Open Book Festival 2022

It was smaller, more intimate, but simply fabulous; and the new venue – Bertha House – with its beautiful spaces and light, is a great hit. The conversation were engaging and inspiring. Books were acquired, signed and eagerly dipped into. I think we all were feeling re-energised by these two days of listening to our literary heroes and discovering new voices.

It was fantastic to hear Joy Watson talk in public about her debut novel – The Other Me – for the first time and to see her signing copies of the book afterwards. And Nancy Richards told more beautiful stories about her memoir – or ‘mumoir’, as she call the memoir about her mum, The Skipper’s Daughter.

The festival offered a few workshops in the runup to the main event and Karavan Press authors Melissa A. Volker and Lester Walbrugh participated in the non-fiction and script writing workshops respectively.

Thank you to Vasti, Frankie, Mervyn and the entire Book Lounge team, all the sponsors, the Bertha House and all the amazing authors for these few days of literary magic!

We are all looking forward to the next one – pandemic etc. allowing – in September!

Open Book Festival 2022 – Opening Bash

Open Book Festival is back! Different season (autumn), different venue (Bertha House), different format (no parallel events and Covid-19-protocol-limited seats), different wine sponsor (Farm Boy) – but same old great stories to be told. It’s a miracle that it is happening at all. Most of us realise how hard everyone involved had to work in order to make this a reality and we are immensely grateful. We can’t wait! The opening bash was small and intimate, but absolutely inspiring, as always. Karavan Press will be launching a new title at the festival – this is where the first copies of Joy Watson’s debut novel The Other Me will be available for the first time to the general public, so grab one while you can, because one never knows when a first edition might become a true collector’s item 🙂 And Nancy Richards will be there, her memoir, The Skipper’s Daughter, sailing the literary world and taking it by storm.

Looking forward to a weekend of engaging conversations and lots of literary fun!

Dawn Garisch at the Open Book Festival 2019

DAWN GARISCH will be speaking about her novel Breaking Milk at the following events during this year’s Open Book Festival which is taking place between the 4th and 8th of September.

  • THUR | 05/09 | 16-17 | HCC Workshop

DISTRUSTING THE PRESENT: Tracey Farren, Dawn Garisch and Masande Ntshanga speak to Alex Dodd about how the dystopian present informs their work.

  • SAT | 07/09 | 16-17 | HCC Workshop

THERE IS NO TEXTBOOK: Patrick Flanery, Dawn Garisch and Julia Martin speak to Pippa Hudson about the impossibility of preparing for some events.

  • SUN | 08/09 | 12-13 | A4 Ground

GENE THERAPY: Oyinkan Braithwaite, Nicole Dennis-Benn and Dawn Garisch speak to Bonnie Mbuli about dealing with family challenges.

Dawn Garisch by AJ Wattamaniuk