Alert! My, but did we have a fine time at the first annual BOOK SA Ban’quet, held on Saturday at the Kelvin Grove Country Club, while Lionel Richie entertained the rest of Cape Town at Newlands Stadium next door.
Kathryn White organised the do, ably assisted by Helen Moffett and Sophy Kohler. Upwards of thirty BOOK SA bloggers, plus a smattering of partners attended – from as far afield as Johannesburg (Kathryn, Liesl Jobson and Sean Badal) and, even more impressively, East London (Amitabh Mitra).
We had elder statesmen, we had young guns, we had major prizewinners, we had pseudonyms, we had fun.
Following a 30-minute multimedia presentation on the latest advances in literary blogging, I gave the BOOK SA annual report, duly audited, which was seconded by some drunk writer or other and passed by general acclamation, and then we all sat down for some serious ban’queting.
Arthur and Michelle snuck outside to dance to All Night Long – they win the “best dressed couple” award – and then we broke off into brainstorming groups around the major literary questions of the day, but neglected to report back, ordering, instead, more bottles of champagne.
The after-party was hosted by Helen and her cats, and will no doubt be the source of the unofficial photographs that Fiona so desperately wants to see. Meanwhile, here are more of the official ones:
Thanks to everyone who came, it was brilliant. For those who couldn’t make it – pencil us in for next year!