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Open Book Festival line-up features 5 international poets

4 August 2019 3:20 PM
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Africa Melane chats to programme director Frankie Murray about some of the highlights on the 2019 programme.

Book launches, panel discussions, workshops, readings... Open Book Festival has released its much-anticipated programme for the 2019 event, which runs from 4-8 September.

The festival celebrates South African writers and is also known for hosting top international authors.

Programme director Frankie Murray programme is particularly excited about this year's Poetica line-up.

It's worth noting that this year for the first time for the _Poetica _programme, we've got five international poets joining us.

Frankie Murray, Programme director - Open Book Festival

Being able to include international along with the local, it allows the conversations that you're having to just broaden, they suddenly become global.

Frankie Murray, Programme director - Open Book Festival

Murray urges visitors who missed Jamaican novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn in 2018, to make a point of meeting her on her return this year.

She's got a brand-new novel out called Patsy - we have no doubt it's going to be winning prizes left, right and centre.

Frankie Murray, Programme director - Open Book Festival

Panel discussions include the talking point of whether it's possible to practise non-adversarial models of law in South Africa. The co-author of Lawfare: Judging Politics in South Africa, Michelle le Roux, is on the panel.

We've all grown up with 'this is the way the law works', but I think it's becoming increasingly important for us to start questioning whether it has to work that way.

Frankie Murray, Programme director - Open Book Festival

Both Africa Melane and CapeTalk fellow-host John Maytham will be in conversation with authors at Open Book.

Find the programme details here - tickets are available from Webtickets.

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4 August 2019 3:20 PM
Tags:
Open Book Festival 2019