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Monday, April 4, 2022


In tonight’s Mondays at 6 programme at St Clements, Pieter Scholtz and friends will host an evening featuring award-winning author, Kirsten Miller. Her focus will be on understanding autism and how her work in the field of autism has informed, advised and inspired two of her six published books to date.

Award-winning author Miller has six full-length books to her credit, published between 2006 and 2021. She has worked with autistic people for 24 years, for the past four years as director of the NGO, Action in Autism centre, a unique space created for autistic people and their families.

Miller will talk about autism, creating space for neurodiversity, and the influence of autism on her creative process and particular path of authorship. She will read from The Hum of the Sun, her fourth full-length book (recently published in German), which has an autistic boy as the central character. This novel won her two awards and was long-listed for the prestigious Dublin Literary award.

There will be slides. There will also be time at the end of her presentation to ask questions about both autism and the writing process.

Miller’s non-fiction book, Children on the Bridge, about her early experiences working in the field of autism, was long-listed for the Alan Paton/Sunday Times Award. She has twice been the recipient of the Minara/Aziz Hassim Literary Award.

She was featured in the 2008, 2015, 2018 and 2020 Time of the Writer international writers festivals. She has been a participant in the Franschhoek Literary Festival, the Midlands Literary Festival and the Karoo Writer's Festival.

In September 2020 at St Clements, Miller answered questions about, and read from, her most recent novel, All That is Left, a South African story of loss, love and betrayal, acceptance and letting go. (Winner of the Minara/Aziz Hassim Literary Award.)

International statistics indicate that 1 in 68 children have autism. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.

When the donations box is passed around they suggest a minimum of R50 per person, which will go to Autism in Action. (Money from “the box” last month was shared between St Clements staff, Maurice Podbrey and Podbrey’s Durban publicist, Illa Thompson.)

Wear a mask. Covid protocols observed.

Outdoors (dress accordingly) and spaced seating. (If it rains everyone will be move inside. Windows open, please and observe Covid protocols.)

Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. (They stay open specially.)

Orders taken at the tables. Please be there in time to order before the performance.

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.