ARTiculate Africa 2017: A book and art affair

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The ARTiculate Africa literary festival took place from 29 September to 1 Oktober 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban. Mikhail Peppas and Sanabelle Ebrahim share Visual voice's photos of the festival. 

ARTiculate Africa: A book and art affair

Firing Africa with Inspiration

Live showcase of world-class writers, artists and influencers

The second edition of ARTiculate Africa contributed to the growing excitement around the Essence Festival Durban 2017. The Book & Art Affair ran from Friday, 29 September to Sunday, 1 October at the Durban ICC.

The showcase engages literature and visual arts enthusiasts in conversations around industry best practices and provides an opportunity for the public to meet bestselling and upcoming writers and artists. The interactive dialogues reflect Africa’s positioning as a leading hub for the development of knowledge production industries, which include visual arts, books and new media.

The literary segment features business meetings, industry talks and networking opportunities for professionals in the book trade, panel discussions, book launches, book signings, poetry and storytelling for the public alongside retail opportunities for booksellers.

Photos by Visual voice

“Letters are warmer than numbers … Compose where the beautiful flower blooms. We love letters as well,” shares poet HemelBesem.

American poet and essayist Christopher Merrill reflects on the motivation for Self-portrait with Dogwood and After the fact: scripts & postscripts.

Book signings with Isobel Dixon (left; poet and literary agent), Sara-Jayne King (author of Killing Karoline) and Luthando Lucas (author of I am).

Book signing with Afrikaans poet Clinton du Plessis (left) and American poet and essayist Christopher Merrill.

Exploring racial absurdities, inner torment and identity with Sara-Jayne King, author of the debut memoir Killing Karoline.

Panellists ZP Dala (left), Isobel Dixon and Christopher Merrill.

Backed by drum beats, novelist and journalist Fred Khumalo rendered a dramatic presentation on his fictionalisation of the SS Mendi catastrophe in Dancing the death drill.

The pavement bookworm by Philani Dladla (right) was selected for the eThekwini Municipality 2017 One City One Book (OCOB) launch. The 2016 OCOB launch featured When the chalk is down by BP Singh (left). 

Reminiscences of Karina Szczurek’s “ten truly happy years” with André Brink take centre stage in The fifth Mrs Brink. Curator of the 2017 ARTiculate Africa Book Fair Darryl David (left) captures the nostalgia through the lens. 

Exploring insights into book publishing with literary agents Isobel Dixon (left; UK), Aoife Lennon-Ritchie and novelist Paula Morris (NZ). 

“He would listen to me so intently over the phone.” Lindiwe Hani (left) reflects on Being Chris Hani’s daughter and the literary journey inspired by writer-publisher Melinda Ferguson (right): “You’ve got an amazing story; you should write a book.”

Celebrating books and writing with Lindiwe Hani (left), Melinda Ferguson and Michelle Nkamankeng.

Head of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit at eThekwini Municipality Thembinkosi Ngcobo shares the literary vision for the city with advancements such as the new Durban Central Library and the One City One Book (OCOB) initiative. 

Congratulating eight-year-old author Michelle Nkamankeng (left) and getting a copy of her book signed is the head of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit at eThekwini Municipality, Thembinkosi Ngcobo.

Tomorrow’s authors today: Showcasing her books Smelly cats and Bob and the snake is ten-year-old Stacey Fru.

Demystifying The fine line between editing and re-writing. Who is really the author? with Paula Morris (NZ), Isobel Dixon (UK), Etienne van Heerden and facilitator Darryl David. 

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Gustav Jung. Sharing her inspiring story of resilience in the face of adversity is Irene Fischer with I am still here.

Memory against forgetting: Paying tribute to acclaimed veteran photographer Ranjith Kally is Kalim Rajab (right). MC Jailoshini Naidoo kept the audience riveted over the three-day literary showcase.

Unravelling Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng is Etienne van Heerden (right) in conversation with Darryl David.

BunnyKat StoryPuppets thrilling to the Ike’s Books stand. The BunnyKat motto is: “Read Write Draw … X-plaw!” Ike’s Books & Collectables is a second-hand, out-of-print and antiquarian bookshop in Durban.

Partly inspired by her own assault, Dark chapter by Winnie Li tells the story of a rape from the perspectives of both the victim and the perpetrator.

Discovering The pearl within the oyster with Betty Govinden (left), ZP Dala, Sylvia Garib and Paula Morris (NZ).

Afrikaans poet Clinton du Plessis captivates the audience with his expressive mastery. 

Book & Design Fair Durban coordinator Mikhail Peppas (left) gifts BunnyKat Mfino (Spinach) to American poet and essayist Christopher Merrill.

Poet, performer, writer, recording artist and literary festival organiser Kyle Allan describes poetry as physical intensity. He performs in the Pecha Kucha poetry showcase.

Performing in the Pecha Kucha poetry showcase is author and poet Dime Maziba, who explores Harlem Renaissance and lyrical forms.

Poet Isobel Dixon captivates the audience with her moving lyrics in the Pecha Kucha poetry showcase.

Book & Design Fair Durban coordinator Sanabelle Ebrahim (left) and Chris Abani (USA) with BunnyKats Madumbi and FireEngine. Abani shared insights into The face: cartography of the void, The secret history of Las Vegas and poetry in the Pecha Kucha showcase.

TV and stage personality Jailoshini Naidoo enthrals the audience with a performance from At the edge by Ronnie Govender.

The funfair of the damned, starring Mephistopheles and a cast from every nation on earth: singer-songwriter, poet and playwright Chris Mann (right) mesmerises the audience with the lilting lyricism and rhythm of his poetry: “Lift up your hearts, minds and see the rainbow through the storm.” Curator of the 2017 ARTiculate Africa Book Fair Darryl David surveys the sheet music. 

Book signing by Karina Szczurek, author of The fifth Mrs Brink.

Acclaimed Durban playwright Ronnie Govender. A biography titled At the edge: the writings of Ronnie Govender by Rajendra Chetty is soon to be launched.

Talking books: Victorine Mbong Shu (author; mother of Stacey Fru), Gabriella-Sofia Peppas (Interpret Durban and Zakifo Music Festival), Stacey Fru (ten-year-old author) and Cedric Sissing (Adams Books) at the Adams Books stand.

Contradictions and controversy: Exploring biography with The mayor of Mogadishu by Andrew Harding (left) and A man of Africa: the political thought of Harry Oppenheimer by Kalim Rajab.

British journalist and author Andrew Harding responds to questions around The mayor of Mogadishu.

Also read:

ARTiculate Africa 2017: On bended knee, we fight back 

Fred Khumalo 

"My pen is my machine gun. My words are my bullets. I committed myself a long time ago that I shall use my words to fight injustice wherever it shows up."

ARTiculate Africa 2017: Enkele indrukke 

Clinton V du Plessis 

"Jy sal ver moet gaan soek om na nog so ’n uiteenlopende, imponerende lys sprekers onder een dak te kan luister."

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