see and how we see it.
    Details here.

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso asks a difficult question: Could sparks of connection between a white woman and black woman ever transform into friendship?
    Details here.

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Robert Eales speaks to Elizabeth van Heyningen about his book "The Compassionate Englishwoman". The novel follows Emily Hothouse and her fight against the concentration camps during the South African War in 1899.
    RSVP:  events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 0217882266

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Amin Cajee writes about his exile and MK training opening up a hidden history.
    Detail here.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016

    The Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie. Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.
    Applications to attend close 20 May 2016.
    Details here.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    Magnet Theatre, Observatory

    The Naked Word Festival serves as an affirmation, a declaration and an exploration of the future of a distinctly South African poetry. This festival celebrates spoken word poets actively redefining South African literature, in both its oral and written forms, by highlighting young poets from different cities, backgrounds and cultures who are pushing the boundaries towards a new language, sound and aesthetic that expresses and reflects our current realities, struggles, and bare truths.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    18h45Joburg Theatre

    Ama Ata Aidoo, Dr Wally Serote, Prof Willie Kgositsile, and Sindiwe Magona will be taking African Literature. Rashid Lanie Trio will perform.

    Entrance is free but booking is essential: Nonceba Ntintili on urbanart10@gmail.com.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    132 Oxford Road, Melrose, Johannesburg

    Kingsmead College hosts a Book Fair for their school community and general public. The diverse speaker line-up will be in conversation about topical and bookish matters.
    Details here.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016

    The inaugural Jewish Literary Festival will showcase 24 events with authors, poets, illustrators, journalists, writers and educators who have a Jewish connection or are engaged with subjects of Jewish interest.
    Details here.

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Ryan Cummings speaks to authors Kevin Bloom & Richard Poplar about their latest offering "Continental Shift". Part detective story, part report from this economic frontier, Continental Shift follows the money as it flows through Chinese coffers to international conglomerates, to heads of state, to ordinary African citizens, all of whom are intent on defining a metamorphosing continent.
    More details here.

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016
    18h30Exclusive Books, Rosebank Mall

    Zakes Mda speaks to Mohale Mashigo about "The Yearning".
    More details here.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    Booktown Richmond presents their J.M. Coetzee / Athol Fugard Festivals. This is a mix of literary and theatrical events.
    Details here.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    18h00African Flavour Books

    A launch and reading of "The Yearning" by Mohale Mashigo. Nokuthula Helepi will be in conversation with the author.
    More details here.

  • Mon
    30
    May
    2016
    17h30Book Lounge

    The trilingual Nǀuu-Afrikaans-English reader  will be launched at the Book Lounge has been produced in collaboration with ǂKhomani community members. It is now being used in the Nǀuu language classes conducted by Ouma Geelmeid.

  • Mon
    30
    May
    2016
    18h00Jacana Media JHB Office

    Jacana Media hosts a Masterclass every month. Their list of presenters are impressive.
    More details here.

  • Mon
    30
    May
    2016
    19h00Soweto Theatre

    The Department of Arts and Culture in conjunction with the African Independent Newspaper and Press Club SA hosts Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka at Soweto Theatre at 6.30pm.

    Contact Wandi Nkosi: africamonthcolloquiam@gmail.com or Nonceba Ntintili: urbanart10@gmail.com.

  • Tue
    31
    May
    2016

    The Okot P’Bitek Prize for Poetry in Translation aims to award poets who write originally in an African indigenous language and translate their own poetry to English to celebrate the process of self-translation and bi-linguality in African poetry.
    Details here.

  • Tue
    31
    May
    2016
    18h00Book Lounge

    This book presents a snapshot of what smart young South Africans think about living in South Africa today. Shaka Sisulu tackles being black and privileged, Simphiwe Dana pleads for mother tongue education, Yolisa Qunta shares lessons learnt from taking the taxi, while David Kau, Loyiso Gola and Sivuyile Ngesi provide comic relief.

  • Tue
    31
    May
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Fo the launch of "Under Devil's Peak" author, Gavin Cooper will be in conversation with Nancy Richards. This is the story of Wilfrid Cooper who represented, among others, Verwoerd’s assassin Dimitri Tsafendas; the SWAPO Six in Swakopmund; the families of Imam Abdullah Haron, Mapetla Mohapi and Hoossen Haffajee and others who died while in detention.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016

    Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe Institut invite submissions to attend a series of one day workshops. More details here.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016

    Short Story Day Africa is looking for a crop of short fiction that will bring a fresh, urgent perspective to one of our most profound phenomena, and the basis of all our greatest stories: Migration. Applications are open between 1 June 2016 and 31 July 2016.
    Details here.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016
    18h00Book Lounge

    Born into an orthodox Jewish family in Johannesburg and brought up as a boy, Anastacia was never sure how much of her conflicted sense of self could be blamed on her often troubled family life and strict upbringing.

  • Thu
    02
    Jun
    2016
    18h00Book Lounge

    Zakes Mda’s fine new novel weaves the true events surrounding the death of Magistrate Hope into a touching story of love and perseverance that can transcend exile and strife.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    15h30Love Books, Melville

    Luli Callinicos will be in conversation with Marilyn Honikman about her new book. Details here.

  • Mon
    06
    Jun
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Author, Tim Keegan, will be in conversation with Bill Nasson. Details here.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Sue Williamson’s work is represented in many public collections including the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the MoMa, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, just to name a few. Details about her book launch here.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Love Books, Melville

    Niq Mhlongo launches his short story collection in conversation with Akin Omotoso. Details here.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    The launch of Cape Odyssey 107 - A Selection of Essays Inspired by Maps of the Cape by Roger Stewart involves discovery, development, disease, dispute and dispossession.

     

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    10h00Exclusive Books, Dainfern

    Niq Mhlongo launches his short story collection. Details here.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Martin Plaut draws on fresh research, to tell  the extraordinary story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise and despair.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Martin Plaut draws on fresh research, to tell  the extraordinary story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise and despair.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    Submissions should not exceed 1500 words in length. Work must not be previously published.
    More details here.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Martin Plaut will be speaking about "the first struggle for a non-racial South Africa. Detail here.

  • Mon
    20
    Jun
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Stephen Symons reads from his poetry collection and speaks to Nick Mulgrew. Detail here.

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Don Pinnock will be launching his latest book Gang Town in conversation with Venessa Padayachee.

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    18h30Die Boer, Durbanville

    Karin Brynard will be launching her latest novel Tuisland in conversation with Hankie Retief. Details here.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016
    14h15FOCAL Book Room, Cape Town Central Library

    Christine Coates will be the guest poet at the  event. There will also be an open mic session at the event to share your own poetry or favourite published poem.

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Brittle Paper is always on the look out for new writing. They are interested in book reviews, fiction, and  literary commentary.
    Details here.

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    The Gordonia region of the Northern Cape Province has received relatively little attention from historians. In Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land dispossession and resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800-1990, Martin Legassick explores aspects of the generally unknown ‘brown’ and ‘black’ history of the region.
    More details on the launch can be found here.

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016

    The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award is open to non-American novice writers under the age of 30. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour (commercial length) television drama script. Entry form available here.

  • Tue
    12
    Jul
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    A Manifesto for Social Change is the conclusion of Moeletsi Mbeki's trilogy. Details here.

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "As an act of restoring power and agency to young black girls in South Africa, I wrote a story about a voiceless girl of colour in search of a sound of her own. For it to be the catalyst that reminds them of the power of the sounds trapped inside them." Details here.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 26 and live in South Africa you can enter this exciting writing competition by submitting a short piece of writing entitled “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Full details here.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Imaginary House is looking for new children's literature. See their website here for full details.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    Mon
    31
    Oct
    2016

    The SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment team is looking for short stories novellas that fall under the horror and dark fantasy/SF genres. Full details here.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    14h30Exclusive Books Sandton City

    This is the launch of the comic, Kwezi, by Loyiso Mkwize. Details here.

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    "Surya and Anjani are twins, but they could not be more different. Anjani is calm, devout and responsible, while Surya just wants to party the days away. When they leave the safety of their affluent Durban suburb to attend university in the Eastern Cape, Anjani knows where her duty lies – to look after Surya at all costs. There is no way their conservative Hindu parents would have let them go otherwise." Details here.

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    18h00Jacana Media JHB Office

    Jacana Media hosts a Masterclass every month. Their list of presenters are impressive. This month Panache Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine shares her knowledge.
    More details here.

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Justin Fox speaks to Don Pinnock about his latest novel "Wild as it gets". Event details can be found here.

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    19h00Kalk Bay Books

    From Hamlet to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, John Maytham presents an hour of dramatic, funny, poignant and frightening evocations of madness drawn from some of the world’s most brilliant texts. In compiling the script, Finuala Dowling has sought out memorable extracts from writers – including Woolf, Jung, Winterson and O’Neill – whose best works are lit up by the author’s intimate understanding of what it is like to live within a disordered mind.

    Please email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266 to book.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    08h00

    The Award reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable truths of life in South Africa. We’re looking for poetry which gives voice to those things unsaid. Entry forms can be found here.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    15h00African Flavour Books

    The author Dudu Busani-Dube will be launching, "Hlomu the Wife, Zandile the Resolute and Naledi his Love" at African Flavour Books. Details here.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    23h59

    A call for poems that are about and are for women. Details here.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016

    A new award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.
    Details here

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    00:00

    Send your entry in the format of the traditional Japanese haiku - and stand a chance to win the following prizes. Details here.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    John Connolly discusses his new book "A Time of Torment" with Mike Nicol. Details here.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    Various locations in Casterbridge

    South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and Afrikaans, English and siSwati / vernacular authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.
    The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that will encourage a love of reading and acknowledge the role played by writers and poets in society, and we seek financial partners who embrace this important objective.
    The full details can be found here.

  • Tue
    09
    Aug
    2016
    Artscape

    Meet authors, listen to discussions and share your story, poem or reading on any of these days. Authors will be on hand to discuss and promote their books so it’s an ideal opportunity to engage and enjoy the power of the written word. Full details here.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    A panel of speakers from Equal Education talking about their new anthology. Event details can be found here.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    18h30Love Books

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Sam Cowen speaks to Africa Melane about her memoir. More details can be gathered via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Andrew Brown speaks about his latest novel, "Good Cop Bad Cop". Event details can be found here.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    18h00Kalk Bay Books

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  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    This contest seeks today's best humor poems. Full details on their website.

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Sam Scarborough speaks to Ron Irwin about her book, "Trapped". More detail here.

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    "Die Laughing" is the fourth of the Short Sharp Stories Awards annual anthologies. More details about the event can be sought via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016
    Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    23:59

    The theme of ‘My Africa, My CITY’.  The stories and arts that showcase the colourful cities of Africa. City could mean several things. From growing up to striking out as an adult, from memories of loss and gain witnessed by high towers and impatient city dwellers to feeling lonely in a sea of people. WHAT IS YOUR AFRICAN CITY STORY? More details here.

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Frank Owen will be in conversation with Greg Lazarus about their new book, South. More detail here.

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    18h00Jacana Media JHB Office

    Jacana Media hosts a Masterclass every month. Their list of presenters are impressive. This month Mongane Wally Serote, author of Revelations and Rumours shares what he knows.
    More details here.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    McGregor

    A poetry fest in the middle of winter in a small town. Full details can be found here.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    15h00Joburg Theatre

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  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    18h00St Clements, Musgrave, Durban

    Pieter Scholtz will be reading from a “E=mc2″ with Jane Ross.

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    00h00

    Holland Park Press invites you to write a political poem. Details here.

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for twenty years. Good Cop, Bad Cop is his personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer on patrol through ganglands, townships and high-walled suburbs. Andrew will be in conversation with Antony Altbeker.

    RSVP: please email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266

  • Tue
    06
    Sep
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Gabriel Athiros presents an illustrated talk about firsts at the Cape of Good Hope. One of the world’s biggest robberies, the world’s first triangular postage Stamp, and the first aircraft to crash on Table Mountain.

    RSVP: please email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266

  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    Various

    The Open Book Festival brings a number of book-esque people to the city and its surrounds. Find their programme here for more details.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    17h30UNISA, Pretoria

    Professor Angela Davis will deliver the 17th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at UNISA, Pretoria.

     

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  • Tue
    13
    Sep
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Blood and Snow is an exploration into the transformational qualities of love, written in an attempt to understand the author's own experience with illness, mortality, grief and change. Louise will perform her poems accompanied by award-winning composer and guitarist, Keenan Ahrends.

    RSVP: please email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266

     

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Helen Moffett will be in conversation with Karina Szczurek about her latest poetry collection. RSVP via  events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2016
    23:59

    Panorama is seeking long-form and short-form travel literature and will publish stories every week. More details here.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    Various locations, KZN

    The Hilton Arts Festival is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal. Established in 1993, the Festival aims to bring the pick of south Africa’s high quality performing art to KwaZulu Natal. Full details here.

    Bookish events:

    The launch of Zulu Plant Names by Adrian Koopman. Find details here.

    Discussion of Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi On South African Writing. Details here.

    Discussion about Diaspora & Identity in South African Fiction. More information here.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000–5000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Details here.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    Poems of any topic, form…preferably less than 40 lines but we will read and consider longer poems, must be in any African indigenous language plus French, English, and Portuguese. Details here.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Gabriel Athiros presents an illustrated talk about firsts at the Cape of Good Hope. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or on 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Joan Hambidge launches her latest Afrikaans poetry collection. Details and RSVP here.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Bill Nasson launches his latest History Matters. Details here.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    18h00Jacana Media JHB Office

    Jacana Media hosts a Masterclass every month. Their list of presenters are impressive. Siphiwo Mahala, author of African Delights, takes to the floor.
    More details here.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Marianne Thamm launches her biography. Details and RSVP here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016

    AIR is seeking applications from high calibre African artists, in different stages of their career development (from emerging to late career), who are provocative, innovative, and are stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice. More details here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016

    You are invited to enter your Short Story into the African Pen Short Story Competition. More details here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016

    The New York Public Library also offers fellowships for short-term research. Details here.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    23h59

    ANFASA, the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa, announces the next round of the grant scheme to benefit authors of academic and general non-fiction works. Application can be found here.

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016

    For an upcoming issue, A Public Space is seeking work about duels, rebellions, contrarians, iconoclasts; work based on or motivated by an antagonism and tensions. Details can be found here.

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    Mon
    31
    Oct
    2016

    Get out your pens and get ready to send in your submission to Praxis Magazine Online’s first annual poetry contest anthology. Details here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2016

    Nightmares are vividly realistic, disturbing dreams that rattle you awake from a deep sleep. They often set your heart pounding from fear.  work accepted include: short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. Details can be found here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2016
    Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016

    Granta has an open call for poetry. The details are here.

  • Mon
    03
    Oct
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Rustum Kozain speaks to Helen Moffett about her latest poetry collection. Details and RSVP here.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2016
    17h30The Book Lounge

    Philippa Kabali Kagwa's memoir is a warm, intimate and moving witnessing of childhood, family, love and country. - YEWANDE OMOTOSO

    Details here.

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Marianne Thamm launches her biography with Mark Visser. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266

  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2016
    23:59

    adda is calling for short stories, creative nonfiction, memoir, photo or narrative essays. More details here.

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2016
    Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban

    The 20th Poetry Africa Festival is taking place in Durban. Details can be found here.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    Thu
    12
    Jan
    2017

    Tor.com will only be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world. We are seeking worlds that take their influences from African, Asian, indigenous American, or Pacific cultures, or any diasporic culture from one of those sources. More details here.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Sean Christie launches his new book. More details here.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    19h00Kalk Bay Books

    Sally Andrew and Elmari Rautenbach speak about Andrew's latest novel. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Luke Alfred launches his new book borne of walking in South Africa. He is in conversation with Darrel Bristow-Bovey. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or 021 788 2266.

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016

    Submit your flash fiction (300 words or less) via this link.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Mark Winkler launches his latest title. More details here.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016
    19h00Kalk Bay Books

    Don Pinnock launches his latest title. RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    19h00Kalk Bay Books

    Mike Nicol launches his latest title. RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Carolyn McKinney launches her latest book. There will be spoken word performances. RSVP via the link.

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Richard Calland speaks about his latest title. RSVP via email events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Mon
    31
    Oct
    2016

    Theme: From generation to generation. Write about the lives of men and nature. Private and collective stories, unceasing dialogue or shocking changes. Memory, emotions, thoughts. Full details can be found here.

     

  • Wed
    02
    Nov
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Mzansi Zen by Antony Osler is a tapestry of stories, poems, pictures and people that inspires us to take up life with both hands, and calls us into an intimacy that is already beneath our feet. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Karen Jennings launches her latest title. More details here.

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Drawing upon archival research and interviews with leaders of the apartheid order, Jamie Miller shows how the old power structure attempted to turn the new political climate to its advantage. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Jay McInerney launches his latest offering which has been said to be "A moving, deeply humane novel about the mistakes we make, persistence in struggle and love’s ability to adapt and survive, it confirms McInerney as a great chronicler of our times."
    RSVP here.

  • Wed
    09
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Ralph Mathekga launches his latest title. Details here.

  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    18h30David Krut Projects, Cape Town

    Poetry readings by Helen Moffett and Shirmoney Rhode. Full details here.

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    14h00The Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts, 166 Bulwer Road, Durban

    Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese launches her debut poetry collection  in conversation with Dr Danyela Demir. RSVP and further information: busuku78@gmail.com

  • Tue
    15
    Nov
    2016

    New Voices category is open year round to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. Authors with short story collections are free to submit. Details here.

  • Tue
    15
    Nov
    2016
    09h00 - 15h00Wits, Braamfontein, West Campus

    The Academic and Non-Fiction Author Association of South Africa are hosting a seminar on The Business of the Book. RSVP: info@anfasa.org.za

  • Wed
    16
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese launches her debut collection. More details here.

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2016
    18h00Kingsmead College, Johannesburg

    Zapiro will be launching his new book Dead President Walking.
    More details.

  • Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Bridget Hilton-Barber launches her new book. More details here.

  • Wed
    23
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Charlene Swartz launches her book in discussion with Dennis Goldberg and Shado Twala. Follow up here.

  • Wed
    23
    Nov
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Sophia Lindop launches her title "Spices South Africa". Join her by RSVPing via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    24
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

     

    Lauren Beukes and Dale Halverson discuss their comic book and collaboration. Details here.

  • Fri
    25
    Nov
    2016
    Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    The Distell Foundation announces a script writing competition in called the Adam and Rosalie Small Award for Debutant/Debutante Writers. Details here.

  • Fri
    25
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    “Imbewu Yesini” is a collection of poems by the CYPHER (Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression & Rhythm). Books will be on sale for R80. Details here.

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016
    16h00Bertha Auditorium, Isivivana Centre

    Justice Dikgang Moseneke launches his memoir. Full details here.

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Christy Kuljian launches her latest title. Full details here.

  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2016

    The “Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction is made each year by the National Arts Festival. Entry details here.

  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2016
    18h30Kalk Bay Books

    Kenneth de Kok launches his memoir, in conversation with Ingrid de Kok. RSVP via events@kalkbaybooks.co.za or call 021 788 2266.

  • Thu
    01
    Dec
    2016

    "The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation." Details here.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    Soweto

    The festival is an annual literary event featuring authors from South Africa, Africa, and the diaspora. Details here.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Christine Weir launches her new book. There will be guest performances. More details here.

  • Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    18h00The Book Lounge

    Award-winning British writer, journalist and critic who chaired the judging panel of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 – the English-speaking world’s premier award for translated fiction -- will be in conversation with Professor Harry Garuba. See details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017

    The call is open to emerging translators. This contest invites translations in two genres: fiction and poetry. Details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    Set your story in any genre, time or place.Your ghosts can be literal or symbolic. Give us haunted houses, people, places or things, urban legends and updated folklore, supernatural cyberpunk or anything sinister and strange. Details here.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    SmokeLong publishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. Details here.

  • Sat
    31
    Dec
    2016

    Do you have something to say with regards to race, class, gender, sexuality, and its intersections with colonialism today? Submit your work via this link.

  • Sat
    31
    Dec
    2016

    Panorama publishes contemporary, literary-themed travel works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and reviews. We have a particular interest in travel memoir, real or imagined.

    Guidelines outlined here.

  • Sat
    31
    Dec
    2016

    The Enkare Review is looking for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. For the full details, visit their web page here.