Pan Macmillan authors at this year's SA Book Fair

Don’t miss-out on this year’s South African Book Fair. Taking place 7-9 September at the Newtown Precinct, it will feature top local writers, engaging discussions and a vibrant environment that promises to bring book lovers of all sorts under one roof.

Taking place from 7 to 9 September at the Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg. Join us at this year's South African Book Fair to share and celebrate #OURSTORIES. Featuring a host of newcomers, well-known local writers and journalists engaged in inspiring discussions and fiery debates on current issues, politics, publishing, African superheroes, literature and African philosophy. Read more

Here's a list of discussions and sessions our authors will be participating in. Book your ticket and be part of the conversation. 

Saturday, 8 September
10:00 – 11:00 | Market Square Auditorium
New president, now what? |South Africa in the new dawn. Our panellists sketch future scenarios.
Panel: Prince Mashele, Mark Heywood & Jan-Jan Joubert.
Facilitator: Ralph Mathekga

13:00 – 14:00 | Market Square Auditorium
A Celebration of Giants | We remember the timeless contribution of Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela as the country celebrates their centenaries.
Panel: Bantu Holomisa, Sahm Venter & Elinor Sisulu.
Facilitator: Mandla Langa

14:30 – 15:30 | Market Square Auditorium
Writers are our conscience – PART ONE | Throughout the history of humankind, the written and the spoken word have shaped the course of events. In the space of this conference, we aim to explore how writers and readers influence society. Do writers steer the course of a country’s socio-political passage by pointing to and appraising the mores and values of its people and its leaders?
Panel: Antjie Krog, Dr Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Peter Harris, Maishe Maponya, Melinda Ferguson & Ferial Haffajee.

16:00 – 17:00 | Market Square Auditorium
Writers are our conscience – PART TWO | A continuation of PART ONE above (14:30 – 15:30)
Antjie Krog, Dr Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Peter Harris, Maishe Maponya, Melinda Ferguson & Ferial Haffajee.

Sunday, 9 September 2018
10:00 14:00 | Market Square Sarafina
She speaks | The necessity and challenges of capturing generational stories.
Panel: Dr Sindiwe Magona, Elinor Sisulu, Lebohang Masango & Lauri Kubuitsile.

11:30 -12:30 | Newtown City Lodge: Departure from hotel entrance
Bus Tour: Hop On Hop Off Bus | Explore Johannesburg’s uneasy relationship with its past and future. Three local authors will take you on a journey through the city’s historical, political, cultural and culinary sites, as depicted in their writing.
Authors: Terry Shakinovsky, Harriet Perlman & Nechama Brodie.

11:30 – 12:30 | Market Square Ramolao Makhene Theatre
Exposed! South Africa’s hidden web of crime | Three journalists give unprecedented insights into political and underworld figures and
criminal networks, exposing how they have infiltrated the South African law enforcement authorities and agencies.
Panel: Mandy Wiener, Anneliese Burgess & Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
Facilitator: Sikonathi Mantshantsha

11:30 – 12:30 | Market Square Township Boy
Why we dream | Four authors grapple with the overwhelming issues of addiction, abuse and anxiety, and how they navigate these issues in their writing.
Panel: Keamogetswe Bopalamo, Lindiwe Hani, Christy Chilimigras & Phumlani Pikoli.
Facilitator: Karabo Kgoleng

13:00 – 14:00 | Market Square Sarafina
Legendary speeches | Authors reflect on the powerful words of historical leaders and how their speeches have inspired and shaped
present-day South Africa.
Panel: Martha Evans & Richard Steyn
Facilitator: Prof Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu

Tickets for the SABF 2018 programme are available on Webtickets from R40.00. Visit for the full programme.