Libraries have the write stuff

2019-07-30 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s libraries have partnered with the Open Book Festival organisers to give storytellers, writers and poets an opportunity to see their work in print through the #WritingMyCity project.

The best contributions will be printed in an anthology, which will be launched at this year’s festival in September. The competition has closed and the final selection for the anthology is being made.

“A total of 187 entries were received from librarians and patrons. These included stories and poems in Afrikaans, English, Xhosa and Kaaps. All the work that will be selected will focus on an aspect of our beautiful city,” Badroodien said.

Budding storytellers and writers were asked to submit their stories about Cape Town and creative writing workshops were facilitated at libraries to find the voices, said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.

He continued: “It has given participants a platform to celebrate and deepen our understanding of who and what makes Cape Town such a wonder. It is also providing an opportunity for writers, young and old, to see their work in print and share their diverse stories.

“Open Book appointed a judging panel to make the final selection of 40 contributions and I am excited to see and read more about our diverse city,” said Badroodien.

Speaking on the writers’ narratives, he said: “The city is home to a multitude of different voices and the anthology will give us a glimpse into some of the stories which make up the colourful fabric of Cape Town.”

The printed anthology will be available through the library network and also available for sale at the Open Book Festival taking place from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 September.

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