Month: September 2014

Tarryn Crossman is the exemplary “dynamite comes in small packages” kinda woman… no really… she is dynamite! In fact if I had to be completely honest, I was a little bit scared of her when I met her the first time. She is so driven and committed that it makes…

I’ve known Faith Baloyi since our days as students at WITS University in Johannesburg. She’s was one of those people who could start writing a major essay at 2h00 in the morning to hand it in at 8h00 the same morning and still get an A, WITH good comments on…

Inspired by books like David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Tales of the Metric System is a room of mirrors in which characters’ lives become reflections of each other. It is a nuanced, complex novel that rejects the conventional simple histories that have been written…

We spent the evening at the Ballet this past weekend, which is always such a special occasion! The performance was La Bayadére – one of the most scenic of all the classical ballets and one of my absolute favourites! La Bayadére is a story of forbidden love, as are most…

There is nothing more wonderful than meeting a ridiculously talented person, who fills the space with absolute unassuming humility. Jaco van Schalkwyk is one of those rare specimens. He not only launched his debut novel The Alibi club a few days ago, but is also a highly regarded conceptual Artist,…

Yda Walt is a vibrantly colourful person, with a personality that fills the room. Seeing her work for the first time is like someone welcoming you into their world with open arms. She has a playful approach to her work, but with a sensitivity that is evident in the way she…

Stopping at Willem Boshoff’s studio, you are met with the sound of grinding and drilling and sawing, with puffs of smoke and dust billowing through the doors and windows of the workshop. Anticipation rises, because you know that this day is going to be like a private performance art piece…

The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a story of forbidden love, a political drama, a family soap opera and a bit of a history lesson, all wrapped into one Zakes Mda masterpiece. Though this story is set 1000 years ago in a pre-colonial Africa, with different cultural value systems,  social orders…