Welcome to Blown Away by Books, 2022

The Friends of Fish Hoek Library are delighted to welcome you to Blown Away by Books, 2022. We’ve posted our programme below. You can find info about all morning events, our writers and moderators in the category list right at the very bottom of this page, below the programme. You can also click on the list to your right to see the list organised in categories.

Entry to all events is free. No booking needed. First come, first seated! (Except for the workshops – for these you need to book your seat.)

Thank You

We’d like to thank all the writers, moderators, publishers, booksellers and sponsors who have helped Blown Away by Books in so many ways.


There will be a R10.00 draw after each session where you’ll stand to win a bundle of books. And, of course, all other donations will be very gratefully received!

Book Sales

Many thanks too, to Wordsworth Books who will be handling the sale of most of the books on the programme. Some of the small and indie publishers will be handling their own sales, so bring along some cash to buy their books.

Our Programme

Thursday 15 September

10.00 – 11.30 Japanese book binding workshop (Library Hall)

Book through the library 021 400 7101 (Library Hall)

11.30 – 12.00 break

12.00 – 13.00 Footprint Press: Featured Small Publisher
David Hilton-Barber will be in conversation with three writers published by Footprint Press: Nicholas Ellenbogen, Mike Bruton and Glenn Babb

13.00 – 14.00 break

14.00 – 15.00 So you want to write? How to start – how to continue
Three writers give insight into their writing journeys and the genres they have explored

Lester Walbrugh Elton Baatjies; Let It Fall Where It Will
Shameez Patel The Last Feather
Penny Haw The Wilderness Between Us

Moderator: SarahBelle Selig

15.00 – 16.00 break

16.00 – 17.00 Self-publishing – the ups, the downs, the dos the don’ts
Paul Kilfoil Off Beat Travels
Marilize Roos The Lords Of Table Mountain; and the Club Angelus series
Melina Lewis The Devil’s in the Details; Cut Up

Moderator: Francine Beaton

17.00 -18.00 break

18.00 – 19.00 Reaching into the past, dealing with the present, anticipating the future in a world gone bad
Mike Nicol Hammerman
Alistair Mackay It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
Ashraf Kagee By the Fading Light

Moderator: Diane Awerbuck

Friday 16 September

Change to the programme

9.30 – 10.30 Ask a Writer Q&A about writing with Cathy Park Kelly and Máire Fisher

10.30-11.30 Poets talking Internationally acclaimed poets Jim Pascual Agustin and Mike Cope in conversation about their writing lives.

11.30 – 12.00 break

12.00 – 13.00 Writing it Short. How writers engage with poetry and short story
Kerry Hammerton Secret Keeper; Lies
Oswald Kucherera Washing Dishes and other stories; The Exodus Down South
Sally Cranswick Women out of Water

Moderator: Ros Haden from Fundza

13.00 – 14.00 break

14.00 – 15.00 What we know and what we learn – about ourselves, our families, our history
Sara-Jayne Makwala King Mad Bad Love
Erika Bornman Mission of Malice
Cathy Park Kelly – Boiling a Frog Slowly

Moderator: Karina Szczurek

15.00 – 16.00 break

16.00 – 17.00 The stories we choose to tell. Memoir, biography and the fictions between
Colleen Higgs My Mother my Madness
Nancy Richards The Skipper’s Daughter
Hedi Lampert The Trouble With My Aunt

Moderator: Cathy Park Kelly

17.00-18.00 break

18.00 -19.00 Medical histories, medical mysteries
Mark Winkler The Errors of Doctor Browne
Chantal Stewart The Veil of Maya
Hloni Bookholane Becoming a Doctor

Moderator: Anna Hug

Saturday 17 September

10.00 – 11.30 Poetry open mic (Civic Centre Hall)

We supply the platform – you supply the poetry. Put your name down as you enter for a four-minute slot. Bring two of your own poems in case there’s time for a second round. Or just come and listen. Presented by Fish Hoek Scribblers

11.30 – 12.00 break

12.00 – 13.00 Memoir: The difficult, the desperate and all the bits between – telling it like it is
Melinda Ferguson Bamboozled
Shana Fife Ougat: From A Hoe Into A Housewife, And Then Some
PP Fourie The heart is the size of a fist

Moderator: Penny Haw

13.00 – 14.00 break

14.00 – 15.00 Reaching into the past and finding story
Finuala Dowling The Man who Loved Crocodile Tamers
Daisy Jones Love you Madly
Helen Moffett Charlotte

Moderator: Máire Fisher

15.00 – 16.00 break

16.00 – 17.00 Personal, Social, Political – Stories that create the fabric of our country
Sindiwe Magona Theatre Road
Roseanne Turner – A contributor to In Our Own Words: Nurses on the Front Line
Nick Dall and Matthew Blackman Spoilt Ballots

Moderator: Tracey Farren

17.00-18.00 break

18.00 – 19.00 Shaping South Africa: Movers and Shakers
Chris Whitfield and Jonathan Ancer Joining the Dots
Mark Gevisser Thabo Mbeki The Dream Deferred (updated version)
Xolisa Guzula Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us

Moderator: John Maytham

Mike Cope

Michael Cope was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1952. His father was the distinguished novelist Jack Cope, his mother the painter Lesley. He has worked, among other things, as a jeweller and a computer analyst. He lives in Cape Town where he works as an artist and jeweller. He  teaches Goju Karate. He is married to writer Julia Martin, and has three children. 

He has published three novels: Spiral of Fire, (David Philip, 1986), Goldin: A Tale (iUniverse, 2005) and Sunderland (Jacana 2014, with Ken Barris), three volumes of poems: Scenes and Visions, (Snailpress, 1990), GHAAP, Sonnets from the Northern Cape (Kwela Books and Snailpress, 2005) and The Craft (Left Field Press 2017), and a memoir, Intricacy: A Meditation on Memory, (Double Storey, 2005)

Poets Talking

Mike will be talking to fellow poet Jim Pascual Agustin on Friday, 16 September, at 10.30

Jim Pascual Agustin

Jim Pascual Agustin grew up during the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. He arrived in South Africa in 1994, more than a century since the first Filipinos settled in the Cape and founded the fishing communities around Kalk Bay. Unlike those early settlers, Agustin came to Cape Town to follow the wonderful South African woman whom he met while on holiday in August 1993 at the height of the monsoon season in the mountainous regions of northern Philippines.

He writes in Filipino and English, and has published books of poetry and a collection of stories. Bloodred Dragonflies, his eleventh poetry collection, is his first South African title.

Poets Talking

Jim will be in conversation with fellow poet, Mike Cope, on Friday 16 September, at 10.30.


Beneath an Angry Star (Anvil Publishing, Manila 1992)

Salimbayan (Publikasyong Sipat, 1994)

Baha-bahagdang Karupukan (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2011)

Alien to Any Skin (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2011)

Kalmot ng Pusa sa Tagiliran (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2013)

Sound Before Water (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2013)

A Thousand Eyes (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2015)

Sanga sa Basang Lupa at iba pang kuwento (University of Sto. Tomas Publishing House, Manila 2016)

Wings of Smoke (The Onslaught Press, Oxford 2017)

How to Make a Salagubang Helicopter & other poems (San Anselmo Publications, Manila 2019)

Crocodiles in Belfast & other poems (San Anselmo Publications, Manila 2020)

Bloodred Dragonflies (Deep South Publications, Makhanda 2022)


Finalist for the 2022 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize (US, to be awarded 18 September 2022)

Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts from LA-based Lunch Ticket

EU Sol Plaatje Poetry Award

DALRO / New Coin

Magdala Award from Poetry in McGregor

AVBOB Poetry Mini Competition

Shorlisted for the National Book Awards in the Philippines

Social media handles

Goodreads author page -https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/845630.Jim_Pascual_Agustin

Blog – http://www.matangmanok.wordpress.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/matangmanok

Facebook – personal – https://www.facebook.com/jimpascualagustin

Facebook – author profile – https://www.facebook.com/JimPascualAgustinauthor

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jimpascualagustin/

Ros Haden

Ros Haden is a director of Cover2Cover Books and works as the content developer and one of the co-founders of the FunDza Literacy Trust. Ros has had over 14 children’s stories published as well as short stories in the anthologies, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. Her novel, The Tin Church, was published in 2004 and translated into 3 languages. Her second novel, Love Tastes Like Strawberries, was published in May 2014. She wrote Finders Keepers and has also co-authored a youth novel, Time Twisters, with friend and colleague, Dorothy Dyer, under the pseudonym, Sam Roth. Dorothy and Ros have worked together on Cover2Cover’s popular teen Harmony High Series, of which Ros has written Broken Promises and Sugar Daddy (which was based on a story by Dianne Case).

Penny Haw

Penny Haw worked as a journalist and columnist for more than three decades, writing for many leading South African newspapers and magazines before yielding to a lifelong yearning to create fiction. Her stories feature remarkable women, illustrate her love for animals and nature, and explore the interconnectedness of all living things. Her children’s book, Nicko—The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm was published in 2017. This was followed by a work of contemporary fiction, The Wilderness Between Us in 2021. Penny’s debut historical fiction, The Invincible Miss Cust will be published by Sourcebooks on 4 October 2022. She lives in Hout Bay with her husband and three dogs, all of whom are well-walked.

Penny will be moderating Memoir: The difficult, the desperate and all the bits between – telling it like it is on Saturday 17 September, 12.00 – 13.00

Melinda Ferguson Bamboozled
Shana Fife Ougat: From A Hoe Into A Housewife, And Then Some
PP Fourie The heart is the size of a fist

Footprint Press – Featured Small Publisher

Thursday 15 September 12.00 – 13.00

David Hilton-Barber will be in conversation with three writers published by Footprint Press: Nicholas Ellenbogen, Mike Bruton and Glenn Babb

About Footprint Press

Pioneering people, interesting places and significant events – these are the themes of the non-fiction historical books published by Footprint Press. Highly readable and entertaining, these stories are told through the eyes of the characters living at the time.

This independent publishing house was established by David Hilton-Barber in 2015 His earliest book, Footprints in the Lowveld (now in its third edition) was published by 30 Degrees South. When Chris Cock, who was the life and soul of that imprint, left the country, he left a .gap in the non-fiction publishing market. Hilton-Barber stepped in. He identifies with the genre of writers such as TV Bulpin and AP Cartwright who popularised travel and history. He subscribes to the notion that was first expressed by George Cory, the eminent historian whose name is embodied at the Cory Collection at the Rhodes University Library:

It is no more than the grateful duty of a succeeding generation to revere the memory of those who bore the heat and burden of the days long gone. But better than merely holding in one’s memories of departed heroes is the placing on permanent record the account of their lives and works.

Hilton-Barber is a fourth generation South African. He was born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and holds a BA Honours degree from Rhodes University. He then trained as a journalist, following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times.

In his later career as a public relations consultant he was involved in a wide range of public relations programmes for the public and private sector, included lecturing and contributing to the compilation of the communications course at the University of South Africa.

He served as president of the PR Institute of SA and as council member for South Africa on the International Public Relations Association.

He retired to Tzaneen to his wife Tana Tooley’s family farm and together they developed the now legendary Kings Walden gardens and guest house.

David has now relocated to Hermanus in the Western Cape to research and write further historical works. He is an Associate Member of the Professional Editors Guild

Xolisa Guzula

Dr. Xolisa Guzula is a lecturer in language and literacy studies with a focus on multilingual and multiliteracy education at the University of Cape Town. She specialises in multilingual education, especially in teaching children to read and write in two languages. She is one of the founders of a network of reading clubs growing across the country. She has written four children’s books and translated many children’s books from English to Xhosa. She is a member of Bua-lit Language and Literacy Collective, which works on social justice in language and literacy education

Xolisa’s panel: Shaping South Africa: Movers and Shakers Saturday 17 September, 18.00 – 19.00

Japanese book-binding workshop with Kyoko and Zanele

Thursday, 15 September, 10.00-11.30 in the Library Hall

Learn the art of mottainai and make your own notebook using upcycled paper and card, with Kyoko Morgan and Zanele Petros. Free workshop (donations welcome), but space is limited, so please book your place at Fish Hoek Library, either in person or by phone Tel: 021 400 7101

Oswald Kucherera

I am a Zimbabwean born poet, writer, essayist and activist currently residing in Cape Town. I was born in Nyajena, a small village in Masvingo near Great Zimbabwe. I have read and recited my poetry at several community events. I am a Human Rights Peer Educator at Africa Unite.

I write for Science Stars Magazine, a science magazine seeking to inspire and encourage the youth especially those from the previously disadvantaged backgrounds to study and take up careers in Maths and Sciences.

I relish reading especially African Literature. My favorite sports are Soccer and Cricket. I listen to good music and I want to travel the whole of the African countries in future.

Oswald’s panel: Writing it Short. How writers engage with poetry and short story Friday 16 September 12.00 – 13.00

Sally Cranswick

Women out of Water is Sally Cranswick’s debut collection of short stories. She lives in Cape Town and is a writer and workshop facilitator with a special interest in life-writing and memoir. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT. Before coming to South Africa, Sally lived in many countries around the world and worked as a singer in the UK and Southeast Asia

Sally’s panel: Writing it Short. How writers engage with poetry and short story

Friday 16 September 12.00 – 13.00

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