I asked them a few questions and then broke out of my comfort zone and took some pictures (I've never been a connoisseur of the camera). But it's been the most unexpectedly fun and joyful task.
Untranslated and unexplained, just like his poetry, because as Nathan said, "You can't translate and reveal at the same time."
Atop a table, with notepad and ugg-clad feet, I did the journalism.
“We let the audience be themselves,” said Rebecca, “and I had to resist getting tricks out of them”. Rebecca also hoped for the audience to experience the show instinctively through “sitting in stunned silence or laughing with discomfort or genuine hilarity”.
Have you ever sat on the grass for a good few hours, listening to the wind rustle the leaves around you, eyes closed, not feeling the prickly lawn hairs beneath you, just the gurgle of liquid, the quiet ping of emptiness and egg? The answer is probably no and that is fairly average unless … Continue reading Hatched
"You’ve got to look for little things that connect you. Use an archive of your own experiences to inform a story."
The little silver box lay dormant. It's static quite static and no microcosm leapt from its concave surface.
Barbie's Got A New Body begins like an immersion piece with a description of exactly where the writer is - i.e. a bright pink room. I almost expect Barbie to walk in and join her. It soon becomes an in-depth feature piece that seamlessly integrates factual elements of Barbie's business with anecdotal and punchy … Continue reading Barbies Got A New Feature Piece
The Zombie culture is everywhere and it's not making me happy.
That, in essence, is what lies at the very base of writing. Beyond the courage, caution, vision, precision, truth, kindness and sometimes the pink-faced grappling…To truly believe the words on your page.
I first encountered the idea of township tourism when I went to Cape Town in 2016. I spotted it between the seal island boat rides and hiking trails in a tourism brochure. My first reaction was shock. I was like, "What? How is this a thing?" because my initial picture of it was as something … Continue reading What’s the deal with touring a township?
1. Although it is commonly called 'red', there are numerous ways you can explain your hair colour including ginger, orange, gold, or the rarely used - strawberry blonde. 2. It opens up a world of social encounters with people offering kind compliments about your hair. Expect a tap on the shoulder or sudden interaction with people … Continue reading Lessons I’ve learned as a redhead
In the world today, expectations of beauty are everywhere. Even the quote, "A girl without freckles is like a night sky without stars", is exclusionary of some. Beauty is beyond skin or hair or teeth - it is essentially, inside. But, here is a list of images that show the beauty beyond the world's standards, … Continue reading A collection of humans
I've been trying to find an article on being a redhead, beyond the usual list of myths or 'amazing things you never knew'. Then, I stumbled upon Mirror Essay: The use of Power, Redheads, and Stereotypes in Popular Culture Today. The piece begins very densely but there is an interesting intersection between heavy academic speak and … Continue reading Redhead in the Mirror
On A Normal Affliction, my main mission is to debunk different ideals of normality that seem to flourish at the moment. Since last year, the topic of baldness on women has intrigued me because, although it is becoming more and more common, people still have very strong reactions to it. Being able to speak with … Continue reading THE BALD – educated, beautiful, strong, faith-filled…WOMAN
A Light to My Path by Lynn Austin, 2004, Minnesota: Bethany House - The third book in a series about the American Civil War, it focuses on two slaves in the South who have been separated from each other and their families. The writing style is subtle and personal with the author all but disappearing … Continue reading A writer’s source list
Although this blog is foremost a platform for the debunking of normality myths, it is also about sharing my thoughts in general. I am an advocate for not writing things off as weird because of perspective, individuality and the like. However, there are a few things which I do classify as weird - which here … Continue reading Today’s affliction: entitlement
I have been affected by these stories and the great, understated things they have to share.
During my first year at Rhodes University, a certain name kept popping up: Nat Caf, or Naturally Caffeinated. For a now inexplicable reason, it took me approximately six months to make the decision to attend a performance. But, at the opening monologue, I was sold. Nat Caf is Grahamstown’s own comedy improv group with a … Continue reading Nat Caf – freshly ground comedy
“He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist,” is a quote which epitomises so much of the brilliance that is Barbie Meyer. For Barbie, everyone has an ‘art’ and hers happens to be performing. Brought up on Shakespeare and Herman Charles Bosman, Barbie developed a deep passion for sharing … Continue reading Barbie – the storyteller
Sewage and its proper removal is important. However, sewage breaks and spillages have been a chronic problem in Grahamstown for a number of years. "Approximately 30% of Grahamstown’s sewage goes untreated into the Kowie River.” On campus alone, there are sewage leaks in front of Courtenay-Latimer Hall and Botha House while last year, spills were … Continue reading Unsolved problem of Makana sewage leaks