South African authors at iLembe Book Festival
South African authors – including Angela Makholwa, Joanne Joseph and Nathi Olifant – will be taking part in the inaugural iLembe Book Festival, which takes place in KwaZulu-Natal in February 2024 under the theme 'Our Time, Our Stories, Our Voices'.
literary event takes place at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville, KwaDukuza, part
of the iLembe District Municipality, from 1-3 February 2024.
will bring together a cross-section of more than 30 South African authors in 15
sessions and includes a poetry slam and a full children’s programme. The main
book festival on Saturday, 3 February, has a content-rich programme that is
packed with insightful conversations and talks, lively debates and one-on-one
includes discussions on the art of mining the past for hidden treasures for
writing inspiration, how would-be authors can get their books published, the
rise of local book adaptations to television and film, popularity of crime
fiction, how to pen a memoir and Ubuciko Nokulondolozwa Kolimi (Art is the
Preservation of Language). There will be one-on-one sessions with KwaZulu-Natal
authors Nelly Page, Nathi Olifant and Thenjiwe Msane.
Makholwa burst onto the literary scene in 2007 to both public and critical
acclaim with her debut thriller Red Ink, one of the first crime fictions by a
Black author in South Africa. The book – which is set in Johannesburg – has
been adapted into a screenplay and will be streaming on Showmax from February
followed by The 30th Candle which has also been adapted into a Netflix
screenplay. Makholwa’s latest book, The Reed Dance Stalker, is a sequel to Red
Ink and was published in October last year. Her other novels include Blessed
Girl which was shortlisted for the UK’s Comedy Women in Print Prize. The book
was also shortlisted for the National Institute for the Humanities and Social
Sciences’ Literary Awards.
Joseph is a broadcaster and media personality who has written a number of books
including Drug Muled: Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison and Children of the
Sugarcane, a novel set against the backdrop of 19th century India and the
British-owned sugarcane plantations of Natal.
Nathi Olifant is a former crime and political journalist who worked for various
newspapers including The Sunday Times, Independent Media and The Witness. He
has 17 years of journalism experience. His debut novel Blood, Blades and
Bullets – Anatomy of a Glebelands Hitman won the 2021 The Book Behind Awards
for Best English Novel: Male. The Fugitives – Glebelands Hitmen is his second
novel. The final book in the trilogy, Assassins Endgame, will be released this
Book Festival is a collective effort by local authors including Commonwealth
Writers’ Prize winner Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, the acclaimed Hlomu series author
and journalist Dudu Busani-Dube, and Scarred writer Ayanda Xaba, who are all
part of this year’s organising committee.