The Life of An Animal: Michiel Heyns and His Dog Report on the Inaugural JM Coetzee Literary Festival
Michiel Heyns, author of Lost Ground, recently visited the Karoo town of Richmond, which turned “Disgraceland” last month for the inaugural JM Coetzee Literary Festival. Heyns attended the festival along with his dog, Simon, appropriate, perhaps, considering the attention Coetzee gives to animals in his works.
In a rather humourous blog post, Heyns recounts the difficulties of taking a dog to a literary event:
The invitation, as I mentioned in my last blog, said ‘Dogs welcome.’ The occasion was a J.M. Coetzee Festival in Richmond in the Great Karoo. Suppressing a slight scepticism as to the potential festiveness of an occasion dedicated to J.M. Coetzee, I accepted the invitation, packed my case and all Simon’s paraphernalia (which took up most of the space in the car), and collected my friend Andre, who had kindly agreed to come along to help manage Simon.