Gabeba Baderoon, Claire Robertson, Michiel Heyns, Jo-Anne Richards and Sindiwe Magona, writers

Five writers reflect on what writing has meant and still means to them: what have they learnt about this art in the span of their distinguished careers and/or in their own personal history of reading? Which mysteries of beginning and completing a manuscript have been solved for them, and which still remain?



1.     Poetry for beginners: Thoughts about reading, writing and loving poems  Gabeba Baderoon

2.     Practical magic  Claire Robertson

3.     Beginnings: Where do novels come from?  Michiel Heyns

4.     Linen cupboards, hamsters, Oscar Wilde and me: How I became a writer and lived to tell the tale  Jo-Anne Richards

5.     Writing the yawning void  Sindiwe Magona


Recommended reading

Baderoon, Gabeba. 2006. A hundred silences. Vlaeberg: Kwela/Snailpress.

Heyns, Michiel. 2017. I am Pandarus. Cape Town: Jonathan Ball.

Magona, Sindiwe. 2015. Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle. Johannesburg: Seriti Sa Sechaba Publishers.

Richards, Jo-Anne. 2013. The Imagined Child. Johannesburg: Picador Africa.

Robertson, Claire. 2015. The Magistrate of Gower. Cape Town: Umuzi.


Date: Monday 7–Friday 11 August 
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R480,00  Staff:  R240,00  Reduced: R120,00