Firstly …. before I quickly try and fill you guys in with what’s been going on in my corner of the universe over the past couple of months… I just want to make a point of saying to anyone who happens to be in Cape Town at this very moment in time: Please come to my un-launch’like launch tonight!!! Your support would mean the world to me… seriously! I’m trying to stop myself from entertaining all kinds of grim visions of arriving at the Food Barn tonight… only to find like – 3 people there!
Here’s the poster thingy:
So… ever since Darryl David “plucked me from obscurity” and invited me to speak at the Midlands Literary Festival, the Cradock Festival... and (the big one) the 10th annual Boekbedonnered Festival in Richmond… all kinds of crazy-interesting things have happened!
In fact – ever since we’ve been back on the road (for over a month now)… so much has happened that I haven’t had time to blog.
The biggest news (that my newsletter subscribers have already heard about)… is that “How Heather got her HAT’ness back”... ended up WINNING the “Best Autobiography” prize AND the “Best Book” prize of the Boekbedonnered Festival (the latter being shared with two awesome, deeply respected authors… long story)….
And I have met the most incredible people…
And – as it turns out… one of those incredible people is an artist and author by the name of Donve Lee. She was at the Midlands Literary Festival and the Boekbedonnered Festival… speaking about a very unique biography she’d written about a well-known South African musician (the book is called “Syd Kitchen: Scars that Shine”)… and – as it turned out – Donve lives in Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula.
Those of you (who have been lurking on this blog for a while) will know that Noordhoek is the place where we stayed for 4 months… and it’s in Noordhoek where I completed the first few pages of my book.
Donve loved “How Heather got her HAT’ness back”… and suggested that we get together for a chat and a coffee at The Food Barn Deli in Noordhoek (again… the same place where I created some of my very first pages). While chatting, she asked about the journey of the book and whether I’d ever had a book launch. I told her I hadn’t. I’d never officially launched the book.
Two days later, I was back at the Food Barn Deli… and Donve introduced me to her friend, Peta Sarkis… another creative-creature chock-full of ideas. As it turns out, Peta had read Donve’s copy of my book… and (being an enthusiastic doer person) immediately leapt on board and said: “We must organise a book launch for you – while you’re here in Noordhoek!!”…
Next thing I knew… Peta had spoken to the owners of the Food Barn and the Deli (friends of hers)… and they agreed to let us have the Deli as a venue for free – TONIGHT.
And so… it has happened… that these two flippin’ ridiculously-awesome women… who I didn’t even KNOW (just a couple of months ago)… have pulled together a book-launch on my behalf!! I’m filled with SUCH deep gratitude… I can’t even begin to tell you guys how moved I’ve been by the effort they’ve gone to (to make this happen on such short notice!)…
So… there you have it.
We’re at the Food Barn Deli in Noordhoek…. TONIGHT… at 6:30 pm. I’m bringing books… art… journals… a guitar… and some stories and songs. Peta has organised some food… The Deli will have a cash-bar on the go (coffee… wine… whatevs…) My friend, Charise, has organised some sweet treats…. and my Uncle John has lent me some cool props for tonight’s un-launch’like launch!!
So… if you’re in Cape Town…. please come!!!! I would LOVE to see you there!!!