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Spring botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death

Botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death
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The UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town will celebrate the arrival of spring with a botanical art exhibition, bringing together artwork from established artists of Cape flora with new artwork that has been commissioned for the exhibition.

The Western Cape floral kingdom, with its unrivalled diversity of plant species, has attracted explorers, artists and botanists for hundreds of years.

An exhibition titled “Flora Old and New” will be held at the Irma Stern Museum in September as part of the special public programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the internationally renowned South African artist, Irma Stern.

The exhibition will run from 3 September to 1 October, with opening hours of 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

The director of the Irma Stern Museum will be giving a special walkabout on 20 September at 10 AM.

Please RSVP by 15 September.

Enter the lucky draw at the exhibition to win a hamper of Struik Nature books. The winner will be notified at the close of the exhibition.

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Nuwe rilroman vir tieners deur Francois Bloemhof: Liefde, moord en Facebook

Liefde, moord en FacebookStruik Lifestyle kondig met trots aan dat Francois Bloemhof se jongste tienerroman – Liefde, moord en Facebook – eersdaags op ons rakke verskyn:

Liefde, moord en Facebook is ’n tienerroman met genres van beide romanse en rillers. Die hoofkarakter, Klaradyn, raak verlief op ’n fotograaf wat dalk vir die moorde op die modelle in haar tuisdorp verantwoordelik is – die een na die ander word vermoor. Daar is ’n paar verdagtes, maar niks word te ernstig opgeneem nie. Die karakters is wandelende clichés en daar word op ’n humoristiese manier met die modelwêreld gespot, asook mense se obsessie met Facebook en die wyse waarop sosiale media deesdae die menslike gedrag dikteer. Die werklike storie bevat fiktiewe Facebook-insetsels, volledig met foto’s en ’n paar skakels na video’s en klankgrepe.

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François Bloemhof is die enigste skrywer wêreldwyd wat omvattend vir die jeug, tieners en volwassenes skryf. Hy is ’n vryskut-taalpraktisyn asook kopieskrywer, resensent en joernalis en is bekend vir die eerste Afrikaanse e-boek en strokiesprentreeks. François skryf vir die verhoog, die radio en tydskrifte, en twee rolprenttekste uit sy pen word vanjaar geproduseer. Hy het heelwat toekennings ontvang, insluitende die De Kat-prys vir sy debuutverhaal, Die nag het net een oog.


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Read an Excerpt from Veronica Lamond's Popular Children's Book Jojo's Wire Car

Jojo's Wire CarNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Jojo’s Wire Car by Veronica Lamond.

Lamond grew up in Durban, and now lives in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Jojo’s Wire Car was published by Struik Nature in June 2014, and its realistic illustrative style has enjoyed wide appeal.

Read the excerpt:

Jojo hardly had any time to play. Every day he had to walk a long, long way to school, and a long, long way back home again. Jojo’s granny had a very sore foot so she couldn’t walk properly.

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Is Henrietta Rose-Innes' Nineveh Coming True? Scientists Discover A New Beetle in Noordhoek

A new species of beetle has been discovered in Noordhoek, eerily echoing the plot of Henrietta Rose-Innes’s novel Nineveh.

The odd-looking bug was found in a wetlands area and bears little resemblance to other species of beetles in Africa, leading UK-based researcher Dr David Bilton to assert that it is so unusual it should be given its own genus.

NinevehPocket Guide to Insects of East Africa African Insects

In Nineveh, a mysterious out-of-control swarm of insects hamper the development of a luxury estate in Cape Town. The critters are fighting for their own survival and the walls begin to crumble …

We’ll keep you posted!

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In a media release, Bilton, who has studied water beetles here for a number of years on annual field trips, said the find was unexpected: “(The beetle) immediately looks odd, quite unlike any previously known diving beetle.”

There are more than 4 000 diving beetle species worldwide, almost all of which are aquatic predators, carrying an air bubble with them to breathe while underwater.

“It’s fairly common to find new species of beetle, but it’s much less usual to find things which are so different they have to be put in their own genus,” he said.

Bug lovers can also have a look at Pocket Guide to Insects of East Africa by Dino J Martins and African Insects: To read, colour and keep by Sally MacLarty for more weird and wonderful creepy crawlies.

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"As Brave and Faithful a Dog as Ever Lived" – Excerpt from Retelling of Jock of the Bushveld

Jock of the BushveldNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Phillida Brooke Simons’ retelling of Jock of the Bushveld, the well-loved classic by Percy Fitzpatrick.

The excerpt describes Jock’s mother, Jess, and some of her quirky habits. She is not a lovely or lovable animal. But she has “sense and strength and plenty of courage”, and is a very good dog to her master.

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No one could have called Jess beautiful. She was a bull terrier with a dull brindled coat marked with shadowy grey and black stripes. Her eyes were small and cross-looking and she had restless, twitching ears. She was bad-tempered, too, and most unsociable. But to her master she was as brave and faithful a dog as ever lived.

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Win a Copy of Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die boom doer verse7en is giving away a copy of Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast.

Marigold and the Faraway Tree (also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver) is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who discovers a magical tree that comes to be important in her story.

To stand a chance of winning the book, all you have to do is leave a comment on se7en’s blog post about this competition.

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This is a sweet story of a gal called Marigold… who discovers a tree… the kind of tree that childhood is made of. This is a tree where dreams are dreamt, swings are swung… and the flowers are magical. This is a welcoming tree, of the cool shady kind on hot summer days and the warm cozy spot on cold winter days.

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Pictures of the Tree that Inspired Marigold and the Faraway Tree in Kommetjie

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die book doer verImhoff Farm has shared some pictures of the actual tree that inspired Marigold and the Faraway Tree (also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver).

The tree is on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, on the lawn outside Blue Water Café. The author, Alison Fast, believes that her best stories grow out of a mixture of real life things and imaginative wonder, like this one did.

See the pictures and read more:

The Faraway Tree

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Excerpt: "Killers of Prinsloo's Kloof" from the New Edition of African Myths and Legends

African Myths and LegendsNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from “Killers of Prinsloo’s Kloof”, a story from African Myths and Legends, by Dianne Stewart and Jay Heale.

African Myths and Legends was recently rereleased in a new edition, beautifully illustrated by Gina Daniel and late Angus McBride.

In this story, set in the 1860s, a family move into a farm in the Kouga Mountains. Everything seems well at first, but soon their horses begin to take fright at night, seemingly at nothing. Eventually the farmer spots a mysterious figure in a wide-brimmed hat, who seems impervious to bullets.

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Hagedash the Hadeda: The Story of a Bird Who Loves to Sing, by Charles de Villiers and Claire Norden

Hagedash the HadedaHagedash die HadedaNew from Struik Nature, Hagedash the Hadeda written by Charles de Villiers and illustrated by Claire Norden:

A captivating story, told in rhyming verse, about a hadeda who loves to sing. Hagedash and her family will be familiar characters to children across the country – the cast is drawn from the comical birds they see every day on garden lawns.

The text offers insight into the real-life traits and habits of hadedas and tells the story of Hagedash, her happy meeting with Hagar and their growing family. The initially tranquil scene builds up to a great commotion, but it all ends peacefully.

The bright, playful drawings are by Claire Norden who has a proven track record in illustrating children’s books. The book comes with a full page of stickers to encourage further engagement with the story.

This third title in Struik Nature’s ‘Original African Tale’ series – set to become local classics – will have wide popular appeal with children and parents alike.

This delightful title is also available in Afrikaans as Hagedash die Hadeda.

About the author

Charles de Villiers works in computer systems design and is a published science writer. His ready and whimsical sense of humour finds focus in children’s verse.

About the illustrator

Claire Norden has made a name for herself in the field of children’s book illustration, and her bold, colourful artwork is widely known and loved.

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Kommetjie Tree Inspires Children's Book: Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast and Wendy Paterson

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die book doer verMarigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast, illustrated by Wendy Paterson, will be available from Struik Lifestyle next month:

This is the story of a nine-year-old girl whose relationship with an old tree guides her through an important transition phase in her life. The story was inspired by the existence of a true-life tree growing at Imhoff Farm, behind the Blue Water Café, next door to the Higgley Piggeldy Farmyard in Kommetjie, not too far from Cape Point, one of the southernmost points of Africa.

It is a simple tale of universal wisdom that will not only engage young readers, but teach them an important life lesson as well. Children will be able to think about concepts such as kindness, happiness and friendship. The author, Alison Fast, believes that the best stories are home grown and involve simple things such as a village, a character or even the change of seasons, interwoven with imagination, curiosity and wonderment.

The charming illustrations by Wendy Paterson will enchant readers both young and old as they complement this simple but appealing story.

This enchanting book is also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver.

About the author

Alison Fast
is a documentary filmmaker who loves storytelling across all mediums. Her inspiration comes from travelling, spending time in nature and leading community-based storytelling workshops. She lives in Los Angeles and New York, in the US. Marigold and the Faraway Tree is her first children’s book.

About the illustrator

Wendy Paterson is a former teacher and archeologist, who lives with her two children in Scarborough near Cape Town. She works as a freelance illustrator from home and draws inspiration from the beauty of her surroundings and the funny things children do and say.

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