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Warren Brothers at Wahooz this October!

uShaka Marine World’s Wahooz on the promenade will be rocking during the month of October with sweet sounds from the Warren Brothers, the dynamic family musical duo who form part of Zaffa! The Warren Brothers (Rob and Garth Warren) will be performing hits from well known artists, including Johnny Cash, The Killers, Aloe Black and more.

Catch them performing at Wahooz each Sunday with friends throughout October from 12pm to 4pm and relax whilst enjoying the tasty menu and specialised cocktails to add to the rocking vibes.  For more information contact uShaka Marine World on 031 328 8000

(Source – Publicity Matters)

Six Creative Professional Practice Workshops

The Durban Art Gallery, as part of its mandate to add its weight to help educate, empower and develop the visual arts community in KZN, is hosting a series of free workshops for the creative industries in and around greater Durban.


The workshops are designed to assist creatives who wish to enhance their professional practice skills, including: ddefining a strategy related to your individual career plan; artists’ portfolio of work online and off; networking; helpful online resources;  marketing yourself/brand and knowing your value; galleries & agent; funding; writing funding proposals & where to find these funds; residencies, projects, collaborations; gaining the relevant experience; how to price and where to sell your work; how to establish yourself as a professional artist and time management, studio, submission deadlines and meetings.

The workshop schedule is:

Chatsworth Hall (35 Topham Rd) 6 & 7 October 2014

KwaXimba Indoor Sports Centre 15 & 16 October 2014

Redfern Community Hall, Phoenix 20 & 21 October 2014

Inanda, Ntuzuma & KwaMashu Creative Centre (1 Mdubu Rd) 12 & 13 November 2014

Mountview Hall (Amora Dr off Inanda Rd) 25 & 26 November 2014

Isipingo Hall (18 Delta Rd) 5 & 6 December 2014

Entrance is free, but booking is essential. All workshops will start at 09h00-15h00 daily. It is strongly recommended that delegates make themselves available for both days in each instance.  Please bring notebooks and pencils, and refreshments. If you are interested please contact Witty Nyide on 031 3112274/

(Source – Publicity Matters)

Call for entries 2014 WGSA Muse Awards

Entries will be accepted in 8 different categories for scripts including: Feature Film, TV Drama, Radio Drama, TV Comedy, Docu, Animation, Stage plays and Unproduced scripts.

Deadline 30th Nov 2014.

More info and entry details:

Power Series Business Breakfasts 

Join Richard Mulvey to learn all about Selling Face to Face.

Cape Town 6 Nov.

Durban 4 Nov.

Johannesburg 5 Nov.

Register Here:

Build a business workshops

22 October Nelspruit

23 October Polokwane

24 October Bloemfontein

29 October Durban

30 October PE

31 October CapeTown

To Book:

Yogathon SA

Durban Jewish Club: 19 October

Yogathon SA is a health and wellness campaign- using yoga as a tool to promote healthier lifestyles and raising funds for a good cause. On 19 Oct 2014, South Africa will host three public yogathons in Durban, Cape Town and Gauteng. 1000s are expected to attend – participating in a fun, uplifting guided mass yoga event.


Time:               7:30am till 9:30am

Venue:             Durban Jewish Club, North Beach

44 Ke Masinga Road (Old Fort Road) Durban

Contact:          Veena|083 711 9580|

(Source – Publicity Matters)

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22 October, 6pm, Artisan Gallery, Durban


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imbizo gallery – 6th Nov 2014 – 18h30 – Lifestyle Centre, Ballito

Writers Have You Entered The Commonwealth Short Story Competition?

Details Here:


This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton


Book Launches Across South Africa Tonight – Catch Ewok 1 Night Only In Durban


Book Launches Across South Africa 


Wed 17 Sept 2014

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Venue: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Cape Town

RSVP Mary-Ann at


Wed 17 Sept 2014

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Exclusive Books, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Durban




Slam Solo – An Evening With Ewok – 1 Night Only 

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“I like a little lyric but a bigger one’s better…”

8 international appearances // 5 shows // 5 albums // 

2 books // multiple awards // going bald

That’s the combined product of just over ten years of Spoken Word performance from home-grown popular poet, Iain EWOK Robinson.  With an international track record from Stockholm to Medellin, he has made a success out of speaking an authentically Durban type of “word”.

On Thursday the 25th of September, for one night only, he’s bringing it home.  Come and bear witness to an evening of straight Spoken Word from this prolific pen-pushing son of the “Poison City”.

“I’m not trying to be conservative.  I just think we need to think about what we’re selling to the kids…”

From his first recital as a second year student at UND in 2002 to his featured slot as Poetry Africa’s 2012 Dennis Brutus Memorial poet, EWOK has made performance poetry his craft.  As both a theatre professional and an artist strongly influenced by Hip Hop culture, he has developed a style that is a unique blend of both in an effort to access as many stages as possible with his urge to be “heard above the herd”.  Coming from an educational and an activist family, his perspective is shaped largely by both, and his work flows between a variety of topics.  His lyrical influences are as diverse as his subject matter, from Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” to Cypress Hill‘s “Black Sunday”.


From sagging his pants to his social stance, his accent to his articulation, EWOK pulls in all the pieces so all the people can pull-in and publicly puzzle together.

SLAM SOLO, an evening with an Ewok, one night only…

As a both a poetry Slam champion and battle rapper EWOK enjoys improvised performances.  Join him at the SEABROOKES THEATRE for one night onThursday the 25th of September, where he will tie together ten years of professional performance poetry into an hour of live entertainment and Spoken Word spectacle.  Expect old classics and fresh material, including his soon-to-be-poetic-hit-single “Patrick Lambie”.

TICKETS R70 – Box Office opens 6:30pm – show starts 7:30pm
LIMITED SEATING – BOOKING ESSENTIAL through Going Places (Ailsa) – 0832502690
BOOKS ON SALE “Pimp My Poetry” R100


This edition by Fred Felton

twitter @fredfelton


Almost time for The South African Book Fair




The final countdown to the 2014 South African Book Fair has begun


The annual South African Book Fair kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday 13 June until Sunday 15 June, providing book lovers and casual readers with the opportunity to attend a literature experience of a lifetime.

Book lovers can look forward to: exhibitions by aspiring and published authors;  book associations; book distributors; book stores; electronic book traders;  libraries; literary agents; printers; publishers; and, repro agents, all the while receiving substantial discounts on books. Amongst the prestigious exhibitors are Pearson, LAPA, ANFASA, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random Struik and the list goes on.

According to Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), “Visitors will be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.”

This three-day celebration of the written word will offer visitors over 120 events, access to 100 authors,  illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof.

The Fair has been divided into nine predominant themes, to suit every book connoisseurs’ taste. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the 2014 South African Book Fair.

Girls love books – a three -day soiree with Susan Lewis

Don’t miss bestselling author Susan Lewis chatting about life, love and everything in between. This theme is perfect for book club babes!

Stories to inspire and entertain you

From the adventure-seeking authors of Poles Apart – Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe to the lessons learnt from coaching champions with Marco Botha, author of Coach, this theme focuses on the inspirational authors of our time.

Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe will discuss their journey in summiting the world’s seven highest peaks and journeying to the North and South Poles, which led to their book Poles Apart.

 Marco Botha, author of Coach, will explore what it takes to coach champions.  His book, Coach features: Heyneke Meyer, Ian Schwartz, Sherylle Calder, Brendan Venter, Paul Treu, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. Join Marco Botha for a discussion where he delves into the minds, personalities and successes of these South African coaches.

The motivational authors of Books and Bricks – a success story at Manyano School, Sindiwe Magona and Harvard graduate Dr Al Witten will tell the story of a community that moved away from gangsterism, alcoholism and unemployment.

Other highlights will include a talk by award-winning Setswana author Sabata-Mpho Mokae, who will discuss how writing in his mother-tongue opened a world of possibilities for his expression and none other than Pieter-Dirk Uys, who has written not only his own memoirs but also autobiographies of his alter-egos Evita Bezuidenhout and Bambi Kellermann  will discuss the nature of autobiography.

Current affairs

Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

School Principals and parents Marc Falconer and Gavin Fish, with Obami founder Barbara Mallison will talk about what it takes to educate a child in the 21st Century.

Judge Edwin Cameron, talented author of Justice – A Personal Account will argue that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society.

 Rolling up our sleeves – a series of in-depth panel discussions that drive to the heart of the matter

This theme will include serious and thought-provoking debates about some of the current issues that our leading thinkers are facing today – Twenty years of democracy: Can the past inform and inspire a better future for South Africa?, Muslims in the South African imagination and how the spirit of Islam manifests in food, the arts and literature and the role of homosexuality in literature today.

Featured authors that will dominate this theme include Prince Mashele, author of The Fall of the ANC, Dr Xolela Mangcu, author of Becoming Worthy Ancestors and Professor Njabulo Ndebele, author of Reconsidering the Ordinary and The Cry of Winnie Mandela.

Digital books and the future of the book

Those who prefer to catch up on their reading digitally will also find a niche for themselves, with the digital theme at the South African Book Fair.

This theme will address the future of the book as well as the classroom of the future. Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor and founder of Books LIVE, will talk about the Future of the Book – is there one and what does it look like?

Getting published

A must for aspirant writers and publishers, this series offers workshops and presentations on everything from proofreading to translation, illustration to creative writing. Find out how successful writers write for foreign audiences and how to shoot the lights out with book sales. Also part of the programme is writing and illustration workshops for teens.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world

Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

 Kidzone – for kids age 3 – 7 

Kids can fall in love with books, storytelling, show-and-tell, book-inspired craft activities, pirate and princess high tea on the high seas, book breakfasts, puppet shows, and of course some of their favourite larger-than-life book characters – Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, Wally, and the inimitable Gruffalo!

Tweens and teens

Young aspirant writers between the ages of 8 and 15 can join in a writing workshop to get the creative juices flowing. Marjorie van Heerden will talk them through characterisation, plot and all aspects of creating a compelling story. There is limited space, so remember, first come first served.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone. According to Batya Green-Bricker, the Programme Director for the South African Book Fair, ‘The uniqueness of the South African Book Fair is the depth and breadth of the events on offer. There is truly something for everyone! Books offer escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF is a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.’

The programme may be downloaded directly from the South African Book Fair site via this link:

Tickets can be purchased online via the South African Book Fair website or at the door, with discounts available for Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card Holders when purchased online and children under the age of 18 receiving free entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Full Price Ticket: R50.00
PnP SmartShopper: R25.00
Pensioner Ticket: R20.00
Children under 18: Free

For more information go to or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email to secure their stand.