Life and Living

out of the blue: some thoughts inspired by the poetry of mary oliver

I cannot explain why the words came to me as I drove today. ‘You do not have to be good’ And then a second time, You do not have to be … …something I couldn’t recall but further on, I knew it was about the wild geese that call to you… I repeated them until… Continue reading out of the blue: some thoughts inspired by the poetry of mary oliver

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20Twenty2 and a short BOOK REVIEW

It’s the first Monday of a new Month of a new Year! 2022. I love the number TWO. It's even, balanced, symmetrical and all of them here together add up to six and six is the number of people in family so that feels kinda good to me! Does it feel good to you? I… Continue reading 20Twenty2 and a short BOOK REVIEW

On Books

the ten best things about writing books

Book I've just finished in the pic is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Nothing to do with this blog except that it is a beautiful pic I thought and I loved the book. One of last few powerful phrases in it : I AM ALIVE

On Books, Other Stuff

Normal people. And some reflections on a Sunday book signing by an ordinary writer.

Writing this while sitting alone at a designated table set up in front of the new Exclusive Books store at the V&A Waterfront with a poster advertising that I will be signing books, like a mirror behind me. Sanitiser and a bottle of water to my left, books – both Afrikaans and English - in… Continue reading Normal people. And some reflections on a Sunday book signing by an ordinary writer.

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a short book tour in pictures

Leaving George - via Langenhoven Street of course and over the majestic Swartberg Pass to Oudtshoorn. A book talk hosted by the wonderful Cape Karoo Ostrich Emporium: interviewed by the charming Cyril and meeting wonderful new readers. Onwards through the majestic Meiringspoort and a quick stop at Herrie's Klip. The road to Richmond. Watching the… Continue reading a short book tour in pictures

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still SEARCHING FOR SARAH’s son

I’ve been bothered by something since last week. Actually, I’ve been a little bothered for some time now. Being a writer who makes sense of the world by grouping words on a page means that I have to do this thing – even if it’s hard and I would rather be swimming in cold water… Continue reading still SEARCHING FOR SARAH’s son

On Books

GBAS Book Cover Design Awards 2021

The Good Book Appreciation Society (GBAS), one of the best Facebook community groups has launched a BOOK COVER AWARD in the categories fiction and non- fiction. I was so delighted to see the final cover of SEARCHING FOR SARAH: the woman who loved Langenhoven when the publishers revealed their choice before publication in April this… Continue reading GBAS Book Cover Design Awards 2021

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A love letter to my children, 13 June 2021

I started this blog at the beginning of this week. Two days before I turned 55. I was feeling emotional about things. A distinct sense of melancholy and the constant weighing up of where I was in my life. But when I came to re-read it, it was so lame! I cringed at the words.… Continue reading A love letter to my children, 13 June 2021