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PHOTOS: Open Book Cape Town festival Day 4 – 5

The closing two days of the annual Open Book Festival in Cape Town, South Africa brought together leading literary voices on sexuality, creativity and, of course, books!

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DAY 4

Scenes from RMF Assembly with Mbali Matandela (Rhodes Must Fall), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Aneliswa Mbude (Open Stellenbosch). Chaired by Thato Pule (RMF Trans Collective).

Thato Pule applauds Mbali Matandela's response to a question from the floor

Thato Pule applauds Mbali Matandela’s response to a question from the floor

A rather focused audience after an argument broke out when one of the audience members tried challenging the cghair: Thato Pule with regards to starting without the #RhodesMustFall comrades

A rather focused audience after an argument broke out when one of the audience members tried challenging the cghair: Thato Pule with regards to starting without the #RhodesMustFall comrades

The panel from left to right: Nakhane Touré, Mbali Matandela  speaking to the chair; Thato Pule

The panel from left to right: Nakhane Touré, Mbali Matandela speaking to the chair; Thato Pule

Thato Pule and Mbali Matandela listening to Nakhane Touré's response from the audience's questions

Thato Pule and Mbali Matandela listening to Nakhane Touré’s response from the audience’s questions

Foreign Gods Inc. with Okey Ndibe (Foreign Gods, Inc) and This is Africa’s Nancy Onyango.

A moment of laughter between Nancy, Okey and the audience while Okey shares how his wife was told that she should ask him how come Okey knew so much about the prostitutes he writes about in one of his novels.

A moment of laughter between Nancy, Okey and the audience while Okey shares how his wife was told that she should ask him how come Okey knew so much about the prostitutes he writes about in one of his novels.

Nancy Onyango taking a few notes while Okey Ndibe shared his "well known stories" instead of directly answering questions.

Nancy Onyango taking a few notes while Okey Ndibe shared his “well known stories” instead of directly answering questions.

Okey Ndibe and Nancy Onyango share a moment of laughter with the audience after Nancy's question regarding how Okey manages to write about sex in such a way that he is not labelled.

Okey Ndibe and Nancy Onyango share a moment of laughter with the audience after Nancy’s question regarding how Okey manages to write about sex in such a way that he is not labelled.

Audience captivated by the session chaired by Nancy Onyango from This is Africa as she questions Okey Ndibe about his remarkable novel.

Audience captivated by the session chaired by Nancy Onyango from This is Africa as she questions Okey Ndibe about his remarkable novel.

Question from the audience for Okey Ndibe

Question from the audience for Okey Ndibe

DAY 5

Hormonologue: The Hormone Factory. An hour of storytelling with Saskia Goldschmidt exploring family, fiction, hormones and history.

Saskia Goldschmidt asking the audience to excuse "the stupid paper" she has on her hand as this is her first time experience at the Open Book Festival, as well as doing the mononlogue in English

Saskia Goldschmidt asking the audience to excuse “the stupid paper” she has on her hand as this is her first time experience at the Open Book Festival, as well as doing the mononlogue in English

Saskia Goldschmidt showing the audience how her father used to dress and how she cringed when he came to pick her up from school

Saskia Goldschmidt showing the audience how her father used to dress and how she cringed when he came to pick her up from school

Saskia Goldschmidt on stage before her Hormonologue session

Saskia Goldschmidt on stage before her Hormonologue session

Saskia Goldschmidt introducing the feathers next to her as imaginary peacocks as she did not have space to bring her actual peacock/s with to Cape Town.

Saskia Goldschmidt introducing the feathers next to her as imaginary peacocks as she did not have space to bring her actual peacock/s with to Cape Town.

Saskia Goldschmidt being introduced before her monologue regarding her book " The Hormone Factory"

Saskia Goldschmidt being introduced before her monologue regarding her book ” The Hormone Factory”

All photos by Oyama Botha