Pockets of magic

There was a time when the light at the end of the tunnel seemed so distant that I sometimes doubted my ability to reach it. But reach it I did, thanks to all of you. Today, I am reminding myself of this. No, not of the difficult journey but of

The Island Prize 2022 Winners

Submissions for the inaugural The Island Prize opened in September of 2021. By the time the submission window ended in mid-December, we had received more than 120 entries from all over Africa. There is a myth that there is only one type of storytelling in Africa. We can say with…

Writing tribe magic

I was on my way to the Hout Bay writers’ group meet up. It’s a monthly occurrence and I make sure that I’m there, every single time. It’s just too special to miss. And so I wound my way along the coastal road and once again, I drank in the

Karavan Press authors at the Kingsmead Book Fair 2022

Cathy Park Kelly, Penny Haw and Karen Jennings will be participating in this year’s Kingsmead Book Fair. Hope to see you there on 21 May 2022: Click here to see the full programme and to buy tickets: #KBF22

Autumn once more…

It’s been a full year since the sudden move to Hemel en Aarde in the Overberg. It feels like yesterday and yet so much has happened in every way. Archie is the lion King in these parts now. That’s not to say there are no more cat fights. He does


This time a year ago, I was spending the last few days in Hout Bay. Most of the packing was done and the move to Hermanus was really, really happening. I was stressing about the pets. To be honest, I was worried about moving my little hunter, Archie, away from

Cathy Park Kelly & Penny Haw at Liberty Books, 10 March 2022

When Christy Weyer of Liberty Books read Penny Haw’s novel, The Wilderness Between Us, and Cathy Park Kelly’s memoir, Boiling a Frog Slowly, she immediately saw the fascinating connection between the two books and offered to host an event with the authors. It’s happening at the bookshop on the 10th…

Truer than true…

February 2022 and my life has done a few 360 turns in two years. Well, I suppose that goes for all us us really. So much has happened, on every level. The world seems crazy and none of us can anticipate tomorrow’s events. For me, Cancer and Covid dove-tailed and

Worry has its place…

This time two years ago, I was recovering from a lumpectomy and then unexpectedly a watermelon of a Seroma. Since then, the whole world has been turned upside down and we are all still struggling to find the right way up. The fourth wave is retreating in our part of

’tis the season…

I am starting to collect gifts to put under the tree. And yes, my new hobby is influencing the choices. As you all know by now, I love Christmas time. Always have. This one will be the third since my dance with the big C. It makes it even more

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