Spotted at OR Tambo International Airport, in very good company! In case you recognised the song title, it’s not a random heading: Melanie’s song features in the story, along with a lot of other great tunes. You’ll find a playlist on our blog, along with a some other background info and trivia about the book and […]
One Art By Elizabeth Bishop The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster,Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.Then practice losing farther, […]
Looking forward to a deep, lush and layered conversation with Henrietta Rose-Innes tonight!
Svalbard Global Seed Vault drafts plans for first ‘return-to-sender’ mission for crop varieties at risk in war-torn Syria http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-24/seed-crop-varieties-svalbard-vault-genebank/6720522
I’m hoping that this story will have a happy update, because this statistic dates from 2010. But according to Kew, there were only nine Gladiolus aureus plants left in the wild. Nine. They are hanging on for dear life in the wind-blown part of Cape Town’s south peninsula, near where I live. Luckily these beauties […]
In August, The Seed Thief enjoyed three launches – at Kalk Bay books in Cape Town’s south peninsula, at Love Books in Melville, Johannesburg, and at The Book Lounge in Cape Town city centre. All three were packed with friends old and new. My thanks to everyone who came and engaged with me and my […]
On Thursday 20 August we’ll be launching at Love Books In Melville. I am thrilled and honoured to be in conversation with Michele Magwood, who was a mentor to me in my early days in magazine jounrnalism and is a veritable doyenne of South African books.
First up is the Kalk Bay launch for people of the deep south. On Tuesday 11 August, 6 for 6:30 pm. I’ll be in conversation with the inimitable Justin Fox…
Wonderful news: the WWF just announced that the size of the original Cape Floristic Region Protected Areas (CFRPA) World Heritage Site has been doubled! Read all about it here: http://www.wwf.org.za/media_room/news/?14481/MajorConservationWinForCapeFloralKingdom Then get thee to Cape Town and go for a walk in the flowers.
I don’t usually listen to music while I write. But there are always songs that play inside me or around me during the making of a story or a film. These are the ones that shaped The Seed Thief. Some of them are in the book, some are new discoveries made while I was researching, […]