Open Book Festival welcomes back Poetica and Comic Fest

South Africa

15 JULY 2014

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

Comic Fest

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


About Open Book Festival

Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. Dates for Open Book 2013 are 7 – 11 September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge.

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.