FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Voices of the City: Paige Nick

‘We’ve got the mountains, oceans, forests and flats all jammed into one city’

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 Our voice of the city this week is a columnist, author and copywriter.

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. 

This week we meet Paige Nick. Nick is a Sunday Times columnist, award-winning advertising copywriter, and author of the critically acclaimed novels, A Million Miles from Normal and This Way Up. She is also one third of Helena S. Paige, together with Sarah Lotz and Helen Moffett. A threesome of authors with a series of choose-your-own-adventure erotic novels, now out in 21 countries. Pens Behaving Badly, a collection of her Sunday Times columns and the wild letters they’ve inspired, will be out in paperback in February. Paige lives in Cape Town, where she spends an unhealthy amount of time writing. She hates spiders, cellulite and plastic forks and gravitates towards shoes and unsuitable men.

Question: What about Cape Town inspires you the most?

All the stuffs. It’s in Cape Town’s nature to cram everything in, literally. We’ve got the mountains, oceans, forests and flats all jammed into one city. And we often get wind, rain and sunshine all in one day. I can be a chaotic, indecisive mess myself, so this inspires and suits me. There’s never a dull second.

QDo you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?

Sometimes I’ll drive up this super-steep road in Oranjezicht and sit in my car at the very base of Table Mountain and look out over the city to stare at nothing and everything at the same time, and think some thoughts.

Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?

The Galileo Open Air Cinema in Kirstenbosch. I’ve been to the one at the waterfront too. It’s such a fresh, magnificent thing to do.

I’m also really excited that The Oranjezicht City Farm Saturday Market has swerved being shut down on a technicality, and has temporarily relocated to Mamma Helen Zille’s back garden. It’s a great Saturday morning out.

Q: What frustrates you about the city?

Right now it’s the load-shedding. I can’t stand to see loss or waste. I hate that tourists might have a skewed view of the city. The DA actually has Cape Town working really well, but this is out of their control. I also feel terrible for all the businesses that are being affected.

QYou can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?

Jacob Zuma. Preferably dead, but living if needs be.

You can follow Paige on Twitter: @paigen

For more voices: Sarah Britten           Biénne Huisman                 Ishay Govender-Ypma               Anja van der Spuy