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Monday, March 2, 2020


St Clements in Musgrave Road will host a tribute to the late Andrew Verster tonight (Monday, March 2, 2020)

The programme has been put together by Verster’s long-time friend and colleague, director Pieter Scholtz who reminisces about Verster’s writings:

    Tomorrow intrigues me: and today.
    Where I’ve been doesn’t:
    my history is only useful
    if it helps me to find where I’m going.
    And unless painting
    is something more than making pictures,
    I’ve missed the point.

“Andrew and I have been kindred spirits for many years,” says Pieter Scholtz. “He illustrated many of my books with truly evocative pen and ink drawings which added new dimensions to the stories. Two of our memorable collaborations were,

Living with Haiku (Haiku by Pieter Scholtz, Drawings by Andrew Verster).

Beyond the Tide, the Story of Miranda - an undersea adventure illustrated by Andrew.

“But Andrew was a truly Renaissance spirit, he also wrote short stories which won awards at our monthly St Clements soirees.

One of them, published in a small booklet entitled le petit dejeuner 2, is particularly moving. You will appreciate why when you read it:


If you can get through three in the morning you will live through the night.
It is the time the Angel of Death comes searching for victims.
Blood sugar is at its lowest. And that makes you fragile.
The Angel is no fool. I have met him stalking his prey.

Altzheimer’s confiscated the last five years of my mother’s life.

A week before he died, my grandfather handed me a cigarette.
“Spend this on something special,” he said.

I want to be there when I die.
I missed my beginning, but I don’t want to miss the other big moment. 

- Andrew Verster

“Andrew Verster attended the launch of my book Milo and the Sunflower in Durban. After reading the story he wrote a truly constructive criticism, which I repeat here:

I expected a story well told. What I did not expect was a piece of writing that was so layered.
Throughout there are allusions to other worlds — music, writing, poetry, dance, art and more.
How does one write for a young person? For me it is foreign territory, but here I have an answer that makes sense.
Assume intelligence and curiosity and then plant clues to be followed which will lead to unexpected places.
Different readers with different histories and interests will make their own individual maps of discovery.
And who knows what the outcome will be?
 On one level I was intrigued to know where the story was going and so read page after page without putting it down.
On another I was delighted to find that, cunningly, the story was but a pretext to take me somewhere else. - Andrew Verster

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays @ Six run between 18h00 and 19h00. Table bookings are essential on 031 202 2511. There is no cover charge but there is a donations box to support presenters.

If you wish to dine after the presentation, place your order before 18h00.