From 8 to 10 September 2017, Newtown Precinct will be full to bursting with all things literary. The Fair will have a gift to offer everyone, and the whole family will be able to enjoy the magic that books bring to all of us.
Choosing among many experiences not to be missed
Bountiful choice is the hallmark of the Fair. For example, you could join the cooking demo with Mpho Tshukudu – Eat Ting: Lose weight. Gain health. Find yourself. Or you could choose to eavesdrop on two of our cultural icons, Hugh Masekela and Zakes Mda, skatting about life, the arts and everything else. Or elect to catch André Odendaal as he chats to Matthew Booth and Thando Manana about the future of sport .
Children are in for a treat with the magical production of James and the Giant Peach. They can also join in activities in the NBW Magic Tent; be inspired to greatness by our child authors Michelle Nkamankeng and Stacey Fru; and share Last stop on Market Street with its award-winning African American children’s author, Christian Robinson.
For teenagers we have Somizi Mhlongo, and comic-book writers Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech. There will be an opportunity to consider colourism, gender and beauty, and what these ideas mean to young people today. The Poetry Café will be burning with young talent: Koleka Putuma, Philippa Yaa de Villiers, Rustum Kozain, Lebo Mashile and more. These poets will bring their listeners closer to themselves as they use their skills to evoke the situations, joys, pains, contradictions and ironies of our time.
The more serious among our visitors will be able to engage in up-to-date and relevant discussion, for instance by considering future scenarios with Ferial Haffajee and guests or joining Peter Bruce as he speaks to Brian Kantor on getting the South African economy to grow. We will also be looking at race, colonialism and a great deal more.
In short, SABF 2017 will be fulfilling its aim of celebrating South Africa in all its forms, through a diverse line-up serving the needs of all South Africans.