Preview: Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival 2023 with spirited lineup- Human Rights Day, March 21

What: The Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival 2023

Date: March 21, 2023
Where: Gardens Community Campus. 88 Hatfield St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Time: 9am to 6pm
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The Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival 2023 is on Human Rights Day (March 21), a celebration of writing and writers, with talks and panels, led by scribes from South Africa and abroad. Expect a spirited day of discourse – one day only – from 9am to 6pm. The lineup includes British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and our own national treasure, Pieter-Dirk Uys. Read on more. Info as supplied:

Great thinkers, writers and entertainers at the Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival

The Cape Town Jewish Literary Festival 2023 is hosting some of the country’s greatest thinkers and writers on Human Rights Day (March 21), this year in Cape Town. Join us for a provocative series of panels on business, politics, sport, history, narrative, identity, heroes, villains and more.

Renowned British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore is our guest of honour and will discuss his latest book, The World, which takes a wide-angle lens on global history via the shenanigans of ruling families through the ages.

And from global to local ‘families’! Beloved Evita Bezuidenhout’s alter-ego Pieter-Dirk Uys joins a panel on breaking boundaries through the arts, with Aviva Pelham and Des Lindberg. And prepare yourself for a plenary performance with Pieter-Dirk as he speaks of his Jewish roots in ‘PS I’m Jewish’.

In honour of Human Rights Day, we examine the value of an apology when co – editors and professors, Melanie Judge and Dee Smythe, discuss their book ‘Unsettling Apologies’; while the trauma of seeking justice is unpacked with authors Antony Altbeker, Liz McGregor, Janine Lazarus and moderator Beverly Lester,

Other international guests include British historical fiction writer Louisa Treger; Denis Hirson from France and John Schlapobersky from the UK.

SA – What next?-Colin Coleman and Tony Leon discuss that burning question while ‘Disruption’ also looks to the future – as Steven ‘Boykey’ Sidley and ‘Breach’ author Ronen Aires converse with Ran Neuner, host of CNBC’s Crypto Trader show.

Allen Ambor and Rael Levitt will reveal their secrets for entrepreneurial success and we also learn how to ‘Thrive’ with Richard Sutton. Talented local authors Gail Schimmel, Kate Sidley, Jonathan Ancer, Nechama Brodie, Joanne Jowell, and Patricia Schonstein join the line–up along with Hedi Lampert, Angela Rothbart and more.

Choose from over 25 sessions plus two plenary sessions, enjoy a delicious boxed lunch and coffee as part of the ticket price, browse books and chat to authors at the pop-up Book Lounge between sessions.  For the full programme and details Booking on Quicket