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Launch of Landscapes of Light & Loss


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!


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Launch of Space Inhabited by Echoes

How strange to find
after years of love that
what remains between
us is only
space inhabited
by echoes
and the people we
once were.

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.

Space Inhabited by Echoes
Space Inhabited by Echoes is a frank and poignant collection of autobiographical poems that transport the reader across two continents, and the vast internal shifts that accompany love, loss and translocation.
‘Her poems display a virtuosity and depth that many poets only reach later in their careers.’ – Kobus Moolman
‘This is a breath-taking debut.’ – Helen Moffett
‘ It offers its gifts – of transcendence, of solace, of delicate silences – without fanfare, but often with some metaphorical force.’ – Rustum Kozain
Karen Jennings
Karen Jennings is the author of Finding Soutbek which was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature 2013, Travels with My Father, an autobiographical novel, and Away from the Dead, a short story collection.
Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Time: 17.30 for 18.00
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
RSVP: or 021 462 2425
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The Owl House begins to hoot

Don’t miss out on the launch of The Owl House taking place at the Book Lounge on November 28th!!


Owl House Launch


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.

The owl houseLacking 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.

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The Dark Seed will be planted at Grand Daddy tonight!

“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.Dark SeedCover

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.

Grand Daddy launch

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Mr South Africa opens his heart!

Dr. Habib Noorbhai (Mr South Africa 2017) is a Researcher in Sports Science, a presenter, speaker, humanitarian and author. He completed a BA in Sport Psychology (UJ), Honours in Biokinetics (UKZN), MPhil in Biokinetics (UCT) and a PhD in Exercise Science at UCT.

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In 2013, he was among South Africa’s top 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017.
Habib has been featured on a variety of television shows, both as a professional and as Mr South Africa. Some of these included: Top Billing, Mela, thrice on Expresso, eNCA and SABC News. In 2015, he had his own sport and health show on OpenViewHD and a radio show on Hashtag Radio. He is also a frequent expert guest on Cape Talk and Radio702 discussing relevant topics on sports science, exercise, health, community engagement and leadership.
Habib also founded a non-profit organisation in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, whereby various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. These programmes are also conducted through Habib’s current reign as Mr South Africa 2017 to spearhead change and making a difference in society.


Join us for the launch of his book Heart taking place on November 27th. Tickets are available from Quicket at the following link .

Book Launch


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Don’t miss the launch of Horn taking place this week!





HORN is the fast-paced story of the rhino poaching scourge in Kruger National Park. Vietnam syndicates are enticing the impoverished African locals to risk their lives for a few dollars, while they make millions. The South African government appoints Eduardo Ruiz to head the Kruger anti-poaching unit. The rhino holds a powerful lure for the anti-poaching patrol, a London journalist, a Hong Kong society lady, a syndicate boss, and an Interpol agent who are all chasing the horn; on the living beast or as a powdered placebo.


PETER KUHNERT immigrated with his family to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1957. He later became a citizen. His love of Africa and the immensity of the bushveld was kindled when Professor Phillip Tobias invited Peter to join him on a Bushman Expedition to the Kalahari in 1959. Peter was the first to introduce passive microchip technology to the country. During a darting project at Pilansberg National Park, he sponsored implantation of transponders into all of the rhinos. In 1993, Peter retired to his roots in Namibia where he stayed for ten years. He managed the Ongava Lodge and sponsored the successful return of a problem rhino, Brutalis, from the Berlin Zoo into the Namibian wild. In 1997, Peter started his own safari company. In Windhoek he met his partner, and the pair moved to Cape Town in 2003, where he continues to live and write today.