The South African Book Fair is releasing author profiles in stages according to the themes of the many programmes of the Fair. The full Literary Programme will be released at the end of this month. In the meantime keep an eye on our authors page to see who you will find to inspire you at the South African Book fair 2017.
Athambile is currently doing her PhD on Noni Jabavu’s memoirs while teaching at the University of Pretoria as a New Generation of Academics Programme nGAP lecturer. Her work questions the erasure of black women in South Africa’s literary historiography and centres on women’s lives and stories. She is also a writer and blogger, and her work has appeared in Prufrock, Sable Literary Magazine, Mail & Guardian, Daily Dispatch, The Sunday Independent and The Journalist. At the SABF 2017 Athambile will be running Young Adult writing workshops.
South African crime author Deon Meyer is a former journalist, advertising copywriter, Internet manager and brand strategist. He has published twelve novels and two short story collections in Afrikaans. His books have been translated into 28 languages world-wide. He has also written, directed and produced TV series and feature films. Deon is one of South Africa’s best-known authors at the Fair. Most excitingly, he will be engaging with a new crime novelist writing in one of South Africa’s indigenous languages.
Achmat Dangor has published four novels. Bitter Fruit was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2004 as well as the 2003 International Dublin Impac Award. Dangor’s new novel, Dikeledi, will be released in August 2017. At the SABF, Achmat will reflect on a life of writing with a star studded panel.
Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK. Philip Jackson on Radio 4’s Opening Lines read Fiona’s short story The Fox. She tweets as @PaperCutPrint, is a Contributing Editor at Bookanista.com and a reviewer and contributor for WritersHub. She has thankfully returned to Johannesburg and will share her particular love story about this vibrant African city with SABF audiences.