My Bookshelf Tour: Books I’ve Loved, Hated and Been Jealous Of

There’s nothing I like quite as much as browsing through my friends’ bookshelves because it reveals something of their interests, passions and dreams. Today, I thought I’d take you on a brief ‘virtual tour’ of my own bookshelf and give you a glimpse at some of the books I’ve loved reading recently. Continue reading

What I learnt about Writing, Writers and Life at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Authors Thomas Keneally, Yewande Omotoso and Richard de Nooy

If I had ever sat down to write a bucket list, going to the Franschhoek Literary Festival would have been at the top. So, flying to the Western Cape this weekend and meandering through the wine lands to reach the normally sleepy town was a highlight. Franschhoek was abuzz with booklovers roaming past posters containing writer-ly quotes. In church halls, school halls and town halls, panels of well-known South African and international authors discussed books and the writing process. And, indifferent to the fact that my library is cracking at the seams, booksellers sold an alluring range of books at all the venues. I was in heaven!

Besides the simple pleasure of being a part of it all, I also learnt some invaluable lessons. Here are just a few of them. Continue reading

Kisses from Katie

An Adventure? Now, I don’t imagine anyone west of Bree would have much interest in adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Makes you late for dinner.

So said our beloved Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and if I’m truly honest with myself I can relate. The autobiography “Kisses from Katie” reminded me that adventures might be just as uncomfortable as Bilbo suspected, but that there really is no other way to live than following God into the unknown.

That’s exactly what Katie Davis did. Continue reading