The Writers' Studio

Staged in the historic Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel, the Writers’ Studio features the current work of around a dozen authors, poets, illustrators, literary critics and journalists. Participants include political commentator Max du Preez, investigative journalist Jacques Pauw, best-selling novelist Joyce Kotze, and poets Kobus Moolman, Rudolph Willemse and Herman Jonker.

During Solo Studios, the creators of this universe in print are manning stations in the Writers’ Studio on an ad-hoc basis to engage with visitors and provide an opportunity for literary lovers to meet their favourite authors and illustrators. Panel discussions enable writers to share their insights on inspiration, character, plot and motivation, while signing sessions provide the opportunity for book lovers to own an individually dedicated volume and enjoy a brief one-on-one conversation with beloved writers and illustrators.

BREAKFAST IN CONVERSATION WITH MAX AND JACQUES

Saturday 12 August 07h30-09h00, Riebeek Valley Hotel (Included in the Solo Studios “Premier Weekend Pass” only)

Political commentator Max du Preez and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw will talk about topical matters of the day, including a discussion on Jacques’ latest book (due to be released in October 2017) “THE PRESIDENT’S KEEPERS: Those who keep Jacob Zuma in power and out of prison.”  How is it possible that a President so corrupt, so controversial and so disliked by even those in his own ranks, has managed to stay in power in a constitutional democracy? The book explores the men and women behind Zuma that cover for him, employ dirty tricks on his behalf, finance him and keep him out of prison.

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Programme

SATURDAY 12 AUGUST

11:00 JOYCE KOTZÈ & NIGEL FOX Inside the writer’s mind
Being there, means living the past as it happens. Come and hear the voices in their heads.

12:00 HERMAN JONKER Donker Jonker
Die muse van melancholie – die digter deel verse uit die skemer.

14:00 KOBUS MOOLMAN Light and After and Left Over
Poems of depth and extraordinary pressure that will leave you breathless – but more alive.

15:00 KLAUS PIPREK Aftermath
Making Art from War Meet mother and son, and learn how they collaborated to chronicle her past.

16:00 AUTHORS’ BOOK SIGNING All authors gather to sign books

17:00 RUDOLPH WILLEMSE Middelman
Gedigte uit Rudolph Willemse se digbundel, vertolk deur Marcel van Heerden met David Wickham en Jane Rademeyer.

SUNDAY 13 AUGUST

10:00 KLAUS PIPREK Aftermath
Making Art from War Meet mother and son, and learn how they collaborated to chronicle her past.

11:00 JOYCE KOTZÈ & NIGEL FOX Inside the writer’s mind
Being there, means living the past as it happens Come and hear the voices in their heads

12:00 AUTHORS’ BOOK SIGNING All authors gather to sign books

14:00 KOBUS MOOLMAN Light and After and Left Over
Poems of depth and extraordinary pressure that will leave you breathless – but more alive.

15:00 HERMAN JONKER Donker Jonker
Die muse van melancholie – die digter deel verse uit die skemer

Tamlin Blake
Tamlin Blake

Multimedia artist Tamlin explores the boundaries between fine art and what have been considered the more domesticated art forms: weaving,
sewing and beading. The Spier Arts Trust in conjunction with the Jeanetta Blignaut Art Consultancy published a comprehensive and discursive catalogue honouring her work.

Max du Preez
Max du Preez

Max has written 14 books on South Africa’s history and politics. His most recent, A Rumour of Spring, won the Alan Paton Non–Fiction Award in 2015. The third in his series of short stories is due to be released at the end of this year.

Nigel Fox
Nigel Fox

Nigel is dedicated to keeping South African history alive through fiction.
A Bullet in the Back: The 1914 Rebellion is the fi first in a series of novels featuring little–known episodes history. His second novel, One Hundred Days: The Siege of Potchefstroom, is in the final stages of writing.

Louisa Gerryts
Louisa Gerryts

Louisa is an illustrator with an extensive collection of work including maps, educational, editorial and children’s book illustrations as well as botanical and bird drawings and paintings. Her work is also available in a series of cards and cushions.

Herman Jonker
Herman Jonker

Herman skryf oor bewaring, kontrei– en kultuurdinge. Humor is 'n kenmerk van sy werk maar soms is hy ook ’n ernstige digter. Hy het reeds vyf boeke, 100+ tydskrifartikels en meer as 150 rubrieke gepubliseer.

Verne Jordaan at Solos Studios
Verne Jordaan

Verné is a freelance illustrator and artist. Her work includes educational, botanical, editorial and children’s books.
She offers plein–air paint workshops in any medium.

Joyce Kotzè
Joyce Kotzè

Joyce writes historical fiction about the effect on the lives of individuals caught up in the many wars in which South Africans have taken part. Her bestselling novel The Runaway Horses has recently been translated into Afrikaans as Wintersrust.

Kobus Moolman
Kobus Moolman

Kobus teaches creative writing at the University of the Western Cape. He has published seven collections of poetry, two collections of plays and most recently a book of short stories, The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories. He has received numerous national and international awards.

Jacques Pauw
Jacques Pauw

Jacques is an investigative journalist who has written several books exposing the dark underbelly of South African politics. His new
book, The President’s Keepers: Those Who Keep Jacob Zuma in Power and Out Of Prison, is keenly anticipated for release in October.

Klaus Piprek
Klaus Piprek

Klaus has published Aftermath, a book which details his mother Ingrid’s series of handmade quilts. These depict her painful and harrowing memories of flight, capture and attempted escape, aged 14, from the advancing Red Army towards the end of World War II.

Sue Pugh
Sue Pugh

Sue’s book We Are All Connected! talks about larger–than–daily–life subjects such as ‘Where do we come from?’, ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘Who am I in the big picture?’ in a way that children can easily understand and embrace, regardless of religious beliefs or culture.

Rudolph Willemse
Rudolph Willemse

Rudolph has published two volumes of poetry: Kweekskool (1982) and Middelman (2005). Middelman has been performed on stage. His poems have been included in various collections including Groot Verseboek.
His photographic exhibition includes abstractions of floors, walls and pools.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Klaus Piprek  • 074 209 6838  •  klaus@solostudios.co.za    facebook