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Friday, November 4, 2011


St Clement’s continues its regular programme of interesting evenings and this month launches the 2012 version of its Short Story Competition. After the success of the inaugural competition which invited submissions of short stories of no more than 100 words, the 2012 competition is for stories of exactly 100 words – no more, no less. There will again be awards for the top 5 submissions with an opportunity for all contributors to read their stories at the awards evening. Stories submitted for the previous competition will not be considered.

The programme for November is as follows:

November 7: Art lecturer, painter, yoga therapist and inspirational speaker Brian Eriksson will introduce his new book, MA! An Awakening. He will focus on the extraordinary drawings that inspired the book, how they are visual equivalents of his mother's inner life and transformation, and how they exemplify modern concepts of Art and creativity. Fine artist Judith Mason writes, ‘A memoir, tribute, praise-poem, meditation – none of these words will do. This is an experience …’

November 14: Shudder Stories: “Shudder stared at the envelope with its Law Society logo – “Holy harlots,” he gulped, “I’d rather find a live mamba on my desk.” Gingerly he extracted the letter. As he read, it dawned on him it wasn’t castigating him and/or his professional modi operandi. It instructed him to probe – all expenses paid – the modi operandi of a certain coastal attorney.’Allan Manning is a long-standing Pietermaritzburg resident. Being a member of the Wine Society, fly fisherman and outdoorsman, with some 50 years of holidaying on the Transkei coast, has given Allan rich harvesting grounds for his collection of short stories. Some of the Misadventures of Attorney Shudder will be read by members of the Breakfast Club.

November 21: Potpourri. In a reprise by popular demand, Jean-Marie Spitaels discusses in a walkabout Jayson Watts’s graphic design and read some poems from Dust on the Road. The poetry will be mellowed by songs and harmonica.

November 28: Tanga Pasi – Live band from Zimbabwe. Three musicians, featuring guitarist Maqhinga Radebe, perform a mellow, guitar and vocal- based set.

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.