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Thembekile Mahlaba, Dela Gwala, Pumla Gqola and Sara Jayne King in discussion at the event for Feminism Is. Photo credit: Bulumko Gana.

The 2018 Open Book Festival took place from 5-9 September, in Cape Town: event centres included The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre, and The Book Lounge.

The event, which is in its eighth year, had among its guests: Aminatta Forna, whose fourth novel Happiness dropped earlier in the year; Chike Frankie Edozien, whose LAMBDA Award-winning 2017 memoir Lives of Great Men is the first by a gay Nigerian; Short Story Day Africa founder Rachel Zadok and their editing mentor Helen Moffett; Jacqui L’Ange, author of the 9Mobile Prize finalist The Seed Thief; Jennifer Malec, editor at The Johannesburg Review of Books; Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of the multi-awarded What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; Mapule Mohulatsi, author of the children’s literature book Mizz President; the writer and journalist Mark Gevisser; Megan Ross, author of the poetry collection Milk Fever and winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction; Mohale Mashigo, author of The Yearning; Nadia Davids, author of An Imperfect Blessing; Nick Mulgrew, founder of uHlanga Poetry Press, publisher of Koleka Putuma and Megan Ross; Niq Mhlongo, author of Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree; Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, author of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word and The Ones with Purpose; Yewande Omotoso, author of the Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door; Zukiswa Wanner, novelist and currently the curator of Goethe-Institut’s YA fiction talent search #AFROYOUNGADULT; and Caine Prize and Gerald Kraak Award finalist Efemia Chela.

See photos from the event below, courtesy of Open Book Festival official Christine Skinner. Credit: Bulumko Gana.

The popular Comics Fest takes place each year as part of Open Book Festival.

Raphael Urwiller and Mayumi Otero, the duo behind Icinori during the Cencertina Books Workshop.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he got an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies and English & Literary Studies. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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