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A salute to woman and writes of the Karoo

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The third Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival will be held in Cradock from August 9 to 11.  The festival has been broadened this year to honour all writers of these vast plains. This year’s comprehensive programme will include talks by some well known authors and promises to be unforgettable. Top speakers will introduce the special theme, Celebrating Women, on August 9, National Women’s Day. Jeaneatte Eve, author of A Literary Guide to the Eastern Cape: Places and the Voices of Writers, will give an illustrated talk on the flora mentioned in Olive Schreiner's writings. Hillary Lewis-Soma will discuss how the Schreiner sisters, Henrietta and Olive, triumphed over adversity in a talk entitled Sisters Truimphant.  Karoo born and bred writer, E K M Dido, the first black woman in South Africa to publish a book in Afrikaans, will discuss this work, Die Storie van Monica Peters. Ingrid Wolfaardt will present her book, Heartfruit, a sweeping saga and a revisionist “farm novel” that  traces the story of a South African fruit farm and  its transition from  being white owned to a new dispensation of collective ownership. Heartfruit is the manuscript with which she recently obtained her Master’s Degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town under Professor Etienne van Heerden. A talk entitled “A Great Thing Happened in Cradock” covers the work of the child diarist, Iris Vaughan, who lived in Cradock from 1892–1897. This will be presented by Sigi Howes, the Head of Cape Town’s Education Museum.

An exciting range of literature will be read, launched and discussed at this year’s Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival.  Some of the works of one of Cradock’s most famous sons, Professor Guy Butler, will be read at Schreiner House.  Cradock’s well known poet and widely published short story writer, Clinton V du Plessis, will launch his collection, Flitse at Albert House and Stephen Gray will also launch his anthology, Taking Off.  Aubrey (Gus) Jones, plans to come out specially from London for this festival,  to discuss his book, Scott’s Forgotten Surgeon, the biography of Dr Reginald Koetlitz. He and his beloved French-born wife Marie Louise (nee Butez) once lived in Cradock and theirs is a poignant love story. They died within two hours of each other in the Cradock Hospital on January 10, 1916. Both are buried in Cradock. Other speakers include Frans Boekkooi and festival founder, Darryl Earl David, who will discuss Art Inspired by Literature; Etienne van Heerden will discuss Haai Karoo, a collection of his previously published stories and Professor Elwyn Jenkins, from the Department of English Studies at Unisa, will discuss Little Houses,  The Child's Day by Olive Schreiner and' The Chronicles of Peach Grove Farm' by Nellie Fincher. A special walking tour of literary interest will be conducted by raconteur, explorer and senior technical and education officer at National English Language Museum, Basil Mills and there will be an exhibition of literary-inspired art and sculptures. Two of the sculptures were inspired by Etienne’s novel Die Swye van Mario Salviati (The Long Silence of Mario Salviati).   The grand finale of the festival will be An Audience With Miss Hobhouse, a play written by journalist and playwright, Tony Jackman.  There will also be excursions to places of interest, such as the  Mountain Zebra National Park. For bookings and further information contact Lisa Ker at e-mail info@tuishuise.co.za.

© Rose's Roundup, Jule 2012 (No 222)
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More for venision lovers           Contact: annatjie.r@vodamail.co.za

Food and fun are central to Annatjie Reynold’s venison preparation courses. After a two-day session at Nieuwerus farm, near Richmond, praise just rolled in. Everyone learned a few new tricks and techniques. Jenifer Victor Meyer said she ended with far more meat than ever before from a springbok carcass. Charlene Buchner loved learning how to make carbanossi, salami and “bacon.”  Annatjie’s full-day demo course in June was limited to ten delegates, included lunch and was also a winner. The general consensus, among those who attended, was that venison preparation would never again be the same.

© Rose's Roundup, Jule 2012 (No 222)
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Music in New Bethesda 28 July 2012

The place to be on Saturday, July 28, is the tiny Karoo village of New Bethesda. On this day two of the country’s finest guitarists - Steve Newman and Greg Georgiades – will perform a selection of their original compositions in the Old Church Hall in Martin Street. Steve, who is hailed as one of South Africa’s most accomplished acoustic guitarists, has attained unrivalled success as a soloist.  Greg is a well-known multi-instrumentalist who plays an acoustic nylon string guitar, oud, bouzouki, ukulele, electric guitar and sarod. To book call 049 841 1642 or 072 742 7113. Tickets cost R100. For more about accommodation, meals and what to do while in the area see http://www.nieu-bethesda.com.

© Rose's Roundup, June 2012 (No 221)
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Birding in the Karoo

Prince Albert bird watchers enjoy the best of both worlds – mountains and plains. To ensure visitors discover the best spots Karoo birding expert, Japie Claassen, has compiled a guide covering six routes in a radius of 50km around the town.  On these birders see some special, unique and even rare birds.  The routes cover Kruidfontein, Prince Albert Road, Gamkapoort Dam, Weltevrede, Swartberg Pass, Zeekoegat, Meiringspoort, Klaarstroom and Gamkaskloof, the Hell. The book includes clear road maps and coloured illustrations, a full bird list and suggestions as to where rare species may be seen. It will assist the novice as well as the experienced birder and may be ordered from princealberttourism@intekom.co.za.  

© Rose's Roundup, June 2012 (No 221)
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Discover venison

There’s more to venison than biltong and wors.  It’s not tough, not does it have to be smothered in red wine, garlic and dried fruit. Venison is fat free and healthy. To prove this Karoo cook and author Annetjie Reynolds and her team are presenting a series of two-day courses on the beautiful farm, Nieufontein.  The first, held in May, was fully booked and proclaimed “thoroughly enjoyable.” Dates for the rest are July 24\25, August 21\22, September 18\19, as well as during the Richmond Book Fair in October. Cost is R3200 and includes a recipe book, accommodation for two days, meals and wine. The course covers all aspects of meat preparation, plus deboning. Participants get to take their deboned joints home.

© Rose's Roundup, June 2012 (No 221)
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