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World Book Day celebrates William Shakespeare’s birthday in April (he was born in April 1564) as well as the 400th anniversary of his death on 23 April (he died on this date in 1616). The The Book Lounge and Fugard Theatre therefore presents a week packed full of events from 19 to 23 April. See below!


Story time and activity with Sindiwe Magona
Time: 10.30 – 11.30
RSVP: Kuyasa Library 021 444 5070

Niq Mhlongo talks about his new short story collection, Affluenza.
Time: 12.30 – 13.30
RSVP: Kuyasa Library 021 444 5070

Poetry with Mbongeni Nomkonwana of Lingua Franca
Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP early!
Time: 14.30 – 15.30 (Workshop) and 15.40 – 16.30 (Open Mic)
RSVP: or 021 444 5070
If you can’t catch Niq on the 22nd of April, we are very happy to have additional opportunities for you to hear him speak about Affluenza.
21st April @ The Book Lounge – CBD
Time: 17.30 for 18.00
RSVP: 021 462 2425 or
23rd April @ Elsie’s River Library
Time: 11.00 – 12.00
RSVP: To Julian at 021 444 3544 or

In addition to the events for the public, we will be running events at several schools, including St Mary’s Primary School (the focus of the Open Book Library Project). Gary Hirson will be joining us on the 19th of April to speak to Grade 3 learners to tie in with the handover of the 4th Open Box to the school. Grade R learners will get to enjoy a story time and activity run by some of the passionate Book Lounge staff!

Thanks to Lingua Franca and Kwela for their support
Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The Townhouse Hotel, The French Institute and Central Library and sponsored by Leopards Leap, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonatha

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