Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Eisteadford, Harry Potter and African Writers

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Baby is doing a solo poetry performance at Eisteadford tomorrow, so that event has taken over our household. Is she ready? Do I think she'll win a diploma, or maybe a gold? Did I remember to clear my schedule so I'm present when she does the performance; did I reember to buy lots of bottled water because it's hot and she doesn't want to be thirsty just before the performance etc etc.

And when conversation is not about Eisteadford, it reverts to Harry Potter. She's now reading book 4, and yesterday I put my foot down and demanded she needs to slow down and do other things. It's one thing to enjoy reading; quite another to let a series take over your life.

But to be honest, as a writer I'm jealous of ol' JK. Rowling, and how she managed to entice people into Harry Potter-land and keep them there. If I can write half as engagingly, and encouraged South Africans to read as she has popularised reading globally, I'd be a happy camper.

A day in the life

Still, I was not as productive as I would have liked. The article and creative writing portion of the day went well enough, but the end-of-the-month reporting is going s-l-o-w-l-y. Especially the parts that include Excel spreadsheets.

I wish I'd inherited a portion of my baby sister Debbie's talent: she's a project manager at heart (and professionally) and does these reports and spreadsheets and tracking mechanisms because she enjoys it and it suits her sense of order, not because it's a necessary evil. And the witch writes some seriously good poetry on top of it too. Don't over-achieving siblings just about annoy you?:-)

Chatted with Ben Williams, editor of Book SA about the ReadSA campaign. Book Southern Africa is the Internet newspaper for SA books, and I'm really learning a lot about modern South African writers and their works.

Also chatted with Ivor W. Hartmann, who's very jacked up when it comes to African writers /writing. Talk about pan-Africanist writer! Anyhoo, Ivor designed a really nice logo for ReadSA. Check out the blog, and the logo.

And as usual, I'm going to urge all my South African readers to watch Kwanda tonight. It broadcasts on SABC1 at 9pm. A lucky viewer stands a chance to win R2500 by answering a simple question by SMS. And if you have a minute, please check out the discussion taking place on my Facebook profile.

I asked why a beautiful, successful woman would choose to have an affair with a married man, and there are two gentlemen whose responses left me speechless for a while. The excellent news is that they were being very honest. But it's their attitude which reminded me why we really need the OneLove campaign in the first place. Think hard about their reality, and then please throw in your two cents' worth.

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