These stories about life in a small Karoo town sparkle with humour and delight. Set in the mid to late 1940s, a time when the deprivation and suffering caused by the Second World War were beginning to lift, and people were starting to look to a more hopeful future, they draw on the rich tradition of South African storytelling in the Pauline Smith and Herman Charles Bosman vein, and will captivate readers with their optimism and insight.
Stan Schoeman spent most of his adolescent years in a town like Soetwater, and draws upon his recollections, impressions, observation and personal experience to describe what it is like. A town by this name does not appear on any South African map, but there are countless like it, populated by people not unlike the characters who appear in this book, interacting with each other in an environment where a scarcity of material goods does not prevent them from having fun.
Speech after long Silence is Moira Lovell's fourth collection of poetry. Wide-ranging in locality, subject matter and mood, the poems demonstrate the characteristic precision and conciseness that the poet brings to her work. She delights in the magic, the music, the mystery of words; in striking combinations of sounds; and in startling images. Her work is, variously, witty, humorous, poignant and always meticulously crafted.
'Writing poetry,' she says, 'is not a choice, but a compulsion. I write because I have to; I write because I want to; I write because it gives me a sense of self; I write because each inky mess of words, asterisks and arrows that resolves itself into a poem is an act of control in an uncontrollable world.'
Moira Lovell has recently retired from The Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg, where she was Head of the English Department for many years. She has had three collections of poetry published: Out of the Mist (Snailpress, 1994); Departures (Snailpress, 1997); and Not all of Me is Dust (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2004). Her poetry has appeared in many South African journals, including Carapace, New Coin, New Contrast and Stanzas. It has also been included in numerous anthologies and textbooks.
As well as writing poetry, Moira Lovell has written a number of Short Stories and plays. In 2000, she won the Olive Schreiner Award for Drama (Playwriting) for Bedtime Stories
A lively, humorous and riveting account of the history of schools for English-speaking South Africans. Mark Henning gives insight into a remarkably rich part of the education vineyard with storied histories and prognoses into thier future course. The schools need closer appreciation for their greatcontribution to South Africa culture, economy and democracy, but also for thier troubled origins. There will be a new appreciation for the hardiness of these institutions over centuries. Outstanding.
The Eloquent Bead presents a unique perspective on the traditional beadwork crafted by women in Zululand, South Africa. This craft was used as a medium for the communication of social standing, values and relationships.
A series of beautiful photographs and accompanying notes present a selection of artefacts from a private collection, gathered in the 1960s. The Introduction is based upon research conducted in Zululand between 1964 and 1968. A concluding section investigates the role of beadwork in contemporary South Africa, and aims to show how craftswomen in KwaZulu Natal have adapted traditional designs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stan Schoeman, author of numerous books and articles, was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He completed a D.Litt et Phil at the University of South Africa. In the 1960s, he taught at the then University College of Zululand, where he became interested in traditional Zulu beadwork and its role in society. He served on the teaching staff of various universities before he joined the Africa Institute of South Africa as a full-time researcher on African affairs. Stan retired in 1993, and recently published a memoir of semi-autobiographical short stories, Soetwater: Life in the Klein Karoo
Gardeners dream in the poetry of colour, design and fragrance. They think in words such as romantic, lavish, or scented. Gardening in reality, is very hard work, requiring forethought and planning, the all-important budget and, sometimes an aching back.
This Gardening Notebook is the essential extension to your garden tools – a mini reference book that cleverly interweaves Phyl Palframan’s gardening thoughts together with practical tips on how to achieve the desired results. It also provides space for your personal observations and so becomes a record of your gardening aspirations. The illustrations are beautiful, whimsical and remind one of all the joys that gardening can bring.
An Imperial Prince died in the South African veld. The Great Queen of England wept and his distraught mother, Empress Eugenie of France toiled in sad pilgrimage to where he fell. The proud Bonaparte dynasty died with him. This book is not a military history of the war between the British and the Zulu - many other books cover the subject - but rather an attempt to present the Prince as a real person; a young soldier determined not to trade on his foreign royal status but as one indomitably committed to seeing for himself the ramifications of this war. Twelve letters written to his mother the Empress Eugenie, translated into English for the first time as a collection, chronicle the Prince’s impressions of his arrival in Durban and the long ride with his regiment to Northern Zululand. These letters bring a new dimension into an oft-told story. Despite all precautions however, he lost his life facing a regiment of Zulu warriors.
But his death had unexpected consequences. The community who live near the monument built to commemorate his death, are amongst the most abject poor and over the years since the Prince Imperial’s untimely death in 1879, that community and others closer to Pietermaritzburg have become involved in the tragedy but in the most positive of ways. Benefits have been raised to assist in their upliftment – where assegais reigned, now classrooms, a library, rain tanks, vegetable gardens, and schools bear testimony to a Prince who did not die in vain but as the catalyst to the transformation of many lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Glenn Flanagan is a South African Francophile, retired French teacher and lecturer, whose interest in the Prince was inspired by one of her lecturers, Françoise Chupin, in the French Department of the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus. She has travelled widely in Africa, climbing the great peaks, crossing the Sahara, exploring the French West-African countries and completing Honours courses in both English and French African Literature. It was an obvious choice to further her Masters research on the "French Presence in Kwazulu-Natal" with its fascinating component, amongst others, of the Franco-Zulu saga of the Prince Imperial's tragic story. Glenn continues to research and apply her research networking to community outreach.
Glenn Flannagan received the Legion d’Honneur for her role in furthering France’s relationship with KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
‘The real challenge to apartheid’s racist sport laws was instigated by Pietermaritzburg’s mixed race Aurora Cricket Club in 1973. The regime’s Sports Minister, Dr Piet Koornhof did everything in his power to persuade them to abandon this project. However the members persevered and triumphed. In this process the hypocrisy of white sports administrators and its sportsmen was totally exposed. The book on the Aurora Cricket Club is a most interesting read in many ways. Besides exposing the machinations of the apartheid government and excuses of its apologised, it explores the evolution of cricket with many interesting and inspiring anecdotes. Aurora confronted government stupidity and challenged the mindless orthodoxies and political correctnesss of the age. There are further compelling reasons why all South Africans, young and old, black and white, should read this book.’ Sam Ramsammy Member – International Olympic Committee Former Chairman – South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
CHRISTOPHER NICHOLSON has practised as a human rights lawyer, assisting victims of apartheid before majority rule was won in 1994. His efforts were recognised with two awards and was appointed a High Court judge in 1995. He has written five books.
MIKE HICKSON lectured for many years at the now University of KwaZulu-Natal. He served as an administrator in SACOS-affiliated bodies throughout the 1980s, and was elected President of the Maritzburg & Districts Cricket Union in 1989. He was a member of delegations negotiating unity with white-controlled cricket and was President of the unified Maritzburg Cricket Association for 12 years. He was a member of the KZN Cricket Union Executive throughout the 1990s.
The genesis of Chris Perold’s book The Private World of Normand Dunn stems from the author’s four-year friendship with the artist, an involvement which has continued to deepen and grow in the period of more than twenty-five years since the artist’s death. The prolonged study of Dunn’s painting has convinced the writer that the assessment of the artist’s work, up to the time of his death, fell short of a true appreciation of its worth. Critics saw little beyond the anecdotal nature of the paintings, the fun, the ‘naivety’ and the delight. This was the public face of Dunn’s work: beneath it, the author contends, lies a private world of even greater significance, a world in which the essential elements of our being are examined, depicted and, by implication, commented upon – all with a gently satirical eye. It is this re-assessment which forms the basis of Chris’s book, illustrated with reproductions and commentaries on more than one hundred of the artist’s paintings. This book, he hopes, will help to accord to Normand Dunn his rightful place in the annals of South African art.
‘Chris Perold must be commended for undertaking to enable a wider public to study, enjoy and admire the art of Normand Dunn … His book is a welcome and an important addition to the growing literature on art in South Africa. We thank him for that. And we belatedly thank Normand Dunn for his unique contribution to our art.’ Dr Hans Fransen, Cultural Historian and former Director of the Michaelis Collection, Cape Town
We are on the island of Ithaca, near the west coast of Greece, around 1100 BC. All the Greek chieftains, including Odysseus, have sailed off to make war on Troy. To pass the time, Penelope,his wife and a bunch of girlfriends form a story-telling club to amuse themselves with tales of his imaginary adventures.
This witty and delightful novel will also make an ideal gift book for the discerning reader. The tongue-in-cheek re-telling of a famous story has been enhanced by exquisite black and white drawings which echo the whimsical tone of the text.
About the Author:
Jane Fox grew up in England and moved to South Africa when she wasa25-year-old. She is the author of two novels:The Killing Bottle(David Philip 1999) andFlying to Disneyland(Jacana 2005); three biographies:Nkosi’s Story:Nkosi Johnson (Life Story Project 2002),Love and the Apache Syndrome -Lella Cullingworth(Life Story Project 2003),Mind if I sit? – Neville Cohen(QuadPara Acciation of S.A. 2007); she has written and directed six plays:Orpheus & Eurydice(2006),Cain(2007),The Testimony of Judas Iscariot(2008),The Flood(2009),Prince Henry’s Dream – a play for teenagers(2012),The Grand Theatre of the Second Chance(2015 – with Renos Nicos Spanoudes). Her short stories have appeared inThe English Academy Review, the Vita Anthology of New SA Fiction, Hippogriff New WritingandFiretalk. She has also published two collections of poetry:The Dancer(Snailpress 1992) andGhost Writer and Other Poems(Snailpress 2008).
She facilitates a weekly ongoing writers’ workshop for those wishing to hone their skills.. She has worked in the theatre as a stage manager, in various office jobs, and latterly as a bookseller and publisher’s representative. She was married to the late Lionel Abrahams, and lives in Rivonia, near Johannesburg.
About the Illustrator:
Ronel Wheeler is an artist, art therapist, set builder, land-artist, and gallery and creative curator for numerous exhibitions, creative projects and international art representations. She constantly endeavouring to create through imagination, the wonder and beauty of art works in all forms that pay homage to the creative muses, inspiring and connecting individuals, groups and communities to their own innate creativity, childlike wonder and beauty - constantly reminded by the words of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.
Tom was the smallest frog in the pond but his skin was a much shinier green than the others and this made him feel rather proud. He was also known as the Frog with the Musical Voice. This helped him to hide his private sadness that the girl frogs always looked the other way when he wanted to choose a bride. He had never asked anyone to be Mrs Tom Frog…X
Why another book on roses? A quick look at the literature on South African roses and rose gardens reveals that the last book on this subject was published in 2006. The aim of Veld, Vlei and Rose Gardens is to celebrate developments in South Africa and to show that South African rose growers can hold their own worldwide.
One way of keeping South Africa’s rose gardens to the fore is the production of a book on the subject providing descriptions of the country’s most spectacular rose gardens. It serves to popularise South Africa’s gardens worldwide and will join the long tradition of garden books that do so much to spread knowledge and pleasure to all.
The book covers 41 of South Africa’s most magnificent gardens; lavishly illustrated, and with text by each owner providing an intimate portrait of the garden.
Awarded the World Federation of Rose Societies Literary Award, at ROSAFRICA, the 10th Annual World Rose Convention, 2012.
HILARY ABRAHAM has been involved in Para-Rowing since 2007. She spent many years teaching blind and visually impaired children to row and developed a coaching methodology which has proved to be highly effective.
Since 2010 she has been coaching people with other disabilities and using her lateral thinking skills to provide suitable equipment ‘on a shoestring’. Undeterred by the lack of proper facilities, equipment or financial backing, she has managed to teach a number of people with various disabilities to row, and at one time, three of South Africa’s National team had been taught by her.
In this booklet, Hilary shares her tips for providing a successful Para-programme with little more than energy and passion. It is a ‘must read’ for anybody interested in the subject.
Zest: A Celebration of Good Schools and Good Teachers
Mark Henning uses the voices of outstanding teachers to show how the best schools in the country, public and private, continue to inspire young people. The style is conversational and a smile is never far from the reader’s lips.
In good schools there is a sense that growing up is something to be enjoyed, not endured. There is laughter and fun; there is also a great deal of seriousness, honesty and fairness. Here, young people learn not so much what to do, but what to be.
It shows why the best schools have status while others leave their teachers intellectually exhausted and emotionally drained. The positive forces in these stories change populist perceptions of schools.
What other people have said about Zest
A book to be read ‘again and again for cues on how to inspire in a profession which increasingly alienates authorities from educators, teachers from learners, parents from schools, and whole communities from lifelong learning.’ – Professor Jonathan Jansen
For Marguerite Poland, poet and author, the need to belong, to have a community, to seek excellence and have a share in something fine that transcends the mediocre is deep within us all.
Mark Henning has been prominent in South African schooling and is a former vice-president of the World Confederation of Private Education.