Please join us at Bargain Books Bayside on Saturday the 20th of October and meet Hans Killian, author of Chronicles of a Dock Rat.
If you would like to order a copy online, please go here:
Launch of Stephen Symons’s Landscapes of Light and Loss!
“The poems in this collection bear witness with the crisp attention of a Robert Capa photograph. These ecosystems, each with their own by-laws … hold together such a curious, nearly impossible balance in his new book.”
– David Keplinger, author of Another City (Milkweed Editions, 2018)
Join us to hear poet and critic Joan Hambidgein conversation with Stephen on:
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at Exclusive Books, Cavendish, Claremont, Cape Town at 18.00 for 18.30.
We look forward to sharing Stephen’s long-awaited second collection with you!
If you would like to purchase a copy of Miles to go, please go here:
To celebrate the publication of her first poetry collection Karen Jennings will be interviewed by Helen Moffett on Wednesday 6 June at The Book Lounge Cape Town’s leading independent bookshop. Drinks and canapés will be served.
Don’t miss out on the launch of The Owl House taking place at the Book Lounge on November 28th!!
THE OWL HOUSE is a visionary outsider art environment unlike any other.
Located in the small village of Nieu Bethesda in the isolated South African Karoo, what was once the childhood home of Helen Martins was transformed into a work of uncommon originality. During her lifetime, Helen was misunderstood and was widely regarded as being ‘crazy’. Living in seclusion on a meagre pension, she created the Owl House in the face of much adversity.
Lacking any formal art training and using materials readily at hand – recycled glass bottles, builders cement, mirrors and wire – she created what is now internationally regarded as an outsider art environment of outstanding interest. Assisted by helpers – chiefly Koos Malgas who under her supervision built many of the statues in her sculpture yard – she spent more than twenty-five years creating the Owl House, increasing the complexity and density of the work by a slow process of accretion. All the while living there, she transformed the house and yard into a symbolically rich world of wonder, infused with her quirky humour, personal yearnings and mystical insights. Today, the Owl House remains a powerful testimony to the triumph of perseverance and imagination.
ANNE GRAAFF is an artist and art historian. She has a special interest in women artists and their relative absence in art history discourse. It was this interest that first brought her to study the visionary artwork of Helen Martins in the 1980s, when the Owl House was still virtually unknown and Helen’s work unacknowledged. Through firsthand interviews with the assistants who worked alongside Helen, she was able to uncover the extraordinary story of the creation of the Owl House.
“There was a dark, threatening cloud hanging over me. I was on a train hurtling in a direction that I did not want to go. I needed to change pace, alter the trajectory. I needed to slow down, park for a while and choose a new path. I knew that to accomplish this I would need to do the most unexpected and crazy thing and I would also have to take the biggest risk of my life.
But sometimes, to get yourself off the road to nowhere and onto the road to somewhere, you need to be a little more than brave. When chasing a dream that leads you into darkness before it shows you the light, you have to close your eyes and just jump in, feet first, hoping for the best. I thought that the journey into the dark would be so tough that it would be a natural catalyst for change. Instead, what I found was that the journey back to the light would be more grueling, painful and
punishing and that the true catalyst was finding the ability to hold on tight and not fall into the abyss.” – Lily Reed, Author
Join Lily Reed as she discusses her book The Dark Seed, tonight at 7pm.