A Midsummer Night’s Dream (or Jessica “Moon-Face” Hansen & a Lump of Clay)

I went to a party once. I knew Jess. From circles and such. We have some history. Port Elizabeth is like that. But on this particular evening, almost touching the stars, there she sat atop in a tree, legs dangling like a little woodland creature, like something straight out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Note […]

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The Gift of a Beautiful Life: A Love Story

Many moons ago, when I was but a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed university student, I was faced with the case of Virginia Woolf. In preparation for a lecture, we were to watch The Hours for a semblance of insight into the life and times of the writer. I had read Mrs Dalloway and Orlando, and found […]

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Before & After

A friend of mine remarked the other day that I seem to see my life thus far as a before and after, a life split in twine, with the person I used to be before my mental breakdown at the not-so-tender age of 29, and the me afterwards. The thing is, certain life events can […]

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Pigeons, Noodles and Oodles of Coffee: Q & A with South African Artist Ryan Allan

Interview first published on thesewalkingblues.com HP: Describe yourself in a personal ad.  RA: Illustrator in a complicated relationship with his sketchbook. Often found staring quietly into tins of paint and at blank walls. Violent coffee addiction. Known to yawn like a wookie. HP: How does an average day in the Life of Ryan, freelancer and […]

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The Gift of Good Food: A Love Story

I could’ve been no older than twelve when I had my first taste of Thai food. Family friends were considering opening their own restaurant and Natti, a powerhouse of a woman in every conceivable way, wanted to get a feel for public opinion when it came to her cooking. And so it was that a […]

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