OBF2022: The Politics of Memory
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, Joanne Joseph and Bongani Kona speak to Sindiswa Busuku about what we choose to remember and why.
This event was made possible by the support of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, as well as the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Bongani Kona is a writer, editor and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape. His work has appeared in a variety of places including Chimurenga, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories, The Baffler and BBC Radio 4. He was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship in 2019 and shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2016. Most recently, he has edited Our Ghosts were Once People (2021).
He has previously participated in the Open Book podcast series.
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.
Joanne Joseph is an established South African media personality and bestselling author, with over 20 years of experience. She has hosted prominent radio and television shows for major broadcasters, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia House. Her book Drug Muled sold over 10 000 copies. Children of Sugarcane is Joanne’s first work of fiction.
Sindiswa Busuku is an award-winning poet from Durban. In 2016, she published her debut collection titled Loud and Yellow Laughter (Botsotso), a cross-genre assemblage of photographs, prose and poetry experimenting with memory and documentation. She has published various poems in local and international poetry journals such as New Coin, New Contrast, Prufrock, Ons Klyntji, Home is No Longer Here, Aerodrome, Sol Plaatje European Union Anthology, Illuminations and Dryad Press: Unearthed Anthology. She was awarded second place for the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Gerald Kraak Award for African Writers and Artists. Loud and Yellow Laughter is the winner of the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry.
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