4-8 September 2019 at the Fugard Theatre | OPEN BOOK CAPE TOWN

    Writing My City!

    Our City is home to a multiplicity of voices and we would love to read the story of Cape Town from each point of view! It is with this in mind that together with the public libraries, we have embarked on Cape Town Library Book: Writing my City, a day in which anyone can write and submit a story that speaks to Cape Town in some way.

    In the coming months, libraries will be running workshops to aid you in honing your writing skills. All of this will culminate on the 15th of June when you will be able to submit your piece for consideration at participating libraries. The finalists’ pieces will then be included in the #WritingmyCity anthology which will be launched at Open Book Festival 2019!

    Entry Requirements:

    • 1500 words or less
    • Work should focus on an aspect of Cape Town
    • Languages: English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans
    • Prose, poetry or non-fiction will be considered
    • Work from all ages will be considered

    The facilitator at each participating library will collect the submissions, which will be sent to the Head: Professional Services & Programmes at LIS Head Office in Berkley Road. Three library judges will consider all the submissions and submit all the entries with merit to Open Book. Open Book will appoint a 4 person judging panel to make the final selection of 40 contributions.
    The split will be as follows:

    • Minimum of 20 from unpublished writers
    • Maximum of 10 from published writers
    • Maximum of 10 from librarians

    This project is made possible by the amazing people who work at the public libraries, as well as through the support of the City of Cape Town.

    Get in touch with participating libraries (below) to find out the details of their workshop programmes. Please also do get in touch if you are interested in facilitating a workshop at a library near you.

    Area North:
    Central Library  Linda.Ntaka@capetown.gov.za
    Edgemead Library Lorraine.mathewson@gmail.com
    Athlone Library Soraya.samuels@capetown.gov.za
    Langa Library  Sandile.bukani@capetown.gov.za
    Pinelands Library  Rosalind.Hendricks@capetown.gov.za

    Area East:
    Suider-strand Library Nombongo.nkwenkwezi@capetown.gov.za
    Macassar Library Glen.etson@capetown.gov.za
    Kuils River Library  Wilhelmina.whitman@capetown.gov.za
    Melton Rose Library  Eleanore.Pietersen@capetown.gov.za
    Mfuleni Library  Nolubabalo.Memani@capetown.gov.za
    Eerste River Library Rene.Jashim@capetown.gov.za
    Khayelitsha Library Vuyokazi.Raninjambatwa@capetown.gov.za
    Kulani Library  Catherine.ben@capetown.gov.za
    Masakhane Library Nomonde.Sotashe@capetown.gov.za
    Moses Mabhida Library Mbulelo.Zumana@capetown.gov.za
    Harare Library  Ncebakazi.mawu@capetown.gov.za
    Kuyasa Library  Lulama.Langeni@capetown.gov.za

    Area Central:
    Bellville Library  Christelle.connor@capetown.gov.za
    Hanover Park Library Bernadette.daniels@capetown.gov.za
    Manenberg Library Nomnqopiso.lisa@capetown.gov.za

    Area South:
    Tokai Library Natasha.marinus@capetown.gov.za
    Wynberg Library  Nadia.Ismail@capetown.gov.za
    Fish Hoek Library  Rika.smit@capetown.gov.za
    Masiphumelele Library vuyokaszi.tatana@capetown.gov.za
    Retreat Library  Sharon.adams@capetown.gov.za

    If you would like any additional information about the festival, please get in touch with Frankie.

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    Open Book Festival is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel,  Novus Holdings, The French Institute of South Africa, The Embassy of Sweden, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the HCI Foundation and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Open Society Foundation, City of Cape Town, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, African Centre for Cities, UCT Creative Writing Department, University of Stellenbosch English Department and the Windham Campbell Prizes

    16 responses to “Writing My City!”

    1. Monique Barling says:

      How do I submit a story

    2. Mary Grace says:

      I will be away from Cape Town on June 15. Is it still possible to submit a story? Also, do you have to participate in a workshop to submit?

      • Frankie says:

        Attending the workshops is not a requirement to submit a story. If you are going to be away on the submission date, please get in touch with your closest participating library to discuss how best to submit your work.

    3. Lulama says:

      I will send my piece at the Central library, Tuesday the 7 of May.

    4. Hi
      I need to enter the #WritingmyCity and I reside in Retreat. Please provide details of workshop programmes which I can attend. I have sent an email to enquire about Retreat workshops at library but the listed email address it does not go through, please see below:

      Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups:

      The email address you entered couldn’t be found. Please check the recipient’s email address and try to resend the message. If the problem continues, please contact your helpdesk.

      Diagnostic information for administrators:

      Generating server: CBD-CIVIC-EMB01.capetown.gov.za
      Remote Server returned ‘550 5.1.1 RESOLVER.ADR.RecipNotFound; not found’


      Ms. Lesego Kgatla
      076 542 2266
      079 357 4350

    5. Sipho-Sethu says:

      I am a young adult staying in the Karoo, can such inititives be extended to our areas aswell.

    6. kenneth alexander says:

      is there a cut off date?

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