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Open Book Festival: Day 3

Bibi Slippers - 2011-09-28
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A young blood to watch
Paul Harding, author of Tinkers, in conversation with Sfiso Mzobe, author of Young Blood. Both were awarded literary prizes for their debut novels.
Paul Harding was full of praise for Sfiso’s novel, drawing attention to the deep humanism which underpins this tale of a youth gone wrong.
Sfiso Mzobe spoke of the divisions that still exist in our country, and about how literature can address some of our deepest issues. “In South Africa we don’t really know one another. We kind of live in our own spaces. I wanted to show people how other people in South Africa live.”
Moeletsi Mbeki in conversation with Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes asked Moeletsi Mbeki about his personal background, career, and reasons for not entering political office. The conversation was a fascinating look at contemporary politics and South African history from a very unusual perspective.
Tim Hughes is a political analyst, long-time friend and colleague of Moeletsi Mbeki. Moeletsi Mbeki gave an intelligently critical analysis of the current state of South African politics.
Isobel Dixon launches The Tempest Prognosticator.
Isobel Dixon’s latest collection of poems, The Tempest Prognosticator, was launched at the Open Book Festival. Isobel Dixon in conversation with Gus Ferguson.
Dixon, who is also a literary agent, spoke of the “many creatures” and “many tempests” contained in this latest collection.
Gus Ferguson spoke very highly of Isobel’s work. Isobel said of The Tempest Prognosticator: “This is very much a sisterly book. It’s for the girls.”
Isobel read her poem “You, me and the orang-utan”, saying, “I think every reading should have a love poem in it.” This poem happens to have been inspired by her falling in love with an orang-utan as a very young girl. Isobel spoke of the challenges of writing political poetry, saying, “I don’t want to rant in a way that is not also good poetry. Finding a way in poetically is always the challenge.” She read a poem inspired in part by Matthew Goniwe, one of the Cradock Four.
Bad Sex with Leon de Kock
Leon de Kock’s first novel, Bad Sex, was launched on Friday, 23rd September at Open Book. Frederik de Jager, publisher at Umuzi, welcomed the audience and introduced Leon de Kock and Ashraf Jamal.
Ashraf Jamal pushed the conversation in interesting directions, giving his own insights into the novel and its agendas and methods. Leon de Kock spoke candidly about writing the novel and taking on a theme that seems to be somewhat taboo in South African English literature.

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