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Riaan Manser for Overstrand/Kleinmond Book Fair

Alert! Riaan Manser, author of Around Africa on My Bicycle (much featured on BOOK SA via the Jonathan Ball blog), will be appearing at the Overstrand Book Fair – which has possibly changed its name to Kleinmond Book Fair – this December 11th and 12th at the Kleinmond Library Hall.

Here’s a letter on “the writers of the Overstrand” by Fair organiser Margie Wilson; see her contact details below.

    The Writers of the Overstrand

    One would think it enough to have all this natural beauty around us, with mountain, sea and sand, lagoons, flora and fauna. We walk up the road, into the nature reserve and come across little buck, tortoises scuttling about in courting earnestness, metallic sunbirds flittering around our heads. So is it any wonder that we have so many gifted writers around? It seems that if you want to be an established writer, then you need to settle in the Overstrand area, because we seem to have so many. The more we delve into the backgrounds of our writers, the more impressed we become. Having previously given you a round up of some of them, I thought I should introduce you to a few more. Joining our Overstrand Book Fair on 11th and 12th December 2007 will be Louise Smit. Remember her? If you were a child of the 1970’s then of course you do, Everyone remembers Haas Das se Nuuskas, Liewe Heksie, and Wielie Walie. Well, Louise has published no less than twenty two books based on her TV programmes, and well as a new edition of The Bible for Children. We were thrilled when we learnt that Louise, too, would be joining our august group.

    Just after this, another snippet of good news dropped into my mail box with a brief summary of the writing career of Peter Slingsby, whose campfire stories became legend in the Overstrand. Peter has thirteen titles to his pen. His book The Joining won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, and was translated into Dutch and Thai. The same prize was also awarded to Peter’s Jedro Bane. Yet another book, The Cave was a runner up for the very same Sanlam prize Peter has had a long and distinguished career making others aware of the need to educate our children in the importance of looking after the environment. Although Peter’s first love is cartography, he always has a story ‘brewing’. Peter will be bringing his latest rendition, Walks with a Fat Dog to the Fair.

    SJ du Toit is an educationalist turned writer. Although now ‘retired’ she writes prolifically, with many tales on Hermanus and Stanford. Amongst others, she wrote the biography of T.O. Honiball who worked as a cartoonist for Die Burger for 40 years. SJ has won the Mondy Magazines Award, and the Mental Health Media Award. It was her own experiences as a bipolar sufferer that made her write Swing Hi Swing Lo, with a view to helping others with this affliction. All the historical books that SJ has produced show her as a serious writer, who goes to considerable lengths to acquire the history of the area with in depth research.

    We also have M.C. Botha, who as editor of the Hermanus Times, and Overberg Venster has done much to promote writing. He is a published author with many books, and presently launching yet another book, Ons en die Maan. We have not been able to pin him down for a brief synopsis of his work as he is a very busy man. However, he will be at the Fair, and will be talking of his life and works.

    If you are an avid bibliophile, then Kleinmond Book Fair will be the place to be. Our surprise guest for the Fair is Riaan Manser whose recently launched book, Around Africa on My Bicycle is keeping very busy. He has found time in his busy schedule to give us a brief look at his world, with the promise of book signings and a short talk. These are just a few of our writers, more next time!

Contact Margie Wilson

Margie Wilson
P O Box 642
Telephone/Fax: 028 271 3613