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

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