South African Cultural Observatory

Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival

27 JUL 2017 - 30 JUL 2017
Category: Multi discipline event - arts, culture & heritage
Region: Eastern Cape
Town: Cradock
Cover Charge:
Contact Details: +27 48 881 5251
Booking Details: Book with Amy on 083 257 8601, email or pay at the door

Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival (SKWF) PROGRAMME 

THURSDAY 27 July @ Sonskyndienssentrum then Schreiner House

  • 9h00- 17h00 The NELM Youth Programme for Grade 12 featuring schools prescribed literature @ Schreiner House. Free
  • 14h00 Literary Walking Tour of Old Cradock with Brian Wilmot. Meet at Victoria Manor. R50 pp
  • 15h00 Neville Alexander Memorial event at Sonskyn Dienssentrum (co-ordinated by Frieda Frohlich) with soup. Free
  • 17h00 SKWFOpening event: talk on Greening Museums by the National English Literary Museum (NELM).  Schreiner House. Free
  • 18h00 Letters between Guy Butler’s grandfather and Olive Schreiner – dramatised reading by Professor Paul Walters and Jeremy Fogg. Schreiner House. Free
  • 19h00 Supper @ Victoria Manor (own account)



first session @ Schreiner House. R75pp including tea; or R30 per talk

  • 9h00 Myths and Truths about the History of Afrikaans and Myths about Afrikaans Today by Menan van Heerden.
  • 9h45 Invoking Indigeneity: Olive Schreiner and the Poetics of Plants in The Story of an African Farm and From Man to Man. by Professor Dorothy Driver.  
  • 10h30 Tea @  Schreiner House
  • 11h15  Guy Butler, the founder of NELM, by Beth Wyrell
  •  12h00 In the Footsteps of JA Calata and Matthew Goniwe - background to the new Lingelihle Township tour guide by Brian Wilmot.  
  • 12h20 Visit to the site of the old Magqubeni Township with former residents, some of whose memories are included in the tour guide.

second session @ Victoria Manor (presentations free, pay for meals)

  • 13h00 Lunch @ Victoria Manor (own  account)
  • 14h00 Relive the past that Changed our Future by Raymond Heron from Spionkop 
  • 15h00 Tea break. 
  • 15h30 Open Microphone. 
  • 18h00 foodSTUFF by Tony Jackman (book launch) @ Victoria Manor R75pp includes soup supper

FRIDAY parallel sessions

  • 10h00-12h00 How to draw a Karoo Building - art workshop with artist/architect Theresa Hardman (limited to 12 people) @ Victoria Manor. R250 pp includes all materials
  • 11h30- 13h30 The NELM Youth Programme for Grade 12 featuring schools prescribed literature @ Schreiner House. Free


SATURDAY 29 July Depart Victoria Manor

  • 7h45 Literary Walking Tour of Old Cradock with Brian Wilmot (meet at Victoria Manor) R50pp

first session @ Victoria Manor. R75pp including tea; or R30 per talk

  • 9h00 Matjiesfontein Revisited: Jewel of the Karoo by Dr Dean Allen. 
  • 10h00 Agterpaaie/Backroads - Alice Inngs will interview Toast Coetzer about his experiences making the television travel series. 
  • 10h30 Tea 
  • 11h00 Trust and Hope - the story of the Hantam Community Education Trust by Anne Hill. 
  • 11h30 Karoo Life: musings of a veld monk by Antony Osler. 
  • 12h00 Die Wereld van Charlie Oeng - Etienne van Heerden and Toast Coetzer discuss Van Heerden's new book.  
  • 13h00 Lunch @ Schreiner House Books+Food Market

second session @ Schreiner House R50 or R30 per talk

  • 14h00 How to write your family history by David Hilton Barber. 
  • 15h00 Sy Hart se Lens - Cradock novelist Zelda Mans talks about her first published romance. 
  • 15H30 Cradock poet Alet Janse van Rensburg talks about her work. She writes in Afrikaans. 

third session  @ Victoria Manor

  • 16h00 Open Microphone.  Free
  • 18h00 Roadtripping in the Karoo Heartlands in words and pictures with Chris and Julie Marais (with slideshow). Free.
  • 19h00 Supper 
  • 20h00 Huiskonsert - the return of Ginger's Fault band with special guest Toast Coetzer. Hat will be passed around in aid of the Cradock Animal Shelter.

SATURDAY parallel session @ Schreiner House

  • 10h00 - 14h00 Books+Food Market at Schreiner House


SUNDAY 30 July @ St Peter’s Church & Mountain Zebra National Park

  • 9h30 Festival service at St Peter's Church led by Dean Andrew Hunter and Rev'd Clair Hunter. Collection plate
  • 11:30 (at the Mountain Zebra National Park open 07h00-18h00)) How the Park Earned its Stripes - David Smeda reviews 80 years of excellence at this very special park. Talk: free. Park entrance: R44 if you present a South African ID document
  • 13h00 Lunch at the Mountain Zebra National park restaurant.
  • 14h00 Visit the Schreiner Sarcophagus on Buffelskop. Make independent arrangements in advance with Rosie Visser 084 252 3792


Venue Name: Schreiner House
Street Address: 9 Cross Street

More News
Jobs report reveals potential for creative economy Jobs report reveals potential for creative economy

OVER one million, or 6,72% of all South African jobs, are housed in the broader ‘Cultural Economy’. This is according to an employment report released by cultural think-tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) this month.

Call For Applications: Vansa Director Call For Applications: Vansa Director

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa is looking for a versatile and strategic thinker and organiser to lead the organisation, and to consolidate and develop its position as a dynamic and resilient network-based organisation.

Take a Child to the Theatre in 2018 Take a Child to the Theatre in 2018

Theatre leaves an indelible impression on a child, awakening awareness of the world and of other people's realities. All children have a right to arts

#SACOConf2018 Celebrates International Women’s Day #SACOConf2018 Celebrates International Women’s Day

CREATIVE WOMEN: The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) celebrated women in the creative industries this International Women’s Day at its international conference in Nelson Mandela Bay on 8 March 2018.

Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus Cultural conference pulls creative economy into sharp focus

DAY two of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) 2018 international conference delivered on its promise of deep analysis and critical and creative debates on the future of South Africa’s and the world’s creative economy. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, over 200 delegates swelled Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the second day of the cultural think-tank’s creative industry conference. Tens of women from across the country and continent contributed to the conference proceedings covering a range of topics related to the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors.

Connect with us