Jewish Literary Festival comes to town

Jonathan Ancer

The third edition of the Jewish Literary Festival takes place on Sunday March 15, from 9am to 5pm, at the Gardens Community Centre, which is home to the Jacob Gitlin Library, SA Jewish Museum and Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre who partner the event.

More than 70 wordsmiths, poets, journalists, filmmakers and educators will take part in over 40 sessions. Presenters all have some Jewish connection, are engaged with subjects of Jewish interest or have a way with words. Multiple sessions running simultaneously throughout the day offer genres including fiction, sport, food, memoir, politics, journalism and the arts.

UK author Thomas Harding, Australian writers Joanne Fedler and Alan Landau, Jonny Steinberg and Tamar Hodes from the UK as well as local literary luminaries Joanne Jowell, Steven “Boykey” Sidley, Jonathan Ancer, Alan Paton Award winner Terry Kurgan will be taking part.

The festival boasts a customised Young Adult programme in partnership with Herzlia Middle and High Schools, with interactive sessions designed to pique the interest of teens.

Younger audience of ages four to 11 are also catered for as a full children’s programme is on offer. In partnership with PJ Library and Herzlia School, puppets, music, book-writing and a PJ Library Story Walk are just some of the creative activities from 10am to 1pm. There will be a full day of supervised fun with sports and reading activities in the afternoon.

Tickets cost from R100 to R380 and include admission to all sessions, a lunch from Café Riteve, and access to coffee bars that will be open throughout the day. Visit to view the full programme or to book or call the Gitlin Library at 021 462 5088.