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Allan Boesak in Conversation with Rhoda Kadalie at Kalk Bay Books

Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politicianAllan BoesakJoho! and Kalk Bay Books invite you to a discussion between Allan Boesak, whose memoir Running with Horses, was published earlier this year, and well-known activist Rhoda Kadalie.

Boesak is as loved by his supporters as he is reviled by others. He is an astute politician, a charismatic preacher, and a man unafraid of speaking his mind.

Kadalie is a woman who has made a point of speaking out loudly and publically against injustice and corruption especially when practised by those in power.

In a provactively titled discussion, “Revisionism vs Reality”, Kadalie will engage with Boesak about the events detailed in Running with Horses.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting evening!

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Marlize Hobbs, Author of Flarde, Experiments with Online Publishing

FlardeMarlize Hobbs & Leandi Erasmus Her debut novel in 2005, Flarde, won three literary awards; the Eugene Marais prize, the University of Johannesburg Debut prize and the Jan Rabie/Rapport prize for innovative writing in Afrikaans.

Now, Marlize Hobbs is back, with the beginnings of another novel, Divine Prostitute / The Girl in the Birds Nest – the first 100 pages of which she has published on her blog, encouraging readers to give their feedback. A brave experiment in online publishing! Read an excerpt below.

In the haunted room, there is a book. She did not write it, it wrote her.

In this ghost room there is a child. She wears blue pajamas and has a frail body and curious eyes. She watches Mary, her every move, but she does not watch over Mary. She is half hidden behind the door, her eyes peering into the distance where she finds the face of the woman known by her full name: Mary Magdalene.

Mary is always aware of the child: her silences, her silent screams. Sometimes Mary knows the child’s dreams. Mary is aware of the way this child looks up at the stars and it reminds her of someone she used to know:

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Die Nagtegaal romans

Reinet Nagtegaal en Jackie Nagtegaal

Die Nagtegaal ma-en-dogter-duo, Reinet en Jackie het al heelwat bygedra tot Afrikaanse letterkunde en vele lesers betower met hulle unieke stories. As jy nog nie van hul boeke gelees het nie, of wonder watter ander beskikbaar is, kyk gerus hierna:

In LimboIn Limbo

Die twee lewe in limbo in hul rykmanswêreld teen die hange van Tafelberg, in ’n huis wat hulle besig is om te vergroen. Die ma verdryf haar tyd as lewensmentor saam met haar poedel en katelknaap. Die dogter is ’n jong entrepreneur wat haar winste gebruik en die land volrits om opbouende praatjies oor straatkinders te lewer.

Abra K'DabraAbra K’Dabra

In hierdie roman word die stroewe regstelsel teenoor die metafisiese wereld geplaas. Dit handel oor drie vroue (‘n regter, ‘n skoonmaker en ‘n advokaat) wat binne die strak parameters van ‘n regspraktyk soos wafferse hekse met ou resepte van alchemiste en die geheime uit die titel van die skepping speel. Die verhaal ondersoek die skeppingskrag van woorde en hoe die karakters deur taalgebruik hul woorde laat transponeer in werklikheid en so verantwoordelik raak vir hul eie en ander se noodlot. Die verhaal is deurspek met surrealisme, galge humor en ‘n blik op fragiele mense. Daar is liefde en verraad, die ontmaskering van alles wat hoog en verhewe lyk en die slotsom dat sinloosheid die hoofkarakters dryf om na wysheid te streef en dat wysheid hulle uiteindelik weer met sinloosheid konfronteer.

According to DeloresAccording to Delores

According to Delores begins from a startling premise. In a country where rape and violence have become part of daily life, the matter-of-fact prose offers an unsettling illumination on the mindset of those who adapt to pain. Like Delores who is slightly forty, slightly dotty, totally irresistible and there are fourteen storeys in her heart. Delores is a has-been actress. She has a son whose father she has never been able to identify, and a daughter whose father is the big love of her life who left her one night in love. Delores knows no boundaries: she dances with joy and with pain. When the fullness of this world becomes too much for her, she takes her daughter to the corner for street theatre. To her name clings the sound of tears. She is the queen in King Solomon’s songs; she is also the queen of lament, bigger than life itself, a resurrected jester.

Daar's Vis in die PunchDaar’s vis in die punch

Op sestien kort mens nog jou ouers se toestemming vir alles. Maar nie Charlie Koekemoer nie. Sy is van kleins af geleer om selfstandig te wees. Op drie kon sy brood smeer, op vyf hotdogs in die microwave maak … En nou, in Graad Elf, behandel haar advokat…

Alternative RealitiesAlternative Realities

This novel presents a mock-memoir of one weekend in the life of a teenager, Charlie Johnson, and her rebellious encounters with the world around her. Although many parts of the title are funny, filled with the author’s quirky sardonic humour, there is an underlying sadness as Charlie realizes that despite her attempts to be different, there is simply no way to avoid the pain of growing up in these times.


Allan Boesak, Senator Edward Kennedy and Caster Semenya

Running with HorsesAllan Boesak provokes a range of opinions, but he is undeniably an integral element of the South African mosaic – a figure of constant public attention.

Said attention has been particularly acute of late, partly due to the release of his new memoir, Running with Horses, but also due to two international events of some import: the death of Senator Edward M Kennedy and the debacle surrounding Caster Semenya.

As many of us will remember, US senator Kennedy visited South Africa in 1985 at the express invitation of Boesak and Desmond Tutu. Upon his return to America, the senator pressed for economic sanctions against the Apartheid government – sanctions which were enacted in 1986. James Smith, of Kennedy’s hometown, Boston, remembers:

Boesak, Kennedy, TutuAmid all the reminiscences about Senator Edward M. Kennedy's impact on the political life of the United States, people sometimes overlooked his very substantial influence on the key foreign issues of his time.

In few places was Kennedy's impact greater than South Africa. In one week in January 1985, he made a whirlwind tour of the country that was as controversial as it was spellbinding. I covered that visit as a correspondent for the Associated Press, based in Johannesburg at a time when the black uprising against apartheid was in full fury. Kennedy and his entourage of nine staff members descended on South Africa in a tumultuous moment when no one knew whether the movement would be crushed, or full-scale war would break out.

Much as his brother Robert did in an earlier and equally powerful visit to South Africa in 1966, Ted Kennedy stood toe-to-toe with South Africa's white leaders in repeated showdowns. And they didn't shy away from the confrontations. Kennedy also faced black protests from the small but noisy black-consciousness movement that wanted no white help in ending white domination. Those protesters forced him to call off his last, much-awaited speech in Soweto for fear of a riot.

Following the regretful developments around the Caster Semenya case, meanwhile, Boesak had some interesting points to make regarding the way South Africans deal with both race and gender. His thoughts are worth pondering:

Cleric and politician, Dr. Allan Boesak, says South Africans should not raise their racism concerns on international platforms, when similar discriminatory acts occur in the country without condemnation. He says this takes away the integrity with which we raise our issues internationally.

Boesak was speaking in Cape Town about his book entitled, “Running with Horses – Reflections of an accidental politician”. He was referring to the controversy relating to the gender testing of 800m gold medalist Caster Semenya. “If we go to the airport and we welcome her and say you are our hero, why did they do that to you? But it remains a show when that concern only arises now and we make a political gain out of it and it is not a concern of our everyday business with people like that who are being put under pressure all the time.”

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Gesels met Dirk Nagtegaal oor Kok en Skinker by Aan de Doorns Wynkelder

Kok en SkinkerKom kuier saam met Dirk Nagtegaal, outeur van die gewilde Kok en Skinker by die Aan de Doorns Wynkelder op die 21ste Oktober 2009.

Besprekings is noodsaaklik!

  • Datum: Woensdag, 21 October 2009
  • Tyd: 6:30 NM vir 7:00 NM
  • Lokaal: Aan de Doorns Wynkelder, Op die R43 vanaf Villiersdorp Padkaart
  • RSVP: Elzabe Morkel, 072 096 9355

Sien jou daar!


Video: Coenie de Villiers praat met Allan Boesak oor Running with Horses

Running with HorsesAllan BoesakCoenie de VilliersCoenie de Villiers van Kwêla praat met Allan Boesak oor sy nuwe boek Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politician.

Die titel, geïnspireer deur ‘n vers uit Jeremia, is vir Boesak ‘n pragtige metafoor vir die struwelinge wat Suid-Afrikaners daagliks mee worstel.

Die onderhoud is opgeneem vir Kwêla:


Photo of de Villiers courtesy luica.cowan

Twee vars gedigte deur Joan Hambidge

PalindroomDadJoan HambidgeDie ewig omstrede, maar ook uiters produktiewe, digter Joan Hambidge se twee nuutste gedigte handel oor die dood van Michael Jackson, manlikheid en die digkuns.

In “Michael Jackson” word die ikoon se sprokieslewe besing, maar tog vermy Hambidge nie die aantygings wat daar teen Jackson was nie.

In “Maak oop die venster” word op Hambidge se kenmerkende postmodernistiese wyse met Loftus Marais, Johann de Lange en Carol Ann Duffy in gesprek getree.

Michael Jackson (1958–2009)

Jy was nie
van hierdie wêreld nie:
jy skep ’n Neverland,
jou kasteel met prinse
in ’n verdroomde feëverhaal
weg van jou bitter jeug.
Hier abdikeer jy nooit
jou posisie as die Koning van Pop:
jy herskep jouself
word ’n Gemmerbroodmannetjie
- spieëltjie, spieëltjie aan die wand,
wie’s die rykste in die land?

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Allan Boesak in Conversation at St George’s Cathedral

Running with HorsesJoho! Books invites you to hear Courtney Sampson and Christi van der Westhuizen in conversation with Allan Boesak on Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politician at St George’s Cathedral this Wednesday evening.

Entrance is only R20 and books will be on sale at R200 each.

We look forward to a riveting conversation – and to seeing you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2009
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM
  • Venue: St George’s Cathedral, cnr Wale & Adderly Sts
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speakers: Courtney Sampson, Christi van der Westhuizen
  • Entrance: R20

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Hestrie Cloete het simpatie met Caster Semenya

My Pyn, My GlorieCaster SemenyaSuid-Afrika moet Caster Semenya ondersteun en dankbaar wees vir die goue medalje wat sy vir hulle gewen het.

Só het Hestrie Els (née Cloete) gereageer op die herrie wat oor Semenya se geslag ontketen is. “Ek voel mense moenie iemand oordeel op dit wat jy dink die waarheid is voordat dit nie bewys is nie,” het sy aan Volksblad gesê.

Dat Els, as ‘n tweemalige wêreldkampioen-hoogspringer, ook met hewige druk op internasionale vlak en oordeel van toeskouers te doen gekry het, blyk duidelik uit haar biografie My Pyn, My Glorie wat in 2008 by Joho! Uitgewers verskyn het.

Die stories wat nou rondlê dat Caster Semenya, die nuwe wêreldkampioen in die 800 meter vir vroue, nie ’n vrou is nie, steel haar geluk.

Met dié woorde het Hestrie Els (née Cloete), Suid-Afrika se tweemalige wêreldkampioen-hoogspringer, gister uit Nieu-Seeland vir Semenya in die bres getree.

“Ek is baie bly vir Caster. Ek voel die mense moet haar ondersteun en dankbaar wees vir die goue medalje wat sy vir Suid-Afrika gewen het,” het Hestrie gesê.

Sy, haar man, die sanger Jurie Els, en hul kinders woon deesdae in Nieu-Seeland.

“Dit was haar (Semenya se) beste dag so ver op die atletiekbaan. Dit verg harde werk om ’n goue medalje te wen en sy het nou die vrugte van dié harde werk gepluk.


Image courtesy the Huffington Post

Marlene le Roux’s Look At Me Exhibition Set for UCT (Programme)

Look At Me Marlene le RouxMillions of South Africans have physical disabilities, but often the biggest foe they must overcome to lead happy, fulfilling lives is the stares of the able-bodied – the social stigmatization that exacts a terrible toll on their outlook and wellbeing.

Marlene le Roux sought to change perceptions with her book, Look at Me, which showcases the sensuality, strength and courage of 23 disabled women. Some were born with their disability; others got it through an accident or illness later in life.

The photographs in Look at Me, taken by Lucie Pavlovich, are now part of a travelling exhibition that has arrived at UCT’s Centre for African Studies, as part of a programme coordinated by the university’s Disability Unit. The images will hang in the CAS Gallery (Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building Level 3, UCT Upper Campus) until the second week of September, but are generally available for public viewing only during the scheduled events:

Tuesday 18 August: “Health and Disability” 3:30 – 5:30pm
Thursday 20 August: “Gender, Sexuality and Disability” 1 – 2pm
Tuesday 25 August: “Finding Beauty in Difference: Disability and Aesthetics” 1 – 2:30pm
Thursday 27 August: “Recording Disability: Life Stories and Social Consciousness” 1 – 2pm

To arrange to visit the CAS Gallery outside of these times, please contact the Centre for African Studies on 021 650 2308.

The “Look at Me” exhibition opened earlier this year and had a stint at the Paarl Taal museum. Here is more information from the sponsor, the British Council:

‘This exhibition was intended to affirm not only women with disabilities, but all women. The exhibition is for every woman who has asked herself “who am I?”, or tried to tailor herself according to the acceptance of others.

‘The photographs and stories allow women to reflect on their struggles and their inner journey to personal self-mastery,’ says Le Roux.

‘I realised from a young age that society puts people with disabilities in a box with an “ag shame” [pitying] attitude and I felt I wanted to celebrate who I am – disability and all.’

Le Roux says writing the book Look at Me took her on a journey of self-discovery.

‘I realised that only a person with disabilities can change the mindset of society. With this in mind I started this personal journey and it dawned on me that the road to self-acceptance and sensuality is painful and challenging every single day.’

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