Operation Oysterhood: 12 November

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

— @HaggardHawks

Lockdown level 1, light.

Anxiety levels through the roof.

My cheeks are sore, sore.

But productivity levels are at an unusual high. We soldier on.

My love had to undergo a medical treatment today that is not exactly painless. It is terrible to see someone you care about go through such procedures. But, he is doing as well as one can under the circumstances, and it is good to know that all of the suffering means that he will be better off in the end than before. That is all that matters.

A friend visited in the late afternoon and we sat far apart on the stoep and talked. It was so good to see her. We are planning a literary event together.

But first, this literary event is coming up and I hope that enough poetry lovers are as starved for a live poetry reading as I am and will come to support us at The Alma Café on 2 December. We will make sure that everyone is seated in such a way that we all feel comfortable and as safe as possible, there will be wine and there will be poetry – a perfect evening, me thinks! And Stephen is not only a wonderful poet, but also a great reader, so we are in for a treat.

Stephen is also the creative force behind most of Karavan Press’s cover and typesetting design. And, Karavan Press will be publishing his debut collection of short stories next year. Yes, we soldier on. But none of us can do any of this without the support of readers, so THANK YOU to all of you who bought, read, loved, reviewed, spoke about or gifted a Karavan Press book to someone. That’s a manifestation of literary ubuntu. Thank you!

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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