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Speakers

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Diana is a writer, poet, performance poet and story-teller. Her work has been published in various collections and some serve as prescribed texts for high school learners. Her publishing house, Diana Ferrus Publishers has published various publications including her first collection of poetry, “OnsKomvandaan”. Diana co-edited and published a collection of stories about fathers and daughters (multiracial), “Slaan vir my ‘n masker, Vader” in 2006. The mission of her publishing company is to publish writers from previously disadvantaged communities. 

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Gadija Sydow Noordien

Cooking star from Kaap, Kerrie en Koesisters.

31 August 2019

12:00-12:45

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Fatima Sydow

Cooking star from Kaap, Kerrie en Koesisters.

31 August 2019

12:00-12:45

Diana Ferrus
Amr Salie

Amr is an author and gaming developer who wrote his first book 'Blamelss' at the age of 10 years old.

1 September 2019

11:00-11:45 Meet Young Authors

12:00-12:45 With Yusuf Daniels

31 August 2019

11:00-11:45

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Yusuf Daniels

Yusuf Daniels’s Living Coloured is a glimpse into the joy and often harsh reality of growing up on the Cape Flats
Living Coloured (Because Black & White Were Already Taken) by Yusuf Daniels is a special kind of memoir that utilises short stories to weave together both a culturally insightful and an achingly nostalgic glimpse into a childhood on the Cape Flats.

1 September 2019

12:00-12:45

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Rodney Scara Brown

Born in Kewtown, Rodney Scara Brown as he is affectionately known, is an avid runner, passionate Toffee Supporter and 12 handicap golfer. His exploits demands his services as a vibrant no nonsense quizmaster and MC at events in and around the city. He serves on the board of a few NGO's and is founder of the Toolbox Life Skills Program, an initiative designed and geared to ignite fruitful and positive change to participants, young and old. Author of SHADES OF CAPE FLATS

31 August 2019

9:00-9:45

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Lance Brown

Lance is the author of the books titled: “The Driver of Change – in pursuit of a brighter future, despite the odds” & “Being in the Right Place at the Right Time is a Planned Strategy”. He has also created a motivational starter pack called “You are your own Opportunity” which is aimed at inspiring individuals to create opportunities, instead of waiting for them to happen.

31 August 2019

15:00-15:45

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Athol Williams

Award-winning poet and social philosopher, Athol Williams, who grew up in Mitchells Plain during Apartheid, is the only person in the world to have Masters degrees from 5 top universities in the world including Harvard, LSE, MIT, LBS and Oxford University. He has written 4 books of poetry, an autobiography 'Pushing Boulders' and is the author of the Oaky series and 'A Girl Called H'.

1 September 2019

14:00-14:45 Poetry

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Emile Jansen

Emile Jansen aka Emile YX? has written many rhymes since 1986 when he wrote his first rhyme about Apartheid.

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Farieda Abrahams

Born in District Six during 1959, Farieda Abrahams a mother to three with six grandchildren. Community activist and also involved in the 1976 riots. Currently employed by Sultan Bahu as a Social Auxiliary Worker. Playwright and director. Recent author of the inspirational story, 'My Lover My Country'.

31 August 2019

14:00-14:45 Afrikaaps Panel Discussion

15:00-15:45 Heal the Hood

31 August 2019

9:00-9:45

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Blaq Pearl

Blaq Pearl from Cape Town, started writing poetry and songs since the age of 12. Her musical genre is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B. She is known for her phenomenal performances at various events, national and international. Is also a cast member in two popular and award winning musical theatre productions namely Afrikaaps & A Plekkie in die son as well as Krotoa.

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Lameez Abrahams

Lameez Abrahams spends her free time reading, writing and uploading short stories to her online Wattpad profile. After graduating from the University of the Western Cape with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Linguistics and Psychology, she plans to pursue her dreams as an author and inspiring as many people as possible to pursue their dreams, regardless of the bumps along the way.
Visit her at lameezisreal.com

31 August 2019

13:00-14:00 Poetry Performance 

14:00-14:45 Afrikaaps Panel Discussion

1 September 2019

11:00-11:45 Meet Young Authors 

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Granville Skippers

Diary of a cancer survivor…thinking out loud…How I beat cancer like a B.O.S.S.

31 August 2019

16:00-16:45

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Maurisa Moloto

Maurisa is passionate about education, literacy and disabilities. She has a BScHons in Speech-Language Pathologies (UCT) including a post-grad certificate in Social Entrepreneurship (GIBS) as a Fix Scholar. She is currently doing an MPhil in Inclusive Innovation (GSB) as a Bertha Scholar. She is the founder of The Lefika Foundation, a social enterprise.

31 August 2019

12:00-12:45 How to motivate learners

                     with challenges

1 September 2019

11:00-11:45 How to encourage language

                    & communication  through

                    literacy

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Luthando Lucas

Luthando Lucas  is an Award winning Author, Poet Motivational Speaker & Entrepreneur. Founder of Matchbox Publishing & Marketing. His first book, I AM - The Memoirs of a Street Child, written during post-apartheid, was the joint winner ofthe Dlamini Award Prize at Richmond Town Book Festival. Mr. Lucas lives in East London. He teachers English and poetry in previously disadvantaged background.

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Lionel Pitcher

Lionel Pitcher will be one of the Authors that will be talking about his journey having Cancer.

31 August 2019

16:00-16:45

31 August 2019

9:00 - 9:45

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Ryland Fisher

Fisher has more than 35 years of experience in the media industry as an editor, journalist, columnist, author, senior manager and executive. He is the former Editor of the Cape Times and The New Age, and was assistant editor of the Sunday Times. Fisher is the author of Race (published 2007), a book dealing with race and racism in post-apartheid South Africa. Last year, he published a book about the history of the Atlantic Philanthropies in South Africa.

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1 September 2019

10:00-10:45

Barbara Boswell

Barbara is the author of Grace: A Novel, which won the 2018 University of Johannesburg Debut Creative Writing Prize. Raised in Elsies River in Cape Town, Barbara obtained her PhD from the University of Maryland, and is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town where she teaches Black women's literature. Her journalism has also appeared in the Mail and Guardian, The Big Issue, The Conversation, Kenya's The Nation, and The Thinker.

1 September 2019

11:00-11:45

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Gregory Edwards

Gregory was born at Simonstown and was removed to Ocean View during the forced removals of Apartheid, where he still resides. He authored and illustrated 'The Table Mountain Story'. 

31 August 2019

16:00-16:45

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Menziwa Tsholoba

An autobiography of Menziwa Esau Tsholoba, born in 1936 in a small town between Queenstown and Aliwal North. As a young man he joined the Pan Africanist Congress, was arrested in 1963, sentenced to three years imprisonment for being a member of a banned organisation and sent to Robben Island.

31 August 2019

11:00-11:45

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Liesl Jobson

Liesl Jobson is an author, photographer and life coach. She teaches
writing and rowing on the shores of Zeekoevlei and plays the bassoon
in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Her award-winning poetry,
flash fiction and short stories have been translated into Afrikaans,
Italian, Spanish and Turkish. She engages with the world via Twitter
(@LieslJobson), a weird and wonderful place to create and combine art,
activism and meaningful connections.

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Haroldene Tshienda

Haroldene Tshienda is an award winning poet, author of four books, publisher, storyteller, motivational speaker and life skills trainer. She is the founding director of Tshienda Publications specialising in self-publishing for first and second time authors. Haroldene performs her poetry in collaboration with various artists  in order to promote poetry, reading and writing.

Self Publishing Workshop

31 August 2019
15:00-15:45

1 September 2019

14:00 - 14:45

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Matthew Kalil

Matthew Kalil is a writer, director, script editor, author and speaker. He has written and co-written over 40 produced episodes of TV and has received various grants, development funding and awards. . His book, The Three Wells of Screenwriting, published by Michael Wiese productions with a foreword by Christopher Vogler, has been describes as a “breakthrough in the writing craft.”  

1 September 2019

14:00 - 14:45

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Amanda Sickle

Amanda Sickle works full-time as an Office Manager at a leading research organisation.  In her other time, Amanda is the founder of a community initiative in Mitchells Plain called PhenomenalWomen; their objectives include the rebuilding and restoration of women to enable them to shift from victim to victor, dependence to independence and to stimulate entrepreneurship, self-reliance and economic stability. She believes that ‘when you teach a woman to fish, you feed her, her family and her community for a lifetime’. 

1 September 2019

10:00-10:45

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Marcia Nyhoff Williams is the youngest daughter of the late Reginald and Josie Nyhoff.  Marcia is a wife, mother of two boys and the owner/principal of a growing educare in Mitchells Plain.

Marcia enjoys working with children and believes in training up a child in the way they should go so that when the child becomes an active member of civil society, they won’t depart from the teachings. Marcia is one of the authors in 'My Story'.

1 September 2019

10:00-10:45

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Colleen Isaacs

Colleen Isaacs is an ECD practitioner at an educare in Mitchells Plain.  Colleen is the ECD forum coordinator for educares in Westridge, Rocklands and Portland and serves as a mentor to the educators in these areas.  She was a finalist in the ABSA Sowetan ECD Practitioner of the Year.  Colleen is also a counsellor and a passionate advocator for women and children.

Colleen was born and raised on the Cape Flats and is one of the authors in 'My Story'.

1 September 2019

10:00-10:45

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Hani du Toit

As a Muslim woman, Hani is inspired by the possibility of breaking invisible barriers and increasing human to human connection.  She writes poetry and memoir to expand her self-awareness, grapple with her own life struggles and have greater ability to recognise the golden light in every human being. Her children’s book, Just Like Me, created through the Book Dash project, was cited as a model for writing about inclusion for children and has recently been translated into Urdu for distribution in Pakistan.

1 September 2019

14:00 - 14:45 Book Dash Authors

15:00 - 15:45 Life Writing Collective

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Zubeida Jaffer

Zubeida is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She is based at the University of the Free State as Writer-in-Residence in the Department of Communication Sciences. She started her career at the Cape Times in 1980. Her memoir, Our Generation, eloquently tells the story of her emotional journey through the years of South Africa’s turbulence into a new democracy

31 August 2019

15:00-15:45

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Maria Basson

Maria Basson, originally from Wuppertal in the Cederberg, lives in Delft on the Cape Flats. She has a love for storytelling and an active interest in encouraging children to read. Maria was a founder member of a multilingual reading club for children in her community. Maria has written several Afrikaans children’s stories.

31 August 2019

16:00-16:45

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Paulvin Webster

Paulvin is the author of JUST PASS MATH - A SUCCESS GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS. He has got a background in Mathematical Science and currently a full-time entrepreneur.

1 September 2019

12:00-12:45

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Clyde Beech

Clyde Beech is a Cape Town born visual artist and designer. Even though he grew up with adverse circumstances in the Cape Flats, he was driven and motivated to reach his dream of becoming a professional artist. He now specialises in comic book art and sequential story telling. He is an Art Director, illustrator, digital painter, concept artist and colour art specialist. He’s worked on and helped develop some of the top comic books in the country, such as South Africa’s favourite super hero comic, Kwezi

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31 August 2019

11:00-11:45

Loyiso Mkize

Loyiso Mkize was born in the town of Butterworth (also known as Gcuwa) in South Africa. He completed his studies in graphic design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2009.

Mkize founded the visual art and communication company Loyiso Mkize Art Ltd in 2015. His company produced the South African superhero comic book series KWEZI. Mkize has created illustrated artworks for a number of comic book projects and is also a fine artist in his own right.

31 August 2019

11:00-11:45

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Ncebakazi Mnukwana

Ncebakazi Mnukwana has been appointed lecturer of Music Education in 2009 at the University of Stellenbosch Music Department where also she teaches African Music Practical Studies, Ethnomusicology and Musicology.

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31 August 2019

10:00-10:45

Raymond Joseph

Raymond Joseph began his career in journalism as a cadet reporter for Rand Daily Mail in 1974. Since then he has worked for mainstream, community and tabloid newspapers and magazines in senior editorial positions. He is also a former news editor of the Sunday Times, the Cape Argus, the Weekend Argus, and the Saturday Star.

He now works as a freelance journalist and journalism and fact-checking trainer.

31 August 2019

10:00-10:45

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Nikki Jacobs

Nikki Jacobs, who hails from Athlone, will be launching her second children’s book called Mean Cow at the Cape Flats Book Festival. At the youthful age of 44, she is currently studying fulltime an Honours degree in English at the University of the Western Cape. She is an entrepreneur who consults in tourism as well as having her own coffee label called Little Johnny’s. Her stories are written in rhyme which she believes is foundational for language, creative and cognitive development in young children. She will be chatting about the importance of rhyming as well as demonstrating a fun and interactive rhyming word game with her son, Connor Jacobs (Kermit the Goat) who is a rap artist. 

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Solly Moeng

Solly Moeng is an experienced holistic Brand Manager and media professional

with specialisation in Reputation Management, Strategic Communications, PR and
Media Relations.Solly is also an experienced columnist and media commentator, judge in various
industry awards, part-time reputation management lecturer at UCT (Media
Studies Department) and full-time cyclist when he is not working on his PhD at
UCT.

31 August 2019

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31 August 2019

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Taryn Lock

Co-Founder & Executive Director of READ to RISE and children's book illustrator. Taryn is a  2018 Obama Foundation African Leader and put together a collection of poetry called 'A Better World: Hope From Africa' by 37 young African leaders from 15 countries. Her poem 'Blue Skies' is included in the collection of poetry.

31 August 2019

14:00-14:45

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Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar

Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar is a contributor and writer for The Daily Maverick and currently works on public transport and infrastructure projects. A Mandela Rhodes Scholar, World Economic Forum's Global Shaper, Mandela Washington Fellow and also a 2018 Obama Africa Leader. Andrew's poem entitled 'Sacrifice in the Name of Hope' is included in the collection of poetry 'A Better World: Hope From Africa'.

31 August 2019

14:00-14:45

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Melene Rossouw

Melene Rossouw is the Co-Founder and Executive Directive of Women Lead Movement.  Melene was one of 11 Spokeswomen in Africa for the Global Campaign on Gender Equality by the ONE Global Campaign in 2019; Mandela Washington Fellow by the US Government as well as Goodwill Ambassador for the World Youth Summit for Peace by the International Human Rights Commission. Her poem 'One Day' is included in 'A Better World: Hope From Africa'

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Jonathan Kingwill

Jonathan Kingwill is the co-founder of ClockWork, an app that connects jobseekers to temporary, flexible job opportunities with SME businesses in industries like construction, manufacturing, promotions and events. Jonathan is a 2018 Obama Foundation African Leader with his poem 'The African Spirit' which is included in 'A Better World: Hope From Africa'.

31 August 2019

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