The Writers' Studio
Staged in the historic Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel, the Writers’ Studio featured the current work of around a dozen authors, poets, illustrators, literary critics and journalists. Participants included political commentator Max du Preez, investigative journalist Jacques Pauw, best-selling novelist Joyce Kotzè, and poets Kobus Moolman, Rudolph Willemse and Herman Jonker.
During Solo Studios 2017, the creators of this universe in print manned stations in the Writers’ Studio on an ad-hoc basis to engage with visitors and provide an opportunity for literary lovers to meet their favourite authors and illustrators. Panel discussions enabled writers to share their insights on inspiration, character, plot and motivation, while signing sessions provided the opportunity for book lovers to own an individually dedicated volume and enjoy a brief one-on-one conversation with beloved writers and illustrators.
Multimedia artist Tamlin explores the boundaries between fine art and what have been considered the more domesticated art forms: weaving,
sewing and beading. The Spier Arts Trust in conjunction with the Jeanetta Blignaut Art Consultancy published a comprehensive and discursive catalogue honouring her work.
Max has written 14 books on South Africa’s history and politics. His most recent, A Rumour of Spring, won the Alan Paton Non–Fiction Award in 2015. The third in his series of short stories is due to be released at the end of this year.
Nigel is dedicated to keeping South African history alive through fiction.
A Bullet in the Back: The 1914 Rebellion is the fi first in a series of novels featuring little–known episodes history. His second novel, One Hundred Days: The Siege of Potchefstroom, is in the final stages of writing.
Louisa is an illustrator with an extensive collection of work including maps, educational, editorial and children’s book illustrations as well as botanical and bird drawings and paintings. Her work is also available in a series of cards and cushions.
Herman skryf oor bewaring, kontrei– en kultuurdinge. Humor is 'n kenmerk van sy werk maar soms is hy ook ’n ernstige digter. Hy het reeds vyf boeke, 100+ tydskrifartikels en meer as 150 rubrieke gepubliseer.
Verné is a freelance illustrator and artist. Her work includes educational, botanical, editorial and children’s books.
She offers plein–air paint workshops in any medium.
Joyce writes historical fiction about the effect on the lives of individuals caught up in the many wars in which South Africans have taken part. Her bestselling novel The Runaway Horses has recently been translated into Afrikaans as Wintersrust.
Kobus teaches creative writing at the University of the Western Cape. He has published seven collections of poetry, two collections of plays and most recently a book of short stories, The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories. He has received numerous national and international awards.
Jacques is an investigative journalist who has written several books exposing the dark underbelly of South African politics. His new
book, The President’s Keepers: Those Who Keep Jacob Zuma in Power and Out Of Prison, is keenly anticipated for release in October.
Klaus has published Aftermath, a book which details his mother Ingrid’s series of handmade quilts. These depict her painful and harrowing memories of flight, capture and attempted escape, aged 14, from the advancing Red Army towards the end of World War II.
Sue’s book We Are All Connected! talks about larger–than–daily–life subjects such as ‘Where do we come from?’, ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘Who am I in the big picture?’ in a way that children can easily understand and embrace, regardless of religious beliefs or culture.
Rudolph has published two volumes of poetry: Kweekskool (1982) and Middelman (2005). Middelman has been performed on stage. His poems have been included in various collections including Groot Verseboek.
His photographic exhibition includes abstractions of floors, walls and pools.