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Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan is a journalist who has worked as a reporter at The Star, the editor of Grocott’s Mail and a crossword columnist for the Cape Times. He has won awards for breaking news, feature writing and creative writing, and is the author of Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson, which was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the Top 10 books of 2017. His latest book, Betrayal: the Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies, was published in 2019.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (10h00)
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 Jonny Steinberg about some apartheid era spies: from the navy commander on Russia’s payroll to the party girl who fell in love with Cuba.

Gardens Shul (13h45)
Cyril’s choices: Lessons from 25 years of freedom in South Africa
Drawing on other nations’ histories, journalist and author John Matisonn, in conversation with Jonathan Ancer, will spell out the choices facing President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Judith Ancer

I am a Clinical Psychologist in practice in Johannesburg. I have worked at Tara Hospital on the adult psychotherapy ward; at Crossroads Remedial School with children and parents; and as a supervisor and trainer of mental health professionals. My company, Shrink Rap, offers continuing professional education to healthcare and human resource professionals and provides training and counselling services to small companies. I am currently writing a book on mental health in the workplace.

SAJM Gallery (10h00)
Negotiating minefields and dodging bullets — narcissists and psychopaths in the workplace
The office can be a psychological war-zone as many successful people have narcissistic or even mildly psychopathic traits. Psychologist Judith Ancer discusses how to deal with the Dark Triad.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (14h50)
Talking sex, gender and identity
General practitioner in Sea Point by day, LGBTQIA and human rights defender by night, Dr Anastacia 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.

Diane Awerbuck

Diane’s novels include Gardening at Night, Home Remedies, South and North (as Frank Owen, with Alex Latimer). Awerbuck’s short stories are collected in Cabin Fever. Her retelling of the Bible in haiku is As above, so below. Non-fiction includes The spirit and the letter: Warblogs, trauma and the public sphere. Awerbuck develops educational materials, currently the Platinum series (First Additional Language) for Pearson. Her children’s books for the open-source African platform Book Dash are The Baby Book, Circles (both with Alex Latimer) and Hello, baby!

Leon Wilder Boardroom (12h10)
Love is the cure: Disease, diaspora and connection in “South” and “North”
How do we fix the broken world? When is fiction more useful than history? Helen Moffett chats to co-authors Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer about the diaspora, the diseases we share, and their search for an authentic voice.

Holocaust Seminar Room (14h50)
The Gospel According to Wanda. B. Lazarus: Turning alternative facts into fiction
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.

Ali Bacher

Ali was educated at King Edward VII School (captaining the 1st XI and Transvaal Nuffield XI) and Wits University, where he studied medicine. He captained Transvaal aged 21 and played 12 Tests between 1965 and 1970, when he captained South Africa to a 4-0 Test whitewash of Australia. He went on to a distinguished career in cricket administration, cul­minating in the hosting of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa. He is chairman of an NGO called Right to Care, specialising in HIV and AIDS since 2008, and chairman of the Alexander Forbes Community Trust.

Gardens Shul (11h05)
South Africa’s greatest bowlers
Cricketing legend Dr Ali Bacher and co-author David Williams discuss their work. Expect interesting statistics, fresh anecdotes about great players and analysis of the present crisis in South African cricket.

Irene Berman

Irene has, for the past 20+ years, been a Social Worker in Private Practice, working with couples,  individuals and families. She has a special interest in the field of Adoption, and is the co-author of A Road Called Adoption. She is also a writer of children’s stories. She lives in Cape Town.

SAJM Gallery (15h55)
Life interrupted: A bipolar memoir
Author Samantha Smirin talks to social worker Irene Berman about her deeply compelling memoir that humanises the sufferer beyond the ‘bipolar’ label and shares the horrors of psychosis and unbounded mania, the fears of depression and the emergence of recovery.

Nechama Brodie

Dr Brodie has worked as a journalist, editor and publisher for nearly twenty-five years. During this time she has dodged the secret police in Burma, explored tunnels underneath Johannesburg, gotten dusty at rock festivals, and reported on the myth of ‘white genocide’ in South Africa. Nechama works as a freelance reporter, based in Johannesburg, and has contributed to local and international titles including the Sunday TimesMail & GuardianCity Press, the Hindustan TimesWanted (the Business Day magazine)Marie ClaireELLEWomen’s Health and Men’s HealthVISITASTESmith Journal and the UK Guardian. She has a PhD in journalism, and is an occasional lecturer and mentor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Old Shul (11h05)
Imagined crime vs real crime in “Three bodies”
Crime fiction can seamlessly blend the real and the imagined. But when the author specialises in the study of femicide in South Africa, how does this affect the final product? Nechama Brodie answers this with Cape Talk radio host John Maytham.

Daniel Browde

Daniel has worked as a translator, film editor, journalist, and preschool teacher. His experimental biography of his grandfather, The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde (Jonathan Ball, 2016) was longlisted for the Alan Paton Award in 2017. He lives in Johannesburg with his partner and child.

Israel Abrahams 1 (14h50)
Unparalleled access: Biographies written by relatives of legendary South Africans
Toni Strasburg, daughter of struggle icons Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, and Daniel Browde, grandson of celebrated jurist Jules Browde, discuss their books and their unique perspectives with journalist Lisa Chait.

Lisa Chait

Lisa is the founder of Life Stories, a film, book & audio podcast company that records & preserves important stories for future generations. She is a co-producer of the award winning TV series I Am Woman, Leap of Faith, has worked in 23 countries across Africa on documentaries about innovation and development and produced and directed Legacy of Light, a short-form documentary film about the life of the extraodrdinary blind chazzan Cantor Abraham Immerman.

Israel Abrahams 1 (11h05)
Talking pictures: Adventures in the film and television industry
Harriet Gavshon, one of South Africa’s most prolific television producers, talks to Lisa Chait about pushing boundaries via the small screen and takes us behind the scenes of some of South Africa’s most well-known TV shows.

Israel Abrahams 1 (14h50)
Unparalleled access: Biographies written by relatives of legendary South Africans
Toni Strasburg, daughter of struggle icons Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, and Daniel Browde, grandson of celebrated jurist Jules Browde, discuss their books and their unique perspectives with journalist Lisa Chait.

Barry Cohen

Muizenburg boy, scratch golfer, and law graduate I co-developed a large video franchise chain in Australia. Returning, I launched the lottery scratchcards for Red Cross, Fantasy League (later SuperSport Dream League) in South Africa and Australasia, then the Springbok Supporter clubs worldwide, and as CEO, transformed the South African Cancer Association. Finally, I founded the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. I have written two books, Let the Storm Burst and Blazing the Trail.

Holocaust Seminar Room (15h55)
Beating Tiger Woods and Gary Player: A history of black golf in southern Africa
Barry Cohen discusses his book, “Blazing the trail: Celebrating 90 years of black golf in southern Africa”, telling stories of triumph and tragedy and offering fascinating insight into black golfers who overcame the prejudice and injustice of apartheid to become champions.

Dennis Davis

Dennis is Judge President of Competition Appeal Court presently Acting Judge of Appeal in Supreme Court of appeal. Honorary Professor of Law at UCT. His latest book Prevent and Loss of possibility to be published December 2018. He has published nine books and over 200 academic articles, and hosted TV programme Judge for Yourself. Dennis is an alumnus of Herzlia School and is married to Claudette. They have two children, Lisa and Joshua.

Gardens Shul (14h50)
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.

Beryl Eichenberger

With more than four decades of Public Relations and Events experience behind her in Cape Town and Johannesburg Beryl is now ‘semi-retired’. In case she doesn’t have enough to do she indulges her love of words by volunteering for Fine Music Radio; Woman Zone, Shine and Milnerton Players and by reviewing books on a number of platforms. She is privileged to be part of the Jewish Literary Festival team in the publicity and marketing capacity.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (11h05)
Two months
In conversation with Beryl Eichenberger, author Gail Schimmel discusses her latest novel — an intriguing story about Erica who wakes up one morning having forgotten two months of her life. Realising her husband is hiding something, Erica must figure things out on her own.

Israel Abrahams 1 (15h55)
Love, sex and Leonard Cohen: Bohemian life on a Greek island
British author Tamar Hodes talks to Beryl Eichenberger about her novel “The Water and the Wine”. Hydra, 1960. A group of artists and writers live together: Leonard Cohen with his lover and muse, Marianne; Jack and Frieda Silver with their children, hoping to heal their relationship. Tamar mixes fact and fiction.

Tanya Farber

Tanya has worked as a writer, journalist and facilitator for two decades. She has won several international journalism awards and is the author of two books, including celebrated photographer Alf Kumalo’s biography (Through my lens) and more recently, Blood on her hands. She has a masters degree in journalism from Wits University, and is currently the senior science reporter for the Sunday Times. She is married to an author, and has two daughters, four dogs, and a few fish.

Israel Abrahams 2 (12h10)
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 Petersen, who hugged her husband while killing him in cold blood. Author Tanya Farber talks to journalist Annika Larsen about nine of South Africa’s most notorious female murderers.

Meg Faure

Meg is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in babies and toddlers – specifically irritable infants; sleep problems, emotional engagement difficulties and fussy feeding. Meg is the co-author of Baby Sense and 7 other Sense-series books. She is an international speaker on parenting issues. Meg is the founder of three companies and is currently developing a mobile application for parents.

SAJM Gallery (11h05)
Allergy sense for families
Co-authors Dr Sarah Karabus (allergy specialist), Kath Megaw (paediatric dietician) and Meg Faure (occupational therapist), talk to Justine Joseph about sorting the noise from the science and helping your family thrive.

Joanne Fedler

Joanne 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.

Old Shul (13h45)
The midlife breakthrough ― what ‘breaks’ when a woman is no longer needed to mother her young adult children
Author Joanne Fedler talks about. “The Sabbatical” ― the third in her series ― in which women share liberating and sometimes dark truths about their lives.

Howard Feldman

Howard is the author of the books Carry On Baggage – the story of a man who thought he travelled light and Tightrope – Musings of Circus South Africa, and his latest, Smile, Dammit. He writes a weekly column for News24 and Times of Israel where he is often “most read”. He hosts the afternoon talk show on Chai FM where he engages in current events, business, politics and socio political commentary. Howard is a lawyer but spent 15 years building and managing a physical commodities company which became the largest global chrome trader with six offices around the world. His ability to engage, challenge and educate is attributed to a thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining style, coupled with deep insight into the human psyche.

Holocaust Seminar Room (11h05)
Smile, dammit!
Author, columnist and radio talk show host Howard Feldman talks about his new book. Is it possible to smile in the dark? Are we obligated to be miserable in South Africa in 2020?

Gigi Fenster

Gigi has a Masters and PhD in Creative Writing, and various law degrees. Her first book, The Intentions Book, was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards and was longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Her second book, Feverish was published in 2018 to critical acclaim. Gigi teaches creative writing at Massey University (New Zealand) and at Rimutaka Prison in Wellington, New Zealand.

Old Shul (12h10)
Feverish: A memoir
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.

Richard Freedman

Richard is a former teacher, school principal and retired recently as director of the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre and the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation. He is a faculty member of the Florence Melton programme : he teaches a course on the Holocaust through memoirs and diaries.

Gardens Shul (10h00)
Everyone is present: Essays on photography, memory and family
When Terry Kurgan, 2019 Sunday Times Alan Paton award winner, discovered her Polish grandfather’s war diaries and photographs, she researched her family’s encounter with Europe’s dark history. She talks to Richard Freedman.

Gardens Shul (15h55)
Writing intergenerational trauma
Authors Joanne Fedler and Thomas Harding, and journalist and teacher Mirah Langer, talk to former director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Richard Freedman about exploring intergenerational trauma through storytelling.

Harriet Gavshon

Harriet is one of South Africa’s leading film and television producers. Her company Quizzical Pictures has produced some of the country’s most celebrated programmes including Masterchef SA, A Country Imagined with Johnny Clegg and most recently The Girl from St Agnes. Work she has produced has won over 50 South African Film and Television Awards, a Rose Dor and a Peabody Award. She is currently producing a number of international drama series.

Israel Abrahams 1 (11h05)
Talking pictures: Adventures in the film and television industry
Harriet Gavshon, one of South Africa’s most prolific television producers, talks to Lisa Chait about pushing boundaries via the small screen and takes us behind the scenes of some of South Africa’s most well-known TV shows.

Ilana Gerschlowitz

Ilana is the mother of three boys and lives in Johannesburg. She practiced as an attorney until 2004 when her eldest son David was diagnosed with autism at the age of 20 months. Unwilling to accept the bleak prognosis she set out to change the course of her son’s autism. In 2009 she hosted the landmark Challenging Children Conference which provided a platform for the introduction of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in South Africa – evidence based treatment for children with autism. She has worked tirelessly to change the notion that autism has to be a lifelong disability bringing the latest treatments and experts in the field to South Africa. She is the Founding Director of The Star Academy, an affiliate of The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) based in the US. She established Catch Up kids, which helps children overcome learning challenges including children with ADHD. In 2015 she achieved the CEO Global award for Africa’s most influential woman in Business and Government in the Education and Private Sector for region, country and continent and in 2018 she was a finalist in the Europcar Jewish Woman in Leadership Award. Ilana is the author of Saving My Sons – A journey with autism published in 2019.

SAJM Gallery (13h45)
Saving my sons: A journey with autism
Mom of three, author Ilana Gerschlowitz, shares the details of her two sons’ diagnoses and treatment with journalist Hedi Lampert, author of a book about her aunt who suffers from Fragile X Syndrome, a leading inherited cause of autism.

Ronnie Gotkin

Ronnie holds an Honours degree in Hebrew and a Masters degree in education. He is currently Director of Hebrew at Herzlia, having served previously for many years as principal of Herzlia Highlands Primary. He also teaches courses on Jewish history and the Arab Israeli conflict at the Florence Melton Institute for Adult Jewish Learning and is a regular presenter at Cape Town Limmud conferences.

Israel Abrahams 2 (11h05)
What can we learn from antisemitism in South Africa and its history?
Milton Shain’s latest volume — due this year — traces antisemitism in South Africa since 1948. He and Ronnie Gotkin discuss the ebbs and flows of Jew-hatred in South Africa.

Thomas Harding

Thomas 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.
Twitter: @ThomasHarding

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (13h45)
Legacy
British author Thomas Harding provides a panoramic new history of modern Britain, told through the story of one extraordinary family and one groundbreaking company, J. Lyons. The Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph chose it as Book of the Year.

Gardens Shul (15h55)
Writing intergenerational trauma
Authors Joanne Fedler and Thomas Harding, and journalist and teacher Mirah Langer, talk to former director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Richard Freedman about exploring intergenerational trauma through storytelling.

Tamar Hodes

Tamar was born in Israel but now lives in the UK. Her novel Raffy’s Shapes was published by Accent Press (2006) and The Water and the Wine by Hookline Books (2018). The San Francisco Review of Books called it ‘a very fine treasure’. It will be published in ltalian this year. Tamar has had ten stories broadcast on radio and many in anthologies and magazines including Salt’s Best British Stories, The Treasury of Jewish Stories, and Lilith (US).

Israel Abrahams 1 (15h55)
Love, sex and Leonard Cohen: Bohemian life on a Greek island
British author Tamar Hodes talks to Beryl Eichenberger about her novel “The Water and the Wine”. Hydra, 1960. A group of artists and writers live together: Leonard Cohen with his lover and muse, Marianne; Jack and Frieda Silver with their children, hoping to heal their relationship. Tamar mixes fact and fiction.

Pippa Hudson

Pippa hosts the lunchtime show on radio station Cape Talk, covering a mix of news and lifestyle content, from food, travel, health and parenting to environmental and consumer content. An avid reader, Pippa loves inviting authors to join her in the daily profile slot “On the Couch”. In 2019 the show won a Titanium Award for Best Health Coverage, and was  nominated for Best Daytime Show at the Liberty Radio Awards.

Holocaust Seminar Room (12h10)
Transforming fear into courage
Richard Sutton, author of “The Stress Code”, tells Cape Talk presenter Pippa Hudson how great athletes master the art of channelling stress and fears into potential. Learn how to use the power of your mind to overcome stress and health challenges.

Israel Abrahams 1 (13h45)
Teens and reading: What? How? When? Why? (A forum discussion)
Cape Talk radio host Pippa Hudson guides an informative and eye-opening discussion with high school students around teens and their reading preferences and habits.

Lynn Joffe

Lynn is CEO of Creatrix, a multicultural storytelling agency. She has performed in cabaret and on TV, Bejazzled. Lynn has published a musical children’s book, The Tale of Stingray Charles. Her short fiction has been published in Short Sharp Stories’ Instant Exposure, 36 Hours and Source magazine. Lynn graduated at Wits in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. The Gospel According to Wanda B. Lazarus, is her debut novel.

Holocaust Seminar Room (14h50)
The Gospel According to Wanda. B. Lazarus: Turning alternative facts into fiction
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.

Justine Joseph

A scientist by training, Justine is an author, journalist, podcast interviewer, poet, design-thinking trainer and creative strategist. She is currently rewriting her first book, The Story of the Fly and How it Could Save the World (Cheviot). Her work has also appeared in various publications and poetry anthologies including Heart of Africa! Poems of love, loss and longing (African Sun Press) and The Sol Plaatjie European Union Poetry Anthology Volume IV, (Jacana).

SAJM Gallery (11h05)
Allergy sense for families
Co-authors Dr Sarah Karabus (allergy specialist), Kath Megaw (paediatric dietician) and Meg Faure (occupational therapist), talk to Justine Joseph about sorting the noise from the science and helping your family thrive.

Joanne Jowell

With an academic background in English and Psychology, and a brief stint in Managing Consulting, Joanne 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). 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). 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. Zephany is her sixth book.

Israel Abrahams 2 (15h55)
Zephany
In 1997, baby Zephany Nurse was kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital. Seventeen years later, an unsuspecting Miché Solomon meets a new girl at school who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, uncovering the shocking truth. Broadcast journalist, author and adoptee Sara-Jayne King talks to author Joanne Jowell and Miché about their book.

Ami Kapilevich

Ami was born in Haifa and moved to South Africa when he was five years old. Combining his love of food with his career in media and journalism, he wrote a series of columns about simple dining and complicated people for EatOut called The Forked Tongue: https://www.eatout.co.za/tags/forked-tongue/

Old Shul (14h50)
A taste of South Africa with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife
Sharon Lurie’s third cookbook extends her flair for Jewish cooking to the traditional South African space. In discussion with foodie Ami Kapilevich, she will explore the origins of her passion for food, her family history and heritage, and share some tips to take your meat dishes to the next level.

Sarah Karabus

Dr Karabus is one of the few paediatric allergologists in South Africa and obtained her qualification in South Africa and the UK. She is an associate of the Chest and Allergy Centre, a multi-disciplinary practice in Cape Town. Dr Karabus also works at UCT, as a consultant and lecturer in the Allergy Division at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, where she has worked since 2003. Her articles are published in several medical journals, she frequently speaks at local and international conferences, is on the editorial board of both local and international allergy journals, and is a co-author of the textbook Allergy Society of South Africa Handbook of Allergy. Dr Karabus is vice-chair of the Allergy Society of South Africa and is a board member of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa.

SAJM Gallery (11h05)
Allergy sense for families
Co-authors Dr Sarah Karabus (allergy specialist), Kath Megaw (paediatric dietician) and Meg Faure (occupational therapist), talk to Justine Joseph about sorting the noise from the science and helping your family thrive.

Sara-Jayne King

Sara-Jayne is a South African/British, author, journalist, broadcaster and MC. She has an LL.B (hons) degree from the University of Greenwich and a Masters in Journalism from Canterbury University. King hosts her own radio show on Cape Talk and in 2019 was named Best Late Night Presenter at the CTIX Awards 2019 and winner of the Liberty Radio Awards Best Late Night Show award. In 2017 she published her first book, Killing Karoline, and is currently working on her second. King is passionate about issues relating to race, identity, discrimination, adoption, addiction and mental health.

Israel Abrahams 2 (15h55)
Zephany
In 1997, baby Zephany Nurse was kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital. Seventeen years later, an unsuspecting Miché Solomon meets a new girl at school who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, uncovering the shocking truth. Broadcast journalist, author and adoptee Sara-Jayne King talks to author Joanne Jowell and Miché about their book.

Helena Kriel

A produced and awarded Hollywood screenwriter, Helena spends her time between Los Angeles and South Africa. She has traveled around India, meditated in caves, circumambulated holy mountains on full moon and stayed in $1 rooms with no sheets. She is inspired by everyday wisdom and searches for it. She takes people on creative, spiritual journeys into India. She is the founder Baby Rhino Rescue and counts herself happiest when she is in the middle of nature with muddy boots, and a rhino for company.

Old Shul (10h00)
The year of facing fire
Helena Kriel talks to Kate Sidley about her powerful and moving memoir describing a life-defining year in which she faced her beloved brother’s AIDS diagnosis and travelled to India to research the ancient Kama Sutra.

Holocaust Seminar Room (13h45)
The last elephants
In Africa, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes. The human desire for ivory trinkets could result in total extermination of the species. Don Pinnock’s book is a call to action to save wild elephants before it’s too late. In conversation with author and wildlife activist Helena Kriel.

Terry Kurgan

Terry 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).

Holocaust Seminar Room (10h00)
Everyone is present: Essays on photography, memory and family
When Terry Kurgan, 2019 Sunday Times Alan Paton award winner, discovered her Polish grandfather’s war diaries and photographs, she researched her family’s encounter with Europe’s dark history. She talks to Richard Freedman.

Hedi Lampert

Hedi is a published author and award winning journalist. She has grown up with an aunt who suffers from Fragile X syndrome, and has spent the last 15 years researching the condition. Hedi brings an insatiable curiosity in the fields of genetics, psychology and relationship dynamics into her writing, which has been described as witty, warm, honest and invariably, profoundly insightful. She is also a magazine editor, photographer, food stylist and voiceover artist. Hedi lives in Cape Town with her son and daughter, a mostly Labrador called Jemima, three cats and Nero – an albino squirrel. The Trouble with my Aunt is her first novel.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (12h10)
Bringing fictional characters to life
Fictional characters are birthed in the author’s imagination … or are they? To what extent does an author plunder their own psyche and behaviours and those of others, to put credible flesh on the bones of their cast? Trevor Sacks, Patricia Schonstein and Hedi Lampert talk to journalist Nancy Richards.

Alan Landau

Alan was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1959. After serving in the Police, Alan joined the family business in the commercial, financial, retail, hospitality and tourism sectors. In 2001 he migrated to Brisbane, Australia where entered the retail sector. He retired in 2012 and began writing novels. He now has five books that have all seen the Amazon Australia #1 Best Seller position in African Dramas & Plays.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (13h45)
Preservation of family history through historical fiction writing
Author Alan Landau explores the story behind the Langbourne series, researching the characters, and the historical context. He will discuss writing and self-publishing to keep stories alive for future generations.

Mirah Langer

Born in Jerusalem, having grown up in Cape Town, and now living in Johannesburg – Mirah is an English teacher at King David High School, Linksfield as well as a journalist at the SA Jewish Report newspaper. Mirah is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor with her father having survived the war in hiding in Holland. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing exploring aspects of the lived experience of second generation survivors. TEEN CREATIVE WRITING SESSION TITLE: This Is Not For Marks: Exploring Creative Writing For The Young And Free.

Samson Centre (Kramer Boardroom) (11h05)
Creative writing workshop. This is not for marks! A creative writing workshop for the young and free
Mirah Langer shares top tips for effective writing, and works through various practical exercises. You will walk away with your own mini-portfolio of creative musings.

Gardens Shul (15h55)
Writing intergenerational trauma
Authors Joanne Fedler and Thomas Harding, and journalist and teacher Mirah Langer, talk to former director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Richard Freedman about exploring intergenerational trauma through storytelling.

Annika Larsen

Annika is Senior News Reporter at South Africa’s only independent television news service ETV and eNCA where she anchors the country’s largest free to air English bulletin with 3.5 million viewers. She has been a journalist for 20 years and worked at eNCA for 12 years with a short break to present on Carte Blanche’s Current Affairs. She has covered a string of bomb attacks in Cape Town and done in-depth investigations into the so-called radical terror/vigilante group PAGAD. She has reported on numerous extradition cases and specialises in complex legal challenges including a wide range of cases against Jacob Zuma in the various courts, and has worked on the grim search for missing children and their subsequent murder inquests as well as numerous trials involving child sex offenders, among other high profile and complex stories.

Israel Abrahams 2 (12h10)
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 Petersen, who hugged her husband while killing him in cold blood. Author Tanya Farber talks to journalist Annika Larsen about nine of South Africa’s most notorious female murderers.

Alex Latimer

Alex’s picture books have been translated and published around the world – enjoying success in Germany, Spain, China and the US with his book Am I Yours? becoming a best-seller in Japan. Alex’s first novel, The Space Race, was published in 2013 by Umuzi. South and North, co-authored with Diane Awerbuck, were published in the UK. His short story Extinction was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (12h10)
Love is the cure: Disease, diaspora and connection in “South” and “North”
How do we fix the broken world? When is fiction more useful than history? Helen Moffett chats to co-authors Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer about the diaspora, the diseases we share, and their search for an authentic voice.

Nicole Levin

Nicole is a children’s book author, storyteller and educator. She has published six picture books as well as stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction for children and young adults. In addition, she works as a learning materials developer, script writer for online learning, and teaches English and Drama part-time. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and a BA Honours from the University of Cape Town.

Qarnita Loxton

I have practised as an attorney, studied psychology, and worked as an executive coach. Being Kari (2017) and Being Lily (2018) were published by Kwela, an imprint of NB Publishers. Being Shelley was published by Kwela in November 2019. These novels form a series but can  be read independently. Currently I split my time between parenting and writing. I live in Melkbosstrand with my husband and children.

Israel Abrahams 2 (10h00)
Writing Jewish characters — when you’re not Jewish: Where angels fear to tread…
Helen Moffett, Qarnita Loxton and Dawn Garisch talk to Karina Szczurek.

Sharon Lurie

Sharon married into a fourth-generation family of butchers and, after experimenting and creating for 25 years, can now prove that meat from the forequarter need not be tough, dry and boring! As well as distributing her original recipes to customers, Sharon contributes recipes to the SA Jewish Report. Since the launch of her first book, Cooking with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife  published by Struik Lifestyle, she has been writing articles for many local magazines and doing cooking demonstrations of her new recipes.

Old Shul (14h50)
A taste of South Africa with the Kosher Butcher’s Wife
Sharon Lurie’s third cookbook extends her flair for Jewish cooking to the traditional South African space. In discussion with foodie Ami Kapilevich, she will explore the origins of her passion for food, her family history and heritage, and share some tips to take your meat dishes to the next level.

Marilyn Martin

BA (Hons) UNISA; MArch, Wits University. In 2001, after 11 years as director of the South African National Gallery, Martin was appointed director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums. Since her retirement she has been working as an independent writer, curator and lecturer. In 2016 she was appointed an Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. Martin has curated exhibitions of South African art in this country and abroad, she has served on many selection panels and written extensively for national and international publications. In 2002 Martin was admitted to the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France at the rank of Officer and in 2013 she received the medal of the Foundation Alliance française in Paris.

Israel Abrahams 1 (12h10)
Between dreams and reality: A history of the South African National Gallery 1871–2017
Albie Sachs will explore with author Marilyn Martin the painful story of the institution he described as “dedicated to idealistic pursuits” but “bedevilled by egotism, materialism and official indifference” and the impact of Jewish artists, intellectuals and benefactors on its history.

John Matisonn

Author, political journalist, foreign correspondent and broadcaster John began reporting on the Rand Daily Mail in 1974, ran the SABC’s election coverage in 1994 and was a member of the Interim Board of the SABC in 2017. The author of two books – Cyril’s Choices and Gods, Spies and Lies – Matisonn trained the newly released Nelson Mandela for TV, served as a broadcast regulator in his government, and as Chairperson of the United Nations’ Electoral Media Commission in Afghanistan.

Gardens Shul (13h45)
Cyril’s choices: Lessons from 25 years of freedom in South Africa
Drawing on other nations’ histories, journalist and author John Matisonn, in conversation with Jonathan Ancer, will spell out the choices facing President Cyril Ramaphosa.

John Maytham

John hosts Afternoon Drive on CapeTalk radio. He loves reading and interviewing the people who write the books.

Old Shul (11h05)
Imagined crime vs real crime in “Three bodies”
Crime fiction can seamlessly blend the real and the imagined. But when the author specialises in the study of femicide in South Africa, how does this affect the final product? Nechama Brodie answers this with Cape Talk radio host John Maytham.

Gardens Shul (12h10)
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. It is also the story of South Africa’s transition to democracy as never told before. Steinberg talks to Cape Talk radio host John Maytham.

Kath Megaw

Kath holds four medical qualifications including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She has been published in the Epilepsia journal on the use of the paediatric ketogenic diet in third-world settings and frequently speaks to groups of both professionals and parents on infant and childhood nutrition. She is the author of Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children (Quivertree Publications), the co-author of Feeding Sense (Metz Press), The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics (Quivertree Publications) and Weaning Sense (Quivertree Publications), has been in private practice for over 18 years and is the founder of Nutripaeds, a paediatric dietetic practice.

SAJM Gallery (11h05)
Allergy sense for families
Co-authors Dr Sarah Karabus (allergy specialist), Kath Megaw (paediatric dietician) and Meg Faure (occupational therapist), talk to Justine Joseph about sorting the noise from the science and helping your family thrive.

Helen Moffett

Helen is a writer, editor, activist, academic, award-winning poet, and Official Mad Cat Lady. Her latest books include her environmental guides 101 Water-wise Ways and Wise About Waste: 150+ ways to help the planet. Her novel Charlotte, a Pride and Prejudice sequel, is forthcoming from Bonnier UK in May. For more about the books she writes and edits, and the projects she supports, visit her website at www.helenmoffett.com.

Israel Abrahams 2 (10h00)
Writing Jewish characters — when you’re not Jewish: Where angels fear to tread…
Helen Moffett, Qarnita Loxton and Dawn Garisch talk to Karina Szczurek.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (12h10)
Love is the cure: Disease, diaspora and connection in “South” and “North”
How do we fix the broken world? When is fiction more useful than history? Helen Moffett chats to co-authors Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer about the diaspora, the diseases we share, and their search for an authentic voice.

Israel Abrahams 2 (14h50)
People of the Facebook: Adventures and misadventures in the land of a billion likes
Facebook is a planet in itself, host to a multitude of views and viewpoints, hopes and fears. Gus Silber, devoted citizen of Planet Facebook, chats to fellow author Helen Moffett about schmoozings, musings, and Jewsings on the world’s most populous social network.

Don Pinnock

Dr Pinnock is an investigative journalist and photographer who, some time back, realised he knew little about the natural world. So he set out to discover it. This took him to five continents – including Antarctica – and resulted in five books on natural history and hundreds of articles. The Last Elephants, published this year with Colin Bell, is his 18th book. He has degrees in criminology, political science and African history and is a former editor of Getaway travel magazine. His day job is as environmental investigative journalist.

Holocaust Seminar Room (13h45)
The last elephants
In Africa, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes. The human desire for ivory trinkets could result in total extermination of the species. Don Pinnock’s book is a call to action to save wild elephants before it’s too late. In conversation with author and wildlife activist Helena Kriel.

Nancy Richards

Nancy is an independent journalist with many years’ experience in radio and print. Areas of specialisation have included literature, the environment, travel, décor and ‘women’s issues’ amongst others. She’s founder of NPO: Woman Zone and a Women’s Library, author of Beautiful Homes, co-author of Woman Today – 50 years of South African women on radio and Being a Woman in Cape Town. She’s also a speaker and media trainer.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (12h10)
Bringing fictional characters to life
Fictional characters are birthed in the author’s imagination … or are they? To what extent does an author plunder their own psyche and behaviours and those of others, to put credible flesh on the bones of their cast? Trevor Sacks, Patricia Schonstein and Hedi Lampert talk to journalist Nancy Richards.

Albie Sachs

During the struggle for justice in South Africa, Albie was detained in solitary confinement, tortured by sleep deprivation, exiled and eventually blown up by a car bomb, which cost him his right arm and the sight of an eye. He was instrumental in drafting South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution, and served as a member of the Constitutional Court for 15 years. His Jail Diary of Albie Sachs was converted into a play for the Royal Shakespeare Company by David Edgar and broadcast by the BBC. Twice winner of the Alan Paton Award, his latest books are We the People, Insights of an Activist Judge (Wits UP, 2016)) and Oliver Tambo’s Dream (African Lives, 2017).

Israel Abrahams 1 (12h10)
Between dreams and reality: A history of the South African National Gallery 1871–2017
Albie Sachs will explore with author Marilyn Martin the painful story of the institution he described as “dedicated to idealistic pursuits” but “bedevilled by egotism, materialism and official indifference” and the impact of Jewish artists, intellectuals and benefactors on its history.

Trevor Sacks

Trevor was born in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg) and now lives in Cape Town. He’s written non-fiction pieces for the New York Times and n+1, as well as music and lyrics for bands he’s performed in. He left a full-time career in advertising to pursue an MA in Creative Writing at UCT. Lucky Packet is his first novel.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (12h10)
Bringing fictional characters to life
Fictional characters are birthed in the author’s imagination … or are they? To what extent does an author plunder their own psyche and behaviours and those of others, to put credible flesh on the bones of their cast? Trevor Sacks, Patricia Schonstein and Hedi Lampert talk to journalist Nancy Richards.

Gail Schimmel

Gail is the author of 4 previous novels (Marriage Vows; Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins, The Park and The Accident), a children’s book and a legal text book. Her 5th novel, Two Months, will be available in April 2020. By day, Gail is an admitted attorney and the CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board. She is married with two children, two wild dogs and two ancient cats.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (11h05)
Two months
In conversation with Beryl Eichenberger, author Gail Schimmel discusses her latest novel — an intriguing story about Erica who wakes up one morning having forgotten two months of her life. Realising her husband is hiding something, Erica must figure things out on her own.

Patricia Schonstein

Patricia is a critically acclaimed novelist, poet and author of children’s books. Her works have been translated into seven languages and endorsed by the Nobel Laureates JM Coetzee and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. She is the curator of the Africa! anthologies and the Poetry in McGregor anthologies. She is co-editor of the poetry quarterly, Stanzas. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

Israel Abrahams 1 (10h00)
Skyline: A master class with the author
Patricia Schonstein examines the narrative voice, character formation, and her use of fiction to reflect on war and genocide; hope during dark times; and the dysfunctional family. We recommend reading the novel before attending the session.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (12h10)
Bringing fictional characters to life
Fictional characters are birthed in the author’s imagination … or are they? To what extent does an author plunder their own psyche and behaviours and those of others, to put credible flesh on the bones of their cast? Trevor Sacks, Patricia Schonstein and Hedi Lampert talk to journalist Nancy Richards.

Old Shul (15h55)
The “Africa!” anthology of poems
Author and poet Patricia Schonstein reads from the anthologies of African poetry which she compiles and discusses what goes into putting together such a collection.

Milton Shain

Milton is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and the former Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies. He has written and edited over a dozen books, including The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa (University Press of Virginia, 1994) and A Perfect Storm. Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948 (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2015) which won the Recht Malan Prize for English and Afrikaans Non-Fiction in 2016. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Israel Abrahams 2 (11h05)
What can we learn from antisemitism in South Africa and its history?
Milton Shain’s latest volume — due this year — traces antisemitism in South Africa since 1948. He and Ronnie Gotkin discuss the ebbs and flows of Jew-hatred in South Africa.

Gus Sibler

Gus is a journalist, author, scriptwriter, speechwriter and media trainer. He is the author of several books, covering a wide diversity of themes and subjects, from works of satire It Takes Two to Toyi-Toyi to mobile technology Mobinomics to social entrepreneurship in South Africa The Disruptors. He lives in Johannesburg and also on Twitter and Instagram, where you will find him @gussilber.

Israel Abrahams 2 (13h45)
“Leaving Word” and Jewish characters in novels
Steven ‘Boykey’ Sidley talks to author and journalist Gus Silber about Sidley’s new mystery novel and his unique perspective on Jewish characters in fiction.

Israel Abrahams 2 (14h50)
People of the Facebook: Adventures and misadventures in the land of a billion likes
Facebook is a planet in itself, host to a multitude of views and viewpoints, hopes and fears. Gus Silber, devoted citizen of Planet Facebook, chats to fellow author Helen Moffett about schmoozings, musings, and Jewsings on the world’s most populous social network.

Kate Sidley

Kate is a writer, author, ghostwriter, editor and educator. She reviews books and interviews authors for Sunday Times, and writes features and columns for a range of magazines and newspapers.

Old Shul (10h00)
The year of facing fire
Helena Kriel talks to Kate Sidley about her powerful and moving memoir describing a life-defining year in which she faced her beloved brother’s AIDS diagnosis and travelled to India to research the ancient Kama Sutra.

Steven “Boykey” Sidley

Steven 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.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (11h05)
A book walks into a bar/A man walks into a book
Steven ‘Boykey’ Sidley traces an intimate journey driven by the entanglement of bars, books, strangers, alcohol and fiction, and sings a praise song to the strange and volatile bedfellows of bars and books.

Israel Abrahams 2 (13h45)
“Leaving Word” and Jewish characters in novels
Steven ‘Boykey’ Sidley talks to author and journalist Gus Silber about Sidley’s new mystery novel and his unique perspective on Jewish characters in fiction.

Samantha Smirin

Samantha was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She went to Kingsmead College for her schooling. In 1989 she was diagnosed with bipolar affective mood disorder 1. After attending the London International Film School, she returned to South Africa where she worked as a producer and director in social health issues. Her work has focused on “real life stories” of people living with challenges. She is an exhibited artist and writer. She runs a support group assisting fellow sufferers and is a life coach to people living with Bipolar.

SAJM Gallery (15h55)
Life interrupted: A bipolar memoir
Author Samantha Smirin talks to social worker Irene Berman about her deeply compelling memoir that humanises the sufferer beyond the ‘bipolar’ label and shares the horrors of psychosis and unbounded mania, the fears of depression and the emergence of recovery.

Miché Solomon (Zephany)

Miché, now 22 is the subject of Zephany: Two mothers, one daughter. This is her story – for the first time in her own words. Told with astonishing maturity, honesty and compassion, it is also the story of what it means to love and be loved, and of claiming your identity. The kidnapping of baby Zephany Nurse from the cot beside her mother’s hospital bed made headline news. For 17 years, on her birthday, the Nurses lit candles and prayed for their child’s return. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Miché Solomon had just started Matric, and had no idea that a new girl at her school, who bore an uncanny resemblance to her, would shake her world.

Israel Abrahams 2 (15h55)
Zephany
In 1997, baby Zephany Nurse was kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital. Seventeen years later, an unsuspecting Miché Solomon meets a new girl at school who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, uncovering the shocking truth. Broadcast journalist, author and adoptee Sara-Jayne King talks to author Joanne Jowell and Miché about their book.

Jonny Steinberg

Jonny 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.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (10h00)
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 Jonny Steinberg about some apartheid era spies: from the navy commander on Russia’s payroll to the party girl who fell in love with Cuba.

Gardens Shul (12h10)
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. It is also the story of South Africa’s transition to democracy as never told before. Steinberg talks to Cape Talk radio host John Maytham.

Toni Strasburg

Toni left South Africa with her parents in 1965 after the Rivonia trial. She is a filmmaker and has documented apartheid-era wars in southern Africa, concentrating largely on the effects of women and children. Toni’s award-winning films include Chain of Tears and The Other Bomb. She has served as an International Peace Monitor and Election Observer for the UN. Her publications include Frontline Southern Africa with photographs by Keith Bernstein, Fractured Lives a memoir was published in 2013 and Holding the Fort published in 2019.

Israel Abrahams 1 (14h50)
Unparalleled access: Biographies written by relatives of legendary South Africans
Toni Strasburg, daughter of struggle icons Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, and Daniel Browde, grandson of celebrated jurist Jules Browde, discuss their books and their unique perspectives with journalist Lisa Chait.

Richard Sutton

Richard is the ultimate non-conformist and original thinker. Passionate about solutions for complex problems, his lateral thinking and ability to connect the dots have set him apart as a health and performance educator and consultant. Currently considered to be one of the foremost experts in his field, Richard has advised top athletes, Olympic teams and international sporting federations. He has been a post-graduate lecturer in the areas of pain management, health and athletic development for almost two decades and consults to leading companies on stress resilience, employee engagement and productivity.

Holocaust Seminar Room (12h10)
Transforming fear into courage
Richard Sutton, author of “The Stress Code”, tells Cape Talk presenter Pippa Hudson how great athletes master the art of channelling stress and fears into potential. Learn how to use the power of your mind to overcome stress and health challenges.

Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Karina is a writer, editor and literary critic. Most recently, she published The Fifth Mrs Brink, a memoir, You Make Me Possible: The Love Letters of Karina M. Szczurek and André Brink, and Hair: Weaving and Unpicking Stories of Identity (with Joanne Hichens). In 2019, she founded Karavan Press, an independent publishing house based in Cape Town.

Israel Abrahams 2 (10h00)
Writing Jewish characters — when you’re not Jewish: Where angels fear to tread…
Helen Moffett, Qarnita Loxton and Dawn Garisch talk to Karina Szczurek.

Old Shul (12h10)
Feverish: A memoir
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.

Rabbi Sam Thurgood

Sam grew up in Durban, fell in love with stories at an early age and used to read with a torch under the blanket after lights-out. After school he went to Yeshiva in Johannesburg for one year, but couldn’t pull himself away from the amazing books and consequently spent seven years in full-time study there. He came to Cape Town in 2012 as the Rabbi of Beit Midrash Morasha (Arthur’s Road Shul) and is married to Aviva with 4 children.

Leon Wilder Boardroom (15h55)
Our oldest storybook — a fresh look at Torah tales
Did you know that stories in the Torah have a hidden structure? They almost always consist of two halves that mirror one another, a key term repeated seven times and a central line encapsulating the theme? Rabbi Sam Thurgood of The Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning looks beneath the surface to bring new light to old tales.

Philip Todres

Publisher of special-interest maps for Cape Town including The Map to Jewish Cape Town and the 30th edition this year of the Arts + Crafts. The interactive www.mapmywy.co.za reflects a move into the digital space. Philip reviews books on Fine Music Radio 101.3fm for Book Choice; and does interviews for Cape Diary. He is Co-Director of the musical documentary Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin – a joyful tribute to the passionate commitment of the people involved in the Annual Yiddish Song Festival (2001 – 2010) and holds the position of Chairman of the following organisations: Jacob Gitlin library, Jewish Care Cape and Cape Jewish Senior Association.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (15h55)
Jewish Cape Town 5779 (A handful of sand): A snapshot of Jewish Cape Town
Businessman and philanthropist Tony Raphaely has compiled a collection of nearly 300 portraits of people in the Cape Town Jewish community. The book is a fascinating chronicle of a vibrant community and a moment in Jewish history. The author is in conversation with Philip Todres.

Anastacia Tomson

General practitioner in Sea Point by day, LGBTQIA+ human rights defender by night, Anastacia is accustomed to wearing many hats. Identifying as queer, trans, Jewish, asexual, vegan, and tired, she’s been recognised as a Mandela Washington Fellow, Mail & Guardian 200 Young South African, and one of the Young Independents’ Mzansi 100 for her work. Her memoir, Always Anastacia, offers an intimate window into her experiences, aiming to promote understanding and empathy towards diverse identities.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium (14h50)
Talking sex, gender and identity
General practitioner in Sea Point by day, LGBTQIA and human rights defender by night, Dr Anastacia 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.

David Williams

David was educated at King Edward VII School (he played rugby for the 1st XV and Transvaal Schools) and Wits University, majoring in history, political science and English. David was deputy editor of the Financial Mail, and has worked extensively in radio (notably on 702 and Highveld) and television.

Gardens Shul (11h05)
South Africa’s greatest bowlers
Cricketing legend Dr Ali Bacher and co-author David Williams discuss their work. Expect interesting statistics, fresh anecdotes about great players and analysis of the present crisis in South African cricket.

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