Open Book Festival 2013

7-11 September 2013




Amakwerekwere/queer | Queer Africa | Khosi Xaba in discussion with with Derrick Higginbotham and Zethu Matebeni | What does it mean to be African, to be queer, and to be an African creative writer? These are the questions addressed in ‘Queer Africa’, a new anthology of creative short fiction | Report by Kavish Chetty


People see you and they see a whole continent | Africa is Not a Country | NoViolet Bulawayo, Kgebetli Moele, Yewande Omotoso and Jamala Safari in conversation with Rachel Holmes |report by Kavish Chetty


Social healing starts with personal healing | Poetica: Pen as Sword | Can poetry be an instrument for social change? Dawn Garisch speaks to poets and social activists Malika Ndlovu, Clinton Osbourne and Adrian Different Van Wyk at this year’s Open Book festival | Report by Anneke Rautenbach

It depends on who is lookingNoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Tope Folarin and Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ in conversation with Yewande Omotoso | Report by Rosa Lyster

How to win the Caine prize | The Caine Prize 2013: Tope Folarin with Chris Ouma | Tope Folarin shares his writing experience and recounts his journey to the Caine prize at the Open Book festival | Report by Wanjiru Koinange

Future writers | Young Writers Big Futures | The Open Book festival launch of a new anthology by young writers raises questions of multilingualism and access to resources | Report by Naydene Fisher

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Discursive curveballs | Teju Cole discusses his stylistic choices and the strangeness of fiction | Report by Anneke Rautenbach

A life full of stories | Launch of Richard Rive: A Partial Biography by Shaun Viljoen | Shaun Viljoen in discussion with Bonita Bennet and Bill Nasson. Featuring a dramatised extract from Rive’s Buckingham Palace, District Six by actor/director Basil Appollis | Report by David Versteeg


An untidy inheritanceGrace Musila and Pumla Gqola ponder the contradictions of living in a country that can both produce and be deeply unsettled by an artist like Simphiwe Dana | Report by Maria Geustyn


Any book festival audience's dreamDerek Higginbotham interviews NoViolet Bulawayo | NoViolet Bulawayo knows 'how to write about Africa'. Read all about the Man Booker prize shortlisted author's appearance at the Open Book festival here | Report by Rosa Lyster


Playing victimMervyn Sloman interviews Niq Mhlongo | Niq Mhlongo reflects on his representation of a suppressed South African history in his latest novel, 'Way Back Home' | Report by Tembi Charles

Doffing our Caps | André Brink, Sindiwe Magona and Mongane Wally Serote | Report by Kavish Chetty

Future of Literature I: The Novel | Teju Cole, Imraan Coovadia and Henrietta Rose-Innes in conversation with Hedley Twidle | Report by Kavish Chetty

InZync vs. Naked Word | Open Book Poetry Slam  | It was a face-off between InZync and Naked Word at the first Open Book Poetry Slam. Find out who rules spoken word in Cape Town | Report by Maria Geustyn

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Through the eyes of Teju Cole | Cityscapes Live: Lagos | Kgomotso Matsunyane quizzes Teju Cole about the African super city | Too much written about Lagos is written badly. Find out how Teju Cole manages his relation to this complex city | Report by David Versteeg

Building a vision for 2078Writings of Wrongs | Hlumelo Biko, Kgebetli Moele, Niq Mhlongo and Nthikeng Mohlele in conversation with Meg Samuelson | Report by Chantelle Gray van Heerden


The many faces of feminism | 50 Shades of Feminism | A panel discussion with Pumla Gqola, Reneilwe Malatji, Fiona Snyckers and Khosi Xaba. Chaired by Margie Orford | Five panellists, five different feminisms. Report by Wanjiru Koinange and Maria Geustyn


Mal oor misdaadfiksie | Hoekom die opbloei in Afrikaanse misdaadfiksie? Ettienne Bloemhof, Deon Meyer, Ilza Roggeband, Karin Brynard en Kerneels Breytenbach bespreek die nuutste genre gier | Verslag deur Jonathan Amid

How to make a writer |  Sindiwe MagonaMelt Myburgh and David Tyfield in conversation with Karin Schimke | Are creative writing courses really effective in schooling aspirant writers? Established writers grapple with this question at the Open Book festival. | Report by Naydene Fisher

The heft and feel of real books | Audrey Rademeyer, Mervyn Sloman and Kerry-Leigh Snel in conversation with Kamila Shamsie | Rumours of the death of 'real' books appear to be greatly exaggerated, if the opinions at this Open Book festival conversation are anything to go by. | Report by Anneke Rautenbach

They write what they likeMamphela Ramphele and Hlumelo Biko in conversation with Mervyn Sloman | Chantelle Gray van Heerden is troubled by the economically biased rhetoric of the Ramphele-Bikos at the Open Book festival | Report by Chantelle Gray van Heerden

A genre for all stories | Crime Writers | Ann Donald in conversation with Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ, Ian Rankin and Angela Makholwa | Report by Jonathan Amid

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Pieter Odendaal is a South African poet, performer, translator and editor. He is currently busy with a practice-led PhD in how spoken word can engage with social-ecological change at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. His debut Afrikaans poetry collection, asof geen berge ooit hier gewoon het nie (like no mountains ever lived here), appeared at Tafelberg Publishers in 2018. He is the co-editor of the poetry translation anthologies Many tongues (2013) and ConVerse (2018).

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