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Jonty Driver
12//02//20 13:22:27
Dear Peter

I loved the video, and to be reminded of what a great event Boekbedonnerd is. I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back to re-visit for the last few years. I do hope you manage to get the necessary funding for 2020. I am in fact going to be in South Africa for three weeks from 16 Feb - 7 March (Cape Town for a week, the Eastern Cape for a week, the Karoo for a week), before I go to Malawi, then Zambia, then Zimbabwe for a fortnight in my capacity as a Trustee of the Beit Trust. It will be my fifth and final tour as a Trustee; I am eighty now, and travelling gets harder. All the same, I had a new book of poems out in 2018 (a sequence of 22 poems called BEFORE) and hope to have another this year, STILL FURTHER, New Poems, 2000-2019; Crane River continues to publish me, with help from the Africa Sun Press.

Have you any idea when Boekbedonnerd X111 is likely to be, assuming you get funding?

Please could you copy this message to Darryl? I don't seem able to find his email address.

Congratulations on all you manage to do for Richmond and for South African writing.

Ann Antignano
12//02//20 13:20:11
Oh, my goodness, Peter!

It is now 9am, the temperature is -18C and overcast and I just finished watching the video from Booktown. I think I picked out Elizabeth twice at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it, wished it was longer. I will read the newsletter too. I am so happy that you send these on to me each time. Wow and WOW! I will watch it again and again and forward it to my offspring in BC and Alberta(Bruce).

That is so wonderful what you and your partner do. I couldn't make out those wire (?) wheeled carts the children were pushing. Loved the dancing.

Bruce and Karen didn't come for Christmas this year. I will send you the video of Bruce at work - the company won an award which resulted in more work. He plans to retire next summer when he turns 55; they hope to move to Victoria.

Tom, Cyndi, Bret (22 in February) and Charlotte (18 in May) drove up from Coquitlam. Tom and Bret stay here, Cyndi and Charlotte stay at her mother's about a ten minute drive away. It always reminds me of the same arrangements for your family when they came to Stanbridge East.

Joey and his bride drove up too. They stay at a nearby hotel with their two little Chihuahuas. They live in downtown Vancouver.
Frann (Gorb), Mike and Leah (6 February 3) flew up and they stay here.

Fortunately the mountain roads were not as cruel as they can be (and have been this month with many closures) so everyone arrived and got home safely.

I took your advice and scanned the photos of your Christmas letter but will return to it and read every word. You have created quite a dynasty in SA.

I turn 80 in August and Frann and Leah will take me on the Alaska cruise, the only cruise I am interested in. I am not a cruise type but I would like to see the coast of BC. Can you believe I've been in BC since the summer of 1969!

Again, thank you for the emails. I do appreciate them.

Your ancient cousin California
12//11//19 11:20:29
Dear Peter, after the wonderful Booktown Festival this year, I was surprised to receive this Facebook message from a friend working in England. It seems news travels fast and far! I could not have used better words to sum up and express my appreciation for the festival and hard work that you and your team do. Hope the Afrikaans is not a problem, in any event the article is certainly worth translating into English.
Many kind regards Tertius
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