Online Sessions2021-02-14T11:09:48+00:00

26 November 2020

Bringing fictional characters to life: Nechama Brodie, Gail Schimmel, Hedi Lampert talk to Nancy Richards about whether an author plunders their own psyche and behaviours and those of others, to put credible flesh on the bones of their cast, or if they are birthed in their imagination.

19 November 2020

Blood on her hands: South Africa’s most notorious female killers: Meet Daisy de Melker who ‘lovingly’ prepared strychnine – laced coffee for her son; or Najwa Piersen, who hugged her husband while killing him in cold blood.  Author Tanya Farber is in conversation with Sunday Times journalist Nicki Gules about nine of of South Africa’s most notorious female murderers.

12 November 2020

So, for the record: Behind the headlines in an era of state capture: Veteran journalist Anton Harber brings all his investigative skills to bear on his very own profession, the media. For two years he conducted dozens of interviews with politicians, journalists, policemen, state security agents and ‘deep throats’, before piecing together two remarkable tales. Anton is in conversation with investigative journalist Sam Sole.

5 November 2020

Life interrupted: A bipolar memoir: is both a brilliantly lucid and brutal memoir, capturing the author’s devastating three-decade journey with Bipolar1.Author Samantha Smirin is in conversation with Irene Berman.

29 October 2020

Love and Greed – The World of Tusk and Horn; A conversation about conservation: Don Pinnock and Helena Kriel in conversation about their respective books –‘The Last Elephant’ and ‘Baby Rhino Rescue’.

22 October 2020

Feverish: Author Gigi Fenster had an unusual proposal for a PhD – she would induce a fever in herself in an effort to experience fevered dreams. The result inspired her second book, Feverish, which she discusses with fellow author Karina Szczurek.

8 October 2020

Let me Play’, the Papwa Sewgolum story: Author Barry Cohen chats to veteran sportswriter Luke Alfred about Papwa Sewgolum – possibly South Africa’s greatest golfer – and his influence in breaking down Apartheid.

1 October 2020

Betrayal – the secret lives of apartheid spies: What does it take to lead a double life, deceiving those closest to you? Jonathan Ancer talks to Gus Silber about some apartheid era spies; from the navy commander on Russia’s payroll to the party girl who fell in love with Cuba.

10 September 2020

Talking Sex, Gender and Identity. General practitioner in Sea Point by day, LGBTQIA and human rights defender by night, Dr Anastasia Tomson wears many hats. Identifying as queer, trans, Jewish, asexual, vegan, and tired, Anastacia’s memoir offers an intimate window into her experiences. She talks to psychologist Judith Ancer.

3 September 2020

‘Leaving Graffiti’: A two-for-one chat about words, books and storytelling with Steven ‘Boykey’ Sidley (Leaving Word) and Gus Silber  (Electric Graffiti’) in lively discussion.

27 August 2020

The gospel according to Wanda B Lazarus: Lynn Joffe’s new book spans 2000 years as protagonist Wanda strides the ages. Diane Awerbuck speaks to Lynn about the origins of her novel, why mature women make the best writers, and the things we learn during the writing process.

6 August 2020

The role and limits of lawfare in South Africa in 2020: The gross imperfections of politics in South Africa mean that citizens are often left with no choice but to turn to the courts to vindicate their rights. Judge Dennis Davis talks about his latest book “Lawfare: Judging Politics in South Africa” to Prof. Pierre de Vos.

30 July 2020

A taste of South Africa with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife’ Sharon Lurie in discussion with foodie Ami Kapilevich about her third cookbook, the origins of her passion for food, family history, heritage, and how to take your meat dishes to the next level.

16 July 2020

‘Cyril’s Choices- lessons from 25 years of freedom in South Africa’. Author and journalist John Matisonn is in conversation with Jonathan Ancer.onathan Ancer.

27 May 2020

‘One Day in Bethlehem” Jonny Steinberg’s latest book tells of a murder outside a Free State town in 1992 and how it changed the lives of all involved.  He is in conversation with J

21 May 2020

Thomas Harding talks to Linda Hackner about his book ‘Legacy: One family, a cup of tea and the Company that took on the world.

14 May 2020

 ‘‘Everyone is present” Essays on photography, memory and family’’.Terry Kurgan is in conversation with Richard Freedman about her book.

7 May 2020

Love Sex and Leonard Cohen : Beryl Eichenberger is in conversation with Tamar Hodes about her novel ’The Water and the Wine.

OUR 2020 ONLINE SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLEWe are delighted to offer you the opportunity of watching (or re-watching) some of those sessions.

(Please note: We have endeavoured to bring all 23 of the sessions, however due to unforeseen technical problems, some of those may be missing. We apologise for any disappointment.)