National History Museum

Fischer biographer at Franschoek Literary Festival

From left: Ruth Rice, Hannes Haasbroek & Ilse Wilson

Hannes Haasbroek, historian at the National Museum and author of the biography ‘n Seun soos Bram – ‘n Portret van Bram Fischer en sy ma Ella (Umuzi, 2011), participated in a panel discussion of his book during the sixth Franschoek Literary Festival, which took place in May 2012.  Also on the panel were Bram Fischer’s daughters, Ruth Rice (left) and Ilse Wilson, who shared their memories of life as the children of communist parents in apartheid South Africa.  There was much interest in the Fischer discussion and all tickets were sold out.

The mainly English festival draws many famous writers and poets from all over South Africa as well as international literary figures.  Afrikaans writers are also accommodated and this year authors such as Deon Meyer, Dana Snyman, Kerneels Breytenbach and Marita van der Vyver were present to discuss their latest books.