The 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival took place from 6 to 9 June this year in Cradock.
Amy Coetzer documented the new display on Cradock writers in the Great Fish River Museum (part of the literary walking tour), book launches, talks, performance poetry and music performances and letters from Olive Schreiner.
JM Coetzee read the full text of his short story “Nietverloren”. Earlier he had introduced poet Jonty Driver, who read from his most recent published collection of work.
Avbob Poetry Project coaches Sam Collett and Buntu Duku perform during the Thursday night Huiskonsert at Victoria Manor.
Photojournalists Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit perform during the Huiskonsert.
Maeder Osler (Hantam Trust) and Chris Marais (photojournalist) jam with Avbob Poetry Project coaches Sam Collett and Buntu Duku during the Huiskonsert
Jeremy Fogg, with Paul and June Walters, paid tribute to Will Schreiner to mark the centenary of his death (talk at Schreiner House).
Paul and June Walters, with Jeremy Fogg, paid tribute to Will Schreiner to mark the centenary of his death
Toast Coetzer read parts of a 50-minute work from his new songbook, The last days of beautiful. The full work was being performed on the same day at an arts festival in The Netherlands.
Letters from Olive Schreiner to her niece Bessie Reitz which were recently acquired by Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, shown during a presentation by Crystal Warren of the museum staff. At Schreiner House.
Brian Wilmot introduced the literary walking tour in front of Schreiner House.
Participants in the literary walking tour in the Great Fish River Museum
Participants in the literary walking tour
A panel from the new display on Cradock writers in the Great Fish River Museum
Another scene from the popular literary walking tour led by Brian Wilmot who has authored a guide book for the tour.
Cradock's Moederkerk, a landmark on the literary walking tour
Photojournalists Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit presented a slideshow documenting their travel assignments for their own books and publications like SA Country Life magazine during the past year. At Victoria Manor.
One of the Karoo scenes shown during the slideshow by Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit
Clinton V du Plessis paid tribute to Cradock's now defunct Holy Rosary Convent School where dedicated German Dominican nuns produced a number of excellent writers (including Neville Alexander, EKM Dido and Du Plessis himself). He then read several works from his eleventh (and most recent) published collection of poetry.
Recipes from Foodstuff by Tony Jackman formed part of the menu for the Leopard's Leap wine and food pairing dinner at Victoria Manor.
Karoo Food by Gordon Wright – he presented a pairing of Leopard's Leap wines with some of his recipes during a dinner on Friday night at Victoria Manor.
noseweek editor Martin Welz shared news we aren't supposed to know. At The Shed.
Amos Nteta, the concierge at Victoria Manor, told of his family culture – stories he shares with visitors when he takes them on the Cradock township tour. Nteta contributed a short memoir to the published guide, “In the footsteps of James Calata and Matthew Goniwe”.
Melina Smit performed classic poems set to music at Karoo Brew Art Café.
Performance poet Akhona Mafani, one of the coaches for the Avbob Poetry Project youth workshops. Victoria Manor.
Dorothy Driver and her partner JM Coetzee at the launch of her new book, Olive Schreiner's Poetics of Plants published my Amazwi South African Museum of Literature. Victoria Manor.
As part of the youth programme, Basil Mills, the education officer at Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, visited nine Cradock schools with his Asian python, explaining the biology of reptiles and sharing myths and legends attached to them.
- Photos: Amy Coetzer
- Captions: Catherine Knox