Operation Oysterhood: 30 March

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


Did I mention that I have the best neighbours in the world? We were invited for socially distanced drinks tonight and it was absolutely perfect: the company, the drinks and the snacks. I feel so lucky – not only that I know these people, but that they are my neighbours.

I missed the family meeting tonight. But I have had enough lovely wine in one evening for the memories to last me through a booze ban, if there is one on again …

The rest of the day? Don’t ask. I struggled to get up in the morning just thinking about it. But I got through it, somehow.

Professional highlight of the day: the latest issue of New Contrast has arrived (cover above). The first one for our new editor, Masande Ntshanga. I had goose bumps reading his editorial. Such a talented, inspiring writer/thinker. And such a lovely human being to work with. Good things lie ahead for the oldest literary magazine in the country (turned sixty last year).

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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