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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: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425
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Travels with my father-An autobiographical novel is launched!

Last night I was privileged to meet one of my favourite authors, Karen Jennings, who’s latest offering (Travels with my father-An autobiographical novel) was launched at the eclectic Book Lounge in Cape Town.

 

Jennings who holds Master’s degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a truly humble person.

I love my job!
I love my job!

During the long anticipated interview she answered the questions quietly as if trying not to draw attention to herself and although some questions were asked with certain intelligent answers in mind, Jennings replied as if she were sitting and chatting with a friend and gave brief and direct, yet profound details about her writing process.

 

One of my highlights of her interview was when she provided advice to writers in the audience saying: “Writing is hard work, you need days in your pajamas where you don’t comb your hair, you need lots of tea and naps.”

 

Jennings read two extracts from her book which is based on the life of her father and his influence on her life. In the footsteps of her father, Jennings travels the world where the relationship between members of the family is sensitively recorded.

 

Travels with my father-An autobiographical novelThe book examines Jennings life between losing her father and falling in love. It is a tale of humour, sadness, history and ultimately learning to grieve, love and how to fit the past into the present.

 

It is beautifully written and immensely satisfying to read. I would recommend this book to old and young alike….what are you waiting for? Go and buy it!