The first week of the Open Book Podcast Series has begun!

One of the highlights of each year’s Open Book was ‘Conversations with Mohale’. We’re delighted to kick this year’s podcast series off with a virtual version of this classic! Together with festival favourite, Prof Pumla Gqola and Siphokazi Jonas, Mohale teases out life under lockdown.

The second episode, ‘Nowhere to Nowhere’, brings icon, Mandla Langa, debut author, Joanne Joseph and Nick Mulgrew into a conversation chaired by Yewande Omotoso. Their respective books, The Lost Language of the Soul, Children of Sugarcane and A Hibiscus Coast are all available for purchase via the Book Lounge. An Unusual Grief is not yet on shelves, but the Book Lounge is accepting preorders.

There have been some incredible debut novels published this year. Thenjiwe Mswane’s All Gomorrahs are the Same and Tshediso Moletsane’s Junx are both available through the Book Lounge and are well worth buying. Readers may already have Mia Arderne’s Mermaid Fillet, but if not, it is highly recommended. Listeners should be aware that this honest conversation explores suicide amongst other themes.

The series is available on our website, or you can subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts to ensure you don’t miss an episode.

Thanks to the support from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, as well as the Heinrich Boell Foundation.