Operation Oysterhood: 10 September

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

Crisis management day with extremely positive results and good news on all possible fronts. And because Lester’s short story collection, Let It Fall Where It Will, is being typeset, and today I had a meeting with Joanne Hichens and Monique Cleghorn to finalise a cover for a new Karavan Press book we had been working on for weeks (to be revealed tomorrow!!! – and if you think you saw some beautiful covers this year, you haven’t seen anything yet!), and hair is on everyone’s lips, and I did not take any photographs myself today, I am sharing the above stunning photograph that Kirsten Arendse illustrated one of Lester’s stories with when it was published in HAIR, the book that Joanne and I co-edited, and Monique designed. There are so many stories that we share and there are so many more we are going to tell together. I love working with people like Kirsten, Lester, Monique and Joanne. Together, we bring art into the world that makes every part of the process – even the hair-tearing bits – worth it. And sometimes we sleep in our clothes, and don’t manage to wash our hair, stumble through the days, and fall into bed exhausted, but we make things happen. And they are beautiful.

I CANNOT wait until tomorrow’s cover reveal. Watch Karavan Press’s social media for it.

I go to bed in a state beyond tiredness, but with a smile on my face.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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