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New edition of the Mail&Guardian literary festival to start soon!

The M&G literary festival will take place from Tuesday 28 August to Sunday 2 September at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. From session such as, "No Time like the Present: Gordimer and Serote in Conversation", to panel discussion of the likes of "Stories of Exile", the festival will aim to survey what is being written in and about South Africa, its society and people. In association with the French Season in South Africa, successful novelist, essayist and children's author Patrick Chamoiseau will attend the festival. After the screening of "Aliker", a film for which he wrote the screenplay, he will debate "Speaking in tongues: talking, writing, translating" with SA literature's enfant terrible Breyten Breytenbach. Running alongside that, the festival's programme will offer wide-ranging discourses on topics of universal literary interest such as the rise of the e-book, how children learn to love reading and the limits of freedom of expression. Here is the full programme.

Session 1: screening of the film "Aliker": Tuesday August 28, 7pm, Market Theatre
Screenplay by Patrick Chamoiseau, screening in presence of the artist

Session 2: Wednesday August 29, 7pm, Market Theatre
The Youngsters
Anele Mdoda, Khaya Dlanga and Danny K in discussion with Verashni Pillay    

Session 3: Thursday August 30, 7pm, Market Theatre
Poetry night with Breyten, Rustum and Oswald
Breyten Breytenbach, Rustum Kozain and Oswald Mtshali perform their work, and talk poetry with Georges Lory and Corina van der Spoel

Session 4: Friday August 31, 7pm to 7.45pm, Barney Simon Theatre
Preparing for Dorfman’s Delirium
Pre-theatre discussion with Greg Homann, the director of Ariel Dorfman’s Delirium

Session 5: Saturday September 1, 9.30am to 11am, Market Theatre
Satire and the limits of freedom of expression
Chair: Sandile Memela
Panel: Glenda Daniels, Diane Victor, Chris Wadman and Zapiro 

Parallel sessions 6 and 7

Session 6: Saturday September 1, 11.30am to 1pm, Market Theatre
Joburg: City of extremes
Chair: Marie Huchzermeyer
Panel includes Martin Murray and Jonathan Noble

Session 7: Saturday September 1, 11.30am to 1pm, Laager Theatre
One country, many literatures: looking at South African writing
Chair: Michael Titlestad, with a panel including Craig MacKenzie and Margaret Lenta

Lunch: 1 to 2.30 pm. Festival half-price lunch special at Gramadoelas (R100)

Parallel sessions 8 and 9

Session 8: Saturday September 1, 2.30pm to 4pm, Market Theatre
How I stopped worrying and learned to love the tablet: the changing landscape of print
Chair: Nic Dawes, with a panel including Terry Morris and Verashni Pillay

Session 9: Saturday September 1, 2.30pm to 4pm, Laager Theatre
Jo'burg in fiction
Chair: Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
Panel: Siphiwo Mahala, Eric Miyeni, Craig Higginson, André Kruger and Jane Rosenthal

Parallel sessions 10 and 11

Session 10: Saturday September 1, 4.30pm to 6pm, Laager Theatre
Speaking in tongues: talking, writing, translating
Patrick Chamoiseau and Breyten Breytenbach debate writing and translating with Georges Lory

Session 11: Saturday September 1, 4.30pm to 6pm, Market Theatre
Learning to love reading: children and books

Session 12 (time to be confirmed): Saturday September 1, Market Theatre
No time like the present: Gordimer and Serote in conversation
Nadine Gordimer and Mongane Wally Serote, hosted by Craig MacKenzie

Session 13: Sunday September 2, 10am to 11.30am, Market Theatre
War, peace and transformation in new South African fiction
Chair: David Medalie
Panel: Imraan Coovadia, Karen Jayes, Steven Boykie Sidley and James Whyle

Session 14: Sunday September 2, 12 noon to 1.30pm, Market Theatre
Stories of exile
Chair: Ronnie Kasrils
Panel: Lauretta Ngcobo, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko and Barry Gilder


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