Open Book – Poetry!

20 – 24 September 2012

Late yesterday afternoon. we were delighted to make an addition to our programme – the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for English will be awarded at Open Book! Winner of the prize, Beverly Rycroft, will be reading from her collection, Missing.
This is one amongst several exciting poetry events happening at Open Book 2012.

Thursday sees Rustum Kozain, Lionel Shriver, Deji Olukotun, Lola Shoneyin and Anjali Joseph read from their work in Poetry and Prose: readings by Authors. Helen Moffett will be chairing this event, scheduled to take place from 8.15pm to 9.15pm in the Fugard Studio.

Friday sees not one, but two events…Cathy Park Hong joins us from the USA and will be reading from and discussing her work in detail with Helen Moffett between 6pm and 7pm in the Fugard Studio.
The Distance Between Page and Stage is an event we are incredibly excited about. Curated by the invaluable Toni Stuart, it kicks off with a discussion chaired by Izak de Vries, around page versus stage poetry, featuring performer, Bulelwa Basse and poet Leon de Kock. An open mic session follows, giving a platform to established an emerging poets working in different formats and languages. Names include Genna Gardini, Pieter Odenedaal, Winslow Schalkwyk and many more! The event is happening from 6pm through to 9.15pm at Truth and Coffee.

The programme will give you all the detail you need to make your choices for events, but please note, there may be changes to the printed edition so be sure to confirm event details on the Open Book website.
If you missed the printed programme in the Cape Times, be sure to get to the Book Lounge to pick one up.


If you would like further details about Open Book 2012, please contact Frankie (

The Open Book Team

Open Book is organised in partnership with The French Institute, The DAC, Etonnants Voyageurs, The British Council, PEN, Equal Education, The District 6 Museum, The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, The Townhouse Hotel, The Fugard Theatre, Central Library, The Bank, Truth and Coffee, Judith+Kevin, The Caine Prize, The Museum of African Art and The Cape Times and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Absa, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, NB Publishers and Oxford University Press.