As National Book Week starts today – looking forward to the Book Lounge’s 3rd annual Open Book Festival starting Friday 6th. Very pleased to be part of the programme on Monday 9th at 6pm at The Fugard Theatre in ‘The Gautrain Cometh’ talking to JBG authors, Steven Boykey Sidley (Stepping Out), James Hendry (A Year in the Wild), Fiona Snyckers (Team Trinity) and Gail Schimmel (Whatever happened to the Cowley Twins). Fab eh! Hope to see you there?
And also, really enjoyed being at the Mail and Guardian Literary Festival at The Market Theatre, themed Chinua Achebe’s Children. What a feast for the mind! You can hear some of the sessions on www.mg.co.za/litfest13 – and if you want a podcast of any of the interviews we did on SAfm Literature live at the Fest – Darryl Accone (M&G coordinator), Prof Archie Dick (The Hidden History of SA’s Book and Reading Culture), Dr Caroline Wanjiku Kihato (Migrant Women of Johannesburg), Achmat Dangor (Strange Pilgrimages), Maren Bodenstein (Shooting Snakes), Dominique Botha (False River), Aghogho Akpome (UJ Dept of English doctoral student) and Kate Rogan (owner Love Books) – let me know on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although I really panicked about getting to the Fest on time and without getting lost – driving in JBG is a new and scary experience – I made it, and with time to spare, to catch the session ‘A Man of the People: Reflecting on Chinua Achebe’s Legacy’ with fragile but feisty Nadine Gordimer leading the way, Imraan Coovadia and Aghogho Akpome sharing well-read opinion. Very special.
Also listened in on the guys talking on ‘It is only the story (that) can continue beyond the war and the warrior’…..
…..and the girls talking on ‘The story is our escort, without it we are blind.’ True eh! nx