OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL 8 – 10 SEPTEMBER The Festival kicks off a week from today! If you haven’t booked yet, check out the programme here. We can’t believe that this time next week we’ll be gathering at [...]

Brydon Bolton is an accomplished performer and composer. He has toured extensively and has composed music for many award winning plays, documentaries and dance works. His influences are diverse and cover everything from world and [...]

Xitha Makgeta Is a Pretoria born and based writer. He’s the author of poetry chapbooks “Bits & Pieces”(2010) and “Pen Still Inking”(2021). He’s read and performed his poetry on different platforms including the National Arts Festival [...]

Tara Rose weaves Zen Coaching, Family Constellations, Sacred Sexuality and Tantra together to create sacred containers where people can become curious adventurers of their inner and outer world. She has presented at international online Tantra [...]

Elton Goslett is an accomplished versatile guitar player whose style is at the meeting point of jazz, blues & soul. While his first love has always been the blues he is an accomplished jazz guitarist [...]

June Knight is a member of the Cape Cultural Collective Steering Committee and was one of the project managers of the Beyond Truth’s Edge anthology. An activist since her student days she has a keen interest [...]

Sinelizwi Ncaluka is a journalism graduate from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. This coffee-snob extraordinaire carries a deep passion for a world where freedom truly knows no bounds. Born in the 90s, Sinelizwe rejects the [...]

Irvin Kinnes H.D.E.(UWC), M.Sc. in Criminology (LSE), PhD in Criminology (UCT), former Policing Programme Manager and Board member of the Centre for Conflict Resolution. Irvin is a former Chief Director for Policy and Research at [...]

Cassandra Roxburgh is an asexual non-binary neurodivergent writer who writes about the environment, capitalism, trans identity, and all the messy details of being queer in South Africa. Fae has bylines at Mail and Guardian, News24, [...]

OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL 8 – 10 SEPTEMBER And we’re live! View the programme on our website.This is always a highlight of our year – after months spent reading and planning, the programme is finally out in [...]

Jeanne Bodenstein is the Advocacy Specialist at Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust where she leads the Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign focusing on lobbying for a criminal justice system that is more sensitive to the needs [...]

Mills Soko is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School (WBS), and also serves as the WBS’ Director of Development and Partnerships. He is a former Director of UCT Graduate School of [...]

Nwabisa Mayema is an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs. This journey dates back to 2006 and her passion lies in connecting others to people, resources and opportunities. She is the host of In Conversation With The Branson [...]

OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL 8 – 10 SEPTEMBER Open Book Festival at the HCC: Homecoming Centre is around the corner.We can’t share the programme yet, but check out who’s coming!  In 2022, we made the decision to focus [...]

Pumelela Nqelenga is a Phd Candidate and a lecturer at the Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town. She graduated from the university that is currently known as Rhodes [...]

Burcu Sahin was born in 1993 and resides in Rinkeby, Stockholm. Her debut poetry collection Broderier (“Embroideries”) was published in 2018 by Sweden’s largest publishing house Albert Bonniers. The collection was awarded that year’s Katapult [...]

Lisette Ma Neza is a poet, elocutionist and musician. In her writing, music and film, she focuses on undertold stories: the stories that are difficult to tell and overtold stories: the stories that become larger [...]

Ziyanda Stuurman is a public policy, policing, and security analyst, and she is author of the book Can We Be Safe? The future of policing in South Africa published in 2021. She has previously worked [...]

Nathalie Ledwidge currently works as an English teacher at Pinelands High and has a passion for words and wine. Preferably both at the same time. Her hobbies include true crime documentaries and the psychology of [...]

Nick Corbett studied economics and law before heading into the world of print publishing. As an editor and writer for Condé Nast titles GQ South Africa and Glamour South Africa, his work has also been [...]