Cape Town’s literary highlight, Open Book, will once again include Poetica and the Open Book Comics Fest at this year’s festival. These contemporary additions have become a fundamental part of the Open Book programme, and are part of what draws such a diverse audience to the festival.
This year Poetica has expanded to a two-day poetry extravaganza. It will host an array of events including, Speaking Truth to Power, featuring South Africa's poet laureate Professor Keorapetse Kgotsitsile and James Matthews, and (through the partnerships with British Council and Poetry Colloquium) UK and Australian participants.
Toni Stuart, the curator of Poetica says: “I’d like to see Poetica really bring together the different genres, styles and languages that people are writing and performing poetry in, and to do so in a way that leads to real conversations and collaborations going forward. I also hope that we bring new audiences to poetry, and introduce poetry lovers to kinds of poetry that they might not have heard or read before.”
Dates: 20 – 21 September
Venue: The Fugard Theatre Annexe
Moray Rhoda takes charge at Comic Fest, and is in the midst of finalising the marketplace, which will feature over forty local comic book artists. Audiences will once again be able to attend a number of discussions over the 2 days of Comics Fest.
Frankie Murrey, Open Book Festival coordinator, says, “Comics are a great way of introducing those who are hesitant or unwilling readers to books. With the image heavy content, the story can be understood easily, but for the complete story, the text needs to be read. As the reader develops confidence, the ratio of image to text can be changed (Tin Tin and Asterix for instance both have a significant amount of text). This method can work for readers learning a new language as well.”
Date: 20 – 21 September
Venue: Homecoming Centre