The Bloody Book Week – Practical Publishing Advice Event

Jenny Crwys-Williams is a talk show host on Talk Radio 702 and she has become well-known in South Africa for her influential weekly book show.

And Jenny’s latest venture is The Bloody Book Week, Africa’s first crime book festival, happening in and around Johannesburg from the 31st of July to the 4th of August.

‘The crime genre is so huge,’ Jenny says, ‘that it became impossible not to want to do something special with it, and to reflect some of the fine crime writing, fiction and non-fiction, coming out of South Africa.’

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will be holding a condensed version of their full day seminar, The Suitcase Under the Bed, at this year’s The Bloody Book Week – if you are an aspirant writer, looking for practical advice about publishing, you may want to attend this event:

  • Jenny & Co @ TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris Auditorium
  • Saturday, 03 August ’13
  • 13h30 to 16h00
  • 3 Sandown Valley Crescent, Sandton
  • Cost: R500
  • Bookings:

Jenny has a fabulous range of events for The Bloody Book Week 2013, some free, some fee paying, but they all have one thing in common: crime writing at its best. Click HERE to download the full programme of this year’s festival.


Rahla and Paige – Guest Authors for The Suitcase Under the Bed Seminar

Bookings are now open for our The Suitcase Under the Bed seminar, being held in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, on the 8th of June – click HERE for the details of this really informative day for aspirant writers.

Our two guest authors, who will each share their publishing journeys with you, are Rahla Xenopoulos and Paige Nick.

Rahla Xenopoulos started writing in 2002, and has had short stories published in Women Flashing, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. She has also published short stories in Glamour and O Magazine. Her story Child, Hold My Hand was chosen as one of O Magazine’s top 10 stories of 2008. In 2009 Zebra Press published A Memoir of Love and Madness, her personal account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And in 2012 Penguin Books published her debut novel, Bubbles.


Paige Nick is an author, a Sunday Times columnist and an advertising copywriter. Her debut novel, A Million Miles From Normal, was released in April 2010, and in May 2011 her second book, This Way Up, was published (both by Penguin Books).

In July 2013, Paige’s choose-you-own-adventure erotic novel, A Girl Walks into a Bar, will be released under the pseudonym Helena S Paige.  This book is co-written with Helen Moffett and Sarah Lotz.





Franschhoek Literary Festival – Session

Are you an aspiring author and attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival?  Do you need some practical advice about publishing?  Then you need to attend THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED session at the festival where Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will give you invaluable insight on how best to go about this.

This is a double session (Friday, the 17th of May – starts at 14h30 and finishes at 17h00). To book, click HERE – the session is No. 28, being held in the Library.


Guest Authors for April ’13 Seminar

Our two guest authors for the Joburg-based seminar, THE SUITCASE UNDER BED – Practical Advice about Publishing for Aspirant Writers, have been confirmed.

Steven Boykey Sidley - Author Photo

Steven Boykey Sidley is a critically acclaimed author. His first novel, Entanglement, was published in 2012 and his second novel, Stepping Out, was published in 2013 (both books were published by Picador Africa). His new book, tentatively titled Meyer, will be published early next year.



Author photo for Gareth CrockerGareth Crocker’s debut novel, Finding Jack (2011), was published to international acclaim by St Martin’s Press (a MacMillan division). It was translated into several languages and featured in no fewer than eight volumes of the Reader’s Digest Select Editions. His second novel, Journey from Darkness, was co-written with his father and published by Penguin Books in 2012. This month Gareth’s new book, Never Let Go, has been released, and his next book, King, will be released in October 2013.

They will join us for lunch, and will each share their publishing journeys with you – Steven before lunch, and Gareth after.

We have just a couple of seats left and if you would like to attend click HERE for more information.


Franschhoek Literary Festival – Session Information

The programme for the 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival is now available online.

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald will host a double session (taking place in the Library) on Friday, the 17th of May from 14h30 to 17h00, where they will give advice to aspirant writers on how to fast-track their publishing journeys.

Tickets are limited, so book fast (ticket sales open on the 15th of March ’13) – the session number is 28 (cost per person is R120).

Click HERE to view the full programme.


The Suitcase Under the Bed Seminar – Johannesburg and Cape Town Dates

The Suitcase Under the Bed Seminar

The Johannesburg and Cape Town dates for our The Suitcase Under the Bed – Practical Advice about Publishing for Aspirant Writers seminars, have been finalised.


  • Venue: Monchique Guest House, Muldersdrift, Gauteng
  • Time: 08h00 – 16h30
  • Cost: R1 575 (includes resource material, a copy of How to Get Your Book Published and the Rough Guide to Social Media for Beginners, refreshments and a 3 course lunch)


  • Date: Saturday, 8th of June 2013
  • Venue: Chartfield Guesthouse, Kalk Bay, Western Cape
  • Time: 08h00 – 16h30
  • Cost: R1 800 (includes resource material, a copy of How to Get Your Book Published and the Rough Guide to Social Media for Beginners, refreshments and a 3 course lunch)

Click on this LINK to read what topics are covered in these informative seminars.

To book your seat please email Tracey McDonald on