Booktown Richmond
 


 September 15, 2018.

Good afternoon Karoochiks,

In the last news letter sent out in July when I railed on about the coming of the Cape of Storms to the dorp I never in my wildest dreams expected to hear from balmy Canada, where I was on a home retreat, enduring temperature in the 30’s with humidy to wilt a rose, that I would get pictures of Richmond blanketed in snow. Now one of the reasons for my migration away from Canada to Africa South was that despite skiing and ice hockey I was really unable to endure the full might of a 5 month Canadian winter. I’ll take all that South Africa has to offer…or take, to keep from the winter cold. When I showed my family these pictures they in unison said …. “if you are getting winter and snow like this why don’t you move back to Canada?” I explained that it was a simple no brainer…the difference is that our South African snow knows enough to last only half a day then disappear, it doesn’t last for 5 months! 

 

Things are moving at a pace heading to BookBedonnerd XI at the end of October. We kick off with the Independent / Self Publishers day of presentations and talks on Wednesday the 24 th and the Presentations Banquet in the evening at Die Supper Klub. We have a limited number of seats for others, so if you would like to attend what has become an institution, please book ASAP (booktowwnrichmond@mweb.co.za). Or call me 011-447-2517.

The world-wide phenomenon of Booktowns allegedly originated in Japan, but the more modern phenomenon really started with Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. There are over 20 Booktowns world-wide, but our little Booktown in the Karoo is by far the most isolated. You know the line .... if you want to go to the moon it takes time, and the same applies to Richmond!

One of the granddaddies of Booktowns is Wigtown in Scotland which we always pronounced Wig Town, but then how were we to know? It is pronounced Wig Tun in case you wondered. It was sort of the role model for Darryl in his early mental perambulations in finding the right spot to call Booktown RSA home.

Darryl and I have been invited to the annual Wigtown….Wig Tun…Literary Festival at the end of September to speak on the BoekBedonnerd phenomenon in the Karoo....they just have no comprehension of exactly what a Karoo even is!

http://wigtownbookfestival.com/programme/event/428203639/

So, the BookBedonnerd banner goes international.

With no further a-do... 

  • Main Speakers BOOKBEDONNERD 2018
  • ·        ANTONY OSLER - INSPIRATIONAL
  • ·        TRACY GOING - BRUTAL LEGACY
  • ·        CHRIS MARAIS & JULIENNE DU TOIT- MOVING TO THE PLATTELAND
  • ·        DAVID ROBBINS – WALKING TO AUSTRALIA
  • ·        LOUIS BOTHA – COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON THE KAROO
  • ·        LOUISE HECKL – THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
  • ·        VERNON HEAD – BIRDING
  • .       JAN K COETZEE – BOOKS & BONES & OTHER THINGS
  • ·        TOD COLLINS – THE ART OF BEING…AN AWFUL ANGLER
  • ·        JOHN CLARKE – WILD COAST MINING CONTROVERSY
  • ·        VYTJIE MENTOR – NO HOLY COWS
  • ·        MARK DE WET – A CAPE RUBAIYAT
  • ·        ERROL MOORCROFT- THE WOOL CLASSER, THE SHEARERS AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE
  • ·        RAJENDRA CHETTY – MOUNTAINEERING & A BIOGRAPHY OF PLAYWRIGHT RONNIE GOVENDER
  • ·        IZAK DU PLESSIS BOEREVERNEUKERS & RALPH HAYNES- GODFATHER VAN DIE WES- RAND
  • ·        LANDA MABENGE – BECOMING HIM
  • ·        ALMERO WELGEMOED T.B.C
  • ·        ANZIL KULSEN T.B.C.
  • ·        SIMON CALLAGHAN - COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON AFRIKABURN 
  •      ELANA BREGIN – speaks on the art of writing
  •      KARIN CRONJE – THERE GOES ENGLISH TEACHER
  •      MICHAEL DRYSDALE -  A PHOTOGRAPHIK KAROO KRAWL (with wine tasting) 

We hit the road running on Thursday at about 9 in the morning and keep up the frenetic pace Booktown Richmond has grown accustomed to until early Saturday afternoon when we take on the length of Loop Street with the Karroo Konkourse ‘Ēlégance with the Karretjies which the local kids have been building and perfecting over the year. We end activities with the Richmond Mile with its large first prize of R2000.

During BoekBedonnerd there will be the much-anticipated, new exhibits hosted by MAP at their studio down Loop Street, as well as in the little gallery next to the Booktown Richmond HQ in the old town library. They will also be hosting a launch of AfrikaBurn on Thursday evening, October 25 th at the MAP gallery with storytelling and bonfires and I am certain the wine will flow.

AfrikaBurn will be holding workshops at the Hope in Richmond / South Africa / Grassroots soccer HQ at the old show grounds across the river. They will be starting the construction of a very large AfrikaBurn permanent and ever-growing art work / sculpture; all to be made out of the Richmond Town Flower…. the omnipresent plastic bags, bottles and containers, in a location to be announced during Booktown Richmond week. Depending on how much the spirit can be moved we may well see an AfrikaBurn “event” on Loop Street. Watch this space

Once again, the air in Richmond will be appetizingly filled with the braais’ sizzling wors and choppies at the Kerk Bizarre (sic).

The lovely Richmond Saddle Horse Museum will be open to all visitors and curator Johan Tolken has worked some magic in the place with new displays and arrangements. It is worth a visit or three. There is no admission charge, but donations are of course very gratefully received. It is a unique Karoo village museum and deserves all our support.

Pop into the museum hall next door to take in the old world of reel to reel filums.  Johan will be putting on Richmond filum show on Friday evening with some marvellous old Suid Africana cellulose.

Richmond Architect Dave Clemens will once again be doing a Richmond Ramble pointing out the various architectural styles and evolutions of the lovely Karoo houses and outbuildings we all have come to love so dearly. The walk starts at the Supper Klub at around 11:00 on Friday morning. Remember the sun bonnets Tannie.

Once again MAP and Booktown Richmond will be hosting a bookbinding work shop. Please contact PCB for further information.

We have an exciting list of speakers lined up for every day during BookBedonnerd and you won’t want to miss one talk. However, just to ease things along after a long day in the old library, we will be hosting some pretty great wine tastings for the last talk in the afternoon. I originally thought to start the wine tastings during the morning tea break, but old Teetotaller Darryl over ruled and insisted that wine tasting proceedings would only commence later in the afternoon!

Once again, the very fine folks at Strandveld (Holger Eckoldt), Hawksmoor (Mark Borrie), and Springfield (Chris Milne) will be sponsoring the wine for what is an integral part of the BookBedonnerd daily routine. Wonderful! 

Independent / Self Publishers Wednesday October 24 th, 2018

 

SAIPA 2018

1.      NICOLA HAYWARD – Master Jack

2.      KYLE ALLAN - The Space Between Us

3.      LUTHANDO LUCAS 

4.      ED OSTROSKY - Macphersons Elephant

5.      MARK DE WET - A Cape Rubaiyat

6.      TOD COLLINS - The Art of Being...An Awful Angler

7.       HELENA DAVIS - The Wind in the Wheat Fields

8.      VYGIE MENTOR- No Holy Cows

9.       JOHN CLARKE - The Promise of Justice

10.  NICKI VON DE HEYDE - Trappist Missions in South Africa

11.  DAVID ROBBINS - Walking to Australia

12.  LOUISE HECKL - The House that Jack Built

13.  LOUIS BOTHA - Karoo

14.  GILLIS VAN SCHALKWYK - Drakensburg Passes

15.  JOHN COOMBE - Cleon and Lucia

16.  CAL KENNEDY -I'm the Patient not the Shrink - Bipolar

17.  TUMELO MOLELEKI – Her Heart

18.  SANDHIR SEWMUNGAL - The Unknown Journey

19.  SIMON O’ CALLAGHAN - Into the Flames of Burning Art

20.  LORNA M. NTULI – Giving Birth to my Fathers

21.  HELENA DOLNY – Before Forever After Philosophy

22.  MEHLULI NXUMALO - The Fabulists Bindle

23.  WENDY ROUX – Parenting Checklist

24.  CHRIS MARAIS & JULIENNE DU TOIT – Moving to the Platteland

25.  JOSH CRICKMAY - Josh's Big Year

26.  CECILIA DE CECCO/ WERNER ADENDORFF/ ANDREA GIAMPICCOLI – Cucina in South Africa

27.  TINA SCOTFORD- A Frog and a Whale in a Princess Tale

28.  B.E. MAGDALENA – Innocence at War

29.  DOMINIQUE MALHERBE- From Courtroom to Cupcakes

30. JOHN SHARP – Facing Down Fear

31. SHARON GRUSSENDORFF  - Contemplative Living

32. KOBUS DU TOIT - Waking up: Cracking the crisis code - From Trauma to Triumph


The afternoon sessions this year will be ending a tad earlier than in years past in order ….…… to drink more wine, but also to spend a bit more time relaxing and taking in the fine Karroo air.

You will be encouraged to take one or two of the wonderful Karroo Krawl walkabouts which start at the Cape Town end of the village and trek through the Kopjies and flats of the veld and then cross under the highway to the north side of the N1 and up and around the incredible landscape. The walks (or jogs for those with the right tekkies) can be long, medium, or short to suit all.

Of course, BoekBedonnerd happily coincides with the Currie Cup Final later in the afternoon. Its down to the wire but looking good for the Lions and Sharks and a tad shaky for the Stormers…. shame…... make sure you book your spot! 



Event Calenda


Boekbedonnerd X

Start:25/10/2017
12:00 PM
End:28/10/2017
12:00 PM

Best literary festival in Southern Hemisphere



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