Revealed: Joey Hi-Fi’s Cover for Stray – An Anthology of Animal Stories and Poems Edited by Helen Moffett and Diane Awerbuck
A deadbeat printer wakes up to discover a most unusual pet – a sphinx – in his home; a hijacked taxi full of sleeping baboons leads to a riot in a shopping mall; a python handler engages in a war of wits with Soweto police; a fire on Chapman’s Peak reveals an impossibly rare creature; a very feisty cat gets mixed up with a drug-smuggling ring; a trickster trains his dog to masquerade as a service animal – and more.
Suitable for animal-lovers of all ages, there’s something here for every reader – funny, quirky, fantastic, sad, reflective and exciting, these stories, extracts and poems will leave you purring.
Royalties from the book will go to TEARS Animal Rescue.
Stray includes journalism, fiction, humour, poetry and memoir. It’s a blend of classic works and fresh new material written especially for this cause.
The following authors have generously contributed or written stories and other works for free to help raise funds:
Arthur Attwell, Diane Awerbuck Gabeba Baderoon, Robert Berold, Margaret Clough, Mike Cope, Colleen Crawford-Cousins, Gail Dendy, Richard de Nooy, Isobel Dixon, Nerine Dorman, Finuala Dowling, Tom Eaton, Justin Fox,Damon Galgut, Robyn Goss, Michiel Heyns, Colleen Higgs, Jenny Hobbs, Liesl Jobson, Rustum Kozain, Jacqui L’Ange, Sarah Lotz, Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Julia Martin, Joan Metelerkamp, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana, Helen Moffett, Mmatshilo Motsei, Paige Nick, SA Partridge, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Bev Rycroft, Alex Smith, Fiona Snyckers, Ivan Vladislavić, Zukiswa Wanner, James Whyle, Makhosazana Xaba.
The book will be launched at the Open Book Festival on 9 September at Straight no Chaser. Time: 9.30 – 10.30 PM. The event will be free (but ticketed – RSVPs will be necessary as Helen Macdonald – author of H is for Hawk – will be the special guest, and will read).
There will also be a launch in Joburg (details to follow) and at Kalk Bay Books on 23 September, 6 for 6.30 PM.