An intimate evening with Jani Allan: Revered and reviled, Jani Allan was THE newspaper columnist of the ’80s and she appeared to have it all. Her spectacular fall from grace made newspaper headlines all over the world. Now Allan is ready to tell her side of this intriguing story that is at once intensely personal and a snapshot of South Africa in the ’80s and early ’90s.
On Monday 20 April, The Big Issue South Africa is hosting an intimate dinner where Allan offers a sneak preview of her memoir, Jani Confidential, to be officially launched the following day by Jacana Media.
Allan will be in conversation with Cape Argus books editor Vivien Horler as she allows us a glimpse into her riches-to-rags life. From her time as Sunday Times columnist to her very public “slut shaming” and subsequent failed libel suit against Britain’s Channel 4 to over a TV programme that claimed she had had an affair with AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche. Today Allan lives in US where she fled into anonymity after the case ended, and now works as an anonymous cocktail waitress.
Allan’s breezy writing and controversial lifestyle make for fascinating reading and the book has already received some excellent reviews.
The event is a fundraiser for The Big Issue and the dinner will be held at 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, with wines donated by Stellenbosch Hills.
Tickets can be booked through www.webtickets.co.za or call Charlene on 021 556 8200. Space is limited so early booking is essential.
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