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The winner of the 2014 @City_Press Tafelburg Nonfiction Award is Vashthi Nepaul! #openbook2014 @OpenBookFest

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Five Poets Enchant Audience in Five Languages at Open Book Poetica's "Rainbow Tongues"

Open Book 2014: Rainbow Tongues
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The Poetica session on Saturday afternoon at the Open Book Festival was a very special occasion.

Entitled “Rainbow Tongues”, five poets performed their work in five different languages. David wa Maahlamela (Sepedi), Lwanda Sindaphi (isiXhosa), Zoliswa Flekisi (South African Sign Language), Joan Metelerkamp (English), and Jolyn Phillips (Afrikaans) read from their work.

Books LIVE’s Helené Prinsloo tweeted snippets of the conversation:

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Poetry for Craft or Cash Dollar? The Debate Continues at Open Book 2014

Open Book 2014: Craft vs Commercialism
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Kelwyn Sole (Absent Tongues) spoke to Jacob Sam-La Rose, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, and Malika Ndlovu (Invisible Earthquake) about poetry at the Open Book Festival.

Sole threw out the stereotype of “craft versus commercialism” to stimulate the discussion between the poets. Yaa de Villiers said sometimes good money is a poisoned kiss for poets. Sam-La Rose agreed: “With all of the strings that come attached to commissioned work, poets are often tied down.”

Ndlovu warned that poets have to be very clear about what they are signing up for.

Books LIVE’s Erin Devenish covered the debate:

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Open Book 2014: Poetica Workshop with Francesca Beard

Open Book 2014: Performance Poetry

Francesca Beard, one of the UK’s most experienced performance poets, presented a masterclass on her craft for the third Poetica Workshop at the Open Book Festival.

Beard said that poetry written for performance is different to poetry written for the page; that performance poetry is a conversation with the audience, and subject to improvisation.

Beard said she hoped the workshop would give participants the freedom and the license to write, and took the participants through the elements that make up good performance poetry. Beard also emphasised the importance of warming up physically before each performance.

@PoeticaCapeTown took photographs and tweeted from the workshop:


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"You Have a Story Only You Can Write": Highlights from the Writing Workshop with Liesl Jobson

Open Book 2014: Writing Workshop

Liesl Jobson presented a writing workshop on the second morning of the Open Book Festival.

Jobson is the author of Ride the Tortoise, 100 Papers, and View from an Escalator.

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“You have a story only you can write,” Jobson said. “What arrives is what should be written.”

Jobson quoted from Stafford’s “A Way of Writing“: “A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them.”

Liquorice, a tearing sound and a dollop of hand cream served as inspiration for several free-writing exercises during the workshop. One participant described the liquorice as an “acidic, digestive black hole”.

Books LIVE’s Helené Prinsloo participated in the workshop:

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Open Book 2014: Top Tweets from "Writing Sexuality" with Karin Schimke

Open Book 2014: Writing Sexuality
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Books LIVE’s Jennifer Malec attended the 2 PM session on “Writing Sexuality” on the opening day of Open Book 2014. Karin Schimke spoke to Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, and Karina M Szczurek:

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