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Monday, November 14, 2011


Twenty short haiku
Flawed pearls strung on the mind’s thread
To make a necklace.

Playwright and director Pieter Scholtz shares the experiences which led to the creation of these haiku, written during the late Autumn months in France. The kigo (seasonal reference) is drawn from the visual stimulus of Nature’s palette, touching the growing green with vivid hues of russet, scarlet and gold.

The short stories are inspired by the 2012 St. Clements Short Story Competition which requires stories of exactly 100 words (excluding the title) - no more, no less.

Memorable Meals / Shame /Mad Esther / The Rainbow / Address Unknown / Trees / Stories / The People Who Hugged Trees / Suicide Note / Chinese Takeaway / Gouffre de Padirac / The Hollow Men / A Fine Wine.

Tales From The Graveyard were also written in France. They were inspired by a visit to the cemetery at Loupiac, a small village near the old water-tower where I stayed for almost two months. The tales revolve around the lives (and deaths) of the ghostly inhabitants of the graveyard.

Madame Softheart / Monsieur and Madame Hardlife / The Children of Loupiac / Monsieur Pomp-Ass / Madame Theresa / Monsieur Samson / The Families Constant and Inconstant.

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road on the right-hand side a short way down Musgrave after the St Thomas Road intersection. Mondays at Seven run between 19h00 and 20h00. Booking is advised on 031 202 2511. There is no cover charge but there is a donations box to support presenters.