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Shaping a writer

The Matter with MATADOR

Having met the charming and convincing Jeremy Thompson of MATADOR publishing house at the London Book Fair earlier, I was persuaded to re-publish both The Barros Pawns and Purgatory Road with them, the so-called vanity side of Picador Publishing, so … Continue reading

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A Kiwi Flies In

With my long-time Kiwi mate, Kevin O’Connell, inbound from Down Under to Cape Town, about five hundred km away from my home in Haarlem, the family decided to make an expedition of the trip. On Friday 13   August 2010 we … Continue reading

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SERBIA, VOLCANO and the LONDON BOOK FAIR.

Monday, 12th April 2010: Having returned my hire car to Avis on top of a multi-level carpark in Manchester, UK, I caught my flight to Serbia, flying via Zurich. I had hardly landed when my phone rang and my nephew, … Continue reading

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Festival of Writing – 2010.

Having had both my books, PURGATORY ROAD and THE BARROS PAWNS, kicked into some sort of shape by The Writer’s Workshop, I grabbed the opportunity to attend their FESTIVAL of WRITING in the city of York, UK in April of … Continue reading

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TO DURBAN – Many Birds, one stone.

Setting off from home in Haarlem at about 08h00 on 2th August 2009 in my 1976 Peugeot 404 on the 650km journey to the east of East London, I had two goals in mind. The first was to find my … Continue reading

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The Passing of Mildred Constance (Arkell) Earle

Inevitably, we leave it too late. When the elderly have left us, often-times when we remember them, our regret is that we neglected to ask them questions to which only they had the answers. My Mum, aged 94, died (11h30 … Continue reading

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The Conception of DICE MODISE

I can’t really say exactly when Dice was conceived, but, whenever that was, he certainly wasn’t born nine months later. He and his world involved a lot of research, which eventually made a visit to Maun, Botswana, his home, mandatory. … Continue reading

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