Eight podcasts will be released over the next three weeks. Here’s the rundown of what’s being released when!
The series kicks off with an Open Book classic – ‘Conversations with Mohale’. Joining Mohale for the Lockdown Edition are Shana Fife, Pumla Gqola and Siphokazi Jonas.
Joanne Joseph, Mandla Langa, and Nick Mulgrew speak to Yewande Omotoso about land, belonging and exile in ‘Nowhere to Nowhere’.
‘The Future is Over, Long Live the Future’ includes three debut novelists which is tremendously exciting. Mia Arderne, Tshidiso Moletsane and Thenjiwe Mswane explore writing from a present that is unraveling in the company of Ashanti Kunene. Listeners should be aware that the conversation includes content reflecting on suicide.
Week two starts with ‘Virtually Queer’, a conversation looking at the impact of the digital world on the queer experience. The panel includes Efemia Chela, Robert Hamblin and Tiffany Mugo and is chaired by Chase Rhys.
This is followed by ‘Fragile Power’, a conversation chaired by Koketso Sachane. Damon Galgut, Mphuthumi Ntabeni and Futhi Ntshingila will be exploring the erosion of control through their characters.
‘Finding the Bones’ is the last podcast of week two. Madeleine Fullard, Ashraf Kagee and Naledi Mashishi speak to Africa Melane about a present that is haunted by the past.
We wrap up the series in week three with two podcasts.
Catherine Boulle speaks to Yewande Omotoso and Bongani Kona about shifting modes of grief in ‘After Life’, a conversation that is relevant to all of us now.
And last but not least, is ‘The Thing About Love’. Efemia Chela speaks to Gretchen Haley, Qarnita Loxton and Uvile Ximba about complicated loves.