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Ingrid Andersen

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Launching my craft from Cape Town

The past week has been a blur of non-stop activity, beginning shortly after my arrival from the KZN Midlands with the warm and convivial launch of my second volume of poetry, Piece Work, at Mervyn’s superb Book Lounge. From the glittery cupcakes and Leopard’s Leap wine to the lovely crowd that came to celebrate with us, it was a magical evening.


Photo: Niki Daly


Thank you, first of all, to my wonderful publisher, Colleen Higgs, of Modjaji Books. We were so sorry you had flu and couldn’t be there – we missed you! (It was good to see you better on Monday.)


Photo: Niki Daly

Reading Piece Work under the watchful eye of Helen Moffett

Thank you, too, Helen Moffett, who played gracious MC and Modjaji-Matron-in-loco-parentis. Thanks also go to those poets who sent their questions from far and wide across the globe – you were very much with us in cyber-poetic spirit.

My 45th birthday on the 9th October was spent meandering in and out of the fascinating Kalk Bay shops and around the harbour, with a friend I’ve known since our sons were at school together. The weather was a perfect gift, just for the day.

I truly expected to get hammered at check-in for all the books I took back in my suitcase. Including the second Hayibo book, Red Card.

(Moment of silence for Hayibo, please.)            

To the deliciously disreputable literary folk who came to the once-was-Greek-now-is-Drew’s-on-Durban-Road Restaurant – thanks for a great birthday party. And mango tequila? I think not.

As Colleen Higgs tweeted: when Liesl Jobson and I read together at Off the Wall this Monday evening, we rocked #Obz!Thanks, Liesl – that was a blast. We must definitely do that again.

Good to meet you, Hugh. Off the Wall at Franschhoek?

Pic by Liesl Jobson

Hugh Hodge being dissed for THAT T-shirt.

Thank you to so many people for such a great visit, particularly Helen Brain, for her kind and gracious hospitality and to Helen Moffett for sharing the beauty of Noordhoek, for the stunning tour of Silvermine and for a delicious home-grown lunch. And the gracious presence of the royal princesses Meg and Lily.

(Liesl Jobson and Niki Daly took the photos.)


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    October 13th, 2010 @19:25 #

    And Sophy was there, but we couldn't take a picture of her - she kept morphing between Jacques and Jacob.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    October 14th, 2010 @12:29 #

    Sorry I couldn't organize better weather for the Noordhoek leg. I had a beach walk, lagoon and Kommetjie lighthouse tour all lined up, and then the heavens opened. Next time, ok?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    October 14th, 2010 @15:10 #

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading with you on Monday at Off the Wall. Congratulations!


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