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Between the Covers // Ancient Texts

From Hindu epics to the palm leaf texts, these writers encourage us to dive deep and discover the mystic, sensual and revelatory qualities of our ancient works, and show just …

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Between the Covers // UWRF Book Club

Listen in as our Festival guests debate their latest literary loves, lusts, and loathes, and the books they can’t wait to get their hands on. Join us for this celebration …

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The Writing Life // Darkness and Light

What draws writers to write about the darker aspects of human experience – violence, manipulation, torture? What keeps us reading? These writers reveal how they go there, and why it’s …

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Between the Covers // Open Road Open Book

The promise of the open road and the far horizon… global nomad or armchair adventurer, we all know the call of distant lands. Hop on board as these travel writers …

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The Writing Life // In their Skin

One of the thrills of reading is slipping inside a new character’s skin. What’s it like for the author, especially if that character’s life is vastly different to their own? …

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The Writing Life // Writing Real Lives

Writing about real events and people requires walking a tightrope of truth and imagination. From a spark of inspiration to an in-depth biography, get the skinny on the rewards, responsibilities …

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Between the Covers // The Power of Story

“Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – …

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Between the Covers // Found in Translation

Works in translation are hotter than ever, with readers hungry to discover new voices. Get the lowdown on how a book makes its way into other languages, the effect it …

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The Writing Life // Fact or Fiction

Sometimes history can be more astounding than fiction. These writers discuss the struggle to sift fact from myth, and balance the tension between story and truth, without losing the plot! …

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Between the Covers // The Secret Life of Festivals

What brought you here today? Are you a seasoned festival fiend or an intrepid first-timer? A group of festival-makers from around the world, including the UWRF’s Founder and Director Janet …

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The Writing Life // The Child Inside

“It’s no problem for me to write for children. We have a lot in common.” – EB White. From a writer’s most adoring audience to their toughest critics, four festival …

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Between the Covers // The Spell of Poetry

Poetry makes language strange, and – in doing so – remakes the world so we may encounter it anew. Hear these poets on the art of language, and explore why …

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The Writing Life // How We Write

What does the writing life look like today? From bedroom to boardroom, co-working to collaborative space, day job to portfolio career, these writers explore what works, what doesn’t, and what’s …

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The Writing Life // It Chooses You

“Talent is only 10%. The rest is obsession,” says poet Selima Hill. For these writers, obsession – be it historical, cultural, or physical – has played a defining role. What …

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Between the Covers // Cooking the Books

High-gloss, seductively-styled, and jam-packed with drool-inducing recipes you’re possibly never going to attempt: cookbooks are more covetable than ever. Author Valli Little and designer Evi O. join forces to take …

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Ideas in Focus // Beyond Exile

Exile, statelessness, displacement… these experiences have created stories of immense loss, but also of great resilience and insight into human grace and dignity. Join writers from Turkey, Tibet and China …

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Ideas in Focus // The Tipping Point

It makes up 60% of the human body and covers nearly 70% of the earth’s surface. With rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns, water shapes our world …

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Ideas in Focus // Thinking Without Borders

Shorelines, state lines, party lines and cultural chasms – the forces that divide us can sometimes feel stronger than those that unite us. In a time of mass migration and …

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Ideas in Focus // Forgiveness is a Practice

It’s easy to say, but harder to do. In 2015, Mpho Tutu told us: “forgiveness is a practice”. Join three authors for an intimate and personal exploration of the legacy …

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Ideas in Focus // Home

What does home mean? Is it a place? Is it where the heart is? How does home change when we choose to leave a place, versus being forced to leave? …

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