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Electric Book Works to Republish A Writer’s Diary by Stephen Watson, with a Foreword by Bill Nasson

Invitation to the relaunch of A Writer's Diary

A Writer's DiaryStephen Watson’s compelling A Writer’s Diary will be republished by Electric Book Works this month, with a special foreword by historian Bill Nasson:

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“To write is, if nothing else, still among the best means available for forcing the individual to encounter those impulses of hope and despair, vanity and humility, hubris and humiliation, meanness and generosity of spirit, which work almost simultaneously in anyone’s life.” – Stephen Watson, 16 December 1995

From the Foreword by Bill Nasson, Professor of History, Stellenbosch University: “To savour the diary as a vehicle for the expression of a unique and extraordinarily imaginative sensibility, go back a couple of decades and discover – or renew an unforgettable encounter – with the late Stephen Watson’s A Writer’s Diary. … one of contemporary South Africa’s most eminent English-language poets, essayists and critics – arguably the most observant, humane, and digressive of his generation … Stephen Watson’s insights into language, culture, landscape, ideologies, writers, painters, politics, society, and the baffling nature of the human condition nail his colours to the mast. In this, his small volume is also a manifesto. As an approach to life as an intellectually serious business, it presents a rich and engaging range of beliefs which fan out from a primary impulse. That impulse is to grasp at the heart of the matter, with unsparing candour.”

About the author

Stephen Watson (6 November 1954 – 10 April 2011) was a distinguished and influential South African poet, essayist, academic and creative writing teacher. Most of his poetry is about the city of Cape Town, where he lived most of his life. A giant of local letters, Watson was anchored at the University of Cape Town for most of his career. In his poetry, he was best known as a lyrical chronicler of the Cape’s natural beauty, documenting the response of the soul when surrounded by it.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 26 August, 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Streets
    Cape Town | Map
  • In conversation: Bill Nasson, Peter Anderson, Hedley Twidle
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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