I’ll be at the Franschhoek Book Festival this weekend talking about Elevation, so please come and say hi if you’re around.

Thursday I’ll be visiting local schools, and Friday and Saturday I’ll be taking part in three panel discussions:

FRI 19 May, 10h00 – 11h00

Worlds apart: Speculative fiction authors Helen Brain, Marcus Low, Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer use their genres to explore the modern crises of isolation and social disparity.

FRI 19 May, 16h00-17h00

Heroes at the end of the world: For every dystopian horror, there is a hero. Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man) asks fellow writers Diane Awerbuck, Helen Brain and Sam Wilson (Zodiac) about their favourite heroes and the role their own lead characters play in their latest works.

SAT 11h30-12h30

Writing through the ages: The burgeoning Young Adult genre has drawn an older readership too. Joanne McGregor asks YA authors Helen Brain, Kiprop Kimutai and JT Lawrence who they have in mind when writing, how this influences their work, and what they make of the collateral readers.


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