Open Book Festival Programme

Open Book Festival Programme

Elleke will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, 9-13 September. She will be participating in the following panels (view events on the calendar):

Sins of our Parents

10 September, 14.00 – 15.00 in the Fugard Annexe 1
Price: R45
Elleke Boehmer, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Bridget Pitt discuss how the actions of the previous generation impact on their protagonists with Kathryn White.

Book tickets

Reading: Poetry and Prose

10 September, 18.00 – 19.00 in the Fugard Annexe 1
Price: R45

Join Elleke Boehmer, Patrick Flanery, Perfect Hlongwane, Siphokazi Jonas, Shirmoney Rhode and Hong Ying as they read from their work.

Book tickets

You’re South African?

11 September, 14.00 – 15.00 in the Fugard Theatre
Price: R45

Elleke Boehmer, Justin Cartwright and Melissa de Villiers discuss their respective relationships with the country of their birth as it is reflected in their recent books. Chaired by Nancy Richards.

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Flashback Fiction

12 September, 10.00 – 11.00 in the Fugard Annexe 2
Price: R45

Elleke Boehmer, Craig Higginson & Henrietta Rose-Innes discuss their jumps between past and present with Diane Awerbuck.

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See all the events on Elleke’s events page or view the complete Open Book programme

Review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em> in <em>The Scotsman</em>

Review of The Shouting in the Dark in The Scotsman

Ashley Davies has written a brilliant review of The Shouting in the Dark in The Scotsman (27 July 2015):

Every now and then you develop a relationship with a novel that transports you so vividly to a specific place and time in history that whenever you look up from its pages you need to catch your breath to be reminded of the here and now.

This is one such work – an outstanding study of a deeply troubled family against the backdrop of political change, and one girl’s resilience in the face of ugly, sharp-edged obstacles.

 

Read the full review here

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’

Elleke contributed to this morning’s episode of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, in the segment ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’:

‘Vocal Fry’ may not be new – think Mae West in the 1933 film She Done Him Wrong, but it’s the latest in a line of speech patterns popularised by celebrities such as the Kardashians, Scarlett Johansen, and Lena Dunham. Best described as a guttural lowering of the voice at the end of sentences, it’s a manner of speaking which some linguists believe undermines women, and causes them to be taken less seriously. Joining Jenni to discuss the feminist implications of ‘vocal fry’ are the author and journalist Naomi Wolf, and Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, Dr Elleke Boehmer.

Listen to the episode