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

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