Host of international and South African writers at Jewish Literary Festival

Brian Joss – If you’re into things literary then the place to be is Cape Town on Sunday June 17 when the Mother City will play host to the second Jewish Literary Festival (JLF).

SJ Naude

If you don’t want to make the trip just for the day then enjoy a weekend break and book in at one of the many hotels and B&B’s available.

Nechama Brodie and SJ Naude (pictured) who wrote A memoir: Rule of Law (about Glynnis Breytenbach) and The Third Reel respectively (reviewed, The Gremlin, August 16 and December 12) are just two of the 100 authors who will be at the JLF to be held at the Gardens Community Centre, Cape Town.

Brodie’s latest offering Knuckle Bone will be reviewed soon. The JLF promotes constructive dialogue and discussion without focusing on any single political or religious agenda.

You can meet writers as diverse as Lyndall Gordon, Stephanie Urdang, Damon Galgut , Dennis Davis, Albie Sachs, Jennifer Friedman, Dr Eve, Diane Awerbuck, Jane Raphaely, Ken Barris, Ian Mann, Jennifer Ancer, Jonathan Ancer, Rosemund Handler, Mandy Wiener, Anton Harber, Rahla Xenopolous, Joanne Jowell and many more.

All the authors, poets, illustrators, journalists, writers and educators, who have a Jewish connection or are engaged with subjects of Jewish interest, will present a wide-ranging programme of more than 60 events which explore a variety of genres. Memoir, comedy, art and writing, fiction, magical stories, cyber-infidelity, poetry, women writing about women, deception, crime, politics, history, sport, food, scriptwriting, journalism and more are all on the agenda. There will be panel discussions, book launches, readings, debates and presentations which will resonate with anyone who loves books.

A full children’s programme is on offer for ages 4–11 featuring authors , teachers, entertainers and carers interacting, reading and work-shopping as well as a Young Adults track, with content facilitated by  experts in that genre.

The festival is jointly hosted by the Jacob Gitlin Library and the Cape Jewish Chronicle and is open from 9am to 6pm. The Book Lounge is also associated with the event. Authors will be available to sign books which will be on sale at the centre.

Ticket prices are adults R275; teens R100: Under 12s R85 and Include lunch at Café Riteve, two drinks vouchers and entry to all sessions. Coffee bars will be open throughout the day.

Email: or visit: for the full line-up or authors and programme.

Visit: to book or phone the Jacob Gitlin Library on 021 462 5088.

CAPTION: Nechama Brodie

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