Programme

Please note that you need to book for all events, even if they are free.

Listening to the Land(3)

before the rupture that disconnected our intimate relationship with the land, every family or community had a storykeeper, a healer, a seer. every family or community had one whose ear was pressed to the soil, listening for the stories their people needed. stories of healing & wisdom. stories of celebration & remembrance. stories of foretelling & guidance. the land still calls. we have simply forgotten how to listen, how to hear. but remembering is always only a choice away. if you feel the whispers of the land’s stories in your bones, this workshop is for you.

in this one-day poetry workshop, Toni Giselle Stuart will guide you to slow down, step into the silence & listen to the stories calling within you. She’ll offer poems, stories, music, sound & visual art, as inspiration to reflect on your own relationship to the earth, and your ancestral lands. and from here, begin listening for & writing the story calling to you at this time.

Date: 3 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Mzandisi

Price: R150

Tickets: Required

SOLD OUT

Flash Workshop Karavan

Let’s workshop a flash pamphlet together! Join Karavan Press founder, Karina Szczurek, for this two session workshop series that will culminate in a printed pamphlet.

3 June | First session: What is a flash and all the basics needed to write one; writing exercises with prompts; reading and discussion; homework assignment (to write a flash or work on the one already written during the workshop).

8 June | Second session: Divided into groups, we read the flashes and prepare them for publication (editing, rewriting and proofreading).

Please note you will need to be available for both sessions. The ticket price includes both sessions.

Session 2

Date: 3 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R200

Tickets: Required

Screenwriting

This workshop will focus on the fundamental elements of screenwriting, essential for beginners as well as a great way for intermediate writers to refresh the concepts. The interactive session will cover story, character, world and the development process. A notebook and pen are required – come prepared to write!

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

1:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Mzandisi

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Marketing Your Book

Aspiring and published authors should not miss this three hour workshop facilitated by Samantha Waligo and Helené Coetzee. This intensive session will equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively market their books within the South African context. Beginning an overview of the SA literary landscape, and will move from there to marketing avenues, traditional and digital marketing strategies, and creative practice.

This is an interactive workshop so be prepared for some brainstorming and if you have published, you are welcome to bring your own book!

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

1:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Society Through a Poetic Lens

Join Kirsten Deane and Melissa Sussens of the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Collective for an autoethnographic writing workshop, a practice that uses the individual’s experience to explore wider society. Participants will be asked to choose a personal experience that touches on a societal issue, and will then be taken through a process of transforming those experiences into poetry. The participants will be given an opportunity to practice how to use their experiences to advocate for change by linking it to a larger community and South Africa as a whole.

Writers of all skill levels are welcome to participate.

Date: 4 June 2024

Time: 2:00pm -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Writing Life

‘You can’t go back to the beginning and change what happened, but you can start from where you are and change the ending.’ – C.S. Lewis

The story you are telling yourself about your life or others’ lives is probably too small, and might even be untrue. This short memoir course, backed by neuroscience, will reconnect you with the playful tools you were born with to release old locked stories into surprising possibility.

Facilitated by Dawn Garisch, author, doctor and founder member of the Life Righting Collective www.liferighting.com

Authors:

Date: 5 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R150

Tickets: Required

SOLD OUT

Writing Trauma

Join Bongani Kona (editor of Our Ghosts were once People) to explore the ins and outs of translating trauma and grief onto the page. Participants will work through a set of writing exercises and shared readings to find language for what feels unbearable.

Authors:

Date: 6 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

1:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Mzandisi

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

SOLD OUT

The Art of Reading

We all know reading’s important, and presumably we all love it, or we wouldn’t be here, but why do we love it? Is it a solitary pursuit or can it build community? Do you have to finish what you start? Is reading passive or active? Join facilitator Alistair Mackay to explore what being a reader can mean.

Date: 6 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

12:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Life Lines

Join award-winning writer, illustrator and translator, André Trantraal for a biographical comic workshop that explores visual storytelling.

Please note that this is not an illustration workshop, it is specifically about visual storytelling through the medium of comics.

Some illustration experience is a plus.

Date: 6 June 2024

Time: 1:00pm -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Writing Joy

In a world where we are constantly inundated with statistics, news reports and viral social media posts depicting the horrors, inequities and misfortunes that plague us, a commitment to joy is an act of radical intentionality! Join Vuyokazi Ngemntu to explore tools, devices and exercises to help access and articulate moments of delight, contentment and elation on the page. Drawing inspiration from our lived experiences in the form of childhood memories, intimate relationships and observations of the world around us, let’s lay down our burdens, unmask our pain and find bliss in both the mundane and the symbolic, celebrating the gift of life through poetry, experimental prose and other delightful forms of expression that will help us tap into our innately joyful state.

Date: 7 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

4:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Mzandisi

Price: R150

Tickets: Required

SOLD OUT

Worlds Out of Words

Stories live in special places. Whether in a car, at the edges of an unknown world, underwater or under a tree. The worlds we make out of our words are important. Beyond physical space and time are the cosmological worlds of our stories, which belief systems they’re governed by, which narratives they create or contribute to, and what the emotional ecosystems of our characters tell or ask us about the world at large. In this full day story workshop, we’ll do some worldbuilding and imagine and re-imagine together to strengthen the worlds of our words.Writers across all mediums welcome, let’s screenplay, proseplay and poemplay

Date: 7 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

3:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R150

Tickets: Required

SOLD OUT

Empatheatre Workshop

Empatheatre co-founders Neil Coppen and Dylan McGarry will be exploring the last 10 years of their award-winning theatre company, Empatheatre’s work towards sculpting empathy in South Africa and around the globe through innovative public storytelling processes. Sharing principles, practices and processes of the Empatheatre methodology, including co-design, ethics of representation, political acupuncture, theatre-based research and their iterative “call and response” practice.

They will also be discussing the making of their latest work Unruly while launching the published text of their acclaimed play Isidlamlilo (by Wits University Press).

The workshop will be followed by a performance of Empatheatre’s newest production, Unruly, starring Andrew Buckland. Unruly is part of the international research project Unruly Natures which explores baboon/human interactions across the Cape Peninsula. The production is an extension of Unruly Natures research process and has been designed to help audiences reflect on the many complexities of human-baboon interactions in their neighbourhoods and regions.

Date: 8 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

12:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Cinema

Price: R100

Tickets: Required

Flash Workshop Karavan

Let’s workshop a flash pamphlet together! Join Karavan Press founder, Karina Szczurek, for this two session workshop series that will culminate in a printed pamphlet.

3 June | First session: What is a flash and all the basics needed to write one; writing exercises with prompts; reading and discussion; homework assignment (to write a flash or work on the one already written during the workshop).

8 June | Second session: Divided into groups, we read the flashes and prepare them for publication (editing, rewriting and proofreading).

Please note you will need to be available for both sessions. The ticket price includes both sessions.

Session 1

Date: 8 June 2024

Time: 10:00am -

1:00pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R200

Tickets: Required

Unruly - Empatheatre

Empatheatre’s newest production, Unruly, stars Andrew Buckland. Unruly is part of the international research project Unruly Natures which explores baboon/human interactions across the Cape Peninsula. The production is an extension of Unruly Natures research process and has been designed to help audiences reflect on the many complexities of human-baboon interactions in their neighbourhoods and regions.

This performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

Date: 8 June 2024

Time: 1:00pm -

2:40pm

Venue: Bertha House | Kopanang

Price: R50

Tickets: Required