The Open Book Festival started on Wednesday, 7 September 2016, but the launch was the night before in The Book Lounge on Roeland Street. There was Leopard’s Leap wine and good snacks available, and everyone was in good spirits about the upcoming events. RobynHood and I had the opportunity to chat to some people, mostly guest speakers, and we’ll be posting those soundbytes soon. While I’ve only had the opportunity to go to events after work during the week, I’ve been trying to grab as much audio as I can. It’s been a fun project.
The Open Book Fest is a wonderful opportunity to hear and experience so many different conversations that need to be had right now. While the festival focuses on books, comics and poetry, it also concentrations on the subject matter sparked and inspired to create these varying forms of literature.
The first panel discussion I went to was “On My Mind: Whiteness” with speakers Andrew Brown, Dennis Davis, Tarryn Naude and Mervyn Sloman (chair).
Below is a clip from that conversation. There was a lot said during the event, many things that need to be spoken about again and unpacked further, but this clip was my favourite part. The speaker is Tarryn Naude.
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