OBF2022: The Architecture of Words
This is a recording of a live event that took place at the Open Book Festival in March 2022 in Cape Town. In this discussion C.A. Davids, Finuala Dowling and Nancy Richards speak to Aoife Lennon-Ritchie about their writing processes.
This event was made possible by the support of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, as well as the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Aoife Lennon-Ritchie is the owner of the Lennon-Ritchie Agency, a boutique literary agency based in Cape Town. The agency represents a select group of international writers of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, and of T.V. and film scripts. She is the author of a fantasty Viking series that kicked off with A Viking Legend.
C. A. Davids is a writer and editor living in Cape Town. Her fiction has appeared in Twist, and African Pens: New Writing from Southern Africa (published by New Africa Books, April 2007). Her debut novel, The Blacks of Cape Town (2013) was shortlisted for the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award, the University of Johannesburg Debut Writing Prize, and the SALA First-Time Published Author Award. Her most recent novel, How to be a Revolutionary, has just hit the shelves and has been incredibly well received.
Finuala Dowling was born in Cape Town, a city she has recorded in both her fiction and her poetry. She has taught English at the University of South Africa and the University of Cape Town as well as other institutions, but now works as a freelance writer and creative writing teacher. Her five collections of poetry include Pretend you Don’t Know Me, a new and selected volume that brings together many of her most popular poems. Her sixth novel, The Man Who Loved Crocodile Tamers, is due out in 2022.
Image by Retha Ferguson
Nancy Richards is an independent print, radio journalist, podcast host and media trainer. She is the founder of Woman Zone, an NPO and The Women’s Library at Artscape. The Skipper's Daughter was published in 2021.