A VIRTUAL FEAST FOR BOOK LOVERS.
Our new way with words saw us presenting weekly online conversations which spanned almost all of the sessions we would have presented at the in-person festival.
We 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.)
LATEST ONLINE SESSIONS
Life interrupted: A bipolar memoir
Blood on her hands: South Africa’s most notorious
Behind the headlines in an era of state capture
The Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town joins international communities by hosting an event that celebrates the Jewish connection to words. The festival contributes to the cultural diversity of the Jewish community and provides an inclusive meeting place for the histories and experiences of South African readers and authors.
The dedicated team of volunteers behind the event seek to create a programme that promotes constructive dialogue and discussion in the true tradition and spirit of Jewish life.
The festival enhances the Cape Town Jewish experience by creating an annual event for readers and writers, of literature that is both overtly Jewish and that which has Jewish flavour, for all ages and across the spectrum of genres. It does so without promoting any single political or religious agenda. Connections are made over “book talk”, ideas posed and challenged, opinions formed and nudged, the base of Jewish readers broadened and a niche created for this otherwise under-represented category in the local publishing arena.
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Joanne Fedler is the internationally bestselling author of 11 books which have sold over 750 000 copies worldwide. She is a writing mentor and founder of Joanne Fedler Media.She’s fought for women’s rights to equality and freedom from violence, has an LLM from Yale and was once made Asshole of the Month by Hustler magazine.
With an academic background in English and Psychology, and a brief stint in Managing Consulting, JOANNE JOWELL began writing professionally at age 28 when she published her first book, Managing the Quarterlife Crisis: Facing life’s choices in your 20s and 30s (Struik, 2003). Over the course of a Masters degree in Creative Writing (UCT) and numerous subsequent books, Joanne has created a signature style of creative non-fiction, examining the multiple voices that collide in any single biography. These days, she is the author of such bestselling biographies as On the Other Side of Shame: An Extraordinary Account of Adoption and Reunion (Macmillan, 2009), and Winging It: Jonathan Kaplan’s Journey from World-class Ref to Rookie Solo Dad (Macmillan, 2018). Her latest, Zephany: Two mothers, one daughter (Tafelberg, 2019) is her sixth book.
JONNY STEINBERG was born and raised in South Africa. He is twice winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and an inaugural winner of the Windham-Campbell Prizes in Literature awarded by Yale University. Steinberg was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford. He teaches at Oxford's African Studies Centre and is visiting professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser). His previous books include A Man of Good Hope, The Number and Midlands.
Steven "Boykey" Sidley
Steven Boykey Sidley is an award-winning and multi-shortlisted novelist, playwright and screenwriter published both locally and internationally, including South Africa, US, France and the UK.His novels in include the award-winning Entanglement, Stepping Out, Imperfect Solo and Free Association. Leaving Word is his fifth novel, a literary mystery set in the midst of the publishing industry.He is married to writer Kate Sidley and lives in Johannesburg, although a newly acquired second home in Cape Town may change that. The Sidleys have two children.
Terry Kurgan is an eminent South African artist and writer based in Johannesburg. She has exhibited and published widely in South Africa and internationally. Kurgan more recently turned to creative non-fiction in relation to a haunting family history passed down through three generations. Her book Everyone is Present was shortlisted for the 2019 Arles Photo Book Prize and won the 2019 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. She was a finalist in the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards (New York )
Thomas Harding is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 16 languages. He has written for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, the Washington Post, Spiegel and the Guardian. His books have won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Nonfiction, the JQ-Wingate Prize, have twice been shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and longlisted for the Orwell Prize. Thomas has hosted a weekly radio programme, narrated audiobooks, and presented for BBC television.